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Ball Don't Lie

The 10-man rotation, starring a long, hard look at the NBA coaching life of George Karl

Dan Devine
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George Karl in black and white. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBA/Getty Images)

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: Roundball Mining Company. After yet another first-round exit, Kalen Deremo tries to square the resume and reputation of Denver's bench boss with the repeated frustration of postseason failure: "All these years Nuggets fans have been in love with someone who does not exist. George Karl is not the knight in shining armor who has saved the Nuggets from the depths of franchise misery."

PF: SB Nation Longform. A good read (and a long one) from James Herbert on how Indiana Pacers wing Paul George went from a kid playing in jean shorts at a YMCA in Palmdale, Calif., to an NBA All-Star.

SF: Grantland, Eye on Basketball and Eight Points Nine Seconds. Zach Lowe, Zach Harper and Jared "Not Named Zach, Weirdly" Wade come in praise of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert's paint-patrolling performance in Game 1 ...

SG: SB Nation, Posting and Toasting and The Point Forward. ... Mike Prada, Dylan Murphy and Rob Mahoney look at some adjustments the New York Knicks' offense can make to better attack Hibbert in Tuesday's Game 2.

PG: Sports on Earth. Howard Megdal wonders which J.R. Smith will show up for Game 2. If anyone knew the answer to this question on a nightly basis, he or she could make a king's ransom at the sportsbooks, I'd imagine.

6th: TrueHoop. With multiple coaching jobs either now open or expected to open, Kevin Arnovitz runs down the profiles and resumes of several potential candidates — some familiar, some less so — likely to become hot commodities on the ever-turning coaching carousel.

7th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. While fans of still-alive playoff teams are living and dying with every bounce of the ball this postseason, lovers of lottery squads are busily digesting as much NBA draft info as they can. As Tyler Lashbrook continues to look at prospective draft picks for the Orlando Magic, he breaks down injured Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, and considers whether he'd fit in alongside promising young frontcourt players Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson.

8th: Alone in the Green Room. Presenting the 2012-13 Frank Reynolds Trashman All-Star Team, dedicated to celebrating the guys who never score a lot of points, but always come through with the dirty work their teams need. I love this kind of thing. (Also: This team would struggle to outscore anyone, but would be absolutely sensational to watch come playoff time.) (Also also: It's pretty interesting that all these guys are on playoff teams, huh?)

9th: E:60. Tom Friend profiles Kenneth Faried, and it is heartfelt and sensational.

10th: Sports on Earth. Will Leitch likes Mike Breen. So do I. We should start a cub.

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