We at Bulls by the Horns realize that you’re busy and don’t have the time to go searching through website after website for some interesting, NBA related reads. So, every Saturday, we’ll gather the articles we’ve found interesting and put them together for you in one place.
This week, we will be featuring an abbreviated version of What We’re Reading. With the Final Four getting underway later today, we’ll focus on just four stories.
Our first story will focus on some college players as Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck took a closer look at the 2014 NBA Draft Class. Beck writes that this draft class is simply not quite as special as it once seemed because the draft class has been over-hyped. With the help of a few GMs and scouts, Beck broke down each of the players near the top of the draft and found that though each of the players might be “solid” NBA players, there just isn’t any can’t miss prospects. The college season has exposed many of each prospect’s flaws and made many GMs who planned on tanking for a superstar very nervous.
During his high school years, Shabazz Muhammad was heralded as the next NBA’s next big superstar, but a lackluster season at UCLA brought him back down to Earth and the middle of the first round to the Minnesota Timberwolves in last year’s NBA draft. Much like this year’s heralded draft class, Muhammad moved from a can’t miss prospect to simply a solid player. After struggling to start the season, Hardwood Paroxysm’s Derek James writes that Muhammad is now figuring out his role as an NBA role player.
Another player who has transitioned from an exhilarating prospect to role player is the Brooklyn Nets’ Shaun Livingston. Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game interviewed Livingston this week to talk about his new role with the Nets and how he has become an important cog in the Nets’ rotation. Kharpertian spoke with Livingston about some specific plays that Livingston made and actually had him break down some plays on video. The video breakdowns are a cool feature that allow you to see what Livingston is actually thinking out on the floor during plays.
In our final piece of the week, Paul Flannery of SB Nation traveled to Los Angeles to talk with his old friend from Boston, Doc Rivers and much more. Flannery had talked at length with Rivers while covering the Celtics in Boston while Rivers coached the Big Three, but it was as if the two had not missed a bit upon Flannery’s arrival in Los Angeles. Their conversation covered many topics, but the majority of their conversation centered around the Clippers and how Rivers will try to make them championships like Rivers’ Celtics squad. Though he wants the Clippers to reach that same level, Flannery found that Rivers rarely mentions his old team with his new squad and tries to keep the two experiences separate.
That’s all for this week. Remember…reading is FUNdamental.