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: Cavs: The Blog. Robert Attenweiler asks big questions about franchise culture, team identity and locker-room atmosphere as they relate to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have disappointed in a variety of ways thus far this season, and Andrew Bynum, the free-agent acquisition who's been healthier than anyone expected but has still seemed burdened: "What happens when the player all of your other young guys seem to be looking to and, in ways, patterning themselves after is himself a young guy who happens to be going through some stuff?"
PF: The Point Forward. Rob Mahoney looks at Mike Woodson, the ringmaster of the NBA's most ramshackle circus, and tries to parse what about the New York Knicks' start is and is not the head coach's fault. A measured take on a team about whom almost nothing said, written or thought tends to be measured.
SF: Daily Thunder. I look at Reggie Jackson doing cool stuff and think, "Hey, that's awesome." Oklahoma City Thunder fans — some of them, at least — look at Reggie Jackson doing cool stuff and think, "Crap, are we going to be able to afford him in two years?" Such is life in the luxury-tax-livin' NBA when you've already got (justifiable) top-dollar talent on the books.
SG: Beyond the Arc. Kevin Lipe lays out four possible outcomes for the Memphis Grizzlies' 2013-14 season in a smart, reasonable, sober fashion that might make some Grindhouse goers feel like getting something other than sober.
PG: Hardwood Paroxysm. Good stuff from Scott Rafferty on how Harrison Barnes has improved his post-up game from Year 1 to Year 2, and how his ability to take overmatched wings to the block and punish them in a variety of ways adds one more wrinkle to an already (at-times) terrifying Golden State Warriors offense.
6th: The Brooklyn Game. Devin Kharpertian on Jason Kidd's shocking pre-Tuesday-loss decision to "reassign" assistant Lawrence Frank, a move that establishes Kidd's autonomy on the bench and dispels, from this point forward, "the consensus perception [that] Frank was the Cheney to Kidd's Bush, ruling the show behind the scenes."
7th: Sacramento Bee. DeMarcus Cousins owns four pit bulls and is getting involved in helping promote pit-bull adoption, which is nice. I love that he and Zach Randolph are big bruising dudes with massive soft spots for this often stigmatized breed; I wonder if Boogie is scared of cats, too.
8th: Sactown Royalty. It sounds basic, but in games like the one the Sacramento Kings lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Akis Yerocostas argues that the difference between Mike Malone's scuffling squad and their opposition really boils down to a difference in overall talent level. That can be frustrating, but if you shift your perspective a little bit, it can also be kind of heartening.
9th: Bullets Forever. Nice work from Umair Khan showing how a now-in-rhythm Marcin Gortat has helped open up the Washington Wizards' offense with his pick-and-roll prowess, both in combination with John Wall and in triggering secondary actions when defenses have shut down the Wizards' initial option.
10th: D.C. Sports Bog. In other "Polish Hammer" news, Gortat made media members covering the team sing "Happy Birthday" to Martell Webster, whom he apparently refers to as "Sexual Chocolate," which seems like a real fun thing for everybody, Randy Watson-wise.
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