Links because there is so much being written and we’re only 3 games in!
-Sports Illustrated’s, Ian Thomsen, on the Heat’s opening night victory.
-David Aldridge with a sober take on the Harden trade; Bill Simmons with an impassioned mockery of the same deal.
-Speaking of Simmons, here are some Grantland links after the NBA tipped-off last night:
-Steve McPherson with a piece on the OKC trade entitled: “The Harden the come.” Bonus points if you the name of the Wallace Stevens poem he quotes at the beginning. Hint, it’s a numbered poem involving the subject of the opening.
-Bruce Arthur at The National, writing that the Raptors finally have the pieces that make sense, and his “NBA Preview: League of kings and peasants.” The NBA is, and has always been, formatted in the feudal structure of the Middle Ages.
-The Warriors and Stephen Curry have agreed to a 4-year $44 million contract extension.
-The Times-Picayune’s, Jimmy Smith, reports that the Hornets’ star off-guard, Eric Gordon, is out indefinitely. And he declined to speak with reporters. Ruh roh.
-Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel, says Kevin Garnett was right to snub Ray Allen last night.
-Here are all of Ball Don’t Lie's season previews in one place.
-The Classical has a couple good NBA articles up under the tag: why we watch. One is about Kobe Bryant, the other is about Zach Randolph. Both are good and punk.
I’ve got a few more articles attempting to pass judgement on that Lakers squad after a single game, but that’s gonna be a separate post. The NBA is back, AHHHHHHHH!!!
[Photo: LeBron championship ring via KingJames Instagram]