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: Bay Area News Group. Marcus Thompson on the likelihood that Jason Collins' NBA career ended when the Brooklyn Nets' season did, and why it's OK if it did: "[…] right now, he is already fulfilled and has never been more relevant to the sports landscape."
PF: Raptors Republic. William Lou with a strong piece on his problems with the way the Toronto Raptors' "We the North" branding has dovetailed with an already-boiling focus on trying to land Andrew Wiggins from whichever team he winds up playing for: "[…] the Raptors are Canada’s basketball team, not a basketball team for Canadians."
SF: Sports Illustrated, three times. THEOREM: Rob Mahoney is a monster. SUPPORTING EVIDENCE: His work on Tyson Chandler's value ("He moves in such a way on both offense and defense that demands opponents pay attention") and the likelihood of its resurgence with the Dallas Mavericks, on why the Minnesota Timberwolves' prospective pursuit of Thaddeus Young can be simultaneously reasonable and senseless ("There is a way to express an interest in Young that doesn't welcome the same risk"), and on why a reasonably healthy/Asik-assimilating New Orleans Pelicans are a team to watch in the brutal West next season. When you read Rob, you get smarter, and you scarcely even realize you just took your medicine and did your homework.
PG: Eye on Basketball. James Herbert chats with Nerlens Noel about the slow and steady path back from his college-career-ending ACL tear, what he learned from a season spent sitting on the sidelines for the Philadelphia 76ers, and what he thinks the Sixers of the future (whenever they get here) will look like: "[…] that's what we're going to be built off of: a defensive team that's long."
6th: NBAstuffer. We looked at some of the more intriguing games on the NBA's 2014-15 schedule, but here's a closer look at the gaps between those games — a "rest days" analysis that shows which teams have the hardest luck in terms of back-to-backs and four-games-in-five-nights stretches and which teams get a bit more recovery time during the grueling campaign.
7th: Shark Fin Hoops. Andrew Crawford on why ex-Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat big man Wang Zhizhi is essentially being prevented from retiring from his Chinese Basketball Association team, the last indignity of a career that was never fully under his control.
8th: Statitudes. Tale of the statistical tape: Karl Malone vs. Charles Barkley, by the numbers. Who ya got?
9th: The Hook. The Los Angeles Clippers just sold for $2 billion. Donald Sterling paid $12.5 million for them in 1981. The insane value increase and hand-over-fist profit figures nowhere in the NBA's revenues or basketball-related income, and as such, the NBA's players don't share in it. Tom Ziller thinks that's nuts, and that the National Basketball Players Union should emphasize this when the next lockout rolls around: "If owners want further reduction of players' share of revenue, players should point to the Sterlings' take with their index fingers and throw up their middle fingers for good measure."
10th: Gizmodo. Now that Steve Ballmer really and truly owns the Clips, talk has turned to rebranding efforts to separate the franchise from its dismal Sterling-dominated past. These suggested changes to the Clippers' logo won't do much to accomplish that goal, but they might make the former Microsoft CEO feel at home in his new digs.
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