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Is one trip to the free-throw line enough?
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I went looking for a photo of a free throw to accompany this story. Finding an appropriate image is tougher than you’d think.A search for “Free Throws NBA” on Getty Images yields about 25,000 results, the majority of which are close-ups of the individual shooter, usually a name player.

First Cup: Wednesday
Mark Bradley of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A month ago, Ferry was regarded as the best thing the Hawks had going for them. He’d remade the team in the Spurs’ image and hired Budenholzer, who could be the NBA’s next great coach.

First Cup: Tuesday
Geoff Calkins of The Commercial-Appeal: The Grizzlies kept the core together by signing Randolph to a new deal in July. They signed Allen to a new deal the summer before that.

Doug McDermott's future in Chicago
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The key to Doug McDermott playing this season will depend a lot on how well he plays defense, says Amin Elhassan.

First Cup: Monday
Roderick Boone of Newsday: That forgettable performance by Deron Williams in the second game of the Nets' playoff series against the Heat in May elicited many opinions.

Chicago Bulls rising
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Marc Stein on why this summer was critically important to Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

First Cup: Friday
J. Michael of CSN Washington: Training camp hasn't even started, but Paul Pierce already has laid down the law in the locker room for the 2014-15 season: Protect home court.

Why Kyrie Irving won the NBA offseason
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"The third year is a big year for a person in my position -- kind of on the cusp, on the fence between being good and great."That’s Kyrie Irving, just before his disappointing 2013-14 season.

First Cup: Thursday
Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post: When Coach Randy Wittman walked into the Washington Wizards’ locker room at Verizon Center on the night of May 15, he expected to find some satisfaction from a group of players that had blasted expectations to record the franchise’s most successful season since 1982.

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