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: Sports on Earth. David Roth on the unique and (since he became a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, at least) ubiquitous dislike for Dwight Howard. A distaste with no real precedent in recent NBA history.
PF: Philadunkia. Phil Jackson probably does not want to coach an NBA team at this stage in his career, preferring to probably take his talents to a front office, he probably does not think much of the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster, and he assuredly wants no part of coaching Kwame Brown or potentially Andrew Bynum ever again. But … is there a chance he comes to Philly?
SF: Mavs Moneyball. If you feel like laughing until you cry, Dallas Mavericks fans, look at some of the worst-case scenario selections Kirk Henderson put together for your 2013-14, post-free agency roster.
SG: Blog a Bull. If you feel like laughing until you cry, Chicago Bulls fans, look at Derrick Rose’s finest plays from the 2012-13 regular season.
PG: True Hoop. Kevin Arnovitz with five things to watch for Thursday’s pivotal Game 3 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. Two takeaways: Vinny Del Negro has stepped up, and Marc Gasol badly needs to step up on the offensive side of the court.
6th: Peachtree Hoops. The Atlanta Hawks laid an egg in Games 1 and 2 of their series against the Indiana Pacers, but with good vibes, smarter moves, friendlier refs and Kyle Korver on their side, the momentum could easily change while back home in Georgia.
7th: Celtics Hub. Courtney Lee’s disappointing first season in Boston is probably nearing an end, as Celtics coach Doc Rivers admits that he’s been eclipsed in the Boston rotation by Jordan Crawford.
8th: SB Nation. Mostly leaving his personal views on Howard the person aside, and with the Lakers limping toward the end, Tom Ziller goes over Dwight Howard’s potential suitors in the 2013 free-agent market.
9th: The Classical. Spencer Lund tries to wrap his brain around how in the world Spurs personnel boss R.C. Buford has made it this far into his career without winning an Executive of the Year award, before settling on an appropriate resolution.
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