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: Ten Before Tip. Andrew Bynum's been cleared to play and is considered likely to see his first action since May 21, 2012, when the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets. I'm excited by this!
PF: Pelicans.com. Ryan Anderson's going to be miss one to three weeks with a "chip fracture in the second toe of his right foot." This sucks for people who like the New Orleans Pelicans, and for people rooting for Anderson in general.
SF: Do Androids Dance? An argument for why, and how, the NBA should embark upon an official involvement with the world of electronic dance music, a scene about which I know little but that sounds like an interesting cultural niche for a league forever looking to grab young audiences of all stripes.
SG: TrueHoop. Ethan Sherwood Strauss on how and why James Harden won the James Harden trade, how his circumstances compared/compre to "stylistic twin" Manu Ginobili, and how the San Antonio Spurs star reserve "also offers a glimpse into where Harden’s career might have been headed" had Harden not made clear that he did want a chance to be the man. (Sometimes, the theory goes, it's good to be selfish.)
PG: The Boston Globe. Baxter Holmes offers a deep, rich three-part harmony on new Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who begins a new chapter in his career and his life with a game against the Toronto Raptors.
6th: ESPN.com. Kevin Arnovitz on the Los Angeles Clippers' opening-night loss at home/on the road and how, far more than it raises massive red flags about the Clippers' potential as contenders, it points toward the bracing reality that "a sophisticated, nuanced defensive scheme" like the one Doc Rivers has brought west from Boston "can be really hard to master, especially on opening night against a team engaged in all-out guerrilla campaign." In other words: Deep breaths, everyone.
7th: USA TODAY Sports. How did Stephen Curry react when Sam Amick showed the Golden State Warriors sniper a color-coded chart detailing just how remarkable his record-setting shooting was last season? "'That's crazy,' he says, his voice so low it's as if he's only talking to himself."
8th: Beyond the Arc. Kevin Lipe offers some things to watch for as the Memphis Grizzlies begin the 2013-14 season against the team that ended their 2012-13 playoff run, the San Antonio Spurs, and as the Grizz get set to embark on "the year that they go to the NBA Finals, or they end up retooling for the next couple of years of the future. That's all. Not like there are any stakes or anything."
9th: ESPN.com. J.A. Adande notes and somewhat laments the comparative lack of edge and cultural confrontation in today's NBA: "The NBA used to feel like a show on HBO or AMC; now it's more like standard network fare. The on-court product is actually as watchable as ever, with talented and likable players throughout the league. It's the broader story, the larger meaning that's been lost."
10th: New York Post. Mike Vaccaro on Deron Williams, who's finally surrounded by all the talent he's asked for and now faces a simple challenge as the Brooklyn Nets' franchise player: "Act the part. Take what you’ve been given and pay it forward." (More Nets: Justin DeFeo at The Brooklyn Game on what to expect from the Nets' coaching staff, which will be led in the season opener by Lawrence Frank with Jason Kidd suspended; GrantlandGrantland's Amos Barshad on the divergent paths of the Nets and Celtics after their big trade this summer.)
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