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Yahoo: The 10-man rotation, starring one possible legacy of Drazen Petrovic (Ball Don
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 : Punch-Drunk Wolves . I share this consideration of the relationship between Rick Adelman and Drazen Petrovic during their brief shared time with the Portland Trail Blazers two decades ago for two reasons. For one thing, I like thinking about Drazen Petrovic, who could do stuff like this and died way, way too young. For another, though, it raises a really interesting question: Did Adelman's failure to recognize and utilize Petrovic's skills in Portland — which, while understandable given the talent-packed backcourt of those late '80s/early '90s Blazers teams, still seems like a waste of what instantly became an All-NBA-caliber player — spur him to open his mind to what foreign talents could accomplish in the NBA? Maybe not, but given how welcoming and innovative he's been with the international players he's coached with the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and now the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's interesting food for thought. PF : Silver Screen and Roll . How does a team with the league's sixth-most efficient offense and a just-south-of-middle-of-the-pack defense wind up a game under .500, three games worse than their statistically "expected" win-loss record and vacillating so wildly from world-beating to woeful? C.A. Clark's got a great read on the Los Angeles Lakers' maddeningly consistent inconsistency. SF : The New York Times . With Deron Williams and his Brooklyn Nets mired in some serious struggles , interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo says he talked to his point guard and "I told him exactly what I needed him to be. I needed him to be Deron Williams." Howard Beck explains why that's not so simple these days.