You've seen him dunk. You've seen the chase-down blocks. You've seen the game-winners. You've read the hype. But have you heard Victor Oladipo sing?
Defense is awesome. But in the regular season, give me unencumbered, explosive offense like the Clippers and Rockets displayed on Monday night.
Small sample sizes are rife with limitations, but to call them worthless is a bit farsighted.
Kevin Love hooked rapper Action Bronson up with great seats to the Knicks/Timberwolves game.
Have you ever noticed that Detroit Pistons rookie Luigi "Gigi" Datome resembles all the pictures you've ever seen of Jesus? You know, the luscious locks, a fierce beard, a small frame and...well, that's pretty much it.
Another great slate of games coming toward your eyeball-holes on this Monday evening. Sixers defend their regular season title. Rockets/Clippers! Ricky Rubio vs. Kyrie Irving (and their respective teams, too)!
...and Celtics/Grizzlies, too. Hooray?
It takes guts for a group of NBA players to say, "we don't even know what you or your team are about to do, but we sure as hell don't want to find out." More importantly, it takes a player with gravitas to elicit such vulnerability.
We're nearly a week into the 2013-2014 NBA, which makes me wonder where time has gone and realise that I've barely left my couch all week. That's not good. Anyway, last night marked our first Sunday of the regular season and it did not disappoint thanks in large part to Victor Oladipo, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Andrea Bargnani.
All superstars aren't created equal.
Kobe Bryant isn't Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul not James Harden, and Kevin Durant hardly LeBron James. That's no slight to anyone; these are basketball's true elite. But the specific individual merits of a given player always differ from those of any other, even though they're never alone in their place on the basketball food chain. That's true of all NBA players, but especially pertinent concerning those at the very top of the pyramid.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK BACK. BECAUSE HE'S A TIME-TRAVELING ASTRONAUT FROM THE FUTURE.