Mikhail Prokhorov's pretty tall. (Nathaniel S. Butler/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: The New York Times. Fresh off Thursday's high-profile Barclays Center unveiling of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, Howard Beck considers the shifting space occupied by Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who "has morphed from the N.B.A.’s international man of mystery into a Russian George Steinbrenner — only taller, richer and with a cool accent."
PF: TrueHoop TV. Kevin Arnovitz sits down with forward Draymond Green to talk about leading the Golden State Warriors' group prayer after eliminating the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs back in May, whether he'd turn down the volume on the way he vocalizes his faith if it made teammates uncomfortable, whether he'd be amenable to an openly gay teammate and more. It's an interesting chat.
SF: Realtor.com. Hey, remember when Gilbert Arenas put his $3.5 million Virginia mansion on the market last summer? Well, he apparently pulled it, but now it's back up for sale. Ridiculously loaded BDL readers can inquire within.
SG: Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Reserve center Ronny Turiaf, the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, shares the little-told story of his relationship with former Wolf and current Iowa State University head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, and how they bonded over the fear of heart surgery.
PG: The National Post. Eric Koreen looks at the Toronto Raptors' two biggest summer acqusitions — Tyler Hansbrough and D.J. Augustin, two members "of the reserve unit that [Indiana] Pacers coach Frank Vogel trusted about as much as the casual sports fan trusts a professional cyclist is clean" — and sees some risk in the "wait and see" approach new general manager Masai Ujiri appears to be taking.
6th: But The Game Is On. How long did it take respected trainer David Thorpe to realize that point guard Gal Mekel, whom the Dallas Mavericks signed as a free agent after he won the Israeli Super League's Most Valuable Player award last season, is a legit NBA talent? “Three days.”
7th: The Point Forward. Rob Mahoney looks at one perhaps overlooked positive of the Charlotte Bobcats' big-money signing of Al Jefferson in free agency — the opportunity an established low-block threat provides for rising sophomore Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to be able to develop in an organized offensive system, which is something he couldn't do last year.
8th: Salt City Hoops. Apparently, the Utah Jazz really loved renting out their cap space for draft picks in the three-team deal that sent Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors, because they're reportedly looking to do the same thing with the rest of their remaining 2013-14 salary flexibility. But are there any decent matches for a $4-plus million sublet? Dan Clayton hits the classifieds.
9th: Blazer's Edge. Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey talks about how he envisions first-round draft pick C.J. McCollum fitting in both behind and alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, the role and opportunity he sees for 2011 lottery pick-turned-pinball Thomas Robinson and more.
10th: ESPN Los Angeles. Dave McMenamin on how lowered expectations — and a full training camp of prep time — could help Mike D'Antoni find greater success in Los Angeles in 2013-14.
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