Daily Five: Reggie Evans is Already in Mid-Season Groin-Grabbing Form
Each day, we'll take a quick look at five of the most important stories going on in the NBA.
Court Surfing: "There was another way he made an impression that wasn’t reflected in the boxscore, as you can see in this photo of Evans guarding Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in his own special way. Clippers center Chris Kaman is all too familar with Evans’ brand of “hands-on” defence and it’s strangely comforting to see that all the time off hasn’t made him change his ways — you know, now that he’s on our side."
Dime: "We’re not really sure what to make of Rondo at this point. His talent is without question (even though judging by some of our readers’ comments every time his name is brought up, that sentiment is not universal among basketball fans), but it seems like his personality might consistently rub people the wrong way. He appears to have a complicated relationship with Doc Rivers and KG (often contradicting them in the press), among others in the Celtics family."
Portland Tribune: "A lot of other people have, though, including a major portion of the Blazer faithful, who have 20-20 vision in hindsight, with Oden’s two knee surgeries in his three pro seasons in full view."
NBA.com: "Barkley is always on, even when he relaxes with fellow analyst Kenny Smith and host Ernie Johnson in a room where they watch NBA games and other programming on a wall of flat screen TVs. Many of Barkley's on-air observations, jokes and insults are given test runs — sprinkled with profanity. Conversations from the viewing room carry over onto the set."
Wages of Wins: "As I noted at Huffington Post, the fans and coaches primarily focused on scoring. Often this does lead one to find productive players (see LeBron James, Chris Paul, etc…). But often less productive players (see Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, etc…) can attract attention from their scoring that their overall production suggests is unwarranted. Consequently, players who are quite productive end up being ignored."