Reggie gets MJ turned around in the pick-and-roll. (Dick Raphael/NBAE/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: SLAM. Twenty years after Reggie Lewis' shocking, untimely death while shooting around in the gym at Brandeis University, Tzvi Twersky speaks with former teammates, coaches, broadcasters and more about the gone-too-soon All-Star who seemed on the cusp of becoming a true Boston Celtics great.
PF: ShamSports. With most of the moving and shaking in the NBA's post-July 1 free-agent season behind us, Mark Deeks stacks up the details of the new contracts and salary commitment information he's sussed out to tell us which teams still have cap space left and how much room they actually have to maneuver, should they so choose. If you are wondering if your team's done adding pieces, you should definitely be reading this to find out if said team even can.
SF: TrueHoop. Kyle Weidie of Washington Wizards blog Truth About It tells the story of Brett Salap, "the voice of Las Vegas Summer League," whose front-row play-by-play calls have become a staple in Sin City. It's a great story, full of heart, about one of the people on the periphery who's been touched by the game. A really fun read.
SG: The Classical. Sam Riches retraces the depressing deterioration of the NBA career, such as it was, of Robert Swift, who entered our consciousness as an 18-year-old lottery pick and exited it as a busted 27-year-old squatting in the bullet-holed house he'd let lapse into foreclosure. It's not the sunniest story, but it's one well told.
PG: BBall Breakdown and Bleacher Report. Coach Nick and Michael Pina look at the impact Dwight Howard figures to have on the Houston Rockets next year, with the former considering the improvement Howard profiles to provide on both ends of the floor, while the latter focuses more on the potential boost the pair of Howard and starter-turned-reserve center Omer Asik can give Houston's defense, which could move up from the middle of the pack toward the top of the league thanks to its fearsome tandem in the paint.
7th: SB Nation. If LeBron James' days as a member of the U.S. men's national basketball team are indeed behind him, it's incumbent upon us to remember the all-around brilliance he so often displayed in international competition, as well as his role in the 2004 debacle that led to the rebirth of USA Basketball as the sport's dominant global power. Jason Patt and Steve von Horn look back at LeBron's Olympic legacy.
8th: Knickerblogger. Carmelo Anthony isn't very good at setting screens. The New York Knicks' offense scored like gangbusters on possessions where he was the screener last season. David Vertsberger takes a look at how these two statements can be simultaneously true, and wonders why New York didn't go to this look more often.
9th: Waiting for Next Year. With a year under his belt, a new coach on the sideline and incoming veteran Jarrett Jack relieving him of responsibility for backing up at the point, could we see a big jump from Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters this season?
10th: Lucid Sports Fan. As more and more teams seem inclined to pump the brakes on contending this season in an attempt to improve their chances of netting a high lottery pick in what profiles as a well-stocked 2014 NBA draft, it's worth asking: How much does tanking now really help you win down the line? The answer might not be as clear-cut as you'd think.
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