Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/6/16

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 The Knicks’ Offseason  (from Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/64978/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-from-knicks-busy-offseason

–  Predicting The Best Defensive Teams For 2016-17 ( from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/predicting-the-best-defensive-teams-in-the-nba-for-2016-17-season/

–  Trail Blazers:  Optimism For 2016-17  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/5/12385060/portland-trail-blazers-2016-17-optimism

–  Suns’ D-League Coach Ty Ellis (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/08/05/phoenix-suns-d-league-coach-ty-ellis/88284562/

 The Drew  (from Ian Blair, The New Yorker):

Read it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/summer-basketball-in-the-motherland

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  CJ McCollum  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/08/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_pledges_to_continue_to_s.html

–  Noah Vonleh  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/08/04/trail-blazers-noah-vonleh-more-than-ready-to-take-next-step/index.html

 Alex Abrines  (from Bobby Chancellor, welcometoloudcity.com):  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/8/5/12373068/scouting-alex-abrines

 Amir Johnson  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):   http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/05/amir-johnson-looks-celtics-unsung-hero/

–  Reggie Jackson  (from Brandon Marlow, pistonpowered.com):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/08/05/will-reggie-jacksons-conditioning-impact-pistons/

–  Brandon Bass (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com);  http://www.nba.com/clippers/gallery/new-additions-brandon-bass/

 Abdel Nader  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/08/05/adbel-nader-too-good-for-nba-league/6a3QLpKgL6LpiybSxpQaJN/story.html

–  Brian Roberts  (from Nicolas Piotrowicz, bcsn.tv):  http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/676700

–  Jeff Teague  (from Evan Morris, indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/8/6/12383182/assessing-new-indiana-pacers-jeff-teague

–  Randy Foye  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/randy-foye-ready-build-new-culture-nets-article-1.2740876

QOTD (from Blazers’ GM Neil Olshey):
 
“We want guys to know that when they come here, when they perform, that when they buy into our culture, that they are valued. And we want to make sure that we keep the guys that want to be here. We’ve talked about that all summer. CJ wanted to be here. When Dame (signed an extension), Dame wanted to be here. That’s why you see the chemistry on the floor. We don’t have mercenaries here. We have guys that choose to be here, buy into Terry’s system, buy into our culture and how we do things. It’s why we’re very selective with the kind of guys we bring in, whether it’s via trade, draft or free agency. Because we do have a culture that we really think is imperative to success. We have one of the youngest teams in the league still. We were the youngest team in the playoffs last summer. We didn’t get any older this year. We need guys that, when they come in, they know that if they do the right things, we’re going to do right by them.
 
“Also, look, strategically, you want to know you have consistency. We don’t want guys playing in contract years if they don’t have to. I don’t want that hanging over anybody’s head. I want it to be pure and about winning basketball games and competing at the highest level and for the good of the team. We talk about this all the time; we’re a players-first organization. As evidence by things we do for our players. But in turn, the quid pro quo is, they become team-first guys. And I think if you ask Dame and you ask CJ, who are the leaders of this team, we don’t have any non team-first guys in the organization. If we did, they’d be gone. Because that’s the culture we’re building, it’s why we overachieved last year and it’s why we’ll probably overachieve relative to expectations this year.”
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