Get ready for some very posable Jeremy Lin action. (Image courtesy of VIVA Studio)
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: Angry Asian Man. Whoa. This Jeremy Lin action figure by Taiwanese sculptor VIVA Studio really is a remarkable likeness. Maybe ... too remarkable? (Basically, if this is a Jeremy Lin Chucky, I am going to FREAK OUT.)
PF: SLAM. Nima Zarrabi chops it up with Alonzo Mourning about a number of things, including how the Trayvon Martin case scares the hell out of a black dude with a 6-foot-8 teenage son who likes hoodies.
SF: Sports Illustrated. Sam Amick on a defending champion that, against all predictions, could be seven games away from the end of its season, and is fighting to ensure that that doesn't happen. (Plus, Holger is coming, which I think is perhaps the best possible "Game of Thrones"/NBA mashup there could ever be.)
SG: Bucksketball. Jeremy Schmidt with a dire but well-balanced piece on accepting and owning the pessimism that comes with being a Bucks fan: "No one ever really cares. The Bucks do not matter. And that's why I am the way I am. That's why I write the way I write." I want to offer some consolation and say that I think we can all relate, but I'm not sure we can; that's what makes Jeremy's post so interesting.
PG: WEEI.com. Paul Flannery on the coaching genius of Doc Rivers, perhaps as much a point guard on the sidelines as he ever was during his playing days, given how he keeps the Boston Celtics on-time and on-target.
6th: The Basketball Jones. Everyone's favorite little puppet character could be coming back! That's right: Franklin! (No, we are talking about Lil' Penny, obviously.)
7th: NBA Playbook. Brett Koremenos on how "shooting specialists" — off-the-bench gunners like Kyle Korver, who are expected to get up and get buckets, even without getting warm — affect the run of play.
8th: SB Nation. Mike Prada revisits the 2010 NBA draft. Which players have grown? Which have stagnated? (SPOILER ALERT: Might not want to read this one, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu or John Wall. Wait, John Wall?!?)
9th: Negative Dunkalectics. The delightful weirdos from the ND crew reveal their "lost" season previews, both for the Eastern and Western Conferences. It's funny — a lot of those horrendously off-base preseason predictions look pretty familiar. Could it be that these are things journotypes everywhere actually all thought were likely? No, of course not. Probably just my mind playin' tricks on me.
10th: The Washington Post. Michael Lee runs down just how awkward this lockout-shortened NBA season has been, and somehow manages to do it without this picture of Blake Griffin and Jared Dudley. It's been awkward enough to forget about that.
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