Good morning. Let's basketball.
ALL OF MY EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE RETURN OF THE NBA IN ONE TWEET.
I PLAY WITH GUNS: Caron Butler's autobiography came out on Wednesday. It features a first-person account of the infamous Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun scene in the Wizards' locker room. It was somehow even crazier than we'd known before.
SPEAKING OF CRAZY: So noted loose cannon Matt Barnes was married to a woman named Gloria Govan, who you may know from Basketball Wives L.A. They split. Derek Fisher also divorced his long-time wife recently. Fisher then began dating the newly single Govan. Barnes caught word, and reportedly showed up to Govan's house and roughed up the Knicks coach. Fisher was a day late back to work this week and was sporting some scratches. He didn't tell the NBA about the fight for a couple days. This is a thing. Matt Barnes remains the worst, and frankly Derek Fisher's rep is going to take an L as well.
(Weird note: Gloria Govan is the sister of Laura Govan, who has four children with Gilbert Arenas and was the woman who infamously had papers served on Arenas during an NBA game.)
PREVIEWS! Paul Flannery and I break down the state of the L.A. Lakers, and the state of the L.A. Lakers is HILARIOUS. (Sorry.) Silver Screen and Roll looks at the bright side in Lakerland. The Professor and I also quibbled about what level of mediocre the Knicks will be this season -- I'm more optimistic. Posting and Toasting's Knicks preview features Kristaps Porzingis photoshopped into a frame from Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" video, so you know it's good.
MEET MO BAMBA: Ricky O'Donnell went to USA Basketball's camp and wants to introduce you to Mohamed Bamba, a junior from Harlem who has a 7'8 wingspan and shoots threes. While you're there, check out ROD's profile of Josh Jackson, a senior who could be a college star right now.
NOTED: The Pistons might be interested in reuniting the Morrii. Because it went so well in Phoenix.
NOT JUST VINCE: Richard Jefferson is all like "I'm old but I can still dunk on y'all!"
HEROIC: LeBron takes selfie with young fans during a game.
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN SHAQ AND ALEX TREBEK GET INTO A PHONE BOOTH TOGETHER.
THABO: Thabo Sefolosha took the stand in his obstruction case in New York on Wednesday. He admits to calling a tough-guy 5'2 cop a midget. There's been an interesting turning of the tables in the case. Thabo rejected a plea deal (one day of community service, charges dropped) and the case has seemingly turned into an indictment of the NYPD. Thabo will be cross-examined on Thursday, though.
Happy Thursday. See you next time.