Good morning. Let's basketball.
THOSE WILD AND CRAZY BULLS: They somehow stomped the Rockets on Thursday. I give up trying to understand this league. Or maybe I should give up ever doubting Tom Thibodeau's brand of magic. Or maybe it's Mike Dunleavy I should stop doubting.
MAYBE IT'S THE MASCOT: Benny the Bulls cozies up to ref, slowly converts him to the side of DANCE.
DEAR OVERBEARING COACHES: Interesting maths by Beckley Mason on whether teams should timeouts to set up plays in tight time situations or just take the ball and play it out.
WILL THE SIXERS WIN AGAIN?: I did the math, and it turns out there's a pretty good chance the Sixers will win at least one more game this season.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A SHOOTAROUND?: Doug Eberhardt explains.
HUH: It looks like Derrick Rose might play for Team USA this summer. What could go wrong?
AT LEAST HE'S HONEST: Steve Nash says he won't retire because he wants the money due to him next season. He also defends that decision.
COOLING OFF: Hot Hot Hoops asks what's wrong with the Heat.
NEW CHAPTER: How Shaun Livingston's narrative has changed in Brooklyn.
BUSTA RHYMES ISLAND: We're going there.
ASK HIM ANYTHING: Terrence Ross did a pretty entertaining AMA. Here are the highlights.
PHIL JACKSON'S JOB: Sprinkle championship dust on the league's most dysfunctional franchise.
MIND ELSEWHERE: Alex Len talks about what's happening in his native Ukraine.
SUMMER DREAMS: CBS will air a two-hour documentary, Summer Dreams, following a number of players and other league personalities at the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League. Early indications are that this thing is awesome. It airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Set that DVR.
Happy Friday. See you next time.