Steve Blake and his wife traveled to Rwanda to visit the child they sponsor.
Bucks teammates Brandon Jennings and Luc Mbah a Moute (who has contributed to TrueHoop) are also doing admirable work this summer.
Interesting new data from STATS that was released to Sports Illustrated suggests Carmelo Anthony needs to drive the ball more. Specifically, he needs to drive it from the perimeter to the paint. That may seem counter-intuitive: Anthony needs the ball farther from the rim? But it also lends credence to the idea that Anthony works best as power forward who can lure big men away from the basket then use his great combination of strength and quickness to score. As Zach Lowe points out in the post, this data could really help the Knicks solve their issues on offense.
As far as I can tell, how Harrison Barnes is dressed in this picture has nothing to do with rookie hazing.
This summer ball highlight mix is worth watching just for the viscous James Harden (rocking a deep V-neck!) crossover about 2:20 in.
A great point from Dave on Blazersedge regarding how Portland, a team with a few "tweeners," will distribute minutes next year: "In general you want to maximize players' strengths, which means playing them where they're best and most apt. You may gain advantages converting a player you're also at a disadvantage to teams who don't have to. You don't see the Lakers playing Kobe Bryant at point, nor will you see them with Dwight Howard at power forward. They're getting the most out of every player they have without second-bests. Switching a guy's position because of team need rather than personal aptitude means you're not getting the best out of that individual. You're a step behind teams who can."