The 10-man rotation, starring Jason Williams' elbow pass and 'art at its most basic level'

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"White Chocolate" readies a behind-the-back feed. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)


"White Chocolate" readies a behind-the-back feed. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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 Classical. Ian Levy on Jason Williams' elbow pass in the 2000 Rookie Challenge, "an act of pure art" that, to some extent, "helped change the league but not fast enough to keep it from changing him first."

PF: Raptors Republic. Good stuff from William Lou on the little things that Patrick Patterson does to help create shots for his Toronto Raptors teammates, which, when added to his ability to stroke pick-and-pop jumpers and help out on the glass, have made him something of a steal for Dwane Casey's squad since coming over from the Sacramento Kings in the Rudy Gay deal.

SF: Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Jerry Zgoda goes back in time to explain how David Kahn's 2011 draft strategy came back to hurt the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

SG: The Hook. Speaking of that 2011 draft coming back to bite the Wolves in a Houston Rockets win, Tom Ziller considers Daryl Morey's options when it comes to the question of what to do about the contract of Chandler Parsons.

PG: PlayoffStatus, twice. Strength-of-schedule ratings for the rest of the season suggest that the Nets and Knicks might have an easier path to getting/maintaining a lower-tier Eastern Conference playoff seed than the Pistons, while the battle at the bottom of the Western bracket could be decided by how the Mavs navigate what profiles as the second-toughest remaining slate in the league.

6th: Grantland. Zach Lowe surveys the likeliest movers, shakers and pat-standers as the Feb. 20 trade deadline approaches, and does so while using the phrase "swallow a smelly dump."

7th: Bullets Forever. Mike Prada explains why he doesn't expect the Washington Wizards to make a big splash at the deadline.

8th: Sports on Earth. Shaun Powell talks to Jaeson and Josh Maravich about the challenges of growing up as the sons of the great "Pistol" Pete Maravich, a Louisiana basketball legend whose death at age 40 left the boys with an impossible standard of basketball excellence to meet and without a father to help them try.

9th: How Did This Get Made? Comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane-Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas and Owen Burke break down Dennis Rodman's feature-film debut alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mickey Rourke in the 1997 Academy Award-winner movie "Double Team." There's some NSFW language within and plenty of instances of befuddlement, so listener discretion is advised.

10th: The No Look Pass. If you have $25, you can get a Snuggie/Slanket/whatever that makes you look like you're an NBA player. Don't everybody go breaking down the doors of your nearest Bed Bath and Beyond all at once.

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