Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/17/18 PART ONE

BKN: LeVert Gets The Call As Opening Night Starter (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
BOS: Bench Spells The Difference In Opening Win  (from Sid Ventura, ESPN):
BOS: The Celtics Passed Their 1st Test (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BOS: Hayward’s Return (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
BOS: Celtics Flaunt How Many Ways They Can Win (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
CLE: Why The Cavs Are Against Tanking (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: How To Watch Doncic (from Pelton, Givony, Schmitz, ESPN):
DAL: Video: Why Doncic Is The ROY Favorite (from  ESPN):
DEN: Jamal Murray: Growing Into Leadership Role (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DET: Dwane Casey’s System (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: For The Dubs, Size Matters, Even Without DMC  (from Adrian Dy, ABS-CBN):
IND: Five Questions (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
MEM: JaMychal Green: Ready To Do The Dirty Work (from Michael Inabinett, AL Sports):
MIN: What Has To Go Right For The Season To Go Well (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NOP: Signs Point To A Jahlil Okafor Comeback  (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
PHI: Film Review: Sixers’ Big Picture Concerns (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: Joerger Has Simplified The  Playbook & Checked Analytics (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
TOR: Raptors’ Gamble Rests On Defensive Improvement (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
TOR: What Makes Kawhi So Good?  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
Opening Night Takeaways (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
– A League Scout’s WC Team-By-Team Take (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
For Lottery Pick Flameouts, There Can Be A Chance At Redemption (from Howard Megdal, The ASthletic):
AI’s Mom: Being Ann Iverson (from Maya Jones, The Undefeated):
2018-19’s Burning Questions (from ESPN):
Each Team’s Top 2018-19 Storyline (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
For Japan, NBA 101 Is Now In Session (from Jere Longman, NY Times):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/13/18

ATL: Trae Young Can Unlock His Star Potential By Improving Off The Ball (from Jeff Siegel, Dime Mag):
ATL: Alex Len To Play Vital Role In Hawks’ Offensive Scheme (from Kevin Chouinard, hawks.com):
BKN: Jarrett Allen: Living Up To The Hype (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
BOS: Hayward: The Bumps At The End Of Comeback Trail Hurt, Too (from Jay King, The Athletic):
BOS: Amid The Hoopla, Don’t Forget About The Bigs (from Mard D’Amico, celtics.com):
CHI: Q & A: Zach Lavine  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
CHI: Frontcourt Continues To Gain Clarity In Markkanen’s Absence (from Mark Strotman, NBC Sports):
CHI: Ask Sam Smith  (from bulls.com):
CLE: Preseason Observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
GSW:  Damian Jones Earns Starting Center Job (from Logan Murdock, Mercury News):
IND: No Excuses As Pacers Go Back To Work  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
IND: Myles Turner Sees Pacers Reaching New Heights (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
MIL: Bucks Want Opponents To Earn Their Points This Season (from Eric Nehm, The Athletic):
NYK: Knox Will “Take His Lumps” As Starting SF (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
ORL: Isaac’s Length Changes The Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
PHI: Ben Simmons’ Roadmap To Improving  (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
PHI: Simmons Has His Native Australia Obsessed  (from Mike Jensen, philly.com):
PHO: The Suns Should Not Sign Jamal Crawford (from Kyle Manthe, Valley Of The Suns):
POR: Q & A: Terry Stotts (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAS: Bryn Forbes Slides Into NBA’s Most Cursed Role (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
UTA: Perfect Preseason Provides Answers & More Questions (from Dan Clayton, Salt City Hoops):
UTA: Exum Could Be In Best Situation Of His Career This Season (from Kyle Standfield, Pick And Roll):
Numbers Game: The Future Of Sports Stats (from Jack Malooley, chicagomag.com):
Who Gets An Extension? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Tex Winter: Far More Than Just The Triangle Pioneer (from Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/8/18

ATL: The Hawks Took A Big Step Backwards Defensively Last Season  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
BOS: Terry Rozier’s Dad Sees Him Play In NBA For 1st Time (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
BOS: Video: Gordon Hayward – The Return, Part One (from The Athletic):
CHA: Hornets’ Preseason: What’s Left To Decide? (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Cavs Adjust Shot Clock At Practice To Help Ensure Faster Pace (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: 6 Players Are Fighting For The Cavs’ Last Roster Spot.  Their Stories Are Compelling  (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DET: Blake Griffin’s Role Under New Coach Casey (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
DET: The Pistons Have Improved Defensively In Each Of The Past Four Seasons (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
GSW: Q & A: Danuel House (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW:  DMC’s Unusual Situation: Why His 1st Season With Dubs Might Be His Last (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
GSW: How Long Do Dubs Enjoy Championship Before Preparing For Next Season? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
HOU: MCW’s New Role: So Far, So Good  (from Colin Connors, The Dream Shake):
IND: Why Tyreke Signed With The Pacers (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
IND: Pacers: Now Featuring More Than 8 Rotation Players (from 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
LAL: Why The Lakers Will Thrive At Being Positionless (from Jason Reed, LA Sports Hub):
LAL: How LBJ Will Bolster The Lakers’ Transition Game (from Alex Regla, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIN: Inside The Play: KAT’s Corner Three (from Lucas Seehafer, A Wolf Among Wolves):
MIN: Butler Status Update (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
NYK: How Fizdale Is Evaluating Knicks’ PG “Competition” (from Chris Iseman, northjersey.com):
NYK: Fizdale Has Been The Real Star Of The Preseason (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
OKC: New Assistant Coach Bob Beyer’s Offensive Philosophy (from Jordan Buckamneer, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: Jonathon Simmons Is Impressing Coach Clifford With Toughness & Fearlessness (from John Denton, magic.com):
POR: Nurkic: A Few Added Threes Could Be Plenty (from Mike Tokito, Forbes):
WAS: Dwight Howard’s back Injury Is Forcing Him To Miss Benefits Of Preseason (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Austin Rivers Is An Ideal Fit In Wizards’ System (from Zach Rosen, washingtonwizrds.com):
Q & A: NBA Officiating VP Monty McCutcheon (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Feature Film: 2018-19 Preseason (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 21-30  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/23/18

Nets: Defense Will Determine How Far They’ve Come (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Sixers: Will Elton Brand Get Leeway From Ownership To Be A Leader?  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
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Lonnie Walker: “Just A Kid From Reading”  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SVG At Crossroads Over Next Step  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
The Sixers’ Offseason Work (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
DeRozan’s Three-Point Shooting: Reason For Optimism  (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock ):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Hayward Ready To Put Grueling Rehab Behind Him (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Max-Contract Talks: Behind The Scenes Look From Team Execs, Agents  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Lee Jenkins’ New Job With The Clippers:  Why?  (from Ben McGrath, The New Yorker):
From Cape York To The NBA & Back (from Nate Jawai, Players Voice):
Glen Grunwald: A Perfect Fit As Canda Basketball’s New Head (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
NBA Vet Henry Walker Powers His PBA Team To Record Start (from Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/14/18

5 ROY Favorites (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Dissecting Doncic’s D (from Max Levefvre, Cleaning The Glass):
5 EC Players Poised For Breakout Seasons (from Shlomo Sprung, Forbes):
Ben Simmons Doesn’t Need The Three-Pointer (from Trevor Magnotti):
Grading The Pistons’ Roster (from NBA Math):
Grading The Warriors’ Roster (from NBA Math):
Hayward: “Basically 100 Percent” (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Best Passing Centers In NBA History  (from NBA.com):
Thibodeau On Acquiring Deng (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Q & A: Kevin Pritchard (from Scott Agness, The  Athletic):
Q & A: NBA Head Of Referee Ops Michelle Johnson (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
The Difficulty In Understanding The Importance Of Rebounding (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
This Proposed Rule Change Will Lead To “The Fast Break Reborn” (from Xiane, The Dream Shake):
Orlando Magic Film Room: Bigs Already Terrific Defensively (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
What Is It Like To Try Out For A G-League Team? (from Jovan Buha, The Athletic):
Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Coach Don Newman:
QOTD (from Ti Windisch on player ranking lists):  “…those kinds of lists are always going to be limited in how useful they can be. Any list of simply the “best” player is devoid of context. It takes place in a weird vacuum universe where it’s impossible to weigh the surrounding pieces.”