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: CSNNE.com. The funniest sentence written on the Basketball Internet on Thursday belongs to A. Sherrod Blakely, who reports that the Boston Celtics will sign Darko Milicic to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract next week: "However, the C's couldn't resist the opportunity to add the 7-foot Milicic who has shown progress since beginning his career in Detroit where his minutes were limited by a trio of all-star big men (Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess)."
Yep, that sounds right. Good ol' irresistible, constantly progressing Darko.
(BONUS CONTENT! At HoopSpeak, Zach Harper lets Celtics fans know what they're in for.)
PF: Indianapolis Star. We had known that Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert engages in mixed martial arts training during the offseason, but we haven't actually sat in on a session with him. Mike Wells did. The money quote: "Again, the chicken was begging to come out of my stomach."
SF: HoopSpeak. X's-and-O's maven Brett Koremenos uses tape of last year's New Orleans Hornets to show how a simple action could prove devastating for this year's Los Angeles Lakers.
SG: Grantland. Jonathan Abrams offers another blazin' hot NBA profile, offering us an in-depth look at whether New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith is misguided or misunderstood. (The answer seems to be, "Yup.")
PG: DallasMavericks.com. Coach Rick Carlisle thinks this is the year talented but injury-prone/inconsistent guard Rodrigue Beaubois "puts it all together." Fans of lightning-fast jitterbug types who can shoot hope he's right. (Also, Dallas Mavericks fans.)
6th: BrooklynNets.com. Ben Couch covers a lot of ground in offering an in-depth look at second-year guard MarShon Brooks' path to the NBA. It looks pretty, too.
8th: Orlando Pinstriped Post and Raptors HQ. Evan Dunlap and Adam Francis take the math I used to figure out J.R. Smith really was a bargain last year and apply it to the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors, respectively. Their conclusions: Mad dudes got overpaid.
9th: Blog A Bull. Derrick Rose wants you to stop texting and driving. We want that, too, but we also want you to watch this video, because it features roughly 30 seconds of Derrick Rose fluidly dribbling, jumping and dunking, and because we've spent too much time talking about ligaments recently.
10th: Valley of the Suns. Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry is entering the final year of his contract, and while we expect the Suns to take a step back this season (and know Suns general manager Lance Banks already thinks "every human being on Earth has lame-duck status"), Mike Schmitz thinks Gentry should get to keep the gig for a while.
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