Back after Good Friday, it’s the SLAM PH Weekend Rotation, our regular compilation of great hoops-related writing!
PG – James Harden or Steph Curry for MVP?
Grantland’s Andrew Sharp though says to listen to your heart and go for James Harden.
Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami meanwhile still says Stephen Curry should win it.
Will Leitch says these were “The Blue Devils You Know” on Sports on Earth.
All the Grayson Allen memes, also by Sports on Earth.
Mark Titus of Grantland was all over Duke’s D.
SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell writes that “Duke was too talented to fail”.
When Duke defends their title next season, it’ll be with Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard. Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy looks ahead.
SF – Whenever Jonathan Abrams writes a player profile, it’s a must-read
Here’s his latest on Golden State Warrior Draymond Green, “The Fastest Mouth in the West”
PF – The Lakers continue to be a mess.
At least they have Jordan Clarkson right? That’s what Steve Lebron of Sports on Earth thinks.
SB Nation’s Tom Ziller says this might be the last high pick the Lakers will get in a long while, no matter what happens (no pressure!)
Thomas Golianopoulos has a fascinating profile of Lakers president Jeanie Buss.
C – Remember the Asean Basketball League? Saigon Heat head coach, Jason Rabedeaux died under mysterious circumstances, and apparently before heading over to Asia, he was a HUGE deal in US collegiate hoops.
That’s what Rivals.PH writer Angelo Falcon asks. On one hand, you have to applaud the PBA for trying something new, but there are obviously a ton of kinks to work out, starting with the logic behind that awkward height limit.
BN – This is hockey, but it still applies
Is tanking to improve your draft lottery position ethical? Like, good versus evil ethical? Buffalo News writer Tim Graham looks at it in the context of the NHL, but the same applies to the NBA.
BN – Here’s a quote about why the Spurs work so darn well together
One of the better quotes I can ever remember from Parker, on striking balance with Leonard: pic.twitter.com/7AzeVMoM0z
— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneySAEN) April 9, 2015
Here are my trade grades (spoiler: I wasn’t very impressed) and here’s a “what if” piece I did on Ginebra trying to assemble all the San Beda Red Lions currently in the PBA together into one team. Of course, this being the internet, people with poor comprehension skills thought I was saying this is something the Barangay should actually do. IT SAYS “IMAGINE” IN THE TITLE PEOPLE.
Have a good weekend fellas.
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