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• Players who change positions when they enter the NBA either wilt at the challenge or use some of the skills that were so key in their old positions to bring versatility to their new ones. Rob Mahoney, writing at The New York Times‘ Off the Dribble blog, says Mavericks rookie Jae Crowder looks like the latter sort of player.

• If you’ve been ignoring the new rules for free agency, trades and the luxury tax included in the new collective bargaining — and I wouldn’t blame you, really — catch up in one shot via this Ken Berger piece at, featuring some telling commentary from Dallas owner Mark Cuban.

• Zach Harper on how some key Minnesota players fared in summer league. Some interesting quotes here from Wesley Johnson.

• Spain’s national team, working the referees via the media ahead of Tuesday’s much-anticipated exhibition against Team USA.

• Mike Prada of SB Nation says Team USA gives us the Andre Iguodala we don’t get to see in the NBA.

• Brett Koremenos at Hoopspeak with good stuff on how new Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless can meet his potential. I especially enjoyed the comparison with Kyle Lowry, in terms of finishing shots near the rim.

The latest on Dwight Howard. More here.

• Scott Schroeder, expert chronicler of the D-League (and of basketball in general), on which unsigned free agents shined at summer league in Las Vegas. And here’s his list of guys who didn’t quite shine.

Don’t overlook Russia when talking about Olympic medal contenders. Andrei Kirilenko leads a deep roster coached by David Blatt, one of the coaching world’s rising stars (who doesn’t really have all that much further to rise).

• Which New York players during the James Dolan era have actually played up to their contracts?

• Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports takes his always-sharp scalpel to Chicago’s offseason.

• Sean Highkin, writing at Hardwood Paroxysm, on what we should take from Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard’s scorching summer league play.

• Jonathan Tjarks, writing at RealGM, asks the same questions about Grizzlies guard Josh Selby, who joined Lillard as the official co-MVP of summer league.

  • Published On 3:59pm, Jul 24, 2012
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