A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Eye on Basketball. If you haven't seen it, it's new to you. Nice find, Zach Harper. Dig in, everyone.
PF: Bandcamp. Just before the start of the 2012-13 season, you might have read a story about two basketball fans in Chicago who were working on a comedic musical theater production based on a fictionalized version of the NBA's 2011 labor stoppage. Well, we're here — "The Lockout: A Musical" will debut in Chicago later this month, and you can listen to (and buy, if you so choose) the original cast recording of the songs from the show at that Bandcamp link. Creativity in action!
SF: BBall Breakdown. Coach Nick takes stock of the new-look Brooklyn Nets and whether their massive offseason acquisitions make them legitimate challengers for the Miami Heat atop the Eastern Conference. Also, congratulations to Nick on BBall Breakdown reaching 500 episodes — a fantastic achievement that's given hoops fans a ton of Xs and Os insight and "deep stats" information about the NBA and its players. Here's to another 500 episodes of conversation.
SG: Denver Stiffs. Jeffrey Morton lays out the lie in the logic of the argument that the 2011 collective bargaining agreement was aimed at creating competitive balance: "While these large and luxury market teams may be afraid of the repeater tax, it hasn't stopped their desire to enter the tax. Small markets have been completely priced out of paying the luxury tax. You see the difference?"
PG: GQ. Friend of the program Bethlehem Shoals on how the additions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings will make the Detroit Pistons more left-handed not only in practical terms, but also in a more philosophical sense.
6th: NBA.com. Steve Aschburner chats with new Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger about a number of things, including what coaching five minor-league teams to championships means now that he's in the Big Show: "An ability to remain calm. It is a stressful business. But I've had the opportunity to be a head coach for 350 games. So I feel comfortable with my voice, I feel comfortable in different situations."
7th: Steven Lebron Radio. Alex Wong chops it up with former NBA player Tracy Murray about a ton of stuff, ranging from the differences between being part of the champion 1995 Houston Rockets and the expansion Toronto Raptors, Vince Carter choosing to go to his North Carolina graduation on the day of a Game 7, and more. It's definitely more interesting than the chat Alex had with some creep a few weeks back.
8th: SB Nation. After reading through Mark Cuban's weekend inside-baseball treatise on breaking up the 2010-11 world champion Dallas Mavericks, the team's as-yet unsuccessful attempts to rebuild a winner over the past two seasons and the challenges of constructing a contending squad under the new collective bargaining agreement in a league where multiple teams appear eager to bottom out in pursuit of more ping-pong balls, Tom Ziller wonders whether we've reached the point where draft picks are now far overvalued.
9th: Grantland. Bill Barnwell does a nice job of taking seriously one of my least favorite time-killing what-ifs of recent summers — projecting what kind of NFL player LeBron James could, would or might be.
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