The 10-man rotation, starring Dirk, Pau and high bars to clear

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February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Eastern Conference forward Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls (16) with the ball as Western Conference forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks (41) defends during the first half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Eastern Conference forward Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls (16) with the ball as Western Conference forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks (41) defends during the first half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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: RealGM. Jonathan Tjarks on how we've been waiting for the next Dirk Nowitzki and the next Pau Gasol for a decade and a half, and how we're still waiting, and why we should celebrate that.

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PF: Bleacher Report. Jared Zwerling gets the famously guarded Tim Duncan to open up ... about the car customization shop he owns, at least. Hey, it's something.

SF: NBA.com. A good read from Ian Thomsen on how veteran reserve big man Matt Bonner took time this summer to lay the groundwork for the next chapter in his professional life after his playing days finish up.

SG: ClipperBlog. D.J. Foster on Lance Stephenson, the wild card whose play could be the key to the Los Angeles Clippers getting over the hump and getting past the second round. (Or not.)

PG: Los Angeles Times. Steve Ballmer's reportedly looking for $100 million per year for the rights to broadcast Los Angeles Clippers games locally, and more on the possibility of the former Microsoft CEO creating a new service that would stream Clippers games online rather than air them on cable.

6th: The Triangle. Missed this last week while out on vacation, but Zach Lowe's report on the "rising tide of optimism among ownership sources, player agents, union officials, and other stakeholders that the league might avoid the once-assumed lockout of 2017" offers a burst of sunshine that we NBA obsessives could always use.

7th: Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Chris Vivlamore on the relationship between Dikembe Mutombo and the city of Atlanta, which has continued long after he no longer suited up for the Hawks.

8th: SB Nation. The All-Decades Team project rolls on, with Tom Ziller arguing that Scottie Pippen was the second-best player of the 1990s and Paul Flannery sparing a few words for Patrick Ewing, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, but not one of the three best centers of his decade.

9th: BBall Breakdown. James Holas considers the hurdles that Reggie Jackson and Michael Carter-Williams will have to leap in their first full seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, respectively, as they try to push their teams toward contention in the Eastern Conference.

10th: Sporting News. Adi Joseph chops it up with Derrick Favors about his quiet, gradual growth into one of the leaders of a Utah Jazz team that many expect to compete for a playoff spot this season.

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