Basketball may be on vacation, but the cyber press corp’s got you covered. Darius wrote about Dwight Howard’s offense and how it helps the Lakers, and Emile wrote about the Lakers way, and how we got here. The D-12 trade continues to be a lead story as well it should, given the length of time it took to gestate. There’s other news around the league of course, including Mark Cuban’s continued tomfoolery. But that’s not all!
Derek Fishmore has the Silver Screen & Roll roundtable, on the biggest risks facing this season’s Lakers.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register has the story of how the Dwight Howard deal almost never was.
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie expounds on the same subject matter.
Mark Medina at the L.A. Times, writes that Devin Ebanks waited until after the Dwight Howard trade to sign so that he wouldn’t be one of the chips. Smart kid.
Broderick Turner at the L.A. Times takes a look at the upgraded Lakers bench.
A very nice Tumblr piece from Holly MacKenzie, about growing up and how she became an NBA writer.
Trey Kirby at The Basketball Jones says Eric Spoelstra just knew the Lakers would land Dwight eventually.
Also from the Basketball Jones, Jeff Weiss about his post-Dwight Lakers fandom.
And finally, an interesting article by Sean Highkin for Hardwood Paroxysm, about the rookie extension and the race against times.
If I was a smarter and more efficient assembler of links, I’d… be more smarter and faster at it. But I’m not. I always have good and practical intentions, and then I read a few dozen articles and all of their links… and all of their links. And by the time I’m done it’s time for either lunch or a nap. Or both. As you might have guessed by now, I just don’t have a good exit plan today. *voice inside my head – stop typing now, Dave.