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The 10-man rotation, starring Terrence Ross dunking a cat, because Internet

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Terrence Ross is less a finesse dunker than he is a meower dunker. (Image via Sport Balls Replaced with Cats)

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: Sport Balls Replaced with Cats. Not really sure what to add to the tease that the site name doesn't already give you.

PF: New York Times. First, Stephon Marbury becomes an assistant coach in China; now, Amar'e Stoudemire's going to be an assistant coach for Canada in Israel. Because these things happen in threes, let's just get ahead of the curve and congratulate Mardy Collins on his new job as a video coordinator in Liechtenstein.

SF: CBA FAQ Blog. Collective bargaining agreement/salary cap wizard Larry Coon considers the argument made by some Los Angeles Lakers fans that the L.A. front office should use the CBA's amnesty provision on Pau Gasol this summer. (SPOILER: He's not in favor of it.)

SG: SB Nation. For years, many basketball fans have accepted it as a given that teams with offenses that generate more assists will score more efficiently than those that don't. But that assumption's not borne out in Tom Ziller's research, begging the question: Just how important are direct assists to an offense?

PG: Spurs Nation. Dan McCarney offers a fun glimpse at the odd couple relationship between San Antonio Spurs reserves Stephen Jackson and Matt Bonner, two of The Basketball Internet's favorite people.

6th: Bullets Forever. After a pretty quiet and fairly rough performance in a blowout loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday, which was just the latest in a season full of largely uninspired offensive play, Mike Prada's wondering: Has Nene's decline already begun in earnest? And if so, what does that mean for the Washington Wizards' 2013-14 prospects?

7th: Posting and Toasting. Hey, remember that J.R. Smith/"pipe" story we definitely could touch a couple of months back? Well, there is an update to it — one involving a remarkably named Alabama manufacturer of plumbing products — that is even more unbelievable than what has come before. The universe is weird, man.

8th: The Point Forward. As we wind down the 2012-13 season, Rob Mahoney sternly informs quite a number of teams, players and coaches that he is disappointed in them. In a way, it's almost worse than when he yells at you, you know?

9th: Rockets.com. After a fortuitous goaltend helped clinch their playoff berth, Jason Friedman reminds us just how unlikely the Houston Rockets' run to the 2012-13 postseason has been, and how the play of James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and company has made this the sixth-youngest (in terms of "weighted age") team since 1997 to make the second season.

10th: The Basketball Jones. Looking great, Ronny Turiaf.

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