NBA Essentials ranks our six favorite stories of the day.
1. Bright Side of the Sun. Amare Stoudemire can't remember the last time Phoenix practiced defense.
2. Talking Points. What is the impact of Monta Ellis' injury on Don Nelson's retirement plans?
3. Ridiculous Upside. Sam Vincent talks about player development, coaching in the D-League and how no one lives in Reno.
4. The Sporting Blog. Shaun Livingston ... Golden State? Lakers?
5. Wages of Wins. Is Ben Gordon worth the toast he's spread on?
6. The Lost Ogle. Another Thunder slip.