Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/28/18

At Long Last, Nets & Knicks Are Being Patient  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/09/28/long-last-knicks-nets-are-employing-profound-strategy-patience/?utm_term=.8d1e5ac92def

BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is All In On The Intensity (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/2018/09/27/brooklyn-nets-training-camp-dangelo-russell-is-all-in-on-the-intensity

From Greg Logan, Newsday: https://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-focal-point-remains-fourth-year-point-guard-d-angelo-russell-1.21289233

BOS: Horford Leads By Example (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/27/17907084/boston-celtics-al-horford-brad-stevens

CHI: Wendell Carter: Most Likely To Succeed (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/bulls/features/wendell-carter-jr-most-likely-succeed

DAL: No One Position Defines Doncic’s Game (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):

Read it here:  https://thesmokingcuban.com/2018/09/28/dallas-mavericks-2018-luka-doncic-position-define-game/

DEN: Film Study: Anatomy Of The Nuggets’ Horns Flex (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.denverstiffs.com/2018/9/27/17907852/anatomy-of-a-play-from-the-denver-nuggets-playbook-horns-flex

GSW: Demarcus: Coming To The Warriors Is “The Best Basketball Decision I Ever Made” (from Demarcus Cousins, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/demarcus-cousins-golden-state-warriors

GSW: How Steph Handled An Offseason Of Change (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  https://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/How-Stephen-Curry-handled-an-offseason-of-change-13264866.php

GSW: They Are The Warriors’ System, Part Two: Draymond Green (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2018/9/24/17874072/nba-2018-golden-state-warriors-draymond-green-system-video-play-breakdown

IND: Turner-Sabonis Experiment To Enter New Trial Phase (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-sabonis-experiment-enter-new-trail-phase

MEM: What We Learned From 1st Week Of Training Camp  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2018/09/28/nba-memphis-grizzlies-training-camp/1448260002/

MIA: What Whiteside Did This Offseason To Improve  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article218828095.html

MIN: The KAT Era Will Soon Begin In Earnest (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/27/17910312/karl-anthony-towns-tom-thibodeau-wolves

NYK: Kevin Knox: Training Camp Isn’t Summer League (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/27/kevin-knox-is-looking-much-different-against-real-nba-players/

NOP: Julius Randle’s Winding Road (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/julius-randle-from-hollywood-to-the-big-easy/

ORL: Coaches, Teammates See Jonathan Isaac As Potential X-Factor (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/coaches-teammates-think-jonathan-isaac-could-be-magics-x-factor-20180927

PHO:  What Type Of System Will Coach Kokoskov Run? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/28/igor-kokoskov-phoenix-suns-system-playbook/

SAS: Dejounte Murray: The Spurs’ Crucial Point (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):

Read it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/the-spurs-crucial-point/

TOR: Will Last Season’s G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown Have A Meaningful Role With The Raptors? (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):

Read it here: https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/09/28/toronto-raptors-lorenzo-brown-preview/

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Hambone Williams:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/nba/sd-sp-sports-hambone-williams-nba-death-20180927-story.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/18

Each Team’s Greatest Flaw As Training Camps Open (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
10 Breakout Candidates (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
BKN:  How The Boomers Helped Mitch Creek Land An NBA Opportunity (from fiba.basketball):
BKN: New Net Alan Williams Has Service In His Blood (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Horford Welcomes His Role (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
BOS: A Reintroduction To Hayward (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
CHI: Portis Is Embracing His Sixth Man Role (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DAL:  Inside JJ Barea’s Unique Bond With Puerto Rico  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

DEN: The Nuggets Are Defined By Why They Play, Not Just How (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: A Statistical Analysis Of Why The Dubs Are The Golden Standard (from Jordan Wong, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Will Dubs’ Youth Movement Prevail? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Not Letting Contract Situation Affect Chemistry (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
MEM: A Note To Memphis (from Chandler Parsons, The Players Tribune):
MIA: How Much Does The Rotation Matter? (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):
MIL: Budenholzer Emphasizes Defensive Transition & Offensive Spacing (from Ben Steele, jsonline.com):
NYK: Finally Speaking With One Voice (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
PHO: What Kokoskov’s Offense Is All About  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
PHO: Ryan Anderson Lands In Ideal Situation For A Fresh Start (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
WAS: Wizards Begin Commitment To Spacing The Floor (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Brooks Wants Otto Porter To Shoot More (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
Whatever Happened To Big Country Reeves? (from Gerald Narciso, Bleacher Report):
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Checking In On Each Team’s Roster Count (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
QOTD (from PJ Tucker, responding to being asked if he cared about player rankings): “No, I could care less. Some guys care about that crap. But man, they could have me dead last. I really don’t care. What does it mean? If you’re 12, if you’re 15… It doesn’t change how many wins you’re gonna get, what you mean to your team. I’m sure somebody on Golden State isn’t even on the list, but he’s got a lot of rings. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/17/18

Jokic Pushes The Boundaries Of Big Man Offense (from Shehan Peiris Blog Don’t Lie):
Q & A: Terry Rozier (from Clay Skipper, GQ):
How The Suns Have Turned Over The Roster Around Booker (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Nets: Dzanan Musa’s Basketball Journey (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
Nets: What Impact Will New Two-Way Signee Alan Williams Make?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Raptors: Will The Bench Remain Dominant?  (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Should The Heat Start Adebayo?  (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
Unlikely Rookies Who May Surprise (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Celtics: What To Expect From Theis  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Jazz: Is This The Year Exum Arrives?  (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
How The Pacers Could Manage Their Crowded Backcourt (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Pistons: Galloway Ready To Get Going In Casey’s 3-Point Attack (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Meet The Locals Chasing Dreams At G-League Tryout (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/5/18

Steve Nash: Tough Love From Don Nelson Influenced Him (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
The Jazz Are Title Contenders (from Chris Herring, FiveThrtyEight):
Shabazz Napier: Brooklyn’s Secret Weapon Off The Ball?  (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Julius Randle: Just Getting Started In New Orleans (from William Guillory, The Athletic):
How Can Giannis Improve This Year?  (from Theodore Konstantellos, Behind The Buck Pass):
Bucks: Building Around Giannis (from Bryan Toporek, Clutch Points):
Grant Hill’s Brilliance With The Pistons (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
Q & A:  Ray Allen (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
Q & A: Lonnie Walker (from nicekicks.com):
The Most Important Numbers For Each Spur In 2018-19  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):
Pacers: McMillan Knows The Coaching Longevity Formula  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Sixers’ Muscala: Well-Positioned For A Successful Season (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Film Room: What James Ennis Brings To The Rockets (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
Celtics Film School: Marcus Smart (from Andrew Doxy, Celtics Blog):
Wolves’ Player Profile: Derrick Rose  (from Dane Moore/Charlie Johnson, Zone Coverage):
The Friendship That Sent Rick Welts To The HOF  (from Maggie Hendricks, For The Win):
Clippers Retrospective: DeAndre Jordan (from Robert Flom, Clips Nation):
Q & A: Greg Kelser (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
Big3 Exit Interview: Ice Cube & The League’s Top Brass (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/27/18

Nuggets Need MillsapTo Fill In The Blanks  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
The EuroLeague’s Best Players: 50-41  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Q & A:  Steve Kerr (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):
This Is Personal (from Steph Curry, The Players’ Tribune):
Spurs: Derozan Will Help In The Pick-And-Roll (from Brandon Meiners, Pounding The Rock):
Expect Big Changes To The  Spurs’ Pick-And-Roll Attack (from Brandon Meiners, Pounding The Rock):
Cavs’ Coach Lue Looks Forward To New Challenges (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Jazz: Royce O’Neale Was A Revelation Last Season; Now He’s Planning His Encore (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):
What Exum Needs To Show Next Season  (from John Keeffer, The J Notes):
Celtics: Why Healthy Hayward Is So Important (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
A By-The-Numbers Look At The Jazz’ 2017-18 Season (from Ryan Aston, The J Notes):
Heat: Can Adebayo & Whiteside Co-Exist? (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):
5 Rookies Who Can Exceed Expectations In 2018-19 (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Q & A: James Nunnally  (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):
Pacers: How Evans Can Mesh With Oladipo (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
What Has Thon Maker Shown So Far?  (from Theodore Konstantellos, Behind The Buck Pass):
Film Room: Projecting The Magic’s Best Defensive Lineup (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Darius Bazley Opts To Train On His Own Instead Of Going To The G-League (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
Can Norvel Pelle Make The Sixers’ Roster This Year?  (from Larry Mendte, Hoops Habit):
Knicks: Mudiay’s Longevity Question (from Mike Cortez, The Knicks Wall):
Each Team’s Maximum 2019 Cap Space (from Keith P. Smith,  Real GM):
The New Rule Changes: Good For The Game (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
3 Players Who Raise OKC’s Win Potential (from Fernando Colmenero, Thunderous Intentions):
Q & A: Corey Maggette (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):