Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/29/18

10 Takeaways From The 1st Preseason Games (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Draft & Stash Players: Where Are They Now? (from Alberto De Roa, Hoops Hype):
What NBA Officials Will Focus On This Season (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
BOS: Versatility: Celtics Show Glimpses Of Promising Future  (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Kyrie Irving’s Secret Workouts In Seattle (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Bulls Practice Observations (from Will Perdue & Kendall Gill, NBC Sports):
CLE: Osman Is Ready For Expanded Role (from Kaelen Jones, Sports Illustrated):
DAL: Ryan Broekhoff’s Journey To The NBA (from Isaac Harris, Mavs.com):

 

DEN: Nuggets Are Asking Young Vet Gary Harris To Take Another Leap (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/539301/2018/09/28/at-only-24-gary-harris-is-a-young-veteran-the-nuggets-are-asking-to-take-another-leap/

 

GSW: Q & A: Andre Iguodala (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Read it here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/28/warriors-andre-iguodala-on-his-health-last-seasons-playoffs-and-life-after-basketball/

HOU: Rockets Like What They See In James Ennis (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: How To Process The Pacers’ Obsession With Rebounding (from J Michael, Indy Star):

 

IND: Screening: O’Quinn Brings Rare Skill To Pacers (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/oquinn-brings-rare-skill-pacers

LAL: Kuzma Diversifying Role (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):
MIL: Bucks’ Roster Analysis (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

MIL: Budenholzer Will Teach His Players To Work Smarter (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here:  https://behindthebuckpass.com/2018/09/29/milwaukee-bucks-mike-budenholzer-will-teach-players-work-smarter/

MIL: Brook Lopez Gives Bucks A Stretch 5  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://stats.nba.com/articles/brook-lopez-gives-milwaukee-a-stretch-five/

MIN: Taj Gibson’s Leadership Style (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NOP: Grading The Pels Roster  (from NBA Math):
NYK: Grading The Knicks Roster (from NBA Math):
NYK: Is Mudiay Ready To Break Out?  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
OKC: Training Camp Notes (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
OKC: How Much The Thunder Defense Suffers Without Roberson (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

ORL: Clifford Working On Determining Vucevic & Bamba’s Roles (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/clifford-plans-experiment-playing-vucevic-and-bamba-together-20180928

POR: Seth Curry Brings Shot-Making, Underdog Mentality To Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

SAC: Harry Giles Is Ready To Unleash (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article219164180.html

TOR: Lowry Remains Raptors’ Most Compelling, Complicated Figure (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/555712/2018/09/28/despite-upheaval-kyle-lowry-remains-raptors-most-complicated-compelling-figure/

UTA: For Some Jazz Players, Learning To Sacrifice Playing Time Will Be Key (from Tony Jones, The Athletic):
WAS: Lineup Experimentation (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/27/18

How NBA Moms Help Their Sons Deal With Fame & Fortune (from Benjamin Rachlin,The Atlantic):

Read it here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/how-moms-help-nba-players-adjust-league/571195/

BKN: Theo Pinson, Diamond In The Rough (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  https://www.netsdaily.com/2018/9/27/17909268/theo-pinson-a-diamond-in-the-rough-with-a-chip-on-his-shoulder

BKN: Working On Forcing More Turnovers (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/26/nets-coach-already-working-on-fixing-a-past-weakness/

BOS: Brad Stevens’ Year Away From Basketball (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2794424-spreadsheets-poker-and-run-down-camry-brad-stevens-year-away-from-basketball

BOS: Marcus Smart Is Adjusting To Life Without His Beloved Mother (from Jay King, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/549552/2018/09/26/a-beautiful-nightmare-marcus-smart-adjusting-to-life-without-his-beloved-mother/

CHA: What Tony Parker Hopes To Bring To The Hornets (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article219008980.html

DET: Inside Blake Griffin’s “Scientific” Offseason (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/546394/2018/09/26/inside-blake-griffins-scientific-offseason/

DET: Dwane Casey’s Culture Revolves Around Honest Communication (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  https://www.detroitbadboys.com/2018/9/27/17878274/dwane-caseys-culture-revolves-around-honest-communication-media-day-andre-drummond-blake-griffin

GSW: Steph Curry On His Offseason Work (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Read it here:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/26/stephen-curry-calls-his-offseason-work-one-of-the-best-summers-i-had/

GSW: Mike Dunleavy, Jr: Complicated Past, New Scouting Future With The Dubs (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/550772/2018/09/26/mike-dunleavy-jr-complicated-past-new-scouting-future-with-the-warriors/

LAL: Lonzo May Be The Key To LBJ’s Golden Years (from DJ Foster, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/25/17896972/lonzo-ball-lebron-james-lakers

LAL: Post-Break Jump In Threes (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2018/09/25/one-team-one-stat-los-angeles-lakers-3-point-shooting

MEM: Grading The Grizzlies Roster (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-memphis-grizzlies-for-2018-19/

MIA: Grading The Heat Roster  (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-miami-heat-for-2018-19/

MIA: Heat Can Capitalize On Versatility With Olynyk (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):

Read and watch it here:  https://allucanheat.com/2018/09/27/miami-heat-can-capitalize-versatility-kelly-olynyk/

MIA: Meet The Personal Chef Who Helped DWade Change His Diet To Prolong His Career (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/26/17827222/dwyane-wade-chef-richard-ingraham-nba-player-diet-nutrition-day-in-the-life

MIL: Budenholzer Has Everyone Shooting Threes (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/09/26/budenholzer-has-bucks-all-them-shooting-three-pointers/1426257002/

MIN: Luol Deng Has That Fire Back (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/luol-deng-has-fire-back

NOP: Q & A: Darren Erman (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_f41adbb2-bc11-11e8-9441-93f72e1b4bbb.amp.html

NYK: Hezonja Confident Career Will Turn Around (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sports-hezonja-knicks-breakthough-20180926-story.html

ORL: Bamba’s Quest For Greatness (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/bamba-focused-quest-greatness

PHO: 1st Impressions Of Deandre Ayton (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2018/9/25/17902260/deandre-ayton-phoenix-suns-teammates-astounded

SAS: Dejounte Murray Could Be Spurs’ Next Star (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/27/dejounte-murray-spurs-homegrown-star/

TOR: Why The New-Look Raptors Could Lead The NBA In 3-Pointers  (from William Lou, The Score):

Read it here:  https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1613840

TOR: Nick Nurse Thrives In The Details (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/raptors/nick-nurse-thrives-in-the-details

TOR: Raptors Hoping Championship Pedigree Of Spurs Vets Will Rub Off (from Josh Lewenburg, tsn.ca):

Read it here:  https://www.tsn.ca/raptors-hoping-championship-pedigree-of-spurs-vets-will-rub-off-1.1181469

WAS: Satoransky Is Ready To Embrace His Positional Versatility (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/tomas-satoransky-ready-embrace-his-positional-versatility-never

WAS: Wall Knows That Being Better On Paper Means Nothing (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-are-a-better-team-on-paper-john-wall-knows-that-means-nothing/2018/09/26/f423b050-c1ae-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html

Brian Bowen’s Situation May Prove That Australia’s NBL Is A Viable Workaround  (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/541085/2018/09/26/brian-bowen-situation-may-prove-australias-nbl-is-a-viable-work-around-of-ncaa-eligibility-rules/

Video Breakdown: Veer Finish (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop/Drew Hanlen, Pure Sweat):

Watch it here:  https://pickandpop.net/2018/09/veer-finish/

Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Jack McKinney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/obituaries/jack-mckinney-dead.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/22/18

–  Q & A: Daryl Morey (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Even With Championship Contender, Brad Stevens Has Concerns (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
“I Can’t Wait”  (from Gordon Hayward):
Read and watch it here:  Can’t Wait
The Chaos In Minnesota (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
Fultz: “What Happened Last Year Was An Injury.  ‘Yips’ Is A Misterm”  (from Andy Schwartz, The Morning Call):
The Science Behind The Training Methods Micah Lancaster Used With Brandon Ingram  (from Dr. RS Brar, Silver Screen And Roll):
Kyrie Irving Interview (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Video: Giannis Antetokounmpo Interview (from Jim Paschke):
Zizic Could Be Beneficiary Of Cavs’ Shift Into Player Development Mode (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
NBA  Approves 3 Rule Changes (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis: 9/6/18

Chriss At A Crossroads (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
Mike Conley’s Impact On Kyle Anderson (from Jack Noonan, Grizzly Bear Blues ):
A Healthy Roberson Is OKC’s Most Important Player This Season (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Celtics: Robert Williams Is Learning To “Live Up” To Being A Pro (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
How Will The Celtics Handle Their Astonishing Depth?  (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
The Unique Relationship Between Russell Westbrook & Mo Cheeks (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Timberwolves’ Player Profile: Tyus Jones (from Dane Moore/Charlie Johnson):
Steve Nash’s Journey From Victoria To The HOF  (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
Jason Kidd: Quintessential PG (from Dwain Price, mavs.com):
Video: The Days & Nights Of Jason Kidd (from Nick LeTourneau, Nets Daily):
Q & A: Ettore Messina (from Alberta Mazagalia, Eurodevotion):
(Note: Google translate it if you don’t know Italian)
Years (Not Dollars) Matter Most For Second-Round Contracts  (from Shehan Peiris, Blog Don’t Lie):
Marques Johnson: Undervalued In Bucks’ History (from Rob Gueldner, Behind The Buck Pass):
Sports Science: Alex McKechnie: From Glasgow To The NBA (from Max Whittle, Give Me Sport):
Q & A: Mavs’ Assistant GM Keith Grant (from Danny Bollinger,  mavs.com):
Q & A: Nets’ Director Of Human Performance Zach Weatherford (from Diamond Leung. The Athletic):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/28/18

There Can Never Be Another Manu (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
Manu Will Live Forever In Basketball’s Soul (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
The Magnitude Of Manu’s Impact (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Assessing Embiid’s Areas Of Improvement (from Jake Hyman, Liberty Ballers ):
Sixers: What Can Wilson Chandler Bring To The Second Unit? (from Christopher Kline/Matthew Huff, The Sixer Sense):
What To Make Of Sixers Expanded GM Search & Front Office Moves (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
A VHS Blunder & Fear Of Failure Still Motivate Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Video Breakdown: Best Of Celtics’ ATOs  (from NBA.com):
What Lineups Should The Celtics Use In 2018-19?  (from Keith P. Smith, Celtics Blog):
Q & A: Jayson Tatum (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Celtics: It Won’t Be About The Minutes  (from Jeremy Stevens, Hashtag Basketball):
Laker Film Room: How Switchable Are The Bigs In LAL Defense? (from Pete Zayas, The Athletic):
Pelicans’ Breakout Candidates (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Frank Jackson: Ready To Be Unveiled By Pelicans  (form Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
Q & A: Clippers’ Assistant Coach Natalie Nakase (from Michelle Uzeta, Clips Nation):
Heat: Prospect Yante Maten Attempting To Spell NBA Success (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Underrated Offseason Acquisitions (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Billy Donovan ” NBA Early Offense” Clinic Notes (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Euroleague Best Players: 31-40  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Market Adjustment: Good Big Men Are Bargains Now (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Jazz: 3 Grayson Allen Stats To Get Excited About (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Thibodeau Reassures Nervous Wolves Fans (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Nets: Jarrett Allen “Gotta Get Rugged”  (from Francis Adu, Nets Republic):
Jasikevicius: Doncic See Things That Can’t Be Learned (from E. Carchia, Sportando):