We put aside for a moment our basketball fandom to take a moment to report the passing of Timberwolves blogger Tim Allen. Tim wrote at the SB Nation site Canis Hoopus and was one of the site's managers who amazingly turned a site about a team that has tasted precious little success in franchise history into a must-stop-shop for Wolves and NBA fans alike. Tim was as an important part of SB Nation's writing community as anybody, and his passing has caused ripple-effects across the landscape.
Kevin Durant grew up in Prince George's County, MD, and this is a great look inside the local community that claims him as their own, and he, theirs. Apropos of nothing, I love the fact that a local resident is giving an interview in a barber's chair whilst receiving a hair cut. I think more guys ought to do that.
Is there actually some powerful segment of the basketball population that would find satisfaction watching Team USA lose? I don't know...it isn't like this is the team that embarrassed themselves like the 2004 Olympic team. These guys are likable, hardworking, and good ambassadors for the game.