Make your Friday even better by checking out today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
The life of former prep-to-pro NBA player Korleone Young: By Jonathan Abrams (@Jpdabrams)
It’s closing in on 10 years now since high school players were allowed to enter the NBA Draft. Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors was the last prep-to-pro player drafted straight out of high school, back in 2005. One of the reasons the rule was enacted was to prevent the huge bust potential for kids trying to make it straight from high school stardom to the pros. One of those flameouts was Korleone Young. Over at Grantland, the always fantastic Jonathan Abrams details the sad tale of how Young made it to the league but ultimately couldn’t survive the rigors of the NBA world.
That Time I Played Shaun Livingston In A Game Of Dodgeball: By Devin Kharpertain (@uuords)
Everyone NBA fan dreams of being on the court, getting the chance to face off against these amazing athletes. Well, Devin Kharpertain, of ESPN True Hoop’s Brooklyn Game, got that chance. Check out Kharpertain’s awesome tale of going one-on-one with Shaun Livingston. (Okay sure, it was in dodgeball, but it doesn’t make it any less cool.)
Dwight Howard’s back injury has been the cause for a lot of concern – first when he needed surgery, and then afterwards when he simply didn’t look himself. After signing a monster free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, there are still doubts over whether Howard can ever get back to the player he was with the Magic. Kirk Henderson, of ESPN True Hoop’s The Two Man Game, doesn’t think so. He shares some personal experience with back injuries to make his claim that the Orlando Magic version of Howard is gone forever.