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: espnW. Kate Fagan has put together the definitive feature on Bill Laimbeer, celebrated WNBA coach. This piece won’t make you re-think your opinion on Laimbeer’s lowest moments, and it won’t turn you into his biggest fan. What it will do is give you fascinating insight in the man, the ex-player, and the working coach. It comes highly recommended.
PF: SB Nation. Though I disagree with the complete career dismissal (in college Michael Beasley was a top-rebounding, often-moving scoring big man that put the ball on the floor), Mark Deeks smartly explains why Beasley should be of no interest to NBA teams based on basketball merits alone. He also gets into the weed stuff, too.
SF: ClutchFans. The Houston Rockets can employ Chandler Parsons at a bargain basement rate, easily the best value in the NBA, in 2014-15. Or, they can decline Parsons’ relatively miniscule contract for that year and make him an unrestricted free agent next summer, just about guaranteeing that they can give a valuable member of their core a long term deal that will keep him in Houston, without risking losing him as an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Ben DuBose explains why this is the smart move.
SG: NBA.com. Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd (STILL WEIRD) is planning on limiting Kevin Garnett’s minutes in 2013-14, especially in the second half of back to back games. John Schuhmann points out that he may not need to.
PG: Hoops Analyst. Harlan Schreiber’s always must-read-o-ble transaction breakdowns.
6th: SB Nation. Tom Ziller lists the various halls of fame that Robert Horry, he of the career seven points and five rebounds per game, should be inducted into.
7th: Real GM. Jonathan Tjarks discusses why Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas could be the model of the modern NBA big man – large enough to wreak havoc, swift enough to hang with the quicker types.
8th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. Taking a look at who over and underperformed in relation to salary on the 2012-13 Orlando Magic, an unholy hybrid of a squad pitched between the Rob Hennigan and Otis Smith regimes.
9th: CBS Sports. Zach Harper purposely trolls Larry Brown in a way we very much enjoyed – the NBA is taking more and more three-pointers, and the trend isn’t likely to abate any time soon.
10th: Celtics Blog. Josh Zavadil, using a frightening personal experience, tactfully and calmly encourages Boston Celtics fans to embrace what could be a rough rebuilding season in Boston, pitched after six years of star-driven success. Please read.
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