Good morning. Let's basketball.
AND ANOTHER ONE: Team USA didn't play particularly sharp basketball in Oakland on Tuesday, yet beat China by 50 in an exhibition. I'm starting to think China is going to have trouble winning games in the Olympic tournament. Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan tried to put someone on a poster with a 360. I mean, DEMAR, that's just unnecessary. (It's so necessary.)
WE NEED A BOUQUET, STAT: Amar'e Stoudemire is retiring after 14 NBA seasons. More on him later today. He signed a contract to retire as a Knick, but Paul Coro writes that he'll always be remembered as a Sun. Jason Concepcion waxes on STAT's Knicks legacy.
SPEAKING OF PAST-THEIR-PRIME KNICKS BIG MEN ... Chris Herring on how much the Knicks need Joakim Noah to exceed expectations to make their playoff dreams a reality.
HARK! THE AGENTS SING: Damn Portland. They gave Moe Harkless $40 million over four years.
HARRYPIN TURN: Harrison Barnes comes off as completely sympathetic in the whole Durant-to-Warriors escapade. It reads as if he's at peace with everything, and the massive piles of money will help heal any psychological wounds from being cast aside in the manner he was. But what a weird summer.
WHY YOU GOTTA BE SO RUDY: The Kings have been dangling Rudy Gay as trade bait all summer. So it's no surprise that he's mighty critical of the franchise's instability, as he is in this interview with Blake Ellington.
Happy Wednesday. See you next time.