The 10-man rotation, starring LeBron James, who is still not in the Slam Dunk Contest

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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: Complex. Russ Bengtson smartly and accurately explains why LeBron James should apologize to absolutely nobody for appearing in the Slam Dunk Contest. (Although this mess was kind of dodgy.)
PF: CelticsBlog. Yesterday, with Mo Cheeks out in Detroit and Josh Smith clearly not working as Pistons small forward, some rumors had the Boston Celtics interested in dealing for Rajon Rondo’s good friend. Here is a list of reasons why the Celtics should pass on any proposed deal for J-Smoove.
SF: SB Nation. The Houston Rockets boast perhaps the best contract size-to-production deals in the league in Chandler Parsons’ “tiny” $1 million deal. That compensation may become a problem as Chandler nears potential free agent turns.
SG: Deadspin. Dan Devine noted that Mark Cuban wanted the NBA to research the benefits of HGH use earlier this year. In this Deadspin column, Dr. Matt McCarthy researches the benefits to those potential benefits.
PG: Pro Basketball Talk. D.J. Foster looks at three very good players who could survive as starters on very good teams, if not their current ones.

6th: Sports Illustrated. Ben Golliver with a very cool and thorough look at some of the better runners-up in NBA Slam Dunk Contest history.
7th: New York Times. Despite their struggles, the New York Knicks do genuinely seem to like each other and their coach. This is a look inside a typical, competitive, Knick practice and scrimmage.
8th: Sports Illustrated. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but somehow Tom Thibodeau has kept the Chicago Bulls afloat of late. Joakim Noah’s Here’s why.
9th: Sports Illustrated. Lee Jenkins with a fantastic feature on someone who still somehow seems underrated: Indiana Pacers All-Star Roy Hibbert.
10th: Grantland. Danny Chau went to the Los Angeles Lakers/Utah Jazz game on Tuesday night. Poor, poor Danny Chau.

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