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: ProBasketballTalk. Bless you, Dan Feldman.
PG: Basketball Insiders, twice. Nate Duncan gets to lawyerin' on why Donald Sterling's decision not to pay his $2.5 million fine was a poor one from a legal standpoint, and how the league's official charge to terminate Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers laid out the NBA legal strategy should this become a matter for the courts.
6th: Los Angeles Times. Regardless of their likelihood of winning in court, the Sterlings very well might still sue the NBA, because … well, that's what they do, as reporters Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim explain.
7th: Wall Street Journal. Ben Cohen on how the Heat do a better job of taking advantage of "the NBA court's imperfect geometry" than any other team in the league.
8th: SLAM. The venerable hoops publication just overhauled its website and is celebrating with some quality stories, including this Charley Rosen gem about Roy Rubin, a.k.a. "Poor Roy Rubin," the utterly overmatched head coach of the horrendous 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers. (Another good one? This bit of pop-culture time travel revisiting SLAM's very first edition.)
9th: ESPN the Magazine. Andrew McNeill on how Matt Bonner landed a sneaker deal via Twitter.
10th: DraftExpress. Mike Schmitz goes to the videotape to take a closer look at how potential No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid fared against other NBA-caliber centers during his one year at Kansas. Some good, some bad, some ugly.
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