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: Blog-a-Bull. It's a question Our Fearless Leader has brought up throughout the year — would typically cost-conscious Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf really be cool with paying Carlos Boozer to play for somebody else by jettisoning him with the amnesty provision in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, or could Chicago decide to pay the $16.8 million to keep the power forward around next year despite his limitations, the presence of ready-made replacement Taj Gibson and international stud prospect Nikola Mirotic waiting in the wings? If an in-game report by TNT's Craig Sager on Thursday night is to be believed, they might've already told Boozer that they're planning to do just that.
PF: Hoop76. After an amazingly strong start to his NBA career, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams appears to have been fundamentally obliterated by the rookie wall in virtually every area of his game, as Tom Sunnergren writes, resurrecting once-prevalent but since-slain doubts about whether the Syracuse product could be the real deal at the point in the modern NBA.
SF: ESPN.com and Bleacher Report. We've already talked about a couple of initiatives atop new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's agenda, and Brian Windhorst and Howard Beck have some more in store, including the creation of a centralized instant replay control room/situation center (music to the ears of those who hate the league's recent slough toward interminable clear-path foul reviews) and looking closely at ways to shorten games, the potential elimination of divisions and more.
SG: Waiting for Next Year, numberFire and Fan Attitude. A trio of takes on Anthony Bennett's developing skill set, his recent improvement and the chances that the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2013 No. 1 pick could still break out.
PG: Ballerball. If your significant other isn't completely swept off his or her feet by these Nikola Pekovic-themed Valentine's Day cards, then you probably haven't found your soulmate yet. That's sad, but also, hey, it's better to know, right?
6th: SB Nation. Seth Rosenthal revisits some of the less-than-stellar performances in the recent history of the Slam Dunk Contest. Poor Darrell Armstrong.
8th: National Post. Eric Koreen on DeMar DeRozan, whose development has continued apace and whose first-time All-Star status has been hard-earned.
9th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. "I like my hamburgers greasy and simple," begins Evan Dunlap's wonderful review of a new Planet Hollywood menu item named after and inspired by Orlando Magic mascot Stuff the Magic Dragon.
10th: ShamSports. Brilliant/insane Brit Mark Deeks offers the latest installment in his annual series that keeps us abreast of the current (or most recent known) whereabouts of retired players, from Tariq Abdul Wahad all the way to Eurelijus Zukauskas.
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