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Raptors dominate Pistons down the stretch posted by Raptors Fan

It really was a nothing contretemps, a cheap elbow on James Johnson by frustrated Pistons centre Andre Drummond, but it precipitated a little shoving and pushing and jawing that was entirely a show of force by the supremely confident Raptors.

“Our team, we’re built for that,” Johnson said of the mild incident in the fourth quarter of yet another Toronto win, this one 110-100 over the Pistons here on Friday. “We’ve been brothers since the first day of pre-season. We go hard for each other. I do that for anyone of them, just like you seen Chuck (Hayes), Pat (Patterson) and GV (Greivis Vasquez) do that for me. We’re all a group, we’re all brothers, we all love each other and that’s the big reason for our success.”

Minutes earlier, Johnson had thrown down a wicked dunk over Drummond — “that was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him,” Johnson said — that was as vicious as it was emphatic.

It had to gall Drummond no end, and when Johnson was going by him a couple of possessions later, the Pistons’ big man floored the Raptor with an elbow.

“On a play like that it could go either way, it was a hard foul,” Drummond said. “He got a dunk the play before and he was feeling good so I was just trying to protect the paint. That’s really it and it turned out to be a hard foul. Emotions were high during the game. It happens, it’s basketball. There were no hard feelings. I have nothing against him.

It immediately started a surge of Raptors towards the Pistons, who basically took a step back as the scrum developed.

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Nets Fan

Blueprint for Brooklyn Nets to Rebuild Via NBA Trade Market posted by Nets Fan

10-21 start, a disappointing 44-win finish and a second-round playoff loss bookended a discouraging season by management's standards. Now it seems as if general manager Billy King is looking to reconstruct his roster.

So, what does a team that pays a bigger luxury tax than any other do when its season starts to implode? It begins to prioritize the money just a little bit more. And there's nothing wrong with that.

You can't blame an owner who wants to spend when he wins but doesn't when he loses. Actually, there are advantages to keeping salary lower on unsuccessful teams, considering that getting below the luxury tax for a season helps you avoid paying a repeater tax in future years.

The Nets are in a unique situation: Most of the time, if an older team is underperforming and wants to deal away some of its bigger contracts, it'll look for young talent around which it can build.

The NBA's current climate promotes a sort of break-it-down-and-start-over environment for expensive teams that can't seem to find success. Except there is one problem which is specific to the Nets: The team doesn't have any valuable draft picks at any point in the near future.

We're talking nothing. Zilch.

Brooklyn could go five straight years—after sending its first-rounder to the Celtics this past summer—without selecting with its own first-round pick. 

Brooklyn may be four under .500 right now, but the schedule is in one of its lighter periods, starting with Sunday's home game against the Detroit Pistons, which the Nets won 110-105. Tuesday, the Nets host the

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Detroit Pistons players shocked by Josh Smith's release: posted by Pistons Fan

Josh Smith was far from a fan favorite in Detroit, frequently playing as boos echoed throughout The Palace of Auburn Hills, but nobody expected him to be let go.

Especially not his Pistons teammates, and definitely not right now.

When Pistons team president and coach Stan Van Gundy decided to waive Smith before Monday's practice, it was a move that sent shockwaves through the league and surprised players just as much as the general public.

"Nobody knew about this, as far as players," forward Greg Monroe said. "Everyone walked to the locker room with the same face, the same thoughts like we didn't know that was about to happen. It's definitely something that's surprising to everyone."

Van Gundy released a statement Monday afternoon, highlighting a shift in priorities and expanded roles of younger guys after a disappointing 5-23 start. His press conference message prior to practice wasn't much different.

Van Gundy says he informed Smith of the news face to face. The 29-year-old veteran didn't bring a cancerous attitude to the locker room and there never were any blowups behind closed doors, according to Van Gundy.

"We were just straight up, we didn't mess around with him," Van Gundy said. "We didn't fight him over a buyout or anything like that, I truly have great respect for what he's done in the league over 10 years and we weren't going to mess around with him at all."

Detroit still owes Smith at least another $26 million after this season, with two years left on the contract he signed in the 2013 offseason. Smith's four-year deal was originally worth $54 million but the Pistons are using the stretch provision that allows them to spread payment over five years.

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Detroit Pistons Preseason Report 2014 posted by Pistons Fan

Detroit Pistons had everything that could make a great team, and yet 2013-14 season turned out to be a mess. Detroit made great new acquisitions of Brandon Jennings for point guard and Josh Smith for forward, but by the end of the season, they did not matter much. Even the Eastern Conference, which is weaker, did not make any difference, and the Pistons were not seen anywhere near the playoffs, finishing the season with a dismal 29-53.

For 2014-2015, the main change that provides hope for the Detroit Pistons is hiring Stan Van Gundy for managing and coaching the team. Van Gundy has the challenging task of setting right, a team that is left in disarray by GM Joe Dumars. Experts still feel, giving up Chauncey Billups, years ago, has brought bad luck to the team. Taking over in May, Van Gundy has not actively made any changes for the offseason. However, Gundy will be looking to clear up positional issues that might be affecting the available talent.

Detroit Pistons had only second round selection in the draft, and the team took in Spencer Dinwiddie, who is considered talent belonging in the first round. Pistons managed to add major players such as Aaron Gray, Cartier Martin, and Jodie Meeks through free agency. Brandon Jennings, whose APG has improved, will be manning the PG. However, Jennings has regressed in PPG and FT and FG percentages, and it is time he stepped up to lead the team.

Josh Smith who plays the SF position, is actually more suited for PF, and Van Gundy could move him to new position or out of the team altogether. Greg Monroe could be back, being a restricted free agent and having not signed any offers. Considering that the coaching will be better this season, the Detroit Pistons have a chance of 35 wins.

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Richard Kagan

Bulls Bag Another Win posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons, 83-71 on Friday night at the United Center.  Chicago has a 42-11 NBA league record and they now have a 14-5 record without Derrick Rose.  In this game, Luol Deng scored 22 points, while Boozer and Noah both had double figures games.  The Bigs did the job tonight while the guards were not that crucial.  Noah was tough down the stretch, rebounding and scoring.  Despite the winning, the main question is when will Rose play?  Also when will Richard Hamilton, in uniorm at the game, play?  The Bulls need a consistent scorer from the outside to take some of the pressure off of DRose.  It is looking more likely the Bulls will get the No. 1 seed in he playoffs.  That's a good three weeks away, a lifeftime, if you follow the NBA. In the game vs. the Pistons, Chicago held Detroit to scoring just 10 points in the 2nd and 4th quarter. Continue reading "Bulls Bag Another Win"


john howard

Detroit Pistons not your bad boys anymore... posted by john howard

The once proud NBA champions, Detroit Pistons have a new look.  Its a UConn look.  Three players figure to be the center pieces are all from UConn, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, and Charlie Villanueva.

 This team definately has talent, but where can it take them.  For the first time in possibly ever, Detroit is a wild card.  An unkown.  Arguably the team's three best players all play the same spot, sg.  Hamilton, Gordan, and Tracy McGrady.  McGrady is big enough to play a lot of small forward, so they might make it work.   Here is a break down:

 PG Rodney Stuckey--has gotten better each season, but not a 82 game starter.  This really hurts.  Will Bynum may get up to half the minutes here.  Niether play is a great option, but it's what they have.

SG  Richard Hamilton--he hasn't played a full season in a while.  He can still shoot and can burn his opponents.  Just not for 20 a night.  Ben Gordon can light it up, but he didn't last year.  He plays better off the bench.  It would be a great luxory to have Hamilton, Gordon, and McGrady all healthy at the same time to have fresh legs at the end of games and take the hot hands.  Terico White may see time here or even some at the point.

SF  Tracy McGrady-- He must play small forward due to Hamilton and Gordon on the team.  If and when he is healthy, he is as good as it gets.  Prince will play here a lotas well.

PF  Tayshawn Prince--can play a lot of small forward and is as consistent as it gets.  He is the type of player that championship teams gotta have.  DaJuan Summers is a hopeful to development here and may get minutes this year. Ike Diogu and Jonas Jerebko will have a shot to earn time.  But, Jason Maxiell has earned the spot and may start if Prince plays Sf.  That will likely happen considering how often McGrady doesn't play

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Sabrina

R.I.P. Rip? posted by Sabrina

There has been speculation that Doc Rivers has his eye on our very own, Richard Hamilton if Ray Allen will not return to Boston. Let's get real here, as much as we love Rip, he's getting old and can't play like he used to. A trade with Boston wouldn't hurt Detroit in any way; it could only help. Joe D should probably call up Boston and have a chat. After all, Doc Rivers likes experienced (old) players.Continue reading "R.I.P. Rip?"


Sabrina

Orlando Must Own a Big Broom Because They're Sweeping Their Way to Championship! Cavs, Celtics, not so much. posted by Sabrina

I've got to say, watching the NBA playoffs this year hasn't been too exciting. All teams are at 3-0 at this point, except for the Cavs and Celtics series, but I could care less because I don't care for either team. Since the Pistons are nowhere near the NBA playoffs these days, Orlando has become my playoff team. It is easy to see which team is stronger and has more potential. A concern for the Magic is that they haven't been playing any notable teams. We'll see how they do next round when they have real competition! Unlike Orlando, Cleveland and Boston are ridiculously inconsistent. I'm wondering if it's the lack of skills or lack of effort as the series ties 2-2.

P.S. Rondo's behind the back was ridiculous. Hear the crowd chanting "MVP!"

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david spare

Can Detriot Get Back To Championship Form? posted by david spare

Can the Detroit Pistons ever get back to the way they use to be? My anserw is yes! How can they do that, it starts with the guards. With the championship team the Pistons had three guards that could defend and shoot. Now they have five gaurds and only two of which can defend and one that is getting old (Hamilton). They have to draft a young point guard that is a true point guard and work on Stuckey at the two spot. Or even make a trade for rookie sensation Collison who is going to want a starting job and won't find one in New Orleans. We have some guys down low that can last for a run to the playoffs next year but with Ben Gordon taking crazy shots and no point guard they don't have a chance next season. you trade Ben Gordon to the Hornets for Collison and they have a point guard who has potential and youth draft a replacement for Hamilton and they might be back!Continue reading "Can Detriot Get Back To Championship Form?"


Sabrina

And Another One... posted by Sabrina

I'll make this post short and straight forward. Eleven losses in a row. Will that be tweleve? Then thirteen? Who knows. I think all Pistons fans are experiencing the same feeling of disappointment and frustration. It's really unfortunate that the Pistons have such talented players who just can't get the chemistry right. With the many injuries from the start of the season to the new roster and coach, there is adjustment to be made. We all knew it wouldn't be easy, but I'm not sure anybody expected it to be this difficult. This season seems to be a trial and error experiment, mostly error. It's painful to see the Pistons constantly losing this season, game after game. People have been telling me that I need to pick a new team, but I will stay a Pistons fan, regardless of how horrible this season may be. I'm waiting for them to figure it out because I think that when they do, they will be playoff worthy. But for now, it's a waiting game; a long, long waiting game.Continue reading "And Another One..."

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The 10-man rotation, starring optimism about the NBA dealing with new billions (Ball Don't Lie

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 : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck brings sunshine through the cloud cover provided last week by the words of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts : "While more money might create more reasons to fight, the opposite could also be true: It might convince everyone not to mess with a good thing. And there are an increasing number of voices on both sides who believe the latter axiom just might win the day." ( NBA.com's David Aldridge struck an optimistic tone, too, noting that both "sides will likely continue talking in August, in private, and talking is always better than not talking.") PF : Houston Chronicle . Brian Smith talks to former star point guard, addict, coach and recovery guru John Lucas, who has "been contacted" by the Houston Rockets to work with Ty Lawson, whom the Denver Nuggets traded to Houston shortly after being arrested for his second DUI in six months. (That's one element of the outcome that many observers, including CBSSports.com's Ken Berger , hoped would result from Lawson's move to Houston.) SF : RealGM . Smart stuff from Jonathan Tjarks on the Rockets' nice problem to have —a super deep squad chock full of players in their primes —and how it still could be a problem: "This season, for the first time in the Harden era, everyone on the roster is going to have to sacrifice." SG : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on the Orlando Magic's $64 million bet on Tobias Harris, and the challenge of evaluating "good stats on a bad team" players. PG : PistonPowered . Mike Davidson wonders what exactly it'll take for Reggie Jackson's brand new five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Pistons to start looking like the "bargain" that head coach Stan Van Gundy predicts it will wind up being. 6th : Silver Screen and Roll . Drew Garrison goes to the videotape to take a look at what D'Angelo Russell did well and poorly in his Las Vegas Summer League debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. 7th : The New York Times . Michael Powell discusses NBA corporate welfare not from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks' ongoing arena deal saga , but rather from the vantage point of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 8th : The Oregonian . Mike Richman reports that despite a drastic offseason overhaul that's been marked by a major increase in youth and athleticism (and a significant decrease in experience), Terry Stotts doesn't plan to alter the way his Portland Trail Blazers approach things on the defensive end. 9th : The Triangle . Jason Concepcion on the different ways in which international front-office executives, scouts and coaches evaluate players during Summer League. 10th : SportsNet and The Toronto Star . Michael Grange and Doug Smith on Anthony Bennett, the much-derided former No. 1 overall draft pick who's yet to live up to his lofty draft position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, showing out for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and finally looking like he's having fun playing basketball again. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring optimism about the NBA dealing with new billions (Ball Don't Lie

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 : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck brings sunshine through the cloud cover provided last week by the words of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts : "While more money might create more reasons to fight, the opposite could also be true: It might convince everyone not to mess with a good thing. And there are an increasing number of voices on both sides who believe the latter axiom just might win the day." ( NBA.com's David Aldridge struck an optimistic tone, too, noting that both "sides will likely continue talking in August, in private, and talking is always better than not talking.") PF : Houston Chronicle . Brian Smith talks to former star point guard, addict, coach and recovery guru John Lucas, who has "been contacted" by the Houston Rockets to work with Ty Lawson, whom the Denver Nuggets traded to Houston shortly after being arrested for his second DUI in six months. (That's one element of the outcome that many observers, including CBSSports.com's Ken Berger , hoped would result from Lawson's move to Houston.) SF : RealGM . Smart stuff from Jonathan Tjarks on the Rockets' nice problem to have —a super deep squad chock full of players in their primes —and how it still could be a problem: "This season, for the first time in the Harden era, everyone on the roster is going to have to sacrifice." SG : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on the Orlando Magic's $64 million bet on Tobias Harris, and the challenge of evaluating "good stats on a bad team" players. PG : PistonPowered . Mike Davidson wonders what exactly it'll take for Reggie Jackson's brand new five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Pistons to start looking like the "bargain" that head coach Stan Van Gundy predicts it will wind up being. 6th : Silver Screen and Roll . Drew Garrison goes to the videotape to take a look at what D'Angelo Russell did well and poorly in his Las Vegas Summer League debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. 7th : The New York Times . Michael Powell discusses NBA corporate welfare not from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks' ongoing arena deal saga , but rather from the vantage point of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 8th : The Oregonian . Mike Richman reports that despite a drastic offseason overhaul that's been marked by a major increase in youth and athleticism (and a significant decrease in experience), Terry Stotts doesn't plan to alter the way his Portland Trail Blazers approach things on the defensive end. 9th : The Triangle . Jason Concepcion on the different ways in which international front-office executives, scouts and coaches evaluate players during Summer League. 10th : SportsNet and The Toronto Star . Michael Grange and Doug Smith on Anthony Bennett, the much-derided former No. 1 overall draft pick who's yet to live up to his lofty draft position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, showing out for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and finally looking like he's having fun playing basketball again. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring optimism about the NBA dealing with new billions (Ball Don't Lie

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 : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck brings sunshine through the cloud cover provided last week by the words of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts : "While more money might create more reasons to fight, the opposite could also be true: It might convince everyone not to mess with a good thing. And there are an increasing number of voices on both sides who believe the latter axiom just might win the day." ( NBA.com's David Aldridge struck an optimistic tone, too, noting that both "sides will likely continue talking in August, in private, and talking is always better than not talking.") PF : Houston Chronicle . Brian Smith talks to former star point guard, addict, coach and recovery guru John Lucas, who has "been contacted" by theHouston Rockets to work with Ty Lawson, whom the Denver Nuggets traded to Houston shortly after being arrested for his second DUI in six months. (That's one element of the outcome that many observers, including CBSSports.com's Ken Berger , hoped would result from Lawson's move to Houston.) SF : RealGM . Smart stuff from Jonathan Tjarks on the Rockets' nice problem to have —a super deep squad chock full of players in their primes —and how it still could be a problem: "This season, for the first time in the Harden era, everyone on the roster is going to have to sacrifice." SG : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on the Orlando Magic's $64 million bet on Tobias Harris, and the challenge of evaluating "good stats on a bad team" players. PG : PistonPowered . Mike Davidson wonders what exactly it'll take for Reggie Jackson's brand new five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Pistons to start looking like the "bargain" that head coach Stan Van Gundy predicts it will wind up being. 6th : Silver Screen and Roll . Drew Garrison goes to the videotape to take a look at what D'Angelo Russell did well and poorly in his Las Vegas Summer League debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. 7th : The New York Times . Michael Powell discusses NBA corporate welfare not from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks' ongoing arena deal saga , but rather from the vantage point of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 8th : The Oregonian . Mike Richman reports that despite a drastic offseason overhaul that's been marked by a major increase in youth and athleticism (and a significant decrease in experience), Terry Stotts doesn't plan to alter the way his Portland Trail Blazers approach things on the defensive end. 9th : The Triangle . Jason Concepcion on the different ways in which international front-office executives, scouts and coaches evaluate players during Summer League. 10th : SportsNet and The Toronto Star . Michael Grange and Doug Smith on Anthony Bennett, the much-derided former No. 1 overall draft pick who's yet to live up to his lofty draft position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, showing out for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and finally looking like he's having fun playing basketball again. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring optimism about the NBA dealing with new billions (Ball Don't Lie

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 : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck brings sunshine through the cloud cover provided last week by the words of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts : "While more money might create more reasons to fight, the opposite could also be true: It might convince everyone not to mess with a good thing. And there are an increasing number of voices on both sides who believe the latter axiom just might win the day." ( NBA.com's David Aldridge struck an optimistic tone, too, noting that both "sides will likely continue talking in August, in private, and talking is always better than not talking.") PF : Houston Chronicle . Brian Smith talks to former star point guard, addict, coach and recovery guru John Lucas, who has "been contacted" by the Houston Rockets to work with Ty Lawson, whom the Denver Nuggets traded to Houston shortly after being arrested for his second DUI in six months. (That's one element of the outcome that many observers, including CBSSports.com's Ken Berger , hoped would result from Lawson's move to Houston.) SF : RealGM . Smart stuff from Jonathan Tjarks on the Rockets' nice problem to have —a super deep squad chock full of players in their primes —and how it still could be a problem: "This season, for the first time in the Harden era, everyone on the roster is going to have to sacrifice." SG : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on the Orlando Magic's $64 million bet on Tobias Harris, and the challenge of evaluating "good stats on a bad team" players. PG : PistonPowered . Mike Davidson wonders what exactly it'll take for Reggie Jackson's brand new five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Pistons to start looking like the "bargain" that head coach Stan Van Gundy predicts it will wind up being. 6th : Silver Screen and Roll . Drew Garrison goes to the videotape to take a look at what D'Angelo Russell did well and poorly in his Las Vegas Summer League debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. 7th : The New York Times . Michael Powell discusses NBA corporate welfare not from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks' ongoing arena deal saga , but rather from the vantage point of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 8th : The Oregonian . Mike Richman reports that despite a drastic offseason overhaul that's been marked by a major increase in youth and athleticism (and a significant decrease in experience), Terry Stotts doesn't plan to alter the way his Portland Trail Blazers approach things on the defensive end. 9th : The Triangle . Jason Concepcion on the different ways in which international front-office executives, scouts and coaches evaluate players during Summer League. 10th : SportsNet and The Toronto Star . Michael Grange and Doug Smith on Anthony Bennett, the much-derided former No. 1 overall draft pick who's yet to live up to his lofty draft position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, showing out for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and finally looking like he's having fun playing basketball again. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring optimism about the NBA dealing with new billions (Ball Don't Lie

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 : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck brings sunshine through the cloud cover provided last week by the words of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts : "While more money might create more reasons to fight, the opposite could also be true: It might convince everyone not to mess with a good thing. And there are an increasing number of voices on both sides who believe the latter axiom just might win the day." ( NBA.com's David Aldridge struck an optimistic tone, too, noting that both "sides will likely continue talking in August, in private, and talking is always better than not talking.") PF : Houston Chronicle . Brian Smith talks to former star point guard, addict, coach and recovery guru John Lucas, who has "been contacted" by the Houston Rockets to work with Ty Lawson, whom the Denver Nuggets traded to Houston shortly after being arrested for his second DUI in six months. (That's one element of the outcome that many observers, including CBSSports.com's Ken Berger , hoped would result from Lawson's move to Houston.) SF : RealGM . Smart stuff from Jonathan Tjarks on the Rockets' nice problem to have —a super deep squad chock full of players in their primes —and how it still could be a problem: "This season, for the first time in the Harden era, everyone on the roster is going to have to sacrifice." SG : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on the Orlando Magic's $64 million bet on Tobias Harris, and the challenge of evaluating "good stats on a bad team" players. PG : PistonPowered . Mike Davidson wonders what exactly it'll take for Reggie Jackson's brand new five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Pistons to start looking like the "bargain" that head coach Stan Van Gundy predicts it will wind up being. 6th : Silver Screen and Roll . Drew Garrison goes to the videotape to take a look at what D'Angelo Russell did well and poorly in his Las Vegas Summer League debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. 7th : The New York Times . Michael Powell discusses NBA corporate welfare not from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks' ongoing arena deal saga , but rather from the vantage point of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 8th : The Oregonian . Mike Richman reports that despite a drastic offseason overhaul that's been marked by a major increase in youth and athleticism (and a significant decrease in experience), Terry Stotts doesn't plan to alter the way his Portland Trail Blazers approach things on the defensive end. 9th : The Triangle . Jason Concepcion on the different ways in which international front-office executives, scouts and coaches evaluate players during Summer League. 10th : SportsNet and The Toronto Star . Michael Grange and Doug Smith on Anthony Bennett, the much-derided former No. 1 overall draft pick who's yet to live up to his lofty draft position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, showing out for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and finally looking like he's having fun playing basketball again. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him onTwitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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