Friday, 31 May 2013

The 10-man rotation, starring Shane Battier getting what he asked for, flopera-wise

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 Basketball Jones. Shane Battier said he wouldn't mind if someone set all his flops to opera music. Trey Kerby calls his bluff. Trey's the best.

PF: Truth About It. John Wall officially has a "business tattoo" and appears to be having a very nice summer already.

SF: All Ball. I have something shocking to tell you. Are you sitting down? You should probably sit down to avoid fainting. ... OK, good. Thank you for sitting because DeAndre Jordan isn't that good at lacrosse.

SG: Bleacher Report. A really nice breakdown from Jared Dubin of the different actions the San Antonio Spurs use to free up their different 3-point shooters — Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Matt Bonner and Manu Ginobili — to rise and fire from long distance.

PG: Really dug this Couper Moorhead look at how the Miami Heat got back to their defensive identity on Thursday night, especially in the second half, and especially in that third quarter.

6th: Silver Screen and Roll. As a Los Angeles Lakers fan, Drew Garrison's kiiiiiiiiiiind of sick of the amount he's been hearing from Phil Jackson of late.

7th: SB Nation. Mike Prada picks out some of the finer points of LeBron James' second-half Game 5 onslaught, highlighting his work as a screener and in orchestrating Miami's offense from the pinch post — two things he wasn't nearly as adept at back in his "Cleveland days."

8th: The Point Forward. Rob Mahoney ranks the 20 best available ball-handlers — not necessarily point guards, but facilitators of offense — in this summer's free-agent crop.

9th: The Good Point. It's kind of incomprehensible to me that someone not related to Larry Hughes cares about Larry Hughes enough to write an extensive in-reverse biography of Hughes' playing career, but there's something sweet in Austin Kent's attempt to pinpoint and explain why he dug the flawed swingman so much.

10th: Salt City Hoops. This is a neat thought experiment — which current members of the Utah Jazz have the most "statue potential?" Even if the odds are long, it's fun to close your eyes and envision what young players' paths to legend status might look like.

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