Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/9/18

BKN: Why The Nets Must Reward Dinwiddie (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
BKN: No Quit In Improving Nets (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BKN: Q & A: Jarrett Allen (from Steve Serby, NY Post):
BOS: Theis Shines In Blowout Win (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Offense Has Flipped The Script After Stagnant Start (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
CHI: Heart & Hustle, Arcidiacano Brings It (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
CLE: Cavs 116, Wizards 101 (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DAL: So Far This Season, The Mavs Are The NBA Kings Of Texas (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
DAL: Inside Doncic’s First “Signature Game” (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
DEN: How Will The Nuggets Replace Millsap? (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
DET: Assistant Coach Sean Sweeney’s Player Development Skills (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
GSW: The Warriors & The Elusive Quest For Joy (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How The “ZaZa Pass” Became Part Of The Dubs’ Culture (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
IND: Pacers Finding Strength In Numbers  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
NOP: Anthony Davis’ Improved Passing (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
NYK: The Knicks’ Recent Transition Defense Woes (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
OKC: Steven Adams’ Rising Value (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: Vucevic Is The Magic’s MVP So Far This Season (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
PHI: Film Study: Breaking Down Butler’s Big Night Vs Pistons (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: How Has Embiid’s Role Changed Since The Trade For Butler? (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
SAS: Forbes’ Bravado Is Exactly What Spurs Need (from Mike Finger, Express News):
TOR: Siakam Is Providing Secondary Playmaking (from Jake Hyman, 94 Feet):
UTA: Gobert Has Found His Voice (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: The Wizards Are Having A Difficult Time Processing Trading Jason Smith (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting & Analysis 10/22/18

BKN: Kenny Atkinson On The Coaches Who Influenced Him (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/feature/2018/10/22/kenny-atkinson-brooklyn-nets-coach-on-the-coaches-that-influenced-him

BKN: With RHJ’s Return, Can Impressive Rookie Kurucs Stay In The Rotation? (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: https://nypost.com/2018/10/22/why-impressive-nets-rookie-may-soon-see-his-playing-time-cut/

BKN: 5-Out Offense Effective, But Execution An Issue (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: https://nothinbutnets.com/2018/10/22/brooklyn-nets-5-offense-effective-execution/

CHA: Triano: NBA Coaching Is His Profession; Canadian Basketball Is His Obsession (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article220366900.html

DEN: Nuggets Are Winning Games On The Defensive End (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/605024/2018/10/22/go-figure-the-nuggets-are-winning-games-on-the-defensive-end-and-swear-its-no-smoke/

From Mike Singer, Denver Post: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/10/21/denver-nuggets-defense-golden-state-warriors/

GSW: Dubs “Must Clean Up Defense” (from NickFriedell, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25050373/draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-defense-not-emphasis-nba-anymore

MIL: Bucks Finding Success In Funneling Opponents To Midrange Shots (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/10/21/bucks-finding-success-funneling-opponents-midrange-shots/1695199002/

OKC: Defensive Effort & Rotation Usage Are Issues In 0-3 Start (from Tamberlyn Richardson, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here: https://thunderousintentions.com/2018/10/22/okc-thunder-5-takeaways-effort-rotation-issues/

From Brett Dawson, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/605123/2018/10/22/terrance-ferguson-is-struggling-but-heres-why-hes-unlikely-to-lose-his-starting-spot-for-now/

OKC: Is Loss To SAC A Sign Of The Times? (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here: https://newsok.com/article/5612450/is-thunder-loss-to-sacramento-a-sign-of-the-times

OKC: Is It Too Soon o Start Worrying (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18009704/oklahoma-city-thunder-early-trouble

ORL: Vucevic Knows It’s Time For Magic To Turn Things Around (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-knows-now-time-magic-turn-things-around-20181021

PHI: Fultz Looks More Comfortable At PG (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2018/10/22/philadelphia-76ers-markelle-fultz-more-comfortable-point-guard/

PHI: Joel Embiid: 7-Feet Tall & Rising (from Clay Skipper, GQ):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18008362/nba-opening-week-takeaways

SAS: What Makes The Spurs’ Motion Offense Go? (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):

Read and watch it here: https://www.poundingtherock.com/2018/10/18/17995342/main-thing-makes-san-antonio-spurs-motion-offense

TOR: Kawhi Imposed His Will Vs The Celtics (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/10/20/18003028/kawhi-leonard-highlights-raptors-vs-celtics-takeover

UTA: Jazz’ Chemistry Makes A Difference (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/10/21/league-obsessed-with/

WAS: Coach Brooks Says Otto Porter Needs To Do More To Help Himself (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/another-low-shot-total-otto-porter-coach-brooks-says-porter-needs-do-more-help-himself

WAS: Brooks: “I Set A Poor Example” In Getting Ejected (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/10/21/i-set-poor-example-getting-ejected-scott-brooks-didnt-practice-what-he-preaches/

5 Takeaways From Opening Week (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18008362/nba-opening-week-takeaways

Video Breakdown: TOR 113, BOS 101 (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=fTKqiXjvw18

Darius Bazley: Million-Dollar Intern (from Marc Stein, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/sports/darius-bazley-g-league-new-balance.html

An NBA Broadcasting Guide & How Hubie Keeps Going Strong (from Richard Deitsch, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/604627/2018/10/22/media-circus-an-nba-broadcasting-guide-hubie-brown-on-what-the-audience-wants/

Sleep Experts On How East Coast Fans Can Deal With West Coast Games (form Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/lebron-james-has-turned-the-nba-into-the-zzz-1540155563

CourtVision Review (from Todd Bishop, Geek Wire):

Read and watch it here: https://www.geekwire.com/2018/courtvision-review-tested-steve-ballmers-attempt-transform-nba-viewing-experience/

The NBPA Is Taking Mental Health Very Seriously (from Branden Peters, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/586105/2018/10/22/the-nba-players-association-is-taking-mental-health-very-seriously/

 

NOTE: Today’s publication was delayed by technical difficulties with Comcast Internet service. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to resume normal publication tomorrow.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/18

ATL: Hawks’ Opening Night Offensive Issues Should Be Easy To Correct (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Jeremy Lin Has Lived A Basketball Lifetime (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
CHA: Tony Parker’s Stellar Hornets’ Debut (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
DEN: Jokic Showed Defensive Improvement In Opener (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
DET: Emergency Starter Bruce Brown Proves Unflappable (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
DET: Game Film: The Blake Griffin Effect (from Matt Way, Motor City Made):
GSW:  Steph At 30 (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
GSW: How Do The Warriors Handle Their Tenuous Wing Position? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: McMillan Gets His Point Across: Rebound  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
IND: What Tyreke Brings Offensively (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
IND: Q & A: Myles Turner (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
LAL: LBJ Has Plenty Of Patience. For Now (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
LAL: Will Lakers’ Lack Of Shooters Be An Ongoing Issue? (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
– – LAL: How LeBron Came To Embrace SoCal (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
MEM: Are The Grizzlies Playing It Too Safe?  (from pfleming15, Grizzly Bear Blues):
MIL: Playbook: Cross Double STS (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
NYK: Enes Kanter: Many Of Many Faces (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
NYK: Kevin Knox’ Journal, Vol 1 (from Drew Steele, Posting & Toasting):
OKC: The Thunder’s Wing Time Share (from Erik Horne, The Oklahoman):
– – ORL: Ross Superb Defensively Against Heat  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Mo Bamba Game One Recap (from Spencer Pearlman, Front Office Eye):
PHI: Embiid Can Defend Smaller Perimeter Players (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– – SAC: Cauley-Stein Impressive Against Gobert In Opening NIght Loss (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAC: Bagley To Learn From The Bench Early On (from Jason Jones, The Athletic):
– – UTA: Analysis Of Jazz’ Opening Night Win (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
– – Opening Night Takeaways (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-opening-night-takeaways-kawhi-aces-raptors-debut-giannis-kemba-have-mvp-battle-melo-rockets-a-mess/

Past Trades That Are Still Hurting Franchises (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
CourtVision Could Revolutionize The Way We Watch Basketball (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Inside The World Of Players Turned Broadcasters (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The “Select Contract”: The NBA’s New Alternative To One-And-Done  (from Jonathan Givony,  ESPN):
The 1 Reason To Tune In To Each Team’s Games This Season  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Draft Thoughts: A New Approach To Scouting (from Eustachhio Raulli, The 94):
NOTE:  Due to yesterday’s internet service issues, today’s BI contains some of yesterday’s stories as well as we play catch-up.  We will return to normal publishing tomorrow.

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

BOS:  How Baynes Limits Embiid  (from Jack Noonan, Celtics Blog):
–  CHI: Tyler Ulis Is Still Surprising Doubters (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
GSW: Q & A: Draymond Green (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
HOU: Can Melo Change To Play The Rockets’ Way?  (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
HOU: It’s A Good Time To Be PJ Tucker (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):
LAL: How LBJ Became An Offensive Force  (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
MIL: The Bucks’ New Style Of Play (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
NOP: Have The Pels Finally Given AD A Real Supporting Cast?  (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
NYK: How Allonzo Trier Has Surprised Everyone (from Benoit Lilievre, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Observations From Opening Night Loss (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Bahamian DeAndre Ayton: Son Of The Soil  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
TOR: The Raptors’ Defensive Blueprint (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):
WAS: How Wizards’ Players Are Navigating Fatherhood (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Video Breakdown: Best Sets: NBA Day One (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
How The Lottery Picks Did On Opening Night (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):
Ayton, Doncic Showcase Bright Futures On Opening Night (form Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
LBJ’s 1st NBA Game: An Oral History (from Justin Tinsley/Aaron Dodson):
Success For New Agents Is A Long Shot  (from Kevin Draper, NY Times):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is delayed & abbreviated due to Comcast internet service interruption.  We will play catch-up in Part Two later today.  Thank you for your patience.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/18

League Pass Rankings, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BKN: No Limits When Experimenting With Lineups (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BKN: Nets’ Forward Options (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BOS: Bench Role Hasn’t Sapped Rozier’s Energy (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):
BOS: Yabusele Improves His Game (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Globe):
CHA: Hornets’ Plan For Miles Bridges Is Changing Already (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Splitting The Starting Center Job (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: The Cavs’ New Offense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Notable Aspects Of Preseason Win Over LAL (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
GSW: How Curry’s Usage Has Evolved (from Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Quinn Cook Found His Place In Golden State (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
MIA: Duncan Robinson Now Slinging Instead Of Sprinting  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Winslow Can Fill In All The Blanks (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
MIL: Bucks’ Players Like Budenholzer’s “Daily Vitamins”  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
NOP: Star Track: Anthony Davis (from The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room At Sixers: Bamba, Vucevic & Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Grading The Magic’s Roster (from NBA Math):
PHI: Monday’s Game Analysis: Fultz, Shamet, Embiid (from David Murphy,  philly.com):
PHI: Fultz Looks Set For Breakout Year Alongside Simmons (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
PHI: Improved Post Play Should Be A Focus For Simmons (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Unlike Fultz, Simmons Not Going To Start Launching Threes (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: JJ Redick Is More Than Just A Mentor To Sixers’ Young Players (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
SAS: When It Comes To D, Spurs Aim To Reload, Not Rebuild  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SAS: Can Dejounte Murray Lead Spurs Into New Era? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
TOR:  New Role For Siakam Could Have Big Benefits For Raptors (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Raptors’ Playbook: Halfcourt Season Preview (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):
UTA: Joe Ingles: Most Unappreciated Star?  (from Micah Adams, Sporting News):
UTA: Can The Jazz Attack Switching Defenses Effectively? (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Offseason Boxing Workouts Help Gobert On The Court (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
UTA: Ricky Rubio: Case Study In Confidence (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report)):
10 Candidates For A Bounce-Back Season (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 81-90  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net ):
Hoop Dreams: Why Basketball Never Sleeps (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
How Can We Best Measure Individual Defensive Impact? (from Daniel Massop, Nylon Calculus):
How Can An Analytic Approach Be Applied To Player Psychology?  (from Sebastian Pycior, Nylon Calculus):