Team USA Hulk-smashed the British in London yesterday, running their pre-tournament record to 3-0. The team continues to run through whatever options it deems necessary to defeat their opponents. James Harden finally got in on the action, Russell Westbrook finished plays with panache and Deron Williams finally got his perimeter game going. In the end it was a 40 point win and a step in the right direction.
On a more serious note, we have to mention the tragedy that happened in Aurora, CO last night when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater as a packed house settled in to watch the new Batman movie. The story is horrific, and as you'll see below there are some connections to the sports community. Harden reacted on Twitter, as did Maynor and Thabeet.
One of our own SB Nation writers personally knew one of the more high profile victims in the shooting, Jessica Gawhi. She shares her thoughts here.
He's a Real American, baby.
Lowe runs down some of the players who have performed so far this summer. He gives props to Damian Lillard, Royce White, and Jared Sullinger.
Rookie Damian Lillard received one of the biggest pops during the NBA draft. This slam (and his accompanying statistics) are a good reason why.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis gave a wide-ranging interview to the Washington Post, and hopefully it comes across that the guy is smart, cares about his team, and knows how to build something worth while. However, the verdict is not yet in on whether he can put this fingerprint on one of the poorer franchises in the league.
One of the big changes will be that referees can now review goal-tending calls. There is really no downside to this change, especially because they can review plays during game stoppage, just like they do when there's a question of whether a 3-point shooter had his toe on the line.
I certainly hope so, but I feel like I've heard this story before.
Rodman's dad's name is Philander Rodman. Seriously.