There's no perfect way out of this, but it is a poignant conundrum: what does a player do when given the choice between acceptance and self-expression? More to the point, will Dion Waiters stay burnishing his myth, or is it time he joined reality?
Bringing out the best in Julius Randle, Marquese Chriss' dark horse ROY case, Golden State's young depth, Sacramento's improved ball movement and the Clippers' giant hole at small forward.
The Wizards are discouraging through some fault of their own, but they're also discouraging because they're emblematic of a broader, irksome problem, which is that the East only ever seems to have one, maybe two, title contenders.
Peak Tony Parker had added to the characteristic slipperiness of his game an unanticipated degree of intelligence and polish. For maybe six months or a year around 2013, Parker was the best point guard in the league.
The Lakers don't need to immediately find out what Brandon Ingram is best at. They need to be taking notes of all the things he's good at. That requires patience and maybe even experimenting with him at center.