October, 4, 2011
By Kevin Arnovitz
- A couple of years ago, the city of Brixton introduced its own currency as a complement to the pound sterling. It was a way to entice local residents to buy from district merchants and to keep money in the neighborhood. A new series of notes has been released. On the five pound note, you'll find Luol Deng, whose family emigrated to Brixton to escape civil war in Sudan when Deng was a boy.
- How much do residents in municipalities that underwrote the construction of NBA facilities have a right to demand accountability from NBA owners? Tom Ziller explores the question at SB Nation.
- An unofficial training camp in Lexington, Kentucky.
- Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak asks whether you'd rather have Monte Ellis or Arron Afflalo in your backcourt.
- Video of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade working out.
- If you peruse Ball in Europe's first installment of the Euroleague Power Rankings, you'll find a slew of NBA names. Andrei Kirilenko has joined CSKA Moscow, while Danilo Gallinari is wearing Emporio Armani.
- Speaking of Kirilenko, would he absolutely return to the NBA in the event of a labor resolution or is he better suited to playing out the autumn of his career in his native Russia?
- Walton High School grads Daron and Zack Blaylock -- the twin sons of former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock -- will be attending the University of Kentucky on football scholarships. "I never was any good at basketball," says Zack.
- Will Knicks fans ever forgive Charles Smith for the 1993 Eastern Conference finals?
- Hirsute San Francisco closer Brian Wilson explains why the 1986 Celtics are the best team ever. "The Chief. He's sweet. He's the Chief. That's his name. 'Hi, I'm the Chief.'"
- Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Roy Hibbert and Detlef Schrempf all in one place. [Hat Tip: Rob Mahoney]
- Via PistonPowered, Pistons rookie Vernon Macklin might not get the chance to brandish his skills on an NBA floor this season, but his Twitter game is doing just fine, thank you.
- Twitter gives Rasual Butler the munchies.