Various and sundry.
Mayberry touches on some of the things we've gleaned so far in this preseason. My favorite - addressing Perry Jones III for his diverse skills. I'll write this - there is no better singular way for PJIII to earn guaranteed rotation minutes than to commit himself to becoming a lockdown defender in the mold of Scottie Pippen. It worked for guys like the Celtics' Avery Bradley, and it can work for PJIII as well.
Arnovitz notes that Russell Westbrook's signing with the Jordan Brand is not just a simple signing, but underscores the influence that Jordan still has over the league. Given MJ's legendary competitiveness, he could not have chosen a more appropriate young student.
Yeah, I can see it too, but it comes with one caveat. To become a 10 year veteran, you have to be able to do at least one identifiable thing well. What would that be for Cole Aldrich?
Recently Kevin Durant was asked which NBA legend he would most like to play with, and without hesitation he went with Larry Bird. That makes perfect sense, not the least of which we learned over the summer when Durant and LeBron James learned how to compliment each other on the court perfectly.
Here is a pretty good fisking of a story about how the Rockets' GM, Daryl Morey (aka "Dork Elvis") is proving that 'analytic GM's don't really work out.
A gallon of 'McJordan' can be yours for the low, low price of $10,000.
The Spurs still get the nod, but their legendary defense slipped notably in the playoffs last season.
Brooklyn Nets, favorites?