SB Nation’s Michael Sykes explains why Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. signing with Under Armour over Adidas and Nike is a big deal. Now, with Smith Jr. and Suns forward Josh Jackson in the fold, UA has two of this year’s top-10 picks on its roster.
Over at MMAFighting, you’ll want to read (and listen) to how Pat Barry came back from the brink.
The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis wrote about how sportswriters and other media members lean on what older players say about the younger generations. As he shows, it’s on of the oldest tricks in the book.
The Summit’s Howard Megdal ranks the WNBA’s rookies. Kelsey Plum is the freaking truth, but go watch Allisha Gray of the Dallas Stars if you get the chance.
Lastly, here is the WSJ’s Jason Gay on the return of Jay Cutler.