Andrei Kirilenko does something right. (David Sherman/NBA/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: HoopSpeak. “I’m pretty good at understanding what’s not good, so I’m not going to [do] it." Leave it to Andrei Kirilenko to offer just about the best description possible of what makes him such a unique all-around marvel on the basketball court. Steve McPherson's drops that great line, plus many more jewels, in a very fun and enlightening feature on the Minnesota Timberwolves forward, back in the NBA after a year away and acting as one of the few constants for a team that's been beset by injuries and volatility this season.
PF: The Diss. On the occasion of another Martin Luther King Jr. Day chock full of NBA basketball — an "informal Diet Christmas," as he calls it — Jacob Greenberg considers the decision to start off the day with a spotlight game in Memphis, the site of Dr. King's assassination, and what he views as an incomplete depiction of who Dr. King really was and what he really promoted at the time of his death. An interesting, thought-provoking read that also gives me the opportunity to share one of my favorite videos — Ill Doctrine maven Jay Smooth's 2008 reminder of 10 other things Dr. King said.
SF: SB Nation. Amid news that the sale of the Sacramento Kings to the a Seattle-based ownership group intent on moving the team to Washington to bring back the Sonics is all but a done deal, Tom Ziller tells the Maloof family exactly how he, and likely most other Kings fans, feel about their actions in this ongoing debacle. This isn't mere spleen venting — it's what happens when research, experience and talent meet justifiable anger. As I've said before, I'm glad Tom wrote it; I'm just sad that we've got occasion to read it.
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