Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/3/17 PART ONE

The Invisible Superpowers Of Steven Adams  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/02/steven-adams-screens-russell-westbrook-thunder-the-craft

Do Two-Center Lineups Still Work?  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/02/two-center-lineups-still-work-nba/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18808626/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-golden-state-warriors-nba

Top Defenders So Far This Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695467-2017-nba-defensive-player-of-the-year-rankings-at-start-of-march

February Was One Of Blake Griffin’s Best Months Ever  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/blake-feature-170228/

The Sixers Should Be Thanking Sam Hinkie  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-the-76ers-should-be-thanking-sam-hinkie-145925655.html

Matt Barnes: Polarizing Pariah  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/10/matt-barnes-los-angeles-clippers-kobe-bryant-lakers-chris-paul

Arvydas Sabonis: The Original Unicorn  (from Keith Smith, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/arvydas-sabonis-the-original-unicorn-a10ab6c3738e#.l3co0iy3n

Who’s Got Next?: The GM Edition (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Readit here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-whos-got-next-the-gm-edition/

Defense Is Key For Taurean Prince (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/defense-key-prince-place-hawks-rotation/8jKM0UFDGfWA5j86zDL4fM/

Fizdale Preaches Patience With Parson’s Comeback Progress (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/mikecheck-fizdale-defends-parsons-maintain-patience-amid-struggles-170302/

Can DMC & Pels Adjust In Time? (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18810923/new-orleans-fits-cousins-pelicans-win

Three Ways Jennings Will Improve Wizards’ Bench (from Jerran Anderson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/washington-wizards-brandon-jennings/

Okaro White’s New Challenge (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136184758.html

Hawks: Finding Ilyasova’s Role (from Tyler Sellers, Soaring Down South):

Read it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/03/03/the-many-possibilities-and-strategies-of-ersan-ilyasova/

Korver Kalculus  (from Mitch Suchan, cavstheblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=46410

The Importance Of Avery Bradley’s Defense (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725409/avery-bradley-offers-reminder-of-how-important-his-defense-is-for-celtics

Four Types Of Passes The Hawks Are Using With Dwight Howard  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/four-types-passes-hawks-are-using-dwight-howard

Isaiah Whitehead: Opportunity Knocking  (from Cory Wright, nets.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2017/02/21/opportunity-knocking-isaiah-whitehead

At Friendship Or Business, Noah Kone Will Manage  (from David Ramil, Fansided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/03/noah-kone-will-manage/

NOTE:  PART TWO of Today’s Basketball Intelligence will be published later today.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/22/16

Devin Booker’s Dad Helped Pave is Path To The NBA  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Devin Booker Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

From Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/11/22/devin-booker-suns-kentucky-eric-bledsoe-john-calipari

–  How The Hornets Are Doing It  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
–  The Bulls Are Blowing Away Expectations (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):
–  Bulls Defense Is Keeping Opponents At Bay  (from Sean Highkin, The Athletic):
–  Warriors Return From Perfect Road Trip Better In 5 Areas (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
–  Joel Embiid Era Begins (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

–  Embiid Vs. Whiteside Did Not Disappoint  (from Mike Catalino,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/joel-embiid-takes-much-away-decorated-matchup-hassan-whiteside

–  Thunder Film Room: How Steven Adams’ Hand Injury Is Affecting His Play  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Read and watch it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5527963

–  The Magic’s Defense Is Legit  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/11/22/time-start-believing-orlando-magics-defense/

–  James Harden, Dwight Howard Thriving In New Roles  (from Evans Clinchy, fansided.com):

–  Week 4 Review  (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):
–  Blazers’ Backcourt Trio: Lillard, McCollum, Crabbe  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
Monday Highlights (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
–  Monday’s Best Players: Giannis, Beal  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
(Question of the day:  Does Giannis even have a “ceiling”?  If so what it might be?)
Whiteside: The NBA Isn’t Lacking In Quality Centers  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
–  Whiteside Wants You To Keep Attacking Him  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
BOS 99, MIN 93  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
MEM 105, CHA 90  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Jrue Holiday’s Return (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
–  Tim Hardaway:  The Benefits Of Off-Season Work  (from Lang Whitaker, nba.com):
Are The Lakers Growing Faster Than Expected?  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):
Conditional First Round 2017 Draft Picks (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
–  Harrison Barnes Is Embracing Opportunity (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Horford Does All The Little Things That Help Win Games  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724483/al-horford

Brett Brown Will Be Cautious About Nerlens Noel’s Return  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
 Nets Are Running In Atkinson’s 1st Year  (from Max Prinz, nothinbutnets.com):

–  Willy Hernangomez: Early Returns Are Favorable For Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-backup-center-hernangomez-cool-hawks-article-1.2882423

–  The Trade That Transformed The Raptors (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/11/20/the-trade-that-transformed-the-toronto-raptors.html

Raptors: No Time To Pout  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/21/no-time-to-pout-for-raptors

–  Clippers Appreciate Wesley Johnson’s Defense  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/johnson-736213-game-one.html

Quin Snyder Has Been Through Worse (from Drew MacKay, purpleandblues.com ):

Read it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/11/21/utah-jazz-struggling-quin-snyder-worse/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/14/16

 

Timberwolves: The Next Step  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/Timberwolves-NBAs-hottest-young-team-and-ready-to-take-over/

And from Tim Faklis, A Wolf Among Wolves:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/10/kat-bigs-dissecting-wolves-depth-front/

–  The Great Aaron Gordon Positional Experiment  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-small-forward-36df66a13320#.lt05rjiwl

–  The Misunderstanding Of JR Smith  (from Charles Bethea, The New Yorker):

Read it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/the-misunderstanding-of-j-r-smith

–  How The Nuggets Built Their International Army  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/how-the-nuggets-built-their-international-basketball-army-794bee9b6c56#.gcjs3hrv7

Celtics: 5 Things We’ve Learned So Far  (from Brian Robb, boston.com):

Read it here:  http://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/10/14/5-things-weve-learned-so-far-in-celtics-preseason

–  Boston Now Has Its Own “Lineup Of Death”  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2669333-the-boston-celtics-now-have-their-own-lineup-of-death

–  Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s Five Observations  (from Cleveland.com):

Read  it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/tristan_thompson_looking_to_ad.html

–  What Can Jeremy Lin Do Back In New York? (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/what-can-jeremy-lin-do-back-in-new-york

And from Brian Lewis, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/13/a-jeremy-lin-scouting-report-from-a-coach-who-knows-him-best/

–  Bogut Gives Mavs Effective Rim Protection And More (from Dwain Price, star-telegram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article108150777.html

–  Nemanja Bjelica Hopes To Improve In Year Two  (from Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune):

Read t here:  http://www.startribune.com/nemanja-bjelica-hopes-his-game-translates-better-in-second-year-with-wolves/397038071/

–  Stanley Johnson: Look For Improvement  (from Lazarus Jackson, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/10/14/12833662/2016-nba-preview-detriot-pistons-stanley-johnson-look-for-improvement

–  The Pistons Forced Opponents To Take The Right Shots, But Didn’t Defend Them Well  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/one-team-one-stat-detroit-pistons-opponent-shooting

–  Mavs:  Justin Anderson Aims To Be Bigger Contributor This Season  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2016/10/13/sweating-small-stuff-justin-anderson-aims-even-bigger-contributor-sophomore-year

Malcolm Delaney: “I’m Supposed To be Here” (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/delaney-supposed-here/ZJt21D1fyPBsxqdElMN2NO/

–  The Hornets Were The Most Offensively Improved Team Last Season  (from Jhn Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/one-team-one-stat-charlotte-hornets-offensive-improvement

–  For Some Teams, Prepping For Back-To-Backs Is Important In The Preseason (from Tim Reynolds, AP):

Read it here:  https://apnews.com/df9a2e46047041b58e6b86ba4bb4fb35/For-some-NBA-teams,-prepping-for-back-to-backs-is-important

–  SVG Wants Scrimmages Against Other Teams In Preseason  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-nba-coaches-bat-around-better-ways-use-their-time-preseason

The Celtics Have A Bargain In Jonas Jerebko  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724188/jonas-jerebko-putting-in-work-to-improve-his-shot

Rudy Gay Rediscovers His Comfort Zone  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article108165347.html

–  DeMarre Carroll Expects A Full Return To Form  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/12/carroll-wants-raps-fans-to-see-the-real-him

–  Hassan Whiteside: Flourishing In Increased Role (from Cory Sanning, All U Can Heat):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2016/10/14/miami-heat-hassan-whiteside-flourishing-in-increased-role/

–  Jonathan Simmons And Kyle Anderson Vital For Spurs’ Bench  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/For-Spurs-bench-Simmons-and-Anderson-prove-9969438.php

Marcus Paige Looks To Transition To D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/13/13271514/marcus-paige-dleague-nba-north-carolina

–  Wizards’ Season Preview  (from Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/13/13242338/washington-wizards-preview-season-nba-2016-2017-celticsblog

–  Grizzlies’ Season Preview  (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/10/13/13273224/season-preview-memphis-grizzlies-sb-nation-nba

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/2/16

–  The Big O Gives LBJ His Blessing  (from The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/oscar-robertson-lebron-hes-mvp-athlete-entrepreneur-and-leader/

Free Agency:

–  Magic Continue Odd Makeover  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/07/01/orlando-magic-jeff-green-evan-fournier-dj-augustin-free-agency

–  Evan Turner Signs With Blazers  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/07/evan_turner_loves_portland_trail_blazers_toughness.html   and from Dan Marang, Blazers Edge:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/7/1/12084682/portland-trail-blazers-evan-turner-2016-nba-free-agency-neil-olshey-analysis

–  Hawks Sign Dwight Howard  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/07/01/dwight-howard-atlanta-hawks-nba-free-agency-grades

–  Grizzlies Sign Chandler Parsons  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/07/01/nba-free-agency-chandler-parsons-memphis-grizzlies-max-deal-grades

–  Beal Re-signs With Wizards  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):

Read it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/explaining-reasons-beals-max-deal-and-why-wizards-moved-so-quickly

 Heat Couldn’t Resist Whiteside’s Unknowable Upside  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2649563-miami-heat-couldnt-resist-hassan-whitesides-unknowable-upside

–  Utah Captures Premium Versatility  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/utahs-pursuit-and-capture-of-premium-versatility/

–  Sixers Sign Jerryd Bayless  (from George Kondoleon,  Section215.com):

Read it here:  http://section215.com/2016/07/02/philadelphia-76ers-jerryd-bayless-is-the-right-signee/

–  Explaining Day One’s “Crazy Contracts”  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2016-nba-free-agency-explaining-the-crazy-contracts-given-out-day-1/

–  Breaking Down Free Agency Day One (from BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/07/02/the-breakdown-free-agencys-first-day/   and from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2649671-2016-nba-free-agency-everything-you-need-to-know-from-day-1

–  Questioning The Lakers FA Signings  (from Nick Birdsong,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-free-agency-signings-luol-deng-timofey-mozgov-heat-dwyane-wade/yn1zee30jmxb13rx60aj3ltrb

Options And Qualifying Offers  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/07/01/free-agency-update-options-and-qualifying-offers/

The Draft:

Undrafted Rookies Who May Still Make An Impact  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2649591-undrafted-nba-rookies-who-can-still-make-an-impact-next-season

–  Yogi Ferrell  (from Reed Wallach,  Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/7/2/12085566/yogi-ferrell-a-unique-undrafted-free-agent-and-a-great-fit-for-the

Summer League:

–  Point Guards Looking To Shine During Summer League  (from Kareem Copeland, Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9df028dd7229408fa117bf2effc6a28e/point-guards-look-shine-during-summer-league-action

–  Summer League Previews  (from Sam Eggleston, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/7/2/12079138/2016-nba-schedule-summer-league-orlando-utah-las-vegas-teams-rosters

–  10 D-League Alums To Watch In Orlando Summer League  (from dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/photo-gallery/orlando-nba-summer-league-players-to-watch/

–  Juwan Howard(s)  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-ira-nba-column-s070316-column.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Trey Lyles  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4072996-155/utah-jazz-20-year-old-trey-lyles-playing

Garrett Temple  (from Bartosz Bielecki,  turthaboutit.net):  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/07/team-talk-with-garrett-temple-qa-from-gortats-camp-in-poland.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/29/15

– Reviewing Wednesday night’s action (from Satchel Price, sbnation): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9632816/nba-scores-2015-thunder-spurs-nuggets-rockets-bulls-nets

– Nothing was more compelling on opening night than Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com): http://newsok.com/nothing-was-more-compelling-on-opening- night-than-kevin-durant-vs.-kawhi-leonard/article/5456740/?page=2

– Cavaliers show improved depth and beat the Grizzlies at their own game (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/cleveland_cavaliers_show_impro.html

– Raptors adapt well in opener (from Eric Koreen, National Post): http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-adapt-well-in-opener-storm-back-to-subdue-indiana-pacers

– Heat shows off depth in season opener (from Ethan J. Skolnick,Miami Herald): http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article41768553.html

– Spoelstra key to strong start for revamped Heat (from Israel Gutierrez, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998460/erik-spoelstra-role-most-critical-early-revamped-miami-heat

– Hornets a work-in-progress (from Rick Bonnell. Charlotte Observer): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article41770617.html

– Grizzlies: Defining the problem with grit and grind (from Peter Edmiston, commercialappeal.com): http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Defining-the-problem-with-grit-and-grind-337983372.html

– Knicks’ first game makes Phil Jackson look good (from Frank Isola, NYDailyNews): http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/isola-phil-jackson-article-1.2415755

– Clippers 111, Kings 104 (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com): http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/28/9633110/game-1-recap-los-angeles-clippers-sacramento-kings-october-28-2015

– 5 reasons to be optimistic about Pistons (from Jamie Samuelsen, freep.com): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-jamie-samuelsen-blog/74787588/

– Notes on Tuesday’s Pistons vs Hawks game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball): http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/10/pistons-vs-hawks.html

-Pistons leaving no game unwatched in hopes of uncovering the NBA’s secrets (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-reggie-jackson-andre-drummond-film-tape

– Tale of two debuts: Towns looks ready, while Russell seems to drift aimlessly (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/karl-anthony-towns-dangelo-russell-lakers-wolves-kevin-garnett-kobe-bryant-rookies

– Towns had solid debut (from Broderick Turner, LATimes): http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-ln-karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-debut-20151028-story.html

– Pacers a ‘work in progress’ in season-opening loss (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com): http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/29/pacers-drop-season-opener-raptors-106-99/74726586/

– First game for Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and coach Michael Malone a success (form Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post): http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_29038955/nuggets-dominate-road-win-at-houston-open-season

– Brad Stevens vows to think outside the box, shows some of that against Philadelphia 76ers (from Jay King, masslive.com): http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/jared_sullinger_boston_celtics_10.html

– Bulls’ Coach Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/five-minutes-with-bulls-coach-fred-hoiberg/

– The Next 3-And-D Players (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/28/robert-covington-next-3-d-players/

– Dead money looks bad, but more NBA teams are smartly using it to stretch salary cap (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13956906/dead-money-paying-opposing-players-looks-bad-lets-nba-teams-stretch-salary-cap

Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman: “One of the Guys” (from Nancy Lieberman, The Players Tribune): http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nancy-lieberman-kings-women-in-coaching/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

– Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Era begins (from Marcus Hays, philly.com): http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151029_Sixers__Jahlil_Okafor_Era_begins.html

– Okafor’s Debut gives Sixers’ Process Clearer Focus: (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News): http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659603-sixers-76ers-tank-rebuild-sam-hinkie-jahlil-okafor-philadelphia-nba-draft-lottery-nerlens-noel

– While his body recovers, Derrick Rose’s mind stays intact (form Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago): http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-while-his-body-recovers-derrick-roses-mind-stays-intact

– Blake Griffin showed the complete package against the Kings (from sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9634596/blake-griffin-highlights-stats-clippers-kings

– Isaiah Thomas played like a superstar in the Boston Celtics 112-95 opening night victory (from Kevin O’Connor, celticsblog.com): http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/29/9633966/isaiah-thomas-plays-like-a-superstar-in-boston-celtics-112-95-opening-night-win-nba-victory

– Trail Blazers’ guard CJ McCollum and his career night: ‘A long time coming’ (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com): http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/cj-mccollum-and-his-career-night-emerge-dark-place-long-time-coming

– John Wall in the Wizards’ new up-tempo system (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9636536/john-wall-highlights-wizards-magic-statstics

– Jared Sullinger seizes his chance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe): http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/28/jared-sullinger-seized-his-opportunity/CshYzIPvf9xlQASTFLHRYN/story.html

– Rookie Jerian Grant soaking in advice from Knicks vets like Jose Calderon (from Ian Begley, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998366/nba-newyork-knicks-point-guards-jose-calderon-jerian-grant-develop-mentor-relationship

– Gordon Hayward Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13994995/qa-utah-jazz-shooting-guard-gordon-hayward

– Lance Stephenson May be the Clippers X-Factor (from Sam Amick, USAToday): http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/10/29/lance-stephenson-los-angeles-starter-sacramento-kings/74789162/

– Tony Parker Embracing New Role (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/15/tony-parker-embracing-new-role-with-spurs

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Breaking Down his Performance (from Ryan B. Winner, nothinbutnets.com): http://nothinbutnets.com/2015/10/29/rondae-hollis-jefferson-breaking-down-his-performance/

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