Hoops Links would like to wish NBA commissioner David Stern a happy 70th birthday. Stern first took over as commissioner in 1984 succeeding Larry O'Brien and in the 28 years since, the Association has undergone radical change, including the relocation of six NBA teams and the introduction of seven new clubs. Stern also led the owners through the league's first lockout in 1995 and again in 1996 (lasted only a couple of hours), 1998–99, and 2011. While games were lost along the way, the NBA never lost out on a full season of action. While Stern has taken criticism over the years, there is no denying that when he decides to step aside that his legacy will be overwhelmingly positive due to the tremendous growth that the game has seen since his arrival 28 years ago.
If you have a great blog piece that you think we should feature in Hoops Links, then send it to me at HoopsLinks@gmail.com. Here's this week's look around the blogosphere..
- SLC Dunk isn't high on Josh Howard.
- Hardwood Paroxysm gives their starting five for each division in the league.
- Wages of Wins is expecting some big things out of the T'Wolves in 2012/13.
- Bucksketball approves of Milwaukee's signing of Marquis Daniels.
- Saving The Skyhook looks at where Kobe Bryant stacks up against the NBA's elite.
- Blazer's Edge fields your questions in their latest mailbag.
- Basketbawful previews the 2012/13 Hornets.
- Raptors Republic takes a glass-half-full view of Toronto's prospects this season.
- Nets Are Scorching has some advice for Kris Humphries.
- Heinnews talks Euroleague financial fair play in their newest podcast.
- Bright Side Of The Sun tackles the Suns' rotation.
- Pounding The Rock asks if the Spurs are too soft.
- RealGM caught up with former UNC Greensboro standout Kyle Hines.
- Brooklyn Nets 101 stacks the Nets up against the Central division.
- The Basketball Post predicts a bright future for Tony Mitchell.
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