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 Triangle and The Score. First, Jason "@netw3rk" Concepcion on Carmelo Anthony's record-setting 62-point Friday night explosion as the reason we watch the game, and the purest example of how "in basketball, as in life, the most memorable moments occur when someone throws both middle fingers up at the right way and does what feels right instead." Next, Andrew Unterberger on 10 things we'll all probably forget about Melo's performance, but that we shouldn't.
PF: NBA.com. Pack a lunch and dig into David Aldridge's oral history of David Stern's 30 years as NBA commissioner, a period defined in large part — in the words of NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn — by Stern's "ability to get whatever group he was dealing with to do what he wanted them to do."
SF: SB Nation. Tom Ziller runs down the 30 biggest moments of Stern's 30-year tenure, a list that features some good, some bad and some ugly.
SG: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Charles F. Gardner talks with Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond about life running the team with the worst record in the NBA, about finding yourself in an uncomfortable position that's directly opposed to the philosophy of your organization, and about trying to figure out how to chart a long-term course after bringing in a variety of veterans who expected to be competitive now. An interesting "state of the union"-type interview.
PG: Blog a Bull. In the space of two months, D.J. Augustin has gone from a fourth-string option with the Toronto Raptors who couldn't merit minutes over Dwight Buycks and Julyan Stone to a legitimately improved godsend at the point for a Chicago Bulls team that's won 13 of its last 18 games. Ricky O'Donnell explores the ascent, which he rightly terms "one of the stranger stories of the NBA season."
6th: Detroit Bad Boys. Maurice Cheeks might not have any answers for what keeps ailing the Detroit Pistons in fourth quarters, but "Shinons*" does: "Play Greg Monroe. Feed him. And tell Jennings to pass."
7th: Mavs Outsider Report. Good stuff from Bryan Gutierrez on Devin Harris, who had two strong games over the weekend and is beginning to show how he can be, in Gutierrez's words, "basketball spackle" on both ends of the floor for the Dallas Mavericks after missing most of the first three months of the season with toe injuries.
8th: Hickory High. Ian Levy's highlight (and lowlight) mix for J.R. Smith set to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" is pretty damn near flawless.
9th: HoopSpeak. With most current "best power forward in the game" debates revolving around the relative merits of Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, David Walker wonders why Chris Bosh — who, "apart from LeBron, [...] may be the [Miami] Heat’s most irreplaceable player" — doesn't get more consideration.
10th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Before their days starring at Kansas or contributing to the far-better-than-anyone-expected Phoenix Suns, twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris once pulled the ol' Conquistadors switcheroo.
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