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The 10-man rotation, starring some questions about Thomas Robinson

So, this guy makes sense, right. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBA/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 Painted Area. Two of the smartest people with whom I have ever interacted in this basketball blog world — Mark Haubner and Kevin Pelton — bat around the Kings-Rockets-Suns deal through the lens of a central question — is Thomas Robinson actually, um, good?

[Also: Former NBA lottery pick refuses to leave trashed, foreclosed home]

PF: The Shadow League. Khalid Salaam on Kyrie Irving, on-court brilliance and how "the fallacy of associating black male authenticity with inner-city blues is a trap for suckers and punks." I can't speak to this level of conversation, but it damn sure is an interesting conversation.

SF: Posting and Toasting. Even if we accept that the New York Knicks' defense is the primary reason for the team's recent struggles, which it is ... I mean, what's up with their offense? Love of My Life Seth Rosenthal takes a closer look.

SG: Minnesota Post. Britt Robson on what the lagging, injury-riddled Minnesota Timberwolves have to look forward to — and worry about — as they play out the string this season.

PG: The Classical. Michael Pina stretches out to consider why Kenneth Faried offers "as good a reason to watch basketball as any player in the league."

6th: ESPN.com. Scoop Jackson has some advice for Dwight Howard — do something, man.

7th: National Post. With the trade deadline behind us, Eric Koreen wonders: Does Andrea Bargnani have zero value? If so, what does that mean for the Toronto Raptors moving forward?

8th: Brew Hoop. Frank Madden goes through the pros and cons of Thursday's trade making shooting guard J.J. Redick the newest member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

9th: Beijing Cream. Nick Bedard reviews Tracy McGrady's first season in the Chinese Basketball Association, and wonders whether it's his last.

[Also: Mark Cuban thinks the Lakers should amnesty Kobe Bryant]

10th: CSBSports.com. Ken Berger sings an elegy for the NBA trade deadline as we knew it.

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