Trans. Sep 29 3:20 ET (Sep 29 3:20 ET ) 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 Brooklyn Game . Joe Johnson can’t hide his giggly-face when asked about the difference between Lionel Hollins and former Net coach Jason Kidd’s practice schedule: PF : New York Times . Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington go out for lunch, on record, and the result is shockingly self-serving and ponderous. SF : SB Nation . A look at some of the new faces in new uniforms as Media Day churns along. SG : New York Post . Derek Fisher is not Phil Jackson’s puppet, dammit. Marionette, maybe, but not a puppet. PG : NBA.com . Discussing Becky Hammon’s future with the Spurs as she enters her first year as assistant coach. 6th : Charlotte Observer . Taking a look at Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson, as he readies to enter the most important year of his career. He also “has ambitions of doing more songs.” 7th : USA Today . Thankfully, the Los Angeles Clippers seem appropriately cheery and enthused about the 2014-15 season. 8th : Boston Globe . Baxter Holmes’ fascinating feature on Marcus Smart. Read this. 9th : Wall St. Journal . Russell Westbrook discusses a whole bunch of fashionable accessories that you probably can’t afford. 10th : SB Nation . Tom Ziller talks up three head coaches on the hot seat as 2014-15 rears its head. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
The Scoop:He had a meltdown in the playoffs and the change of scenery could help him. The Hornets are expected to use Stephenson a lot in pick-and-roll and in isolations, so he could have his best year as a pro. Stephenson is worth a look in the middle rounds.
The Scoop:"You have to give yourself a realistic starting point," West said. "So obviously we can't be talking about competing for a championship, even being in title contention, we've just have to talk about figuring out a way to get the best lineups on the floor." If the Pacers do exceed expectations and play better than they did down the stretch last season (which is actually a pretty low bar to hurdle), George and Stephenson will likely take a lot of heat in the press for what was wrong last year. But the Pacers have a ton of work to do before we get to that bridge, or think about crossing it.
The Scoop:Stephenson, to his credit, said that Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker are "unstoppable," and that he just wants to do the "dirty work" to help the Hornets win. He led the NBA in triple-doubles last season, and as the unquestioned starting SG in Charlotte he's in position to raise his career-best averages of 13.8 points, 1.1 threes, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
The Scoop:"I've worked a lot on my body, my conditioning," said Stephenson. "Jump shots, defense, and just being consistent." It's good that Born Ready has been working on his jumper as he shot just 29.9 percent from 10-16 feet last season, so we'll see during training camp and preseason if that work has paid off. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles last season, and he'll be a focal point of the Hornet's offense, making him worthy of a mid-round selection come draft day.