Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/27/18

How NBA Moms Help Their Sons Deal With Fame & Fortune (from Benjamin Rachlin,The Atlantic):

Read it here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/how-moms-help-nba-players-adjust-league/571195/

BKN: Theo Pinson, Diamond In The Rough (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  https://www.netsdaily.com/2018/9/27/17909268/theo-pinson-a-diamond-in-the-rough-with-a-chip-on-his-shoulder

BKN: Working On Forcing More Turnovers (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/26/nets-coach-already-working-on-fixing-a-past-weakness/

BOS: Brad Stevens’ Year Away From Basketball (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2794424-spreadsheets-poker-and-run-down-camry-brad-stevens-year-away-from-basketball

BOS: Marcus Smart Is Adjusting To Life Without His Beloved Mother (from Jay King, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/549552/2018/09/26/a-beautiful-nightmare-marcus-smart-adjusting-to-life-without-his-beloved-mother/

CHA: What Tony Parker Hopes To Bring To The Hornets (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article219008980.html

DET: Inside Blake Griffin’s “Scientific” Offseason (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/546394/2018/09/26/inside-blake-griffins-scientific-offseason/

DET: Dwane Casey’s Culture Revolves Around Honest Communication (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  https://www.detroitbadboys.com/2018/9/27/17878274/dwane-caseys-culture-revolves-around-honest-communication-media-day-andre-drummond-blake-griffin

GSW: Steph Curry On His Offseason Work (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Read it here:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/26/stephen-curry-calls-his-offseason-work-one-of-the-best-summers-i-had/

GSW: Mike Dunleavy, Jr: Complicated Past, New Scouting Future With The Dubs (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/550772/2018/09/26/mike-dunleavy-jr-complicated-past-new-scouting-future-with-the-warriors/

LAL: Lonzo May Be The Key To LBJ’s Golden Years (from DJ Foster, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/25/17896972/lonzo-ball-lebron-james-lakers

LAL: Post-Break Jump In Threes (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2018/09/25/one-team-one-stat-los-angeles-lakers-3-point-shooting

MEM: Grading The Grizzlies Roster (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-memphis-grizzlies-for-2018-19/

MIA: Grading The Heat Roster  (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-miami-heat-for-2018-19/

MIA: Heat Can Capitalize On Versatility With Olynyk (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):

Read and watch it here:  https://allucanheat.com/2018/09/27/miami-heat-can-capitalize-versatility-kelly-olynyk/

MIA: Meet The Personal Chef Who Helped DWade Change His Diet To Prolong His Career (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/26/17827222/dwyane-wade-chef-richard-ingraham-nba-player-diet-nutrition-day-in-the-life

MIL: Budenholzer Has Everyone Shooting Threes (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/09/26/budenholzer-has-bucks-all-them-shooting-three-pointers/1426257002/

MIN: Luol Deng Has That Fire Back (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/luol-deng-has-fire-back

NOP: Q & A: Darren Erman (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_f41adbb2-bc11-11e8-9441-93f72e1b4bbb.amp.html

NYK: Hezonja Confident Career Will Turn Around (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sports-hezonja-knicks-breakthough-20180926-story.html

ORL: Bamba’s Quest For Greatness (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/bamba-focused-quest-greatness

PHO: 1st Impressions Of Deandre Ayton (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2018/9/25/17902260/deandre-ayton-phoenix-suns-teammates-astounded

SAS: Dejounte Murray Could Be Spurs’ Next Star (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/27/dejounte-murray-spurs-homegrown-star/

TOR: Why The New-Look Raptors Could Lead The NBA In 3-Pointers  (from William Lou, The Score):

Read it here:  https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1613840

TOR: Nick Nurse Thrives In The Details (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/raptors/nick-nurse-thrives-in-the-details

TOR: Raptors Hoping Championship Pedigree Of Spurs Vets Will Rub Off (from Josh Lewenburg, tsn.ca):

Read it here:  https://www.tsn.ca/raptors-hoping-championship-pedigree-of-spurs-vets-will-rub-off-1.1181469

WAS: Satoransky Is Ready To Embrace His Positional Versatility (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/tomas-satoransky-ready-embrace-his-positional-versatility-never

WAS: Wall Knows That Being Better On Paper Means Nothing (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-are-a-better-team-on-paper-john-wall-knows-that-means-nothing/2018/09/26/f423b050-c1ae-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html

Brian Bowen’s Situation May Prove That Australia’s NBL Is A Viable Workaround  (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/541085/2018/09/26/brian-bowen-situation-may-prove-australias-nbl-is-a-viable-work-around-of-ncaa-eligibility-rules/

Video Breakdown: Veer Finish (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop/Drew Hanlen, Pure Sweat):

Watch it here:  https://pickandpop.net/2018/09/veer-finish/

Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Jack McKinney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/obituaries/jack-mckinney-dead.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/10/18

How Four NBA Sophomores Can Take The Leap This Season (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
How The Wolves’ Young Stars Can Improve Next Season (from Josh Clement, Canis Hoopus):
Grizzlies: Coach Bickerstaff Discusses Offseason Moves & New Direction (from Mike Giannotto, Commercial Appeal):
A Look Into Dwane Casey’s Coaching Principles (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Grading The Nets’ Roster (from NBA Math):
Grading The Hornets’ Roster (from NBA Math):
Hornets: Cody Zeller’s Underrated Potential For 2018-19  (from Dan Godziszewski,94 Feet Report):
What Can Bob Beyer Do For The Thunder? (from newsok.com):
The Most Underrated Acquisitions Of The Offseason (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Saric Is The Sixers’ Glue (from Bryan Toporek, The Step Back):
Wendell Carter: No Real Weaknesses (from Chris Manning, The Step Back):
JJJ: The Zeitgeist Of Modern Basketball (from Max Carlin, The Step Back):
Raptors: Anunoby Offers Maximum Flexibility (from Chris Manning, The Step Back):
Lonzo Ball Is Many Things (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):
Cavs: Osman & Zizic Are Putting On A Show In World Cup Prep Games (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel ):
Bucks: Why Giannis’ Defense Should Anchor Any New Scheme (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
How Tim Connelly Completely Transformed The Nuggets Roster In 4 Years (from Joel Rush, Forbes):
Austin Ainge Makes A Strong Case For Holding Free Agency Before The Draft (from Brian Robb, Boston Sports Journal):
18 NBA Players Who Will Join European World Cup Qualifiers (from George Orfanakis, eurohoops.net):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/14/18

Oladipo: Redefining His Career Through Biomechanics (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
PHI- MIA: A Study In Contrasts (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
– PHI-MIA preview (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Who Can Stop Ben Simmons? (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Video Breakdown: Sixers’ Defense (from Ben Falk/Nick Sciria, Cleaning The Glass):
COY: The Case For Brett Brown (from Jordan Christmas, Hashtag Basketball):
POR-NOP Preview (from Jacob Goldstein, Nylon Calculus):
BOS-MIL Preview (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Brad Stevens: The Celtics’ Not-So-Secret-Weapon (from Matt Chin, Celtics Blog):
The Challenge Of Defending Giannis (from Owen Pence, Boston Globe):
Celtics’ Young Core Poised To Learn Playoff Lessons (from Jay King, The Athletic):
Horford Has To Headline (from Sam Sheehan, Celtics Blog):
TOR-WAS Preview (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Raptors Must Solve Beal (from William Lou, The Score):
HOU-MIN Preview (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
 – The Evolution Of Mike D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
The Impossible Task Of Guarding Harden, Explained By Players, Coaches (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
– Ariza Plays Understated But Key Role For Rockets (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):
The Wolves Finally Get Their Moment, 14 Years In The Making (from Robert Mays, The Ringer):
How Can Cavs Replace Irving’s Production? (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
The Importance Of Jeff Green’s Defensive Versatility (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
1st Round Forecast (from David Berri, Forbes):
WC 1st Round Preview (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):
EC 1st Round Preview (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):
The Sidekicks Who Will Decide The Playoffs (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
GSW-SAS Preview (from Golden State Of Mind):
Jordan Bell: Prototype Of Centers To Come (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
OKC-UTA Preview (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Lonzo Ball’s Exit Interview (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Andre Ingram’s Long Road To The NBA (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
NBA Awards Ballot, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Weeks 25/26 In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Nuggets’ Young Core Is 100% Behind Coach Malone (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):
Impact FAs Who Could Be Bargain-Bin Finds (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Grading The Hornets After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Bulls After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/18 PART ONE

Breathing New Life Into The Post Game (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jazz: Joe Ingles Is Anything But Average (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
Hawks’ GM Is Trying To Rebuild The Franchise In GSW’s Image (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
What It Means For Wiggins To Thrive Without Butler (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Wolves: Adjusting To Life Without Butler (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Jeff Teague Got His Mojo Back (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
PHI 108, CLE 97 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Ben Simmons: LBJ In The Making? (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Lillard Has Been Amazing But Needs More Help (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Markieff Morris: Wizards’ Unsung Hero (from Jake Whitacre, Bullets Forever ):
Nuggets: With Millsap Back, Coach Malone Must Retool His Rotation (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Rockets’ Wins Come In All Shapes And Sizes (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Spencer Dinwiddie: G-League Success Story (from Thomas Dowd,  Nets.com):
Long Island Hoop Lessons Launched Kenny Atkinson’s Journey To The NBA (from Thomas Dowd, Nets.com):
G-League Long Island Nets Follow A Course Set In Brooklyn (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
Can The Pelicans Make A Run At WC 3rd-Seed?  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
Q & A: E’Twaun Moore (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Luka Doncic Is The Real Deal (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Simplicity, Effectiveness, Predictability: Cavaliers’ Paradox  (from Alex Hooper, CBS Cleveland):
Magic: Vucevic’s Road To Recovery (from Dan Savage, magic.com):
The Magic Must Address The PG Issue (from Drew Miller, Orlando Magic Daily):
Hardaway Jr & The Knicks Final 20 Games (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
Why Kyle O’Quinn Could Be Playing Himself Out Of New York (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Luke Walton: Lonzo Was The Best Player Tonight  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Siakam’s Path To Impact Player: Not Exactly Normal (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
The Rockets’ March Schedule Madness (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
Schedule Alert: Games That Tired Teams Should Lose In March (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
What Does OKC Need From Its Bench In The Playoffs? (from Ben Merten, Welcome To Loud City):
How Tony Bennett Turned Virginia Into College Basketball’s Spurs (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
How Australian Basketball Will Be Targeting One-And-Dones (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Basketball Dictionary: “Split Cut” (from Dylan Murphy, Medium):
And thanks to Andrew Gould of B/R for highlighting the ultimate silliness of those dumb combo stat exclusivity lists:

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/10/17 PART ONE

Why Is OKC Struggling In The Clutch? (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
An Early Look At Rookie Shot Charts (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Who Are The Suns, After Trading All Their PGs?  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Capela Is The Key To The Rockets’ Future (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Zach Lowe’s Weekly Review (from ESPN):
Nuggets: How To Best Use Offensive Genius/Defensive Liability Jokic (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Nuggets’ Trends Through 12 Games  (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
Missing Kawhi (from Nate Wolf, NBA Math):
Bojan Bogdanovic: Coming Into His Own (from Tony East, 8Points9Seconds):
Jimmy Butler & Thibs (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Ntilikina: Already Thriving With KP (from John Hugar, The Step Back):
Thursday Recap (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
TOR 122, NOP 118 (from William Lou, Medium):
Can Mudiay Break Out?  (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
Warriors On Pace For Best Offensive Season Ever (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Warriors: Winning With Defense (from Associated Press):
The Warriors’ Bench (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Timberwolves’ Path To WC Primacy: Promising But Uncertain (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
–  Video: Andrew Wiggins’ Spin Move (from Brian Sampson):
Finishes, More Than Starts, Are Undoing The Wizards (from Ben Standig, Fanrag Sorts):
Derrick Rose: Expectations Vs. Reality (from Kyle Hesketh, King James Gospel):
Why Are The Knicks Thriving? (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
–  Lonzo Should Be More Aggressive; What Does That Mean?  (from Jakarri Hamlin, Lake Show Life):
Q&A: Kendrick Perkins (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):