Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/23/16

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 Magic: Pairing Two Defensive Bigs  (from Spencer Henderson, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/08/22/orlando-magic-find-bismack-biyombo-blueprint-steven-adams/

–  Kenny Atkinson Interview (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play/_/id/17352848   and read excerpts here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/8/23/12603444/kenny-atkinson-roster-not-system-will-dictate-brooklyn-nets-offense

–  Players Returning From Injury  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-players-poised-to-return-from-injury/

–  Rivers Must Unleash “Point Blake”  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and view it here:  https://theringer.com/does-blake-griffin-have-another-gear-1f87b56b1262

–  Heat’s Prospects Not Feeling Crowded Out, Yet  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-briante-weber-s082216-story.html

–  Film Study:  Break Down What Thaddeus Young Can Bring To The Pacers  (from Donovan Reed, 8points9seconds.com):

Read and view it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/08/23/thaddeus-young-breakdown-film-indiana-pacers/

 3 Burning Questions For The Pacers: Starters Edition  (from William Furr, 8point9seconds.com):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/08/23/3-burning-questions-indiana-pacers-starters/

 Examining Valanciunas’ Post Frustrations  (from Demar Grant,  tipofthetower.com):

Read and view it here:  http://tipofthetower.com/2016/08/23/toronto-raptors-examining-jonas-valanciunas-post-frustrations/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 James Harden  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/rockets-will-go-as-far-as-harden-takes-them/   and from Scott rafferty, Sporting news:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-harden-steve-nash-comparison-mike-dantoni-rockets/3kwwdmjay0n71asq23ydih2x2

–  Ricky Rubio  (from Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press):  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cb63f3dca6c64e4d8411302ad3b4e301/ricky-rubio-ready-mentor-kris-dunn-minnesota

–  Marcus Smart (from A.Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/ceiling-to-floor/marcus-smarts-defense-gives-him-chance-at-stardom-with-boston-celtics

 Jrue Holiday (from Brendon Kleen, pelicandebrief.com):  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/08/23/new-orleans-pelicans-jrue-holiday-is-bucking-his-reputation/

–  Marcus Morris/Tobias Harris  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/interchangeable-harris-morris-invaluable-svg-no-excuses-approach

Julius Randle  (from Advith Sarikonda, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/08/22/julius-randle-lakers/

–  Joakim Noah (from Vijay Vemu, blogabull.com):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/8/23/12605616/chicago-bulls-defense-stats-joakim-noah-robin-lopez

–  Isaiah Thomas  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2657833-isaiah-thomas-interview-on-recruiting-free-agents-al-horford-and-celtics-youth

 Aron Baynes/Boban Marjanovic  (from Perry Farrell, Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/08/22/detroit-pistons-aron-baynes-boban-marjanovic/89110094/

–  Nikola Radicevic (from Ryan McCabe, nugglove.com):  http://nugglove.com/2016/08/23/will-nikola-radicevic-worth-nuggets-wait/

–  Josh Magette  (from Harrison Faigen, VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/for-basketball-players-like-josh-magette-on-the-nbas-edge-summer-is-about-betting-on-yourself

Kwame Brown  (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting): http://swarmandsting.com/2016/08/22/charlotte-hornets-former-bobcat-kwame-brown-trying-return-nba/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/22/16

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Popovich Will Lead Team He Was Left Off Of 4 decades Ago  (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17356380/introducing-team-usa-next-coach-gregg-popovich

–  Bench Crucial To USA Win (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/bench-play-from-kyle-lowry-paul-george-rest-of-bench-crucial-to-usa-gold-in-rio/

–  Journey To Gold  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/john_schuhmann/08/21/lessons-learned-gold-earned-for-team-usa/index.html

–  Jamal Crawford’s Long And Winding Road  (from Mike Wise, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/jamal-crawford-of-the-clippers-long-and-winding-road/

 Thabo Sefolosha  Q & A  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/q-and-a-with-thabo-sefolosha-we-have-a-different-d/nsKD8/

–  Earl Watson On The Good Side Of AAU Ball (from Dave King,  Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/8/22/12573540/aau-culture-ruining-basketball-suns-coach-earl-watson-would-argue-the-opposite

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Pau Gasol  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-the-pau-gasol-gamble/

Kevin Durant  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kd-team-usa-experience-therapy-000000944.html

–  Alex Abrines/Domantas Sabonis (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/three-things-we-learned-about-the-thunder-rookies-at-the-olympics/article/5514777

–  Dario Saric  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160822_Cooney__Additions_of_Sixers__Embiid__Saric_cause_for_excitement.html

 Semaj Christon  (from Dakota Schmidt, ridiculous upside.com):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/20/12568582/semaj-christon-nba-dleague-oklahoma-city-thunder

 Julius Randle  (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/julius-randle-will-prove-the-doubters-wrong/2016/08/21/

–  Tarik Black  (from Jared Zwerling,  NBPA.com):  http://nbpa.com/masters-degree-candidate-tarik-black-follows-in-fathers-real-estate-footsteps/

Wesley Matthews  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/wesley-matthews-says-work-mavs-can-better-defensive-team-2016-17/

 Andre Drummond/Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-eyes-across-board-gains-2-stand-out-most-growth-potential

Wade Baldwin/Brandan Wright  (from Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/08/19/wade-baldwin-iv-brandan-wright-grizzlies/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/21/16

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–  What To Know About Serbian Team In Final  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USAToday):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/20/four-things-to-know-serbia-usa-mens-basketball-gold-medal-game/89048716/

 Coach K In The Olympics  (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/17356879/olympics-2016-kobe-bryant-coach-k-brought-pride-being-american-back-team-usa

–  Meet Larry Coon: Yoda Of The Salary Cap  (from Dan Woike, ocregister.com):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coon-726484-nba-cba.html

–  Breaking The Warriors Down By Play Types:  Spot Ups  (from Andy Serbe, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here:  http://bluemanhoop.com/2016/08/20/breaking-warriors-play-type-spot-ups/

–  Balance Will Be The Key To The Celtics’ Offense  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/20/balance-will-be-key-to-bostons-offense/

 What Adrian Griffin Brings To The Thunder  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/what-adrian-griffin-brings-to-the-thunder/article/5514716

–  Team USA  Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins  (from Mark medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/events/20160820/syracuse-assistant-former-mater-dei-standout-mike-hopkins-overcomes-the-odds

–  Sixers’ Coach Brett Brown  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=17347896

 Al-Farouk Aminu At PF Can Fuel Blazers’ Improvement  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/19/12550328/portland-trail-blazers-al-farouq-aminu-power-forward-frontcourt

–  D-League RGV Vipers’ Assistant Coach Cody Toppert  (from Clevis Murray, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/14/nba-cody-toppert-summer-league/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Frank Kaminsky  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article96899607.html

Jeremy Lin:  http://www.jlin7.com/blogs/journal/off-season-training

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Zach Cronin,  Nothin’ But Nets):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/08/20/nba-sean-kilpatrick-brooklyn-nets/

Wesley Matthews  (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/08/21/dallas-mavericks-wesley-matthews-key-competing-west/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/20/16

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–  Serbia Advances To Olympic Final  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
 USA  Advances To Olympic Final  (from Marc Stein,  ESPN):
International Games: Players & Officials Communicate Past Language Barriers   (from Chris Hine, Chicago ribune):
–  Kelly Olynyk:  Brad Stevens Is A Basketball Genius (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
 Jordan Farmar On Luke Walton (from Serena Winters, Lakers Nation):
Getting To Know Grizzlies Assistant Bob Bender  (from Grizzlies.com):
Getting To Know Grizzlies Asst Coach Bob Thate  (from Grizzlies.com):
–  Differences In Offense And Defense Analytics  (from Andrew Johnson, Nylon Calculus):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Milos Teodosic  (from Greg Youncofski): https://twitter.com/CoachGregUC/status/766810430115237888
–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Zachary Diluzio, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243152/projecting-year-2-of-kristaps-porzingis
Will Barton  (from Nathan Beighle, Nugg Love):  http://nugglove.com/2016/08/20/important-denver-nuggets-will-barton/
Randy Foye  (from Cory Wright, nets.com):  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/08/19/randy-foye-looks-to-give-back
 Stephen Maxwell  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/19/12545758/stephen-maxwell-d-league-canada
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/19/16

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–  Olympic Xs & Os  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
–  Blazers Struggle To Find Easy Points  (from Eric Griffith, Blazers Edge):
Lakers Promote Coach Casey Owens From D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
–  Can The Jazz Keep All Their Young Talent? (from Kincade Upstill, Deseret News):
Becoming A Head Coach  (from Marc D’Amico,  celtics.com):
 What The Cavs’ Offense Can Learn From The Title Run  (from Justin Rowan, Fear The Sword);
2015-16 No-D Team  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):
 Nuggets GM Tim Connelly Interview  (from Colorado Sports Guys):
–  The Suns’ Offseason (from Matt Petersen,  suns.com):
Former Players Coached At D-League Tryouts  (from Jasmine D Brown, Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Durant  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vintage-kd-emerges-just-time-000000214.html
– Isaiah Thomas (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/08/18/isaiah-thomas-celtics-layups-floaters/
 Mario Hezonja ( from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/08/18/mario-hezonja-excels-rio-despite-reduced-role/
–  Joffrey Lauvergne (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/18/joffrey-lauvergne-nuggets-evaluation/
Ivica Zubac  (from Gary Hester, Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/8/18/12405216/la-lakers-ranking-ivica-zubac
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