August 25, 2016, 11:57 pm
News is still slow around the NBA world. While we anxiously await the start of the NBA preseason, the city of Los Angeles has found a way to make the time pass faster with a celebration of Kobe Bryant. After giving his all to the city for twenty years, the Black Mamba was recognized for his achievements and spoke about his future. Now that basketball is behind him, it appears that his focus will be on his new venture capital fund. Best of the luck to a man that defined my basketball-viewing upbringing.
The offseason is full of speculation and optimism. With that comes reports of expectations for the season and beyond. On Thursday, we caught wind of several news blurbs that give hope to some fans of downtrodden franchises.
For starters, Ryan McDonough explained why the Suns were quiet during the 2016 free agency period. He felt the class was not very deep this offseason and believes they will be major players next offseason. The Suns should have plenty of money to spend, but landing a marquee free agent has not worked out for this franchise in the past.
The Grizzlies received some good news regarding injured players. Mario Chalmers has been cleared to return to the court and Marc Gasol is progressing as expected and it is possible he will be ready for training camp.
Coach Dave Joerger provided some insights on his vision for the rotation this upcoming season in a podcast today. It seems that Joerger likes the idea of rolling with Matt Barnes at power forward a decent amount. He also didn’t fully commit to the starting status of Willie Cauley-Stein but it still seems like it is a good possibility. Overall, the Kings seem deep at power forward if Cousins, Cauley-Stein, Barnes and maybe even Skal Labissiere are all in the mix.
In addition, ESPN’s Kevin Pelton released projected season win totals for ESPN Insider readers on Wednesday. Some pretty surprising results showed up in the article. The Utah Jazz are showing as the number three team in the west after not making the playoffs last season. The Pacers are projected to be the eight seed in the east, but many experts seem to believe that they will contend in the conference. Without giving away too much, there were some other surprising projections for various teams, including the Denver Nuggets.
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