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: Miami Herald. Dan Le Batard on the hammer that LeBron James possesses, and how he's wielding it: "A sports King has never received quite this kind of sport-hijacking genuflecting. […] Player's league. Player's power. And he’s using it like we have never, ever seen."
PF: The Wall Street Journal. Ben Cohen reviews search engine analytics to discover that "the public interest in James, the best basketball player of his time, is highest at the times when he isn't actually playing basketball."
SF: Deadspin. A 2011 magazine feature on LeBron, allegedly snuffed out by his Nike representatives, that details both the unreality associated with seeing LeBron move in the world at that stage of his life and how little can get done when "total access" turns out to be a myth.
SG: Celtics Hub. Tom Westerholm takes a look at the tape on Tyler Zeller to see what kind of player the Boston Celtics have in the 7-footer, whom the Cleveland Cavaliers gave up in Wednesday's cap-space-creating three-way deal: "Zeller might be okay. He might even be kind of good." Bring up those playoff tickets, Celtics fans!
PG: RealGM. Danny Leroux invokes "the law of small numbers" to suggest that the Golden State Warriors might have missed a very rare and near-priceless opportunity when they reportedly balked at including Klay Thompson in a rumored trade package for Kevin Love.
6th: How U. The great @j_069 takes us inside the huddle of new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt — well, the huddles he ran with the Russian men's national basketball team and Maccabi Tel Aviv, at least. He's going to be fun when wired up for sound.
7th: The Triangle. Zach Lowe on what Carmelo Anthony's reported decision to accept a five-year maximum contract to stay in Manhattan means for the New York Knicks' chances of building a championship contender in the next handful of years: "There’s no great option here, which is kind of the point."
8th: Blazersedge. Dane Carbaugh checks out the recent-past backup point guard market to determine whether the Portland Trail Blazers' bi-annual exception addition of Steve Blake represents a decent deal.
9th: The Brooklyn Game. Based on final 2013-14 payroll and luxury tax numbers, Devin Kharpertian looks at which teams spent the most and least per win last season. You will never guess which team paid the most by looking at the name of his blog.
10th: ShamSports. Mark Deeks updates us on the complete history of luxury tax payments in the NBA. The Brooklyn Nets had a record $90.6 million tax bill for last season and still haven't paid half as much as the New York Knicks have since the tax was instituted. GET YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT UP, BROOKLYN.
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