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: GQ. Lang Whitaker has written great things about basketball and other sports in a wide variety of great places over the years. Now, he's written a full, broad, deep, wonderful oral history of the 1992 United States men's basketball team. Dig in, and stay dug.
PF: ProBasketballTalk. At adidas Eurocamp, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, one of the most skilled post players in league history, talks about the intricacies of low-post play and its relative lack in today's NBA.
SF: The Nation. Dave Zirin on why this year's Finals is a rooting "litmus test [...] that reveals how the sports radio obsession with villainizing twenty-first-century athletes blinds us to the swelling number of villains who inhabit the owner's box."
SG: The Classical. Kate Perkins on why Dave Zirin is wrong about that, and why it doesn't make sense to "root for or against players, as individuals or as a team, because you do or don't like the way their owners handled their business." (Reasonable, smart people can differ.)
PG: The Basketball Jones. Trey Kerby has all of the details you need about Pau Gasol's big huge hug of Rafael Nadal after the clay court maestro won the French Open on Monday morning.
6th: San Antonio Express-News. First the San Antonio Spurs lose in the Western Conference finals, and then your Spurs-themed motorcycle — complete with detailed custom Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and "I Want Some Nasty" artwork — gets seized by police in a drug raid. When it rains, it pours, I guess. (Hat-tip to NBA247365.com.)
7th: ESPN Playbook. Last week, we told you about an Oklahoma City building getting a facelift fashioned after Thunder guard James Harden. Now, learn how it happened.
8th: SI.com. Media columnist Richard Deitsch chops it up with retired NBA official Steve Javie, a veteran of 18 NBA Finals, who will join ESPN's television coverage as a "rule analyst" to help explain officiating decisions to fans convinced that the league never stops screwing their favorite team.
9th: Hornets247.com. Dreaming of a day, deep into next summer, when the New Orleans Hornets welcome Chris Paul back onto a team that features Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and Jared Sullinger. Dreams are nice things, New Orleans.
10th: Eye on Basketball. Matt Moore makes the case for abandoning all pretense of making Russell Westbrook into a "pure," deferential, pass-first point guard: "The Thunder don't need a different point guard. They don't need a different Westbrook. They've won the Western Conference with the combustible, uncontainable, zero-to-sixty-in-two-point-oh Russell Westbrook." Amen to that, brother.
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