NBA Essentials ranks our six favorite stories of the day.
Connecting you to your favorite North Texas sports teams as well as sports news around the globe.
1. Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Dirk follows Shaq's lead, announces his retirement date a few years ahead of time.
2. San Jose Mercury News. Chris Mullin doesn't seem at all mad at Monta Ellis. Turns out Mully is a Vespa enthusiast too.
3. Sacramento Bee. Randy Brown tried to punk Kevin Martin. It would have been a good one.
4. Indy Cornrows. Making the case for bringing Mike Dunleavy Jr. -- possibly Indiana's best scorer -- off the bench.
5. Blazers Edge. How trade sausage is made.
6. Toronto Star. The new Raptors road alts are pretty hot. Every fanbase wants black jerseys.