ESPN has been ranking the Top 100 NBA players at present this week, and would you believe it, tongues are wagging in response.
- No. 20: Paul George
- No. 66: Serge Ibaka
- No. 90: Patrick Beverley
- No. 99: Marcus Morris, Sr.
Are these rankings fair? That’s in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. I think doing a list like this is a thankless task, but again, the point of all this is to get people talking.
I have to imagine there’s one more Clippers player to be unveiled in the Top 10, in Kawhi Leonard, but you never know until it’s revealed!
More news for Thursday:
- Clippers have plan for player development: Many NBA teams seem to leave players to their own devices to get better. Mirjam Swanson profiles Kenny Atkinson, the man tasked to lead Clippers youngsters up a level or two this season.
- Doc responds to PG’s comments: No surprise, after George and Morris criticized former Clippers coach Doc Rivers for not adjusting in the playoffs enough or playing them in their best roles on offense, Rivers hit back. “Ty Lue was sitting right next to me. So he better hope it’s not adjustments. It ain’t going to be much different,” Rivers told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Spicy!
- Harden partied before reporting to Rockets: Normally, I wouldn’t care what a player was doing before showing up to work. But in the course of reporting Houston Rockets star James Harden has to test negative on six consecutive COVID-19 tests in order to be cleared to practice, ESPN reported he went to a birthday party without a mask and spent time in Las Vegas in recent days. Come on man, what are you doing?
- Profile on former Clippers assistant Rex Kalamian: Here’s a deep dive from The Athletic on the former assistant coach in LA, through the prism of his Armenian heritage. I think locally, many of us are more familiar with the Armenian diaspora than most Americans, but it’s still a worthy read.