Best of The Web: Marco Belinelli’s role in Toronto, Stephen Curry’s thoughts about Golden State, and 10 successors to former Lakers great Elgin Baylor
Will Belinelli live up to the hype in ‘Euro’ friendly Toronto? … How will Curry work out in Golden State? … Who has followed in Baylor’s footsteps? … A look at the changes in Cleveland … And can Denver repeat last year’s success? All this and much more in a new edition of Best of the Web …
HoopsVibe The Blog semi-regularly drops a best-of-the-web feature with all the articles from the ’three dubyas’ you should be reading …
- The great Celticsblog has an amazing preview of the NBA’s best teams. Look for Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker to make a huge impact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially out on the perimeter.
- Raptors Republic believes Marco Belinelli will have a decent year in Toronto, but aren’t quite ready to anoint him super-sub status. I agree. The Raptors are a better fit than the Warriors. However, for now, the Italian is simply a depth player.
- Three Shades of Blue argues that Allen Iverson failed in Detroit because GM Joe Dumars acquired him only for his contract. Fair enough. The Answer was put in an impossible situation with a dysfunctional team. There is enough blame to go around.
- TSN’s Tim Chisholm looks at the Denver Nuggets chances of duplicating last season’s success. This will be tough for George Karl’s squad. After all, the Western Conference is much-improved and they’ve lost key reserves along with some valuable blending players.
- There has been much talk about Golden State’s Stephen Curry. Hoopshype editor Jorge Sierra has a one-on-one interview with the popular rookie. Here’s my worry: do Curry and Monta Ellis have enough size to form a starting backcourt?
- Warriorsworld has details on a fan’s trade request. Simon Wells, the former president of the Tim Hardaway fan club and a long-time Golden State supporter, can no longer tolerate owner Chris Cohan. My advice for Wells: hang in there. Cohan could soon sell the club.
- The Deadspin’s Nash Landesman has an amusing profile of Mikhail Prokhorov and speculates what the Russian billionaire will do after he finances the Nets’ arena project in Brooklyn, New York.
- The Hoop Doctors have an old school gem for those vintage NBA fans.R.S. De France, a reporter and professor, looks at the modern-day successors to former Los Angeles Lakers star Elgin Baylor.
- James Lebeau, my colleague at Craveonline, has a great piece on the offseason changes in Cleveland. Lebeau wonders if it is enough for the Cavaliers to win it all in 2010?
- Keeping it with the Craveonline/HoopsVibe family, star scribe Chris Sells addresses the broken relationship between Tracy McGrady and Houston Rockets fans.