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: New York Times. For any NBA fan that struggled through the last five months, this piece from Howard Beck will evoke an unending series of emotions. This NBA lockout was needless, pointed, purposeful to an end, crushing and hilarious all at once. And Beck, as is usually the case with him, nailed the scene (specifically, the cadre of reporters waiting for any snippet of news outside hotel conference rooms) perfectly. Read this column now, think about where you were when things broke, and then read it again later. Trust me.
PF: Deadspin. I still think Eric Freeman had the best take, but Tommy Craggs' version is bloody brilliant as well.
SF: The Basketball Jones. Onion writers wish they were as good as Trey Kerby.
SG: SB Nation. Tom Ziller's note-perfect take on the 2011 "offseason."
PG: San Antonio Express-News. Someone named "Gilbert Arenas" was arrested for stealing copper.
6th: NBA.com. John Schuhmann (welcome back!) gives you a list of sound free-agent choices.
7th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. Gilbert Arenas, as expected, has been waived by the Orlando Magic.
8th: Hardwood Hype. On "The Blockbuster That Wasn't."
9th: Magic Basketball. Danny Nowell takes on Stan Van Gundy's future in Orlando.
10th: ESPN.com. We know that it's an Insider piece, but if you have the account, read John Hollinger's take on the week that wuz.
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