Tony Parker is staying home and Kevin Love is holding off on settling for a new one. What are some takeaways from the latest NBA action?
San Antonio Spurs lock up Parker to become Tim Duncan heir
They have built a reputation on taking care of their own and that doesn’t seem destined to change anytime soon. The San Antonio Spurs made that clear when they extended point guard Tony Parker another three years. Not only does it keep the 32-year old All-Star in the fold long-term, but in the bigger picture it will ensure a veteran presence with championship pedigree remains on the roster once Hall of Fame forward Tim Duncan finally hangs up the sneakers. All around a no-brainer move by the champs.
Derrick Rose looking more like himself every day
The Chicago Bulls meanwhile are likely getting more and more excited with each passing day. Not only did they have arguably the most productive off-season of any NBA team aside from Cleveland, but they have been keeping close tabs on star point guard Derrick Rose. The 25-year old has used training camp with Team USA basketball to help him round back into game shape for the coming season, a year billed as championship-worthy. Thus far the results are very promising as Rose has looked like the dynamic, explosive player that won MVP in 2011.
Indiana Pacers fate now squarely on shoulders of Paul George
Lance Stephenson is gone. Roy Hibbert has fallen off the map. More than ever the fate of the Indiana Pacers has focused on one man. Paul George wasn’t shy about proclaiming he could lead his team to a championship at the beginning of last season and for the most part backed up his talk with All-Star play. However, his inconsistency in the playoffs gave rise to concerns and with the roster around him weakening the Pacers’ success seems to live or die with him. It’s an awesome responsibility, and nobody can be sure if George can handle it.
Kevin Love wisely wants a test run with Cavaliers
It now seems inevitable that Kevin Love is going to the Cleveland Cavaliers at some point. It’s just a matter of when. However, there is one twist in the story that is causing an undercurrent of grumbles. Apparently even if Love is traded word has filtered that the 25-year old has no plans to immediately sign a contract extension. For Cleveland fans that will create some tension, but in reality it is a perfectly reasonable choice by Love. Why would he risk tying himself down to a team before he’s actually played with them? What if it turns out he’s not the best fit playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving? By refusing to sign, he will keep his 2015 free agent plans intact and be allowed to seek out a team of HIS choice.