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The 10-man rotation, starring Gilbert Arenas’ terrible, no-good contract extension

Gilbert Arenas and Ernie Grunfeld seem really happy with things back in 2008 (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: Washington Post. Nobody really liked the Gilbert Arenas contract extension from back in 2008, especially when paired with Antawn Jamison's extension. Still, things turned out even worse than expected, and on Monday Michael Lee delved into the way Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld somehow made his bidding against himself in 2008 for Arenas' extension worse by tossing the salary cap remnants of that deal toward New Orleans for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.
PF: Bullets Forever. To toss dirt on the fire (?), Mike Prada details who the Wiz could've dealt for after using the amnesty provision on Rashard Lewis' contract last summer.
SF: b8sy productions. A 22-minute Matt Bonner documentary because this is what we need.
SG: The 700 Level. A good feature on why we can't get too despondent regarding Andrew Bynum's Philly future.
PG: Gothic Ginobili. Aaron McGuire, in an entertaining fashion, is breaking down each of the players that saw significant time in the NBA last season. His quest continues with Daequan Cook, Jeff Foster and Brandon Roy.

6th: The Point Forward. The NBA took great pains to highlight Manu Ginobili's brilliant move from Sunday's Spurs win over the Toronto Raptors, but it also failed to note that brilliant moves can also be illegal moves. Manu came through with both in spades in this instance, as Rob Mahoney details.
7th: SB Nation. Seth Rosenthal's Power Rankings are so damn good — give 'em a read and hail Memphis.
8th: Sports Illustrated. Richard Deitsch with a preview Q&A with Chris Webber before his magazine feature on C-Webb hits.
9th: Wall St. Journal. Scott Cacciola took the drive from New Jersey to Brooklyn so you never, ever have to even consider doing it, much less attempting to pull it off.
10th: The Brooklyn Game. It's easy to overstate Monday night's debut between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, but this is a must-read look at the city's 36-year history between various boroughs as put together by Justin DeFeo and Mark Ginocchio.

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