LeBron James, would you rather win five titles in other cities, or one title in Cleveland? Ask Ohio's Ron Harper, who never got the one in Cleveland, and would kill for it.
Who's pumped up for training camp to start? Blazer assistant Monty Williams on training camp, as reported by Oregon Sports Live: "It's like digging a ditch. It's not that exciting."
Does the reality of Twitter, and a world where players talk to fans unfiltered, increase the importance of good character? Sixer GM Ed Stefanski says yes, and he's probably largely right. Reclusive weirdos will take a hit. But I'm not sure character is exactly the thing being measured. Maybe more communication skills, or charisma. No one has had more Twitter success than Shaquille O'Neal, but teams collapse all around him, and he's famously not a hard worker. Is he a character guy? Not so much. But he's funny.
If Marc Stein's looking glum today, it's because his most recent soccer tour of Great Britain just ended.
A fascinating discussion of zone defense, and its effect on the NBA.
Basketball fans who feel the need to learn more about Russia all of a sudden, I'd recommend that you start here, with some fascinating insight into the world of international soft drinks. (Yes, I had to work really really hard to find a way to justify linking to this on a basketball blog.)
What is the Bulls' strength? One appears to be the bench.
The 2007-2008 Celtics were one of the best defensive teams in NBA history.
A while ago, I wrote a post about how Kobe Bryant was loved for his destructive qualities (mostly of opponents, but also the rim), while I think his genius is in building ... houses, and teams. Well, the destructive part makes for better video, like this monster by a TrueHoop reader.
UPDATE: Many short videos of LeBron James being silly when he was in high school.