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The 10-man rotation, starring the danger of giving Carmelo Anthony a max contract

Dan Devine
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'Melo's calling the shots, but should the Knicks back up the Brinks truck for him? (Jamie McCarthy/Getty)

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: Hoopsworld. Carmelo Anthony's said in the past that he's got no interest in talking about whether he'll opt out of the final year of his contract after this season to become a free agent, and he held to that during the New York Knicks' Media Day session on Monday; he wants to stay in New York, he says, and the Knicks seem willing to pony up the dough to keep him there. If they really want to build a championship-level roster, Tommy Beer writes, they should think real long and real hard about that.

PF: Memphis Commercial Appeal. The great Chris Herrington, late of the Memphis Flyer's Beyond the Arc blog, has new digs, a new column and a fresh top-to-bottom look at the slightly retooled roster of the Memphis Grizzlies, who were swept out of the Western Conference finals by the San Antonio Spurs and enter 2013-14 looking to rid themselves of the bitter taste that ignominious exit left.

SF: Sacramento Bee. Jason Jones sits down with recently maxed-out big man DeMarcus Cousins to discuss what precipitated the Sacramento Kings' long-term commitment in him, which includes some cool anecdotes about Cousins' relationship with new owner Vivek Ranadivé and new general manager Pete D'Alessandro: "Anybody can come in and say I'm going to lead and start yelling and say I need you to do this and that. But if the guys at the top don't support you as well, it's kinda hard to get that done."

SG: ESPN Los Angeles. Ramona Shelburne on how Gary Sacks made his way from answering a newspaper ad for a marketing job all the way up to executive vice president of player personnel for the Los Angeles Clippers, and why he was willing to give new head coach Doc Rivers the title of "senior vice president of player personnel," which puts Doc above Sacks in the L.A. organizational chart: "My thing is, if we win, and it helps us win, I’m all for it." (Which, of course, begs the question: What if you don't win?)

PG: Cowbell Kingdom. In Greivis Vasquez, have the Sacramento Kings found a reliable answer at the point guard position, or someone who'd be better suited for a reduced role in a better situation? Someone who watched him carefully with the New Orleans Hornets last year weighs in.

6th: SB Nation. Tom Ziller with a good level-setter on the whole "computers think Rudy Gay stinks" thing that our Eric Freeman discussed on Friday. The predictably smart takeaway? "There really is no controversy here."

7th: SB Nation. As part of SB Nation's larger season preview of the Boston Celtics, Mike Prada digs into the beautiful footwork that Rajon Rondo displays on his stop-and-go move, how he uses it to keep defenders off balance, and why it makes it so much harder for defenses to keep simply ducking under him on high screen-and-rolls.

8th: Washington Post. Freed from a rebuilding situation in Orlando and healthy for the first time in more than a year, Al Harrington explains why he'd like to come off the bench for the Washington Wizards: “I feel like a starter, so I feel like when I come off the bench, I’m playing against second-level guys and I’m better than all of them all the time."

9th: Charlotte Observer. Kemba Walker's sick of losing and has responded to it by getting pretty much the entire Charlotte Bobcats roster in town for voluntary September workouts, which is pretty good. Just one problem, though: They're still the Charlotte Bobcats, which means even a significant increase in wins will still likely keep them out of the playoff chase. That is to say: You might need to consider slugging some Pepto for that upset stomach, Kemba.

10th: The Point Forward. Running down 10 recognizable names trying to catch on in training camp and revitalize — or, in some cases, just extend — their pro careers at the NBA level.

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