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: 48 Minutes of Hell. Sure, $9 million a year and $7 million a year are pretty steep figures, but the San Antonio Spurs overpay for their own talent when they re-upped Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobili to new deals this offseason? Not necessarily, according to Matthew Tynan.
SF: The Sporting News. There might not be any Zumba gooves, but this is still a nice look at Stephen Curry's offseason workout routine, which appears to be replete with weighted basketballs, dudes hitting you in the arms and big heavy ropes to wiggle. Just like Bob Cousy used to use!
SG: "30 for 30" Shorts. A neat nine-minute mini-documentary on the summer Wilt Chamberlain spent playing for Red Auerbach and working as a bellhop at a country club/resort in the Catskills, which is honestly something that really happened in the 1950s.
PG: Grantland. Friend of the program Jason Concepcion (a.k.a. @netw3rk) shook down his impeccable sources to find out the unimpeachable truth of how Phil Jackson's response to Kendrick Lamar came to pass.
6th: Red94. Now that Our Fearless Leader has detailed how important Jeremy Lin is to the Houston Rockets' chances of being a 60-win beast, Ming Wang thinks it's time to wonder whether Lin should even be the team's starting point guard, considering Patrick Beverley's still in the mix.
7th: Green Street. If Rajon Rondo comes back from his ACL tear to perform at an All-Star level, will the Boston Celtics — picked by many to finish in the lottery after trading away Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night — outperform projections and make it into the playoffs? History says the odds are very good, according to Ben Rohrbach.
8th: The Brooklyn Game. Remember when we thought Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban might have bought the domain name nets.com as a means of putting one over on newly minted billionaire bad-boy owner Mikhail Prokhorov, only it turned out to just be some random anonymous Internet person who's apparently really into putting one over on Prokhorov? Well, said mystery troll's at it again, this time changing the nets.com redirect to a site that probably looks pretty familiar to The Truth, KG and JET.
9th: TrueHoop. Ethan Sherwood Strauss thinks back to the Spurs' decision to basically ignore LeBron James on the perimeter in the NBA finals — a decision, you'll recall, that worked well enough (in combination with other stuff) to bring them within seconds of a championship in Game 6 before all hell broke loose — and wonders: "Can not guarding be the new guarding?"
10th: Hickory High. Andy Liu talks about the differences between watching or talking about the NBA with friends and watching or talking about the NBA with Basketball Twitter, which can be a much more detail-rich, immersive experience. It can also be a depersonalizing echo chamber that makes you think more people think a certain way than they actually do, but hey, there are two sides to every coin.
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