No NBA for three days? That's almost too much to bear.
Well, as we've said before, Click and Roll is here to provide a service. We have a list of things you can do during these three days which will seem long, desolate and sometimes desparate:
Is there anything we forgot? Let us know how you'll spend your free time until the season tips off on Tuesday with Philadelphia at Orlando at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT. We'll print the best ones on Monday.
ESPN.com and ESPNMag.com published their season preview on Friday featuring unique scouting reports featuring comments by Bill Walton. Marc Stein talks about why it's important the Kings and Lakers don't like each other. (ESPN.com)
Oh yeah, by the way, the preseason ends with a bang as the Lakers host the Kings on Friday. (L.A. Times)
It will be the second game of ESPN's debut doubleheader on Friday. In the first game, the Wizards visit Boston, and some Celtics are excited to see MJ in action. (Boston Herald)
Speaking of which, being a Wizards (né Bullets) fan is always entertaining, but not always for the right reasons. (Washington Times)
Jason Kidd is one hot commodity. (NY Daily News)
Dan Dickau has already made quite an impression in Atlanta. According to one ATL magazine, the rookie from Gonzaga will lead the league in stolen hearts this season. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
At least one man thinks the Cavs can make it to the postseason. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Rockets fans like Yao. (Houston Chronicle)
(An aside: Please, please no more "Ming Dynasty" headlines in newspapers or lead-ins on TV. We get it already.)
Why was Lee Nailon waived by the Hornets? Marty Burns of CNNSI.com tries to get to the bottom of it. (CNNSI.com)
The Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett are discussing contract extension. Let's just say that KG doesn't need to buy lottery tickets. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Reggie Miller's time these days is spent treating a bum ankle. (Indianapolis Star)
Gary Payton and the Sonics aren't assisting each other at the moment. (The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.)
And finally, who will point the way for the Trail Blazers? (The Oregonian)
Rob Peterson, NBA.com
MAMA SAID BOX YOU OUT
Sounds like the best boxer, pound-for-pound, in the world, will try to satisfy his basketball Jones in the NBDL.
"I love the game and getting this opportunity makes me want to get better," Jones said. (Mobile Register)
And if you're thinking to yourself, if Roy Jones Jr. can make a training camp roster, I can too, well, walk the walk. The Asheville Altitude, Fayetteville Patriots and Hunstville Flight have open tryouts on Oct. 26 and 27. (NBDL.com)
BASKETBALL'S BEEN BARRY, BARRY GOOD TO HIM
When you break down the numbers, just who is the best in the NBA at each position?
Well, if you check this out, you may be surprised to find who tops each list, especially at shooting guard. Hint: He's a guy who digs Pez. (USA Today)
NORTH VS. SOUTH
We'll talk about the Lakers and Kings rivalry a lot this season because, 1) they're as fun to watch as they are to read about in the papers and, 2) they genuinely don't like each other.
One of the best hoops scribes, Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum, answers this season's five most pressing questions, including one about whether the Lakers-Kings is a true rivalry. (CNNSI.com).
Meanwhile, Sean Deveney breaks down how these two teams were built. (The Sporting News)
TO THE LETTER
We received a letter from Bishoy Habib of Winter Park, Fla. (just outside Orlando, say "Hi" to my friends at Rollins College): "Make sure you guys include a lot of information about T-Mac and Amare Stoudemire, because those are my 2 favorite players."
You got it. Here's a story about Suns rookie Amare Stoudemire's hard-knock life. (USA Today)
Meanwhile, the hard working staff of Suns.com took a look at Stoudemire's progress right after training camp opened. (Suns.com)
Remember, you can e-mail us anytime.
ODDS AND ENDS
George Karl doesn't want to talk about last season. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Don't expect Keith Van Horn and Byron Scott to be on each other's buddy lists. (NY Post)
For Nene Hilario, it's amazing how much of a difference an interpreter makes. (Rocky Mountain News)
Would someone please turn up the Heat? It's cold in here. (Miami Herald)
Greg Ostertag, the guy who dropped this offseason's best dime, is working his way back in the preseason. (Salt Lake Tribune)
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WHILE YOU WERE AWAY
Preseason is a time to get in shape, workout the kinks on both ends of the floor, work in new players and determine the rotation. It's also a time for players to get injured, and unfortunately, some seriously.
Timberwolves guard Felipe Lopez's season ended when he tore ligaments in his knee when he collided with Paul Pierce on Saturday. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Also on Saturday, Pistons forward Don Reid was lost when he tore his Achilles tendon in a game against the Heat. (Detroit News)
Which begs the answer to this question: Would you rather be undefeated in the preseason or healthy for the regular season? The Nets answer this one. (New York Daily News)
The Kings also answer that question. Meanwhile, check out the item at the bottom. Scot Pollard and his wife are new parents. Congrats! (Sacramento Bee)
Meanwhile, winning seems to offer a temporary panacea. A recent 3-0 road trip had Knicks fans giddy with excitement at a recent open practice. (Newsday)
THE BUTLERS DID IT
In an unusual, and unavoidable, development, Pat Riley will rely on a couple of Butlers, Caron and Rasual, to provide impeccable service on the floor this season. (Palm Beach Post)
Still, Riley is unsure who will start this season. (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
EMPLOYEE NO. 8 MAKES WINNING PRIORITY NO. 1
In a bit of good news for Celtics fans, Antoine Walker has taken the lead in showing Vin Baker the ropes. (Boston Globe)
Remember those reports regarding Magic Johnson buying a part of the Sonics? Uh, never mind. (Los Angeles Times, second item)
. . . AND FINALLY
What's Kobe doing here? (ESPN.com)
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