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Internet trolling requires a deft touch -- just the right amount of humor and truth so as to avoid being over-the-top mean.
And so we present to you a perfect example, as posted -- well, actually, reposted -- to Instagram and Twitter by Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson on Sunday. This image seizes upon two widely held opinions (or facts, depending whom you ask): 1) the Cowboys are bad at defense and 2) James Harden is bad at defense.
Caption: "Cowboys defensive coordinator #Rp"
That "#Rp" is an acknowledgment that this is not a Lawson original; as we see on Twitter, it seems to have come from Instagram user @vtdvito (whose account is private).
But Lawson has clearly popularized the image. Harden has yet to respond on social media but probably can fire back with an image from Spain, where the Houston Rockets guard is poised to win a FIBA World Cup gold medal with Team USA.
What's up in Western Conference?
If the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the Eastern Conference -- like, say, their neighbors the Milwaukee Bucks -- they'd be fourth, with an 11-12 record. Instead, the Kevin Love-led team is in the West ... where it's 11th. And just half a game out of 13th. Tough conference, eh? Which teams will come good?
Five teams that reached the 2013 NBA playoffs have started the new season with less-than-stellar results -- and in the Knicks' case, a serious dose of bad luck thanks to Tyson Chandler's leg fracture. It's still early, but Denver and Memphis seem to have taken a step backward from last season. The Bulls are still getting used to playing with Derrick Rose, who's not yet back at MVP strength. And questions remain about what the Lakers will look like when Kobe Bryant returns. Our 5-on-5 panel has measured the panic meter for all five franchises. Now it's your turn. Vote below!
Losing Tyson Chandler leaves the Knicks without their defensive anchor up front and few good options in his place.
Work in progress
The Bulls are still getting accustomed to playing with Derrick Rose after going an entire season without the former MVP.
Mountains of difficulty
The Nuggets added coach Brian Shaw but have yet to show they'll overcome the loss of Andre Iguodala to free agency and Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari to injuries.
This bears watching
Zach Randolph is off to a slow start, and the Grizzlies' defense has yet to match the standard it set last season.
The Lakers are 3-3 but have looked overmatched at times -- and Steve Nash is still hobbled. Is there enough depth to surround Kobe for a playoff push?Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images
NBA 5-on-5: Denver Nuggets
Denver experienced a lot of turnover in the offseason. New coach. New GM. And two of its best players left. How will this new-look team do this season? Will it continue to rebuild? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.