First Cup: Tuesday

  • Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle: "Peer beyond the haziness and the central question remains: Will Monta Ellis eventually regain the lightning-quick acceleration that makes him one of the NBA's rising young stars? One sports-medicine expert said the estimated recovery time of 3-4 months, given Ellis' injury, is probably a 'little conservative.' Asked if the injury could hamper Ellis long-term, the doctor said, 'If it's treated appropriately, it shouldn't limit him at all. Once he gets over the stiffness, he'll be fine.'"

  • Jamal Crawford for Newsday: "People are really down on Eddy (Curry), but the Eddy they saw last season isn't really Eddy. Yea, last year was a down year for him and he would be the first to tell you that ... he puts more pressure on himself then anyone else could. I know he cares because after a lot of losses we would say, "If we could just get a couple of wins in a row ..." It really bothered him ... Our fans are hard on him because you guys see what he can be, how dominant at times he is, and when you guys don't see that all the time you wanna strangle him! LOL People forget two seasons ago he averaged 19 pts. and 7 rebounds and some people were saying he should've been an all star. ... But I guess in this game you're only as good as your last shot, game, last season."TrueHoop First Cup

  • Oren Kessler of Haaretz.com "Maccabi Tel Aviv's newly signed point guard Carlos Arroyo, the highest-paid player in club history, arrived in Israel last night to a warm welcome from hundreds of fans at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The Puerto Rico native said he is aware of the high expectations placed on him by the team's management and fans, and is ready to lead the Israeli powerhouse to a championship this year. Maccabi signed the 6'2", 200-pound point-man to a record $2.5 million a year contract a month ago. ... 'This is a very big step in my career,' he said on arriving at the airport. 'It'll be a great experience. I always have high expectations,' he added. 'The crowd here is amazing, and I can hardly wait to start playing.'"

  • Carrie Coppernoll of The Oklahoman: "When officials from the professional basketball team unveiled the team name and logo, the debate began. I think the name and logo are fine. I'm excited that the name allows for ample use of the song 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC; you can never have too much of that. I'm surprised the team color is sky blue; usually thunder doesn't happen when the sky is blue. But, really, who cares? It's the team I want to see. Their jerseys could be hot pink zebra print for all I care."

  • Janis Carr of the Orange County Register: "So what did Andrew Bynum do in between the weight room, sprints and overall rehabbing since his surgery? What nearly every young person does these days & played video games. And he's challenging all takers. '(Playing) Halo. I was on Halo a long time, Bynum said. "My gamer tag is AndrewBynumXT. If anybody wants to get beat, come see me -- I'm on there every night!'"