Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/24/18

Melo Will Be The Ultimate Test of The Rockets’ System (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Training Camp Questions For Each Team  (from Sports Illustrated):
Nuggets: Training Camp Storylines  (from Joel Rush, Forbes):
Nuggets: How HC Malone Is Approaching Upcoming Season (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Nuggets: A Brief History Of The Malone-Jokic Era So Far (from ZachMikash, Denver Stiffs):
Pistons: Training Camp Storylines  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
10 Relative Unknowns Approaching Defining Seasons In 2018-19 (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Q & A: Joe Lacob (from Tim Kawakami, The Athletic):
CJ McCollum Interview (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Sixers: Versatile Saric Has Even More Roles Ready To Unlock (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
Sixers: Embiid Strives For More Bully Ball (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
Grizzlies: Mike Conley’s Methodical Path Back To Health (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
Grading The Clippers Roster (from NBA Math):
Grading The Lakers Roster (from NBA Math):
Profile: Trainer Chris Brickley (from Sowmya Krishnamurthy, Highsnobeity):
Six Former Lottery Picks Facing Make-Or-Break Seasons  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Bill Pope: Orlando’s New Director Of Pro Personnel (from Gary Bedore, kansascity.com):
How New Lottery Rules Change Tanking Incentives (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/11/18

Q & A: Daryl Morey (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
CP3 & The Pursuit Of Happiness (from Kelly Iko, Bleacher Report):
Q & A: Ben Simmons (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Q & A: CJ McCollum (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Film Session: Bucks At Sixers (from Steve Jones,Jr/Dylan Murphy, Cleaning The Glass):
G-League Call-Up Andre Ingram Scores 19 In NBA Debut (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
How The Pelicans Survived Without DMC (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
E’Twaun Moore’s Inspirational Story (from Alex Squadron, slamonline.com):
Pacers: Darren Collison’s Landmark Season (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):
The Key To The Pacers’ Success (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
OKC: Working The Pick-And-Roll (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
Where Will Ben Simmons Go From Here? (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
LBJ: King Of Deep Threes (from Owen Phillips, FiveThirtyEight):
Inside The Basketball Education Of Jayson Tatum, Part One (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Doc Rivers: The Pride Of The Shipwrecked Captain (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Fixing The Clippers (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Alternative NBA Awards: Handing Out Made-Up Honors (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Vince Carter: A Tale Of Two Careers (from John Chick, The Score):
How Did The Timberwolves End Up Here? (from Tim Faklis, Zone Coverage):
Jokic Has No Choice But to Be Great As Nuggets Battle For Playoff Spot (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
How Fatigue Shaped The Season & What It Means For The Playoffs (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
How Dario Saric Opened Doors For Simmons & Sixers (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
The Crossover’s All-NBA & All-Defense Picks (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/19/17

Steve Clifford & The Hornets Offer Dwight Howard A Home & Hope (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
The Celtics Will Miss Avery Bradley (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Breaking Down The 2017-18 Schedule (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
CJ McCollum: Well-Rounded Scorer (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
How The SG Position Is Changing (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Predicting Every Team’s 2017-18 Breakout Player (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Harden: Slimmed Down, Fired Up For Upcoming Season (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
The Timberwolves’ Big Expectations (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Grizzlies: NBA’s Worst Cap Situation (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Ntilikina: Enjoying The Moment (from Mike Vorkunov, NY Times):
Michael Beasley: Tired Of Not Getting Respect (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
A Moment Of Silence For KJ McDaniels’ Potential (from IanLevy, The Step Back):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 620/17

Markelle Fultz Never Forgets (from Kent Babb, Washington Post):
How Fultz Complete The Process (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Value Of Josh Jackson (from Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated):
The Defensive Rarity Of Jonathan Isaac (from Francis Adu, Ridiculous Upside):
De’Aaron Fox Q & A (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):
New Nuggets’ GM Arturas Karnisovas Q & A (from TJ McBride, bsndenver.com):
Danny Ainge Stays True To His Path In Building The Celtics (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
How Did The Celtics Get So Many 1st Round Picks? (from Michael D. Sykes & Mike Prada, SBNation):
Why David Griffin Stepped Down (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Draft Sleepers: Tony Bradley & Cam Oliver (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Sam Hinkie Saw The Future (from Nathaniel Friedman, GQ):
CJ McCollum Podcast (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Elfrid Payton Podcast (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The G-League: New Name, Same Insulting Salaries (from David-George, 16 Wins):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/17

Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/01/how-phil-jackson-meddled-his-way-to-triangle-triumph/

Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-sophomore-season-849b7e961ed4#.jzw25mvth

Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/02/jamal-murray-starts-to-find-his-footing-in-nba-just-in-time-to-help-lift-nuggets/

Durant Injury Opens Door For Warriors’ Young Bench  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/kevin-durant-injury-patrick-mccaw-bench/

Cauley-Stein & Labissiere: Filling The Cousins Void  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boogie-on-filling-the-demarcus-cousins-void/

From Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/keep-an-eye-on-kings-willie-cauley-stein-3acef3e94e7c#.rw6x4v5ai

Previewing The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/mit-sloan-sports-analytics-preview/

Can Pelinka Save The Lakers?  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pelinka-745309-maggette-lakers.html

–  Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/russell-westbrook-cant-stop-going-left/

CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin  (from Winners View):

Watch it here:  http://www.winnersview.com/videos/cj-mccollum-midrange-assassin

Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry  (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/28/14754592/kyle-lowry-injury-toronto-raptors-lineups-numbers

Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-bench-suddenly-has-plenty-of-appeal/2017/03/01/2df92916-feb2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2017/03/02/mike-dantoni-rockets-three-pointers/98625444/

Video: Nuggets’ Beautiful Ball Movement  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/nuggets-ball-movement-vs-bucks-2017-3

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-nuggets-offense-shows-off-insane-ball-movement-before-getting-bucket/

Despite Loss, Cavs Excited About Their “Mad Science Experiments” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3740/despite-loss-cavaliers-excited-by-their-mad-science-experiments

Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/with-new-arrivals-incoming-cleveland-heads-for-the-home-stretch-e71090fdee88#.obrphk6ni

–  With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/2/14786610/with-avery-bradley-back-celtics-were-a-completed-puzzle-in-cavs-win

–  The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/02/projecting-bostons-front-court-of-the-future/

–  NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-unveils-new-initiatives-improve-officiating/98603338/

 Thank You, Toronto  (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/terrence-ross-thank-you-goodbye-toronto-raptors-orlando-magic/

–  JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-south-plains-texans.html

–  The Suns’ New Two-Man Game, Featuring Tyler Ulis And Alan Williams (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1039220/welcome-suns-2-man-game-tyler-ulis-alan-williams/

Is Cam Payne The Bulls PG Of The Future?  (from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-cameron-payne-bulls-spt-0302-20170301-story.html

Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-george-hill-has-fit-so-well-with-the-jazz-164148997.html

SVG: “There Are No Corners”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/03/dont_ask_stan_van_gundy_about.html

–  Dedmon Needs To Stay As Spurs’ Starting Center  (from Jared Johnson, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/dewayne-dedmon-needs-stay-spurs-starting-center/

Tyler Johnson: Answering Critics With Strong, Consistent Play  (from Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/1/14782814/tyler-johnson-emerging-as-one-of-the-heats-most-consistent-players-goran-dragic-james-johnson-riley

Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-new-president-league-operation-byron-spruell/98600788/

Nowitzki Is Embracing His New Role At “5”  (from Sam Casey, The moking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/02/dirk-nowitzki-embracing-role-mavs-center/

Korver: Cavs Have Unique Mindset  (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/kyle-korver-cleveland-cavaliers-have-unique-mindset/416211905

–  D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/1/14782470/kevin-murphy-nba-dleague-nbadl-grand-rapids-drive

–  11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches  (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/gallery/college-basketball-coaches-coaching-changes-details-bracketology-ncaa-tournament-030117

– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):

 
“It’s better than conflict and chaos, right?… (O)wners who let people do their jobs end up being more successful in our business. And obviously, if someone has made a lot of bucks doing something else, the pitfall is always to think that you can do that no matter what business you might be in. Some organizations get into trouble because of that.
 
“Instant gratification seems to be the factor that runs things the most, as far as whether you can have continuity or not.”