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: The Brooklyn Game. I got laughs out of a few phrases in this Andrew Gnerre post — "Some of my nicest t-shirts are Nets shirts," for one, and a reference to Reggie Evans as "the trust fund art school dropout’s Kevin Garnett," which, I mean, what? — but I think the larger question of how to handle the shift in fan identification when the underdog team you've rooted for your whole life (the downtrodden New Jersey Nets) becomes the overbearing and overspending bully on the block (the new-look Brooklyn Nets) is a really interesting one, even if you don't think that "buying" a shot at a championship is necessarily a bad thing.
PF: Sports Illustrated. Lee Jenkins, who wrote one of the finest pieces ever penned about Lamar Odom back in 2009, revisits the 14-year veteran's complicated and troubling story "in the midst of a two-week spiral that has been so furious it's hard to keep up."
SF: Salt City Hoops. With Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap set to suit up for new teams this season, the Utah Jazz find themselves in need of a new No. 1 offensive option. Clint Johnson searches the roster for replacements, finds two lottery talents in the form of Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, and digs into the numbers to find out how far off the mark the two youngsters are. (Surprisingly, not as far as you might think.)
SG: SB Nation. What are we really saying when we say a player "makes his teammates better?" Not much of anything, according to Tom Ziller.
PG: The National Post. Eric Koreen on the Canadian men's national basketball team failing to qualify for next summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup, and how positive learning experiences and disheartening missed opportunities aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
6th: Detroit Bad Boys. Will the Detroit Pistons bring rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope along slowly, or throw the No. 8 overall pick right into the fire as their Opening Night starter at shooting guard? Sean Corp thinks KCP's development will skew closer to the later pace than the former.
7th: The Two-Man Game. On Rodrigue Beaubois' depressing journey from super fun and promise-packed Dallas Mavericks point guard to possible cheapo backup to rookie Michael Carter-Williams on the Philadelphia 76ers. Le sigh.
9th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Ian Levy headed to the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., to cover this past weekend's enshrinement of the Class of 2013, but found himself thinking more about the "struggle between story and science" that's come to define the way he — and many of us — think and write about the league.
10th: Posting and Toasting. The bad news for New York Knicks fans is that J.R. Smith, already rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, will miss the first five games for which he is eligible this season due to that stickiest of icky. The good news, according to Joe Flynn? The Knicks' "deep roster of flawed-but-intriguing players" gives head coach Mike Woodson a variety of options to deploy in making up for Smith's absence, which could lead to some beneficial rotation development.
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