Precious memories. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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: The Sporting News. Sean Deveney chats with former National Basketball Players Association executive director Charles Grantham about the very good chances of the NBA's owners again locking out the players at the earliest possible opportunity — after the 2016-17 season — to extract even more concessions from the rudderless, still-leaderless union, the conditions that make it likely and the reasons why owners would push for another stoppage ("Because they can").
PF: Grantland. I liked Amos Barshad's profile of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is a physical marvel and a source of many adorable stories and moments, and is also a person whose backstory is remarkable and whose future means an awful lot to an awfully large number of people.
SF: Red94. Michael Pina on Dwight Howard, "the best center in basketball, the most irreplaceable two-way cog on a title contender," and the prime example of how "many players in the NBA have their on-court development unfairly handcuffed to their natural growth as a person."
SG: The Triangle. For as much as we pay attention to the salary cap, luxury tax, trade exceptions and kickers, and all sorts of financial minutiae in the NBA these days, there's one pretty big element that doesn't widely get discussed — the bonuses in players' contracts paid out for meeting certain statistical benchmarks or levels of award recognition. Zach Lowe takes a look at three of the many that we hadn't previously heard about.
PG: ESPN Insider ($). Armed with some proprietary data from Vantage Sports, Amin Elhassan takes a look at some of the NBA's best and most cost-effective screen-setters — the guys set picks often, solidly and effectively to create room for their shooters and drivers.
7th: ShamSports. Mark Deeks keeps alive the time-honored tradition of celebrating too-insane-to-be-fake basketball players' names during the month of March with a bracket-based competition. Capital work by this longtime friend of the program.
8th: Eye on Basketball. After watching the Charlotte Bobcats get pilloried for having given up the league's two highest-scoring performances this season, Matt Moore defends Steve Clifford's defense: "I'm here to tell you they're just not that bad. I'd actually venture to say that when you watch them, you would think they're pretty good. Not great. Not even 'really good.' Just pretty good."
9th: D.C. Sports Bog. Agent Steinz goes very in-depth on why Andre Miller ties his shoelaces behind his ankles and wears his socks both inside-out and only halfway-on. Strong work on the style game of one of the league's most curious longtime characters.
10th: San Antonio Express-News and Pounding the Rock. In the San Antonio Spurs' world, no movement is insignificant, especially when it leads to the play that tilted the Finals, and everything can be revelatory, even a paper cup.
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