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The 10-man rotation, starring LeBron James remembering everything, for better and for worse

NBA basketball star LeBron James throws a basketball during a Nike-sponsored event in Beijing, China, Monday, July 21, 2014. Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city's championship hopes, James is going back to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland's half-century title drought
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NBA basketball star LeBron James throws a basketball during a Nike-sponsored event in Beijing, China, Monday, July 21, 2014. Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city's championship hopes, James is going back to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland's half-century title drought. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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: ESPN.com. A fantastic read from Brian Windhorst on LeBron James' remarkable memory — the one that Shane Battier once called "quasi-photographic" and referred to as "a little like 'A Beautiful Mind'" — and the good things and bad things it can do to him over the course of a game, a series and a season.

PF: RealGM. Jonathan Tjarks on a possible silver lining surrounding the dark cloud that has been the Houston Rockets' disappointing summer — more opportunities for Terrence Jones.

SF: Forum Blue and Gold. Daniel Rapaport runs down how, in a little over three years, the Los Angeles Lakers went from championship contender to coachless also-ran.

SG: Grantland. Zach Lowe tries to figure out what exactly the Sacramento Kings are doing. Good luck, Zach.

PG: Cowbell Kingdom and Sactown Royalty. The answer, for the moment: They're winning (Summer League) championships, baby.

6th: NBA.com. The great David Aldridge's always-information-packed Morning Tip column leads off with Derek Fisher getting his arms around teaching the Triangle offense as the head coach of the New York Knicks' Las Vegas Summer League team, and the challenges he'll face as he tries to get established pros like recently re-upped star Carmelo Anthony on-board.

7th: Regressing. In which science proves that big men have benefitted more from the institution of the 3-point arc than guards have. (It's all about spacing, y'all.)

8th: PistonPowered. In which Brady Fredericksen makes the case for "Josh Smith: Super-Sub," an idea that seems to me to have a very-close-to-zero chance of ever actually happening, but is fun to think about as Stan Van Gundy looks for ways to jumpstart the moribund Detroit Pistons.

9th: Awful Announcing and The National Post. Of course Canadian athletes don't have less motivation than other athletes, Jason Whitlock. Get out of here.

10th: USA TODAY Sports. Jason Wolf goes long on Sam Hinkie, a man who takes great pains to avoid the spotlight, which has made him persona non grata to those media members and fans who want answers for the Philadelphia 76ers' determined race to the bottom of the NBA.

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