Definitely want a Lariats throwback now. (Image via suns.com)
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: Suns.com. Forty-five years ago, the newly formed professional basketball franchise in Phoenix asked prospective fans to send in their suggestions for the name of the new team. As we now know, "Suns" won out, but this gallery of other potential monikers is a pretty cool "what might have been" trip.
PF: Sports on Earth. With several very young athletes' perceived indiscretions in the headlines, including Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad being sent home from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program for violating a rule, Will Leitch laments the lack of slack the media gives these pre-drinking-age prodigies these days.
SF: Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chris Vivlamore breaks down how the Atlanta Hawks have turned over virtually their entire organization — from the front office to the coaching staff to the roster, with the exception of center Al Horford and point guard Jeff Teague — in just 15 months. That really is a remarkable tear-down/rebuild.
SG: Hardwood Paroxysm. What's wrong with Dwight Howard's free throw stroke, Dylan Murphy asks? The answer, arrived at through what must have been hours of tape study and analysis: Just about everything.
PG: AdWeek. The NBA's current cable TV broadcast deals expire after the 2016 season, and the rights will surely fetch a staggering sum when they do. Could we be watching games on networks other than ESPN and TNT in a couple years' time?
6th: Land O'Lakers and Philadunkia. The Kamenetzky brothers sit down for a lengthy chat with 2011 first-round pick Royce White, who had about as eventful a rookie season as you can have without actually setting foot on an NBA floor and is looking to get his pro career started after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Alex Gorge offers a Sixers fan's take on White's remarks and the likelihood that he'll actually suit up for the hometown team.
7th: Grizzly Bear Blues. New Memphis Grizzlies head coach reportedly wants his team to pick up the pace a bit this season ... but is that a good idea, given their reliance on plodding bigs Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, or even really a feasible one? Andrew Ford investigates.
8th: Alone in the Green Room, twice. Izzy Gainsburg makes his picks for the best NBA dunkers of the last two seasons. Whether you agree with his choices or dissent, one thing's for sure: This is a really good way to spent a lot of time watching videos of sick recent dunks.
9th: Knickerblogger. Why, exactly, can't the New York Knicks seem to defend point guards with any level of success? Is it a failure of scheme or a matter of individual defensive weakness? David Vertsberger considers these questions as the Knicks again look to be fielding less-than-dogged options at the lead guard this coming season.
10th: SLAM. Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez tells Adam Figman about chilling with President Bill Clinton, agonizing over how to fix the DC Comics film universe, Gerald Wallace's secret candy addiction and much, much more.
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