Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/14/18

–  LBJ Has Always Played His Best Alongside Players Like Josh Hart (from Alex Regla, Silver Screen And Roll):
How Dwight Howard Is Adapting & Evolving (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
NOP: Randle Should Fit Nicely Next To AD  (from Ti Windisch, The Step Back):
How Will Grizzlies Approach JJJ’s Rookie Season? (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):
Rookies In The Best Position To Make An Impact (from Matthew Blum, NBA.com):
How Ben Simmons Thrives Without Shooting Threes (from Tom West/Alex Kungu, Liberty Ballers/Celtics Blog):
MDA Says Melo Is “A Lot Better Fit” With Rockets (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Humanizing NBA Refs (from Spencer Lund, RealGM):
Jerami Grant: Poised To Become OKC X-Factor (from Yams, Thunderous Intentions):
Best One-Year Contract Signings Of 2018 (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Bobby Marks On Suns’ GM  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Daniel Hamilton’s Path To The NBA (from Don Amore, Hartford Courant):
Color-Mixing & Lineup Synergies (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
Clippers:  Bruce Bowen Won’t Be Back After Remarks About Kawhi (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
Notes From FIBA U18 Tournaments (from The Stepien):
Why The Nets Refuse To Tank (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
On The Rise: Caris LeVert (from Alex Squadron, slamonline.com):
– Nets: What Dudley Brings (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Zach Collins: Not Ready For Big Minutes At “5” But That Still Might Be Blazers’ Best Hope (from Jack Winter, Hoop Ball):
Remaining Offseason Questions: Atlantic Division (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
John Wall And The Wizards Must Evolve (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Battle Of The Backups: Yogi Ferrell Vs. Frank Mason (from Tim Maxwell, Sactown Royalty):
How The Best NBA Teams Have Used The G-League To Hack The System (from Ben Beecken, Grandstand Central):
Oliver Miller Battles Weight Issues, Hopes To Inspire Others (from KSAZ):

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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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/14/15

–  James Harden:  A Mystery Wrapped Inside an Enigma Shrouded in a Beard  (from  Pablo S. Torre, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/13869848/rockets-guard-james-harden-found-place-excel-show-strengths-houston

 

–  James Harden: Advanced stats help, but sometimes it’s ‘too much’  (from Brett Pollakoff,  foxsports.com):

Read it here:  http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/james-harden-houston-rockets-advanced-statistics-analytics-free-throws-three-pointers-daryl-morey-101215

 

–  Shining a spotlight on the three best second-unit rotations in the NBA  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

” NBA teams are driven by stars but sustained by depth. Almost every member of an active roster comes into play at some point of the 82-game regular season marathon; now that forward-thinking teams more closely monitor their players’ minutes and workload than ever before, the role of reserves has grown accordingly. Factor in the injuries, suspensions, matchups, and foul trouble that bring second- and third-stringers into the limelight and the need for a reliable bench becomes a matter of real consequence.

With that in mind, we’ve brought our focus to the three best bench arrangements in the league at this stage in the preseason, along with the qualities and skill sets that make these particular reserves so effective.”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/13/nba-bench-rotations-bulls-celtics-rockets-nikola-mirotic-isaiah-thomas-patrick-beverley

 

–  Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich  (from Jon Finkel,  Hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/10/13/forces-of-character-a-conversation-with-gregg-popovich/

 

–  Dwane Casey carries on his ‘role card’ tradition with Raptors (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/casey-carries-on-his-role-card-tradition-with-raptors-1.376340

 

–  DAMIAN LILLARD HAS THE MAKINGS OF A FRANCHISE PLAYER  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/10/13/9488999/damian-lillard-is-ready?_ga=1.128611147.693109471.1420357532

 

–  Warriors expect even bigger things on offense this season  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/10/13/warriors-expect-even-bigger-things-on-offense-this-season/73879006/

 

–  Trail Blazers show ‘intriguing’ smaller lineup in win over Jazz  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_show_intriguing_small_ball_lineup_in.html

 

–   NBA Training Camp Questions – Atlantic Division   (from James Holas,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/14/nba-training-camp-questions-atlantic-division-knicks-celtics-raptors-nets/

 

–  NBA Training Camp Questions – Southeast Division  (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/13/nba-training-camp-questions-southeast-division/

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:  

 

 

John Jenkins’ preseason play is helping his case for a roster spot on the Mavs  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151013-sefko-john-jenkins-preseason-play-is-helping-his-case-for-a-roster-spot-on-the-mavs.ece

 

–  Lakers have a potential ‘Showtime’ revivalist in Marcelo Huertas  (from Tim Faklis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-13/marcelihno-huertas-lakers-los-angeles-showtime-dangelo-russell

 

 ‘Tired of disrespect:’ Nets’ journeyman  Thomas Robinson seeking career rebirth  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):   http://nypost.com/2015/10/13/tired-of-disrespect-nets-journeyman-seeking-career-rebirth/

 

–  Aaron Gordon impresses in his preseason debut  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-heat-preseason-game-1014-20151013-story.html

 

–  Avery Bradley the tone-setter for Celtics aggressive approach on defense  (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):  http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151013/SPORTS/151019699/14007

 

–  Opportunistic rookies Richaun Holmes and Christian Wood piquing 76ers interest  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151014_Opportunistic_rookies_piquing_interest.html

 

–  Phoenix Suns’ T.J. Warren shows big love for basketball  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/13/phoenix-suns-tj-warren-shows-big-love-basketball/73893084/

 

–  Andrew Bogut’s Role After Trimming Down  (from Kevin Wang,  bluemanhoop.com):   http://bluemanhoop.com/2015/10/13/warriors-analysis-andrew-boguts-increased-role-after-trimming-down/

 

–  Collison holds huge key to Kings’ success as super-sub  (from James Ham,   csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/collison-holds-huge-key-kings-success-super-sub

 

–  Jeff Teague, the Hawks’ ‘engine,’ is only revving up  (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/jeff-teague-hawks-atlanta-point-guard-dennis-schroder/16jrfi6iuffp817cph732o970q

 

–  Nene is a better backup than a starter, but he may no longer fit with the Wizards at all  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/10/13/nene-is-a-better-backup-than-a-starter-but-he-may-no-longer-fit-with-the-wizards-at-all/

 

–  Derrick Williams: Knicks’ triangle will shatter bust reputation  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/13/derrick-williams-knicks-triangle-will-shatter-bust-reputation/

 

–  Zaza Pachulia’s passing leads to easy offense for the Mavs  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/zaza-pachulias-passing-leads-to-easy-offense-for-the-mavs/

 

–  Jerian Grant is  winning the Knicks over  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/13/jerian-grant-won-brothers-bet-and-is-now-winning-knicks-over/

 

–  Cory Joseph making smooth transition with Raptors  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):   http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/13/cory-joseph-making-smooth-transition-with-raptors.html

 

–  Cory Joseph: Keeping it Simple  (from Zarar Siddiqi,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/14/corey-joseph-keeping-it-simple/

 

Manu Ginobili  Q & A (from Peter Keating,  ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13873880/san-antonio-spurs-star-manu-ginobili-talks-playing-best-franchise-sports

 

–   It’s Otto Porter Season in Washington  (form Andrew Sharp,  Grantland):   http://grantland.com/the-triangle/its-otto-porter-season-in-washington-d-c/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

–  Rudy Gay (from Matthew Way/Adam Spinella,  BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/13/rudy-gay-eye-teststats-discussion/

 

Josh Harrellson (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-josh-harrellsons-ticket-back-nba