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: The Diss. I really enjoyed Jacob Greenberg's attempt to unpack what bums him out so much about watching Jarrett Jack, who played such a big role on last year's fun and good Golden State Warriors, play such a comparatively minuscule and unimportant part on this year's dismal and bad Cleveland Cavaliers, and why guards who dominate the rock and can control games, but not all the time, tend to produce the league's greatest joys and sorrows.
PF: Basketball Insiders, twice. Speaking of the Warriors: Nate Duncan sits down with general manager Bob Myers for a two-part interview digging into how the Dubs' braintrust went about turning a perpetual sub-.500 also-ran into a team that, while currently sitting seventh in the Western Conference, at times takes on the look of a real-deal title contender.
SF: Waiting for Next Year. Speaking of the Cavs: Hey, want to see Cleveland play some really bad help defense and get torched? Well, Kirk Lammers doesn't, but he did, so he broke down the breakdowns. (Something of a masochist, I suspect, as many Cleveland fans are.)
SG: Salt City Hoops. Jan. 31 is Jerry Sloan Day in Utah, and the Utah Jazz will be raising a banner with "1223" on it — representing the number of regular- and postseason games Sloan won as the Jazz's head coach — to the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena. This might mean bad news for the Jazz, though; see, as David J. Smith explains, they don't do so hot in "retirement" games.
PG: The Hook. Tom Ziller on why Adam Silver needs to break with David Stern's pro-labor-stoppage-and-lockout stance when he takes the reins, and how he can do it.
6th: SB Nation. It's really not easy to score on the Indiana Pacers, but Mike Prada has some suggestions on how you might go about it. (Over at The Triangle, Kirk Goldsberry offers some SportVU-aided context for just how good that Pacers defense is: "The Pacers’ defense seems to turn every shooter they play against into some combination of Josh Smith and Ricky Rubio.")
7th: Grantland. Zach Lowe goes long on the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks, a lights-out offensive unit that can't defend well enough to be a real threat, but remains eminently fun and unpredictable on a night-to-night basis due to the never-ending brilliance of Dirk Nowitzki and head coach Rick Carlisle's perpetual ability to get his charges "to embrace our inner misfitness.”
8th: BallerMindFrame. Matt Patton on the good (system fit and 3-point bombing!) and bad (inconsistency and overexposure!) of Gerald Green's comeback season with the Phoenix Suns.
9th: D.C. Sports Bog. In which Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat argues for the return of short shorts.
10th: Wall Street Journal. If you are a team who might want to trade for New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert, you might want to make sure you have a left-handed point guard who isn't Raymond Felton. Chris Herring explains.
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