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 Hook and Daily Thunder. Tom Ziller and Royce Young on the importance of preserving players' freedoms to participate in international competition if they choose to, even if injuries like Paul George's send owners and general managers rushing to shut them down.
PF: Sports Illustrated. Lee Jenkins' kicker offers, for my money, the most effective argument for why holding George and other players out of summertime competitions, international or otherwise, doesn't make much sense.
SF: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals on the misery of what looks like it's going to be a "Lost Season" delaying George and the Indiana Pacers' shot at redemption: "Until further notice, George is stuck in last season's downward spiral, suspended in motion and unable to do a thing to fix it."
SG: Other League. We talk about this every time a player gets hurt under the basket or on the sidelines, and we ought to keep talking about it until something actually gets done about it: "Basketball has a problem, and that problem is that they try to pack as many seats, cameras, and reporters into the game, leaving little room outside of the playing court."
PG: 8 Points, 9 Seconds. The Pacers can apply for a disabled player exception to try to replace George for the season, but as Jared Wade sees it, the odds of Indy actually pulling the trigger on such a move are pretty low.
6th: Cowbell Kingdom. Everything else took a backseat to George's well-being, but before the injury stopped the scrimmage, DeMarcus Cousins looked strong on both ends of the court. Did the Sacramento Kings big man's performance help his chances of landing a frontcourt roster spot?
7th: Spurs Nation. Manu Ginobili is "sad and disappointed" that a stress fracture in his right leg will prevent him from suiting up for Argentina in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, likely ending his career in international competition.
9th: Illiana Sports Talk. After making a surprising run to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers have had a comparatively quiet offseason. Next summer, though, they're going to have some interesting decisions to make — and some intriguing options to consider as they look to build a title contender around Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
10th: New York Daily News. Meet Dylan Gioia, a 22-year-old who bought an ABA franchise in Brooklyn for $10,000 and is paying it off in $250-a-month installments while living in his mom's basement. (“However, I’m in the process of moving out,” he says.)
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