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. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] C : Bleacher Report . Ethan Skolnick talks to Luol Deng about the leadership role he's taken in the NBA's efforts in Africa and how it's helping the Miami Heat forward prepare for what will come next: "I really believe that my involvement in this world, or in this life, is yet to come [...]I just believe that my purpose in life is to really make it a better world." PF : Posting and Toasting . While many New York Knicks fans have lamented the organization's obtuse and opaque decision-making processes throughout the James Dolan era, Seth Rosenthal wonders whether Phil Jackson's as-advertised transparency — particularly as manifested in Charley Rosen's "The Phil Files" series, in which Jackson has offered many unvarnished opinions about former, current and hoped-for Knicks players — is ultimately a good thing. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] SF : Eye on Basketball and Knickerblogger . Sam Vecenie on Maurice Ndour's journey from Senegal to Japan to junior college to the MAC to the NBA, and Bryan Gibberman on why the New York Knicks may have made a mistake in not locking up Ndour when they had the chance, allowing the Dallas Mavericks to swoop in and pick him up. SG : SB Nation . Ricky O'Donnell traces Cliff Alexander's fall from top prep prospect and highly touted Kansas recruit to undrafted free agent hoping to catch on with the Portland Trail Blazers. PG : Detroit Free Press . Vincent Ellis on the time Stan Van Gundy told Reggie Jackson to go be with his father, the relationships that have been built between the point guard, the coach and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, and the personal connections that resulted in this summer's five-year, $80 million contract . 6th : Pounding the Rock . A good read from Jesus Gomez on how the addition and effective integration of LaMarcus Aldridge could help Tony Parker have his best season in years. 7th : The Players' Tribune . Ten years after the open heart surgery that nearly ended his career, the great Ronny Turiaf reflects on how he "learned to tap into the darkness that came with it to live my life fully." 8th : New York Times . Nida Najar reports from Ballo Ke, the "sleepy Punjabi village" in which Satnam Singh was born and raised, on how the first Indian-born player ever selected in the NBA draft triggered "a celebration — not of an individual achievement, but of a collective one." 9th : RealGM . Jonathan Tjarks on the importance of the Phoenix Suns finding playing time and opportunities for T.J. Warren, whose scoring touch could be just what Jeff Hornacek's crew needs to help vault Phoenix back into the Western playoff picture. 10th : Los Angeles Times . Doc Rivers did sound work in adding cost-effective pieces to the Los Angeles Clippers this summer, but more depth could also result in some new problems for the coach and president of basketball operations to solve this season. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
You know how you have spent your entire life waiting for NBA center Chris Kaman to become the host of his own cable reality television series? Well, good news, sad friend: This is finally your day in the sun! [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] "Exploring Kaman," the six-episode web series that the veteran 7-footer debuted last fall , will be coming soon to a TV near you, thanks to AXS TV, the cable network owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Thanks to the new deal, you can no longer watch all six episodes for free online . You can, however, revisit the trailer for the series, which offers a quick overview of the series' focus on firearms , fireworks , fires, friendship and fishing, focusing on the pursuit of a 1,000-pound blue marlin, which seems like a very difficult fish to catch, on account of weighing half a ton : Evidently, such rich content was just too flavorful for Cubes and company to pass up. Well, either that, or Cuban — whose Mavericks are still pretty light in the center department after letting Tyson Chandler walk, missing out on DeAndre Jordan and trading for Zaza Pachulia — just wanted to make sure he found his way into the good graces of his former employee in case the time comes for the youth-movement-focused Portland Trail Blazers decide to cut bait on the final year of the 33-year-old pivot's salary. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Either way, let's get properly prepared to explore the life and mind of this trebuchet-building hunter/gatherer/short-hook shooter. From the AXS announcement, via TV By the Numbers : An avid sportsman, Kaman frequently spends the offseason hunting and fishing around the country. However, there’s one trophy he has yet to add to his wall: the blue marlin, sport fishing’s most sought-after treasure. Armed with a yacht full of family and friends, Kaman sails to Central America in search of his prize. But strong personalities, a nasty bout of seasickness, and a general lack of know-how ensure that there is anything but smooth seas ahead. Throughout the six-week run, the series gives viewers a front-row seat on this one-of-a-kind adventure, as the NBA big man and his buddies catch a 20-pound tuna in Cabo San Lucas; romance local senoritas… with disastrous results; and deal with bruised egos, clogged toilets, and more, as they attempt to reel in a 1,000-pound marlin while keeping their friendship—and sanity—intact. With his witty personality and passion for fishing, Kaman is the perfect guide for this immensely entertaining journey that is as heartfelt as it is hilarious. "Romancing senoritas," clogged toilets and bruised egos ... on second thought, maybe this is the perfect American show. If Donald Trump isn't already in the episode, can we maybe cut in some old footage of him yelling at Vince McMahon or something? Just to make it fully reflective of our national tenor? The series begins its six-week run on Wednesday, August 5 at 11 p.m. ET. If you're not sure if you get AXS or where to find it in your cable package, you can find out on AXS's website . Hat-tip to Dwight Jaynes at CSNNW.com . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.