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.
PF: San Antonio Express-News. A good read from Jeff McDonald on how the Spurs' style has evolved from brutal ("akin to watching an anaconda devour a sheep whole") to beautiful over the years.
SF: SB Nation. Tom Ziller's ranking of the top 75 potentially available free agents in the summer class of 2014. Lots of restricted free agents and guys with early termination/player options up near the top here, indicating just how much could be dependent on other things happening.
PG: ESPN.com. Ramona Shelburne continues her exceptional work on the Donald Sterling story with a long, wide-ranging, carefully reported and revelatory look at how the deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner got to where he is now, and why he won't stop fighting to get back to where he was before.
6th: The Los Angeles Times, twice. James Rainey and Nathan Fenno with the latest in the Sterling family lawsuit saga, featuring the rejection of Shelly Sterling's request that her husband be barred from contacting her lawyers and the psychiatrists who declared him mentally incapacitated, and the loud, aggressive, vulgarity-inflected voice mails from Donald Sterling that led to the request in the first place. Great stuff, everyone.
7th: Talking Points. Tim Kawakami goes in-depth — like, really in-depth — on the Golden State Warriors' thinking, bargaining chips and negotiating tactics in any prospective deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves to land All-Star power forward Kevin Love.
8th: Holy Land Hoops. A good background read on what David Blatt, the newly hired head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was like as the coach of both the Russian men's national team (with whom he won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London) and with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague. One fun line: "He allows his players creativity on the court and loves the big time, big shot points guards that take the bull by the horns." Sound good to you, Kyrie Irving?
9th: Salt Lake Tribune. New Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks about the many great coaches under whom he's worked in a career that marks him as part of many coaching trees, and offers an indication of the tradition in which he places himself: "Coach Pop, to this day, has probably had the biggest influence on me." (This, of course, isn't a bad time to be branded as a Spurs disciple.)
10th: Hickory High. As a way of saying farewell, or maybe just "See you later and somewhere else," the gang from this wonderful-and-soon-to-be-defunct site put together an expansive yearbook looking back at the 2013-14 NBA season. Kick 'em some shekels for more than 50,000 words worth of work in recognition of a race well run, won't you?
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