I guess we can connect them in one step, then. (Joey Foley/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: Slate. Ben Blatt built a search tool that applies the old "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game to professional sports, affording you the opportunity to connect "any two NBA, NFL, and MLB athletes in history — even if they played different sports." Have fun trying to stump the system; I decided to stop once I knew precisely how to link Sid Fernandez and John Starks, but you might have more staying power than I do.
PF: ESPN.com. Steve Nash writes about his role as general manager of Canada basketball, the mammoth growth of the game north of the border, and the bright future heralded by players like 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and rising Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
SF: Hickory High. Patrick Redford tries to wrap his arms around the career, now apparently at its end, of Corey Maggette, a player who "drifted chaotic-neutral through the league" for 14 years and epitomizes the weird middle ground of good careers that feel somehow hollow.
SG: In the Game. A pretty interesting study of where turnovers happen most often in Euroleague games — where picked-off passes start, where they're intended, where non-passing violations are most common, etc. It'd be cool to see the approach applied to NBA cough-ups.
PG: D-League Digest. In which the D-League's vice president of basketball operations and player personnel just slips this one in there: "College might not be an option for everyone." (Like, for example, Aquille Carr.)
7th: CelticsHub. Michael Pina considers Gerald Wallace's recent criticism of his Boston Celtics teammates' effort on the floor and how much of what's frustrating Crash might come from the simple realities of inexperience and schematic shifts: "it’s a lot easier to go all out when you know where you’re supposed to be."
8th: NBA.com. The annual GM Survey's out. In shocking news, the people who filled it out like the Miami Heat, LeBron James and Kevin Durant a lot, and continue to use "limited natural ability" as something close to a synonym for "white."
9th: Mavs Moneyball. Items available for purchase at Michael Finley's recent estate sale included "dress shirts [...] custom made by the same designer that custom made Michael Jackson's dress shirts," "an autographed Coca-Cola vending machine and several rims and tires."
10th: Charlotte Observer. Nearly seven years after his NBA debut and 3 1/2 years since his last NBA appearance, former first-round draft pick Patrick O'Bryant is trying to earn a roster spot with the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, and knows the odds are against him: "I have to show great work ethic, which has been one of my biggest faults to date — that I tend not to work very hard."
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