Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/25/16

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–   Topics To Watch In Pacers’ Preseason  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/09/24/insider-eight-topics-watch-during-pacers-preseason/90911772/

–  Tom Thibodeau Q & A  (from Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/q-amp-a-with-new-timberwolves-coach-tom-thibodeau/394700291/

–  Oladipo Wants To Be More Than “3-and-D”:  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com_)

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-victor-oladipo-wants-to-be-more-than-the-thunders-3-and-d-answer/article/5519629

Julius Randle Needs To Make Quicker Decisions  (from Anthony Irwin, Forum Blue And Gold):

Read it here:  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2016/09/23/one-player-one-skill-julius-randles-quick-decisions/

–  Chase Budinger Is A Steal For The Nets  (from Manan Modi, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read and view it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/09/24/chase-budinger-steal-brooklyn-nets/

Acquiring Tyler Ennis Gives Rockets Another Distributor  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Raed it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Tyler-Ennis-trade-an-indication-of-direction-9240770.php

–  What Are The Kings’ Plans For Anthony Tolliver  (from Tony Xypteras, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/9/24/13030632/30q-why-did-the-kings-pay-anthony-tolliver-8-million-this-summer

–  Bulls’ Player Outlook: Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Michael Rene Knaoy, Pippen Ain’t Easy):

Read and View it here:  http://pippenainteasy.com/2016/09/25/bulls-player-outlooks-spencer-dinwiddie/

–  Hield Is Ready To Learn  (from Guerry Smith, New Orleans Advocate):

Read it here:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_f541d33a-829b-11e6-a005-7fbf90c40701.html

–  Keith Closs Shares His NBA Failures So Others Can Avoid Them  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/09/24/gary-washburn-keith-closs-shares-his-failures-others-can-avoid-them/OoqQNHPsPqXjtQtehGG9lL/story.html

–  Popovich Took His Stance Long Ago (from Buck Harvey, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Popovich-took-his-stance-long-ago-9279384.php

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/24/16

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 Mike Budenholzer Q & A  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/qa-hawks-coach-mike-budenholzer/nsc9g/

Budenholzer Assesses Hawks’ Rookies  (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/budenholzer-offers-early-assessment-of-hawks-rooki/nsdd4/

–  How The Hawks Offense Will Be Different With Dwight Howard  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-offense-will-be-different-with-howar/nsc9B/

 Frank Vogel Q & A  (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frank-vogel/questions-answers-20160923/

–  Rob Hennigan Q & A  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-gm-rob-hennigan-interview-092320160923-story.html

–  Grizzlies’ Power Forwards  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Breaking-down-the-Grizzlies-Power-forwards-394592481.html

–  Grizzlies Injury Updates  (from grizzlies.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/injury-updates-160921

–  Jeff Teague:  Ready To Learn His New Teammates  (from Nate Taylor, IndyStar..com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/09/23/insider-jeff-teague-healthy-ready-learn-his-new-teammates/90911348/

–  Knicks: Pre-Media Day Talk Focuses On Offensive Strategy  (fromMaurice Moton, Empire Writes Back):

Read it here:  http://empirewritesback.com/2016/09/24/new-york-knicks-pre-media-day-talk-focuses-offensive-strategy/

–  KG’s Revolutionary Career  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/the-three-most-lasting-impacts-of-kevin-garnetts-revolutionary-career/

KG: From Kid To Generational Figure  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/shaun_powell/09/23/garnett-entered-league-as-a-kid-left-as-an-influential-figure/index.html

–  5 Ways KG Changed The Game (from Brad Berreman, Fan Sided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/09/23/5-ways-kevin-garnett-changed-game/

(NOTE:  Way # 2 has the unfortunate title of “The original Big Three”.  Obviously that isn’t right, so just ignore that title.)

 

 

–  To Clippers Fans  (from Blake Griffin, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/blake-griffin-message-to-clippers-fans/

–  D’Angelo Russell (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insdiers):  Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/lakers-dangelo-russell-poised-for-breakout-sophomore-year-nba-stardom-preparing/

–  Timothe Luwawu  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/meet-new-guys-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot

Patrick McCaw Could Take Next Step In D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/9/23/13015466/patrick-mccaw-next-step-d-league

–   Podcast: Mental Skills Coach Graham Betchart Interview (from Leo Beas, Cowbell Kingdom):

Listen to it here:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/ck-podcast-262-graham-betchart-fear-and-failure-are-illusions/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/23/16

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–  Paul Millsap Goes Quietly About His Work  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/22/hawks-paul-millsap-quietly-goes-about-his-work/

–  Pistons Need More From Drummond  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/9/22/12927140/andre-drummond-pistons-rim-protection-post-play

–  Can Beasley Replace Middleton?  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17613425/trade-grades-milwaukee-bucks-houston-rockets-trade-michael-beasley-nba

 Elite Ball Handlers 101  (from Isaiah Thomas, The Players Tribune):

Read and view it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/isaiah-thomas-celtics-nba-best-ball-handlers/

Porzingis’ Versatile Skill Set  (from John Brenkus, ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=17612049

–  Heat’s Winslow Eager To “Make Jump” In His Sophomore Season  (from Manny Navarro, Maimi Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article103452162.html

–  DNP-Rest On The Rise  (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17600760/dnp-rest-research-science-scheduling-sit-nba

–  Steph Curry’s Trainer Brandon Payne Q & A  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2016/09/22/stephen-curry-brandon-payne-trainer/90835146/

–  Can D’Antoni Fix The Rockets?  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2663252-can-mike-dantoni-fix-the-houston-rockets-not-by-himself

–  Teams That Should Speed Up & Teams That Should Slow Down  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/five-nba-teams-that-should-speed-up-five-that-should-slow-down/

–  Cavs’ Coach Tyronn Lue  (from Joe Vardon,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/09/tyronn_lue_lebron_james_kevin_1.html

 Frank Vogel Q & A  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-frank-vogel-interview-0923-20160922-story.html

–  Magic Player Outlook: Evan Fournier  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/09/23/2017-orlando-magic-player-outlook-evan-fournier/

–  Orlando Magic Preview  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2659794-orlando-magic-complete-2016-17-preview

–  Brady Heslip Looks For Another NBA Opportunity  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/9/22/13004132/toronto-raptors-brady-heslip-nba-dleague

Officiating Points Of Emphasis For 2016-17  (from Brian Mahoney, Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/603d96f772e04c45bac84a87cc27492e/nba-referees-watch-traveling-groin-hits-more-closely

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/22/16

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–  What Al Horford Brings To The Celtics  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/09/brad_stevens_hopes_al_horfords.html

–  Pistons’ Forwards  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/09/21/morris-harris-lead-solid-group-pistons-forwards/90803356/

–  Pacers Feel Teague Will Be Difference Maker (from tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/pacers-positive-teague-will-be-difference-maker-1.571128

Isaiah Thomas Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/isaiah-thomas-on-al-horford-kevin-durant-celtics-contending-tom-brady/

–  Sam Presti Q & A  (from Joshua Broom, Welcome To Loud City):

Read it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/9/21/13002956/oklahoma-city-thunder-sam-presti-discusses-russell-westbrook-s-demeanor-state-of-franchise  and from Erik Horne, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-five-take-aways-from-thunder-gm-sam-prestis-opening-news-conference/article/5519189

–  Steve Kerr Q & A, Part II  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/09/21/steve-kerr-transcript-part-2/

–  Khris Middleton Out Six Months  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/09/21/report-middleton-suffers-torn-hamstring/90809172/

D’Angelo Russell Is Upbeat About Working With Luke Walton  (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-dangelo-russell-20160920-snap-story.html

–  Solomon Hill  (from Scott Kushner, The Adovcate):

Read it here:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_0a24254a-803b-11e6-be6d-cb50e1ef6c9a.html

–  Four Cavs’ Issues  (from Robert Attenweiler, Cavs The Blog):

Read it here:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=43687

–  OKC’s Wings  (from Fred Katz,  CNHI):

Read it here:  http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/sports/thunder-season-preview-okc-s-wings-an-area-of-concern/article_b63f58e8-8083-11e6-8388-5738e5e456de.html

Milos Teodosic Wants To Play In The NBA  (from Eurohoops.net):

Read it here:  http://www.eurohoops.net/featured/315665/milos-teodosic-titles-gold-nba

–  Austin Daye Wants A Euroleague Title  (from Mete Budak, Eurohoops.net):

Read it here:  http://www.eurohoops.net/featured/315419/daye-winning-nba-title-want-one-euroleague

 Tyler Ulis Needs Playing Time In The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneay, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/9/21/12999668/tyler-ulis-phoenix-suns-dleague-northern-arizona

 The Chris Bosh Dilemma  (from Allana Tachauer, All U Can Heat):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2016/09/22/miami-heat-chris-bosh-dilemma-not-black-white/

–  Team President Rick Welts Is An Underrated Part Of The Warriors’ Rapid Rise  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/21/team-president-rick-welts-hired-five-years-ago-an-underrated-part-of-the-warriors-rapid-rise/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/21/16

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–  Josh Smith Can Revive His Career By Becoming A Full-Time Center  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):
Rudy Gay Is An Old School Player In A New School League  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):
–  Clint Capela Is Ready To Make Third Year Leap (from Chris Reichert, Upside Motor):
Jared Dudley, Stretch Four  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
–  Olshey: Blazers Have Lots Of Answers  (from Willy raedy, Blazer’s Edge):
–  Jazz Scouting Reports And Analysis  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
–  Jazz Deep Dive: George Hill  (from Derek Shimshauser, Purple And Blue):
5 Takeaways From Sean Marks/Kenny Atkinson Press Conference (from Cory Wright, Nets.com):
–  Ainge Well Aware Of What Celtics Still Need  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
–  Re-Grading The Celtics Rebuild, Part II  (from Ryan Bernardoni, Celtics Hub):
Grizzlies’ Shooting Guards  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Domantas Sabonis Was A Pro Before He Came To OKC  (from Erik Thorne, newsok.com):
–  Warriors’ Assistant Mike Brown: Not Just A Defensive Coach  (from Monte Poole,  csbnayarea.com):
–  Knicks:  Every Free Agency Signings’ Key Strength  (from Maxwell ogden, Knicks Daily):

–  Sorting Out The Bulls’ Lineups  (from Eli Horowitz, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/09/21/butler-rondo-wade-bulls-potential/

–  Lance Stephenson Q & A  (from Justin Ferrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/521/qa-lance-stephenson-on-learning-from-past-his-future-in-new-orleans

 Luke Walton Hopes To Find Balance In Using D’Angelo Russell (from Mark Medina, insidesocal.com):
–  Beau Beech Has Worked Hard To Make It  (from Aaron Johnson, defpen.com):
–  Nate Wolters Interview  (from Jake Rauchbach, BasketballInsiders):
–  Luke Babbitt Is Hopeful Of Stretching His Wings  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):
 What Happened To Robert Swift?  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
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