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The 10-man rotation, starring the coolest stuff Team USA did in the ’08 + ’12 Olympics (Videos)

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: YouTube user kietasss. You're welcome.

PF: Forum Blue and Gold. We already know that, generally speaking, it's better to take shots from right at the rim and behind the 3-point line than it is to take them in the middle, and that it's better to force the opposition to do the opposite. But where's the break-even point in terms of efficiency and effectiveness on those behaviors, and how might that relate to the Los Angeles Lakers' chances this season? Andre Khatchaturian takes a closer look.

SF: Grantland. Really dug Brett Koremenos' piece on how the Detroit Pistons' two-year, $3.5 million deal to bring in Italian League MVP Luigi Datome could set a precedent for how NBA teams value role players, what they're willing to pay for them, and where they're willing to look for them.

SG: The Smoking Section. Just a bunch of photos of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol hugging like best friends do.

PG: The Sporting News. The Hornets won't really return to the NBA until the 2014-15 season, but the Charlotte Bobcats' recent rebrand has already paid dividends in terms of new ticket sales and season ticket renewals, according to a team sales executive.

6th: The Basketball Jones. "... these are basically Chicago Bulls leather shorts, which seems like something Carlos Boozer would really be in to."

7th: The Point Forward. Rob Mahoney identifies handful of young players who, as a result of offseason movement and rotation juggling, will have to play significantly larger roles for their teams next season than they ever have in the past, and whose capacity to do so will not only be worth watching, but could be major determining factors in postseason positioning and their teams' future development.

8th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Noam Schiller on how the game's shifted a bit, swaps and acquisition-wise: "Rather, the circumstances under which a team would be willing to take on the longer deal have changed."

9th: Deadline Detroit. Joey Yashinsky introduces Brandon Jennings to his new Detroit Pistons teammates. "The fellow over on the bench munching on hot dogs is Charlie Villanueva."

10th: More on Pau Gasol's recent UNICEF trip to visit Syrian refugees in Iraq. Pau Gasol's a good dude, man.

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