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 NBA’s YouTube channel. What this Spike Lee-directed advertisement presupposes is … maybe Chris Paul and other legend-caliber point guards are mutants possessed of powers like teleportation and invisibility. I’m willing to consider that possibility, so long as we see some more cool clips from that diner.
PF: The Oregonian. Getting into car accidents stinks, especially right after you get a brand new car, but at least LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 28 points, 9.5 rebounds and five assists per game after getting into fender-benders, according to Jason Quick.
SF: Dancing With Noah. An interesting — if not entirely fun, given the subject matter — thought experiment identifies a six-man All-Pain Team composed of injured stars of the recent past and considers the dreams their injuries deferred for their franchises, their rivals, their conferences and their leagues.
SG: NBA.com’s Hang Time. With Virginia Beach, Va., Mayor Will Sessoms saying publicly that his city’s attempt to lure the Sacramento Kings across the country to a new home in the Old Dominion won’t come to fruition now or any time soon, Scott Howard-Cooper offers some read-between-the-lines real talk: “What Sessoms apparently did not tell anyone but should have: ‘We didn’t ever have anything close to a concrete deal to offer the Kings. We wanted a firm commitment from them when we could not offer the same in return.’”
PG: Celtics Hub. Boston Celtics color commentator Tommy Heinsohn — world-renowned for his fairness, balance and impartiality as pertains to all things green — offers his take on the one-game suspension that Rajon Rondo received on Monday. Can you guess if he thinks it’s one of the greatest injustices ever visited on a person in the history of creation? You probably can!
6th: SB Nation. After Scott Skiles “parted ways” with the Milwaukee Bucks late Monday night despite a .500 record this year, Rodger Sherman took a look at what sorts of records tend to get coaches canned in-season, how their replacements tend to fare after entering the race in progress and whether the severance could pay dividends for a Bucks team looking to make a playoff push.
7th: Grantland. If it’s Tuesday, that means Zach Lowe’s slangin’ knowledge. Today’s adventure: A dive into five-man lineup data to identify eight units worth keeping an eye on for the rest of the season, including several that could have a major impact on matters come playoff time.
8th: Hardwood Paroxysm. James Herbert chats with Oklahoma City Thunder reserve center Hasheem Thabeet and Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, a pair of players who came into the league weighed down by hype who’ve yet to live up to their lofty draft status, but who are getting closer thanks to the confidence of coaches and teammates.
9th: GQ.com. Nearly two weeks removed from the firing of Avery Johnson, writer Jake Appelman — who’s working on a book about the Brooklyn Nets’ inaugural season, which we’re expecting to be quite the dope read when all’s said and done — takes a look at how “The Little General” fell, the differences between Johnson and replacement P.J. Carlesimo, and more.
10th: ESPN.com Insider. Gaudy per-game and rebounding-rate numbers can sometimes mask whether or not a given glass-cleaner is actually helping his team by controlling the boards. Neil Paine takes a look at five big-name rebounders whose big stats might not necessarily contain multitudes.
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