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: TrueHoop and SB Nation. Kevin Arnovitz on the San Antonio Spurs, who make it all work by making it all about the work, just like most of us want to in our real lives, and Paul Flannery on learning how much San Antonio loves the team "everyone else wants to be" in a friendlier-than-most bar.
PF: The Diss. Jacob Greenberg makes me smile by making me sad with his take on the Spurs winning their fifth title 15 years after winning their first: "It is not the teams that are declining, but us as living, breathing humans; losing a bit of ourselves each day. Our ball movement is growing slower and more sticky. Our defensive rotations are slower. Our own doubts about our immortality are creeping in."
SF: Grantland. Jonathan Abrams on the friendship between Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, which began as teenagers in France's National Institute of Sports and Physical Education, and has led them to hoisting the O'Brien together.
SG: Rolling Stone. Steve McPherson reminds us that the Spurs' fifth championship isn't a representative victory for one kind of organization or team-building strategy over another, that "there's nothing morally reprehensible about the way the Heat have gone about creating a team that got to four consecutive Finals," and that "we should be able to grant a happy ending based not on moral goodness but simply in appreciation of the craft."
PG: SB Nation. Along the same lines, Mike Prada reminds us that, while they might not often turn in highlights as jaw-dropping as the ones Miami's athletes author at their peak, these Spurs were, in fact, the more talented of the two teams contesting the NBA Finals.
6th: Eye on Basketball and The Point Forward. Zach Harper on Manu Ginobili making a four-championship career out of controlling chaos, and Rob Mahoney on the Argentine exorcising the ghosts of 2013 with a brilliant Finals this June.
7th: Mavs.com. Bobby Karalla tries to answer a question that a lot of us have been mulling over recently: How the hell did the Dallas Mavericks give that Spurs team its toughest challenge of the season?
8th: Regressing. According to the Game Score metric, Kyle Wagner finds, "LeBron [James] had more help in the Finals in 2007 than he did this year," which is saying something.
9th: The Brooklyn Game. Devin Kharpertian on why, even if they find a suitor cool with double ankle surgeries, the Brooklyn Nets won't trade high-priced point guard Deron Williams: "They've built for the era of 2011-2016, and given how they've set up their roster, they'll hit the reset button then, not now."
10th: At the Hive. The Charlotte Hornets — still a little weird getting used to typing that again — are almost certainly going to look for some shooting help in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft. But Ben Swanson's wondering: Just how much can head coach Steve Clifford's talent for defensive scheming help the former Bobcats' new charges get away with?
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