NBA: Sacramento Kings’ Season Preview

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NBA: Sacramento Kings’ Season Preview

 

Team Name:  Sacramento Kings

Last Year’s Record:  33-49
Key Losses: Quincy Acy, James Anderson, Marco Belinelli, Seth Curry, Rajon Rondo,Seth Curry
Key Additions: Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Farmar, Skal Labissiere, Ty Lawson, Georgios Papagiannis, Malachi Richardson, Garrett Temple, Anthony Tolliver

1. What significant moves were made during the offseason?

 
 
The most significant move was hiring Dave Joerger as head coach.  He had a .598 winning percentage in Memphis and made the playoffs in all three of his seasons there, most recently in spite of a massive injury epidemic affecting key players. He enjoys an excellent tactical reputation at both ends of the floor. Not re-signing Rajon Rondo is likely a plus given his propensity to be an assist whore and to avoid playing meaningful defense.
In free agency, the Kings were able to sign a large number of players to shore up their depth but were unable to land any players of major significance.  The best of the lot is likely to be Arron Afflalo who can help with outside shooting, spacing and defense. The draft selections mostly duplicate the team’s strengths positionally and, while positive results may result in future seasons, the draftees are unlikely to produce much help this season.
 
 

2. What are the team’s biggest strengths?

 
DeMarcus Cousins is as talented an any center in the Association and for sure he will get along better with, and perform better for, new coach Joerger.  Willie Cauley-Stein’s defensive versatility is another plus.  The team is so much deeper than last season, it is fair to call the bench a strength.  And while it will take time to adjust to his preferences and incorporate his schemes, Coach Joerger may well be the biggest strength.
 
 
 

3. What are the team’s biggest weaknesses?

 
Team defense was nearly nonexistent last season.  It should be better this year as a point of emphasis by the new coach but is difficult to see how it won’t be a weakness again. And, with so many new players, it will take time to develop defensive cohesiveness.  Free Throw shooting was another weakness.  Expect some improvement there with the departure of Rondo; the addition of Afflalo, Tolliver, Lawson and Barnes; and a generally less dysfunctional milieu that will likely result in improvement in all phases of the game.  The loss of Darren Collison for an as yet undetermined number of games due to his domestic violence guilty plea seriously unsettles the team at point guard, where the best hope is that Ty Lawson can fill in if he is able to regain his pre-DUI ability of seasons past.  Rudy Gay is not happy with his role, is not a great fit next to Cousins and a trade would not surprise.
 
 
 

4. What are the goals for this team?

Once again, there is no clear answer to this question.  It seems that management’s top priority was to upgrade the roster enough to be presentable in the new state-of-the-art arena and to attempt to reduce some of the dysfunction so evident in recent seasons.  While that will be a difficult task, Joerger may be the right selection to begin the assignment.   35 wins seems a fair goal.
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/30/16

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Celtics: Building From The Middle  (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bdl-25-al-horford-the-celtics-and-building-from-the-nba-middle-193013927.html

–  Dwyane Wade Continues To Expand His Game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/dwyane-wade-continues-expand-his-game

–  Derrick Rose Is Getting Used To The Triangle (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/65298/knicks-derrick-rose-getting-used-to-foreign-triangle-offense

–  Lopez/Lin Relationship Vital For Nets  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/29/nets-hopes-rest-on-budding-relationship-of-their-big-two/

–  Denzel Valentine’s Versatility  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-denzel-valentine-developing-bulls-spt-0930-20160929-story.html

–  DeAndre Bembry’s Versatility  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-bembry-opening-eyes-of-coaches-teammates-wit/nshDh/

–  Four Ways Dwight Howard Can Make The Hawks Better  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/dwight-howard-season-preview-hawks-fit/45rwz80th6w51fpxe654jhsjp

–  Mindaugas Kuzminskas May Be Carmelo’s Backup  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/29/knicks-rookie-with-catchy-nickname-may-be-carmelos-backup/

 Ibaka Embracing New Opportunity  (from John Denton, Magic.com):

Reaed and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/serge-ibaka/motivated-story-denton-20160929

–  SVG Considering 10-Deep Rotation  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/09/29/detroit-pistons-roster/91274104/

–  Pau Gasol Can Be A Better Duncan Replacement Than You Think  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/pau-gasol-spurs-tim-duncan-offense-breakdown/odl08k4j9qbj15dt5ozraum0x

–  Aldridge, Gasol And Extra Spacing  (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and view it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/aldridge-gasol-and-extra-spacing.html

–  Tyson Chandler Embraces Suns’ Direction  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/29/tyson-chandler-embraces-phoenix-suns-youth-direction/91281406/

–  Marquese Chriss’ Potential  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/29/marquese-chriss-potential-leaps-suns-forefront/91299602/

Karl-Anthony Towns: The Perfect Storm  (from Adam Figman, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-perfect-storm/

–  Nets Embrace Holistic Approach To Health (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/28/nets-buy-in-to-tough-training-but-brook-lopez-misses-slurpees/

–  Why Watching Has Made Embiid Better  (from Mike Sielski, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160930_Sielski__Why_watching_made_Wentz_and_Embiid_better.html

How Beal Can Be Great For The Wizards  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/bradley-beal-john-wall-wizards-offense-fit-breakdown-preview/3wsejqxz2i8f17j5hlh4omzs7

–  Gerald Henderson Gives Sixers Consistent Wing Play  (from Jake Pavorsky, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/30/13115062/gerald-henderson-sixers-2016-nba-free-agency-portland-trail-blazers-charlotte-hornets

–  Tobias Harris’ Improving Defense  (from Aaron McMann,  MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/09/tobias_harris_offseason_workou.html#incart_river_index

–  The Bucks’ Greg Monroe Problem  (from Andrew Snyder, Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/30/milwaukee-bucks-the-greg-monroe-problem-lingers/

–  In Praise Of Players Too Talented To Start  (from Jack Winter, Dime Magazine):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/nba-best-bench-players/

–  Why Steph Could Be Better Than Ever With KD  (from Eric Malinowski, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666652-warriors-notebook-why-steph-curry-could-be-better-than-ever-with-kevin-durant

–  Doug McDermott: Bulls’ Offseason Changes Have Left A Better Vibe  (from Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun Times):

Read it here:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/offseason-changes-have-left-a-better-vibe-says-doug-mcdermott/

–  Terry Rozier Is Distinguishing Himself In Celtics’ Camp (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724080/hey-bulldog-terry-rozier-distinguishing-himself-early-in-celtics-camp

–  Mike Dunleavy Is Excited To Be In Cleveland  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

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

–  Celtics’ Defense Should Be Among NBA’s Best  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/09/celtics_notebook_with_al_horford_on_board_defense_should_be_among_nba_s_best

 Derrick Williams Hoping To Finally Make His Mark  (from Manny Navarro, Miami herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article105033106.html

Raptors’ VanVleet Moves Past Draft Snub  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here;  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/09/29/22670886.html

–  Ron Baker Hoping To Land Roster Spot With Knicks (from Adam Zagoria, sny.tv):

Read it here:  https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/despite-no-guaranteed-deal-ron-baker-hoping-to-land-roster-spot-with-knicks/204081804

–  Reflecting On The NBA Hackathon  (from Chris Pickard, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/30/reflecting-time-nba-hackathon/

–  Warriors’ Player Profile: Damian Jones  (from Ian Smith, warriorsworld.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2016/09/29/warriors-player-profile-damian-jones/

My Journey To Professional Basketball, Part II  (from Brian Freeman, Blazer’s Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/9/22/12638994/brian-freeman-professional-overseas-basketball-west-albany-clackamas-long-beach-state

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/29/16

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–  Bulls Focusing On Rebounding  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp2016/bulls-focused-boards

–  Knicks Unveil Breakneck Offense  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/28/knicks-unveil-breakneck-offense-in-front-of-silent-phil-jackson/

–  Steph Curry’s Trainer Brandon Payne:  Q & A (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/9/28/13093904/stephen-curry-move-dribble-warriors-brandon-payne

–  Bucks Aiming To Improve 3-Point Shooting  (from Charles F Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/09/28/bucks-aiming-put-3-ball-pocket-again/91190710/

 Jordan Clarkson Embraces Luke Walton’s Challenge To Become A Good Defender  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/clarkson-730479-lakers-walton.html

–  Filling Biyombo’s Shoes Won’t Be Easy For Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/09/28/filling-biyombos-big-shoes-wont-be-easy-for-raptors

–  LBJ’s Unusual Evolution (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-age-aging-evolution-basketball-style-best-small-forwards-cavaliers/1454wl5yeew2c1s0tw6wlfhp6o

–  Limiting LBJ’s Minutes  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17662121/tyronn-lue-working-limiting-lebron-minutes

Justise Winslow, The Heat’s Swiss Amy Knife  (from Tim Reynolds, Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dd3e3ce460914cab84c959355daa8a74/he-does-it-all-justise-winslow-looking-more-heat

–  Mavs Bet Big On Harrison Barnes  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706497/dallas-mavericks-bet-big-on-harrison-barnes-upside

–  Suns’ Coach Earl Watson Shows Tough Love, Defense At Camp  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/27/phoenix-suns-earl-watson-shows-tough-love-defense-camp/91199528/

–  John Wall Needs To Play Off The Ball More  (from Michael Sykes II, Bullets Forever):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/9/28/13031418/john-wall-washington-wizards-off-the-ball-clipboard-improvement

–  Steve Kerr Podcast Interview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play/_/id/17664037

–  Warriors’ Season Preview  (from Nate P, Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/9/28/13085282/nba-2016-season-preview-golden-state-warriors-kevin-durant-stephen-curry

–  Jeremy Lamb Must Manage Reality (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article104737331.html

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/09/28/emmanuel-mudiay-impressive-denver-nuggets-camp/

–  Thunder’s Alex Abrines’ Growth Is Ongoing  (from Brett Dawson,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-nba-wait-is-over-for-thunders-alex-abrines-but-growth-is-ongoing/article/5520140

 Blazers’ Small Forwards (from Joe Freeman Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/09/trail_blazers_evan_turner_moe_harkless_evan_turner.html

–  Patrick McCaw  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/warriors-rookie-patrick-mccaw-shines-early

–  Nets’ Rookies Caris Levert/Isaiah Whitehead  (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Reaed it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/9/29/13102456/atkinson-provides-optimism-on-rookie-nets-levert-whitehead

–  Griz’ James Ennis Off To A Fast Start  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizs-james-ennis-off-to-a-fast-start-in-camp-3d932e40-2e20-51e7-e053-0100007fafc2-395203931.html

Taurean Prince Continues To Impress  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/prince-has-the-nba-ready-body-now-comes-the-rest-o/nsgqZ/

–  Why The Pacers Signed Kevin Seraphin  (from Jim Ayello, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/09/28/heres-why-larry-bird-hired-slumping-kevin-seraphin/91220100/

–  Seth Curry  (from Earl K Sneed, Mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/seth-curry-dazzles-fans-get-1st-look-16-17-mavs-open-practice/

–  Nets’ GM Sean Marks Q & A  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/john_schuhmann/09/24/sean-marks-sees-nets-rebuild-as-a-collaborative-effort/index.html

Spurs’ Big Man Rotation: Some Assembly Required  (from Jeff McDonald,  Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/For-Spurs-big-man-rotation-some-assembly-9392932.php  and from David Flores, kens5.com:  http://www.kens5.com/sports/lee-dedmon-ready-to-help-rebuild-depth-in-spurs-frontcourt/327580854

The Suns’ New Offense  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/28/phoenix-suns-install-new-offense-more-efficient/91250768/

–  Unlocking Willie Cauley-Stein’s  Potential  (from Cole Zwicker, Upside And Motor):

Read and view it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/09/29/willie-cauley-stein-kings-potential/

–  Kyle Anderson, Jonathon Simmons Become Vital Part Of Spurs’ Bench  (from Nick Moyle, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/With-parts-missing-Anderson-Simmons-become-9392928.php

–  Stanley Johnson Ready To Limit Defensive Gambling  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/09/stanley_johnson_ready_to_limit.html

–  Tomas Satoransky  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read ithere:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/09/28/tomas-satoransky-impressed-scott-brooks-months-before-they-came-to-the-wizards/

–  Trey Burke’s Chance For A Career Awakening  (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/trey-burkes-time-with-the-wizards-is-a-chance-for-a-career-awakening/2016/09/28/cf64dffa-85a1-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html

ZaZa Pachulia  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/23/zaza-pachulia-explains-why-he-declined-significant-money-elsewhere-to-join-warriors/   and from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-pachulia-is-warriors-secret-weapon/

Pelicans’ Versatility Will Mean Shifting Starting Lineups  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/09/alvin_gentry_not_planning_to_s.html

Nikola Jokic Q & A, Part One  (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/9/29/13087278/the-joker-is-a-card-an-interview-with-denver-nuggets-center-nikola-jokic-part-1

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:  Healthy, Ready To Go  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article104448976.html

–  Improvements In Pelicans’ Injury Prevention Techniques:  AD’s Rehab  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/9/28/13086778/anthony-davis-new-orleans-pelicans-upgrade-medical-training-staff-injury-prevention

–  NBA Hopes New Replay Protocol Speeds Up Play  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/09/28/nba-hopes-new-replay-protocol-speeds-up-play/91239852/

Hackathon: The NBA Embraces Big Data  (from Alex Wong, Sports On Earth):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/203646690/nba-hackathon-analytics-stats

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/28/16

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–  Sixers’ Season Preview  (from Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/27/13061464/2016-17-nba-season-preview-sixers-philadelphia-new-era-ben-simmons-joel-embiid

Suns’ Season Preview  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/9/27/13057182/phoenix-suns-preview-training-camp-knight-booker-bledsoe-bender-chriss

–  Steph Curry Wants To Be Better Than He Was Last Year  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steph-curry-i-want-to-be-better-than-i-was-last-year-031813304.html

–  How To Beat The Warriors  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and view it here:  https://theringer.com/how-to-beat-golden-state-warriors-4400ee13ee6c#.jqqvchi0y

–  Knicks’ Season Preview  (from Flynn,Shulman,Miranda and Osborn,Posting And Toasting):

Read it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/9/28/13059696/the-posting-and-toasting-2016-2017-knicks-season-preview

–  Saric Feels Ready  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/unlike-2-years-ago-dario-saric-feels-ready-nba

–  Sixers Hope For Development And Winning  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160928_Cooney__Sixers_undoubtedly_will_be_more_than_a_plain-vanilla_team.html

–  Fizdale’s 1st Practice As Grizzlies Coach  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/emphasis-on-effort-in-david-fizdales-first-practice-as-grizzlies-coach-3cf4494a-86eb-7ad2-e053-01000-395013381.html  and from Michael Wallace, ESPN: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17659083/nba-new-coach-david-fizdale-bringing-miami-heat-culture-grit-n-grind-memphis-grizzlies

–  Frank Vogel’s 1st Magic Practice  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-first-practices-0928-2-20160927-story.html

–  Scott Brooks Stresses Defense As Wizards Open Camp (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/09/27/scott-brooks-wastes-no-time-stressing-defense-as-wizards-open-training-camp/

–  Scott Brooks: “I Don’t Coach Age.  I Coach NBA Players” (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-arent-young-anymore-and-scott-brooks-wont-let-them-think-they-are/2016/09/27/0ecd6696-84dd-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html

–  The World According To Marcin Gortat  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/09/27/marcin-gortat-wizards-john-wall-bradley-beal-scott-brooks-media-day

–  Rondo’s Role  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-first-practice-rajon-rondo-bulls-spt-0928-20160927-story.html   from Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun Times:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/derrick-rose-inserts-foot-in-mouth-rajon-rondo-just-does-work/  and from Nick Friedell, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17654317/rajon-rondo-making-big-impact-early-chicago-bulls

–  Hibbert Seeks To Rebuild Career  (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article104426826.html

–  Gentry Hopes Pelicans’ Guards’ Versatility Will Help Offset Not Having Jrue Holiday (from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/09/pelicans_36.html

–  Inside The Making Of Stanley Johnson  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2664806-inside-the-making-of-stanley-johnson-detroit-pistons-superstar-in-waiting

Matt Barnes Is Still Ready For A Fight (from Chris Palmer, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/no-apologies/

–  Jared Sullinger Has Weight And Life Under Control  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/09/27/raptors-sullinger-has-weight-and-life-in-under-control

–  Alec Burks Is Almost Healthy  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4403386-155/utah-jazz-alec-burks-is-almost?fullpage=1

–  Noah Should Help Improve Knicks’ Defense  (from Michael Salfino, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/knicks-fans-have-reason-to-feel-bullish-about-joakim-noah-1475022781

Ronnie Price  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-ronnie-price-is-right-defender-to-push-russell-westbrook/article/5520013

Milt Newton’s Sights Are Still Set On NBA General Management  (from Marc Spears,  The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/milt-newton-nba-black-gms/

–  Suns’ Assistant Jay Triano Q & A  (from Craig Grialou, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/844048/getting-to-know-phoenix-suns-assistant-coach-jay-triano/

–  Richaun Holmes (from Jake Fischer, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/28/13086650/sixers-richaun-holmes-nerlens-noel-jahlil-okafor-bowling-green-2015-nba-draft

–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Kris Willis,  Peachtree Hoops):

Read it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/9/28/13071396/malcolm-delaney-atlanta-hawks-impact-training-camp

–  The Magic’s Foundation: Rim Protection  (from David Iwanowski, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/09/28/rim-protection-is-the-foundation-of-the-orlando-magic/

Paul George/DeMarcus Cousins/Anthony Davis: A Look At Their Past,Present and Future  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/life-without-a-second-star-paul-george-demarcus-cousins-and-anthony-davis/

–  15 D-League Alums To Watch  (from dleague.nba.com):

Read and view it here: http://dleague.nba.com/photo-gallery/nba-training-camps-2016-d-league-alums/

–  D-League Head Coach Coby Karl’s Two Legendary Mentors (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/65049/dad-and-the-zen-master-coby-karls-two-legendary-mentors

 

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The Best NBA Media Day Reporting 9/27/16

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Bulls Expect Growth From Hoiberg –  And So Does Hoiberg  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
 The Bulls’ New Culture  (from Mark Strotman,  CBS Chicago):
Rockets’ Assistant Jeff Bzdelik Preaches Defense  (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
–  Iguodala:  Durant Fills All Our Holes  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports): http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/iguodala-says-warriors-had-holes-but-durant-is-a-monster-to-fill-them-all/
–  Losing Middleton Will Make Everyone Else’s Job Tougher  (from John Hefferon,  behindthebuckpass.com):
–  How Joffrey Lauvergne Fits In OKC  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Jason Terry: Giannis Can Play Like Pippen  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):
–  What Isaiah Thomas Focused On This Summer (from Jay King,  MLive):
–  Pacers Believe Pieces In Place To Play Faster  (from Michael Marot,  AP):
–  Dwight Howard: Working His Way Into Leadership Role With Hawks  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  Media Day:  Top Things To Know About The Trail Blazers  (from Jason Quick, csnnw):
–  Kerr Wants To Stagger Warriors’ Lineups  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
–  Mike Brown Relishes Fresh Start With Warriors  (from Connor LeTourneau, sfchronicle.com):
–  KG: An Oral History (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

–  George Hill Brings Optimism And Confidence To Jazz (from Jared Woodcox,  purpleandblues.com):

Read it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/09/27/jazz-media-day-newcomer-hill-brings-optimism-confidence/

Georges Niang Adjusting To NBA Life  (from Brian Pelozi, thegazette.com):
–  Kris Dunn’s Defense  (from Andrew Ford, upsidemotor.com):
–  Chriss, Bender Add versatility To Suns’ Frontline  (from Sean Sullivan, Bright Side Of The Sun):
–  Very Quietly, The Raptors Had Their Best Offseason Ever (from Tim Chisholm,  Raptors republic):
Brandon Paul Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
–  Ty Lawson Hopes To Rebuild Career  (form Associated Press):
–  Scott Wood (from Joe Giglio, Charlotte Observer):

 

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