Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/23/18 PART ONE

BOS: The Celtics’ Offense Is Failing Them (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Takeaways From Loss To ORL  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Give The Defense A Bit More Time For Corrections (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
MIA: The Rise Of Rodney McGruder (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIL: How The Bucks Have Reshaped Their Identity To Get The Best From Giannis (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: Tom Thibodeau & The Theory Of Defensive Evolution (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
MIL: DiVincenzo Is Making A Strong Early Impression  (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIN: Thibodeau: DRose, When Healthy, Will Be One Of Assn’s Best (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NYK: Dissecting The Ntilikina Question (from Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Inside The Embiid/Redick Two-Man Game (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Observations From Wins Over CHI & ORL (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Fultz & The Sixers Have A Problem Of Overlap (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
PHI: Q & A: Landry Shamet (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Covington Has Offered Most Return On Investment (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):
SAS: DeRozan, Spurs Embracing New Normals (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
– SAS: Popovich Dials Up Old Play To Sink Lakers In OT (from William Lou, The Score):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.thescore.com/news/1635124
TOR: Kawhi: It Didn’t Take Long For it To Look Like 2017 Again (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Notes From NBA-TV’s Open Court,  2018 Coaches Edition (from Zak Boisvert/Jeff Steines, Pick And Pop):
Answering The Big Questions After The First Week (from MacMullan, Arnovitz, Pelton, MacMahon, Herring, ESPN):
Answering Questions About The Scoring Binge (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Full Team-By-Team Roster & Salary Breakdown (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Q & A: Chris Bosh (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
Projecting The Leading Shooters At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Is The NBA Maximum Salary? (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/20/18

ATL: Confidence Has Carried Trae Young To The NBA  (from Chris Kirschner, The Athletic):
BKN: LeVert Has Become Special (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
BOS: Marcus Smart, King Of Chaos  (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
BOS: Takeaways From Loss To TOR  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CHI: Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):
CLE: 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: Doncic’s Debut Had More Ups Than Downs (from San Guertler, Mavs Moneyball):
DET: Pistons’ New-Look Three-Guard Lineup (from Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: 5 Observations From Wild Win Over Jazz (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW: An Evaluation Of Klay Thompson’s Offense (from Golden State Of Mind):
HOU: Q & A: Mike D’Antoni (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
LAL: Rondo: “We Got To Be Patient Like Teachers” (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
LAL: Walton Has Solution To Rebounding Woes (rom Anthony Irwin, Silver Screen And Roll):
NOP: The Pels Are A Force In The Making (from Robbie Stratakos, Sir Charles In Charge):
NYK: Film Notes: Knicks Vs. Hawks (from Zach Diluzio, Knicks Film School):
ORL: Clifford’s Strategic Approach In Developing Bamba (from John Denton, magic.com):
PHI: Fultz Needs A Clear Role  (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Josh Jackson’s Newfound Range (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Video Breakdown: How Split Cuts Allow Blazers To Counteract 3-Point Line Overplaying (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
POR: LBJ’s Debut Spoiled By Dame’s Dominance (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
TOR: Raptors Win Chess Match Vs Celtics  (from Dave Zarum, Sportsnet.ca):
TOR: How Danny Green Found His Way (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Hubie Brown Is Not Stopping (from Andrew Marchand, NY Post):
NBA Talks With NBPA To End One-And-Done Hit Impasse (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
G-League Draft: Eligible Player Pool (from gleague.nba.com):
The New “Select Contract”: Analyzing The Developmental Twist  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/12/18

BKN: The Nets Finally Control Their Own Destiny  (from Eric Spyropolous, The Step Back):
BOS: Is Horford The Most Important Celtic?  (from Matt John, Basketball Insiders):
BOS: How Horford Can Continue To Improve (from Thomas King, Hardwood Houdini);
CLE: Which Cav Had The Best Training Camp?  (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DEN: Q & A: Michael Porter, Jr  (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
GSW: Quinn Cook Could Be Poised For Breakout Year (from Patrick Murray, Forbes):
GSW: The Dubs’ Favorite JaVale Memories (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
LAL: Landing LeBron: Jeanie Buss & The Kobe Assist  (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
LAL: Will The Lakers Make The Playoffs?  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass);
LAL: Film Room: Lonzo Returns (from Pete Zayas, Lakers Film Room):
MIA: Hassan Whiteside Wants To Be Unleashed (from Tom Haberstroh, Bleacher Report):
MIN: Why Do The Wolves Want Josh Richardson So Badly?  (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
NYK: Is Ntilikina The Knicks’ PG Of The Future? (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
NYK: Fizdale Wants To See How Ntilikina Does Defending Some PFs  (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
OKC: Can Schroder & Westbrook Form A Dynamic Duo?  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
OKC: Grant And Patterson Are Keys To Thunder’s Faster Play (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com):
ORL: Vucevic: Consistent & Still Improving  (from Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Can The Magic Overcome Their PG Issue?  (from Brandon Jefferson, The Step Back):
PHO: James Jones Has Already Made His Mark On The Suns  (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):
PHO: Bender’s Future In Phoenix Looks Bleak (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
POR: Does Taking More Three-Pointers Really Make For A Great Offense?  (from Robert Flom, Blazer’s Edge):
SAC: How The Kings Plan To Push The Pace (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
UTA: The Jazz’ Embarrassment Of Riches On The Bench (from Jordan Cummings, SLC Dunk):
WAS: Grading The Wizards’ Roster  (from NBA Math):
Inside Brian Bowen’s New Path To The NBA And What It Means (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Refs Are Using Psychology To Keep Up With The Pace Of The Modern NBA (from Ben Dowsett, SBNation):
Are Curry & Harden Breaking The Rules?  (from Coach Nick/Ronnie Nunn, BBall Breakdown):
The Art Of The Sidle: The Slickest Move In NBA Media (from Bryan Curtis, The Ringer):
Ranking All 30 Bench Units  (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
How Does The Luxury Tax Work?  (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Sleepers, Breakout Candidates & More (from The Athletic):
Two-Way Contracts Have Given Teams A Powerful Tool (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Tex Winter Was A Stickler For Details (from Dan Woike, LA Times):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/23/18

Nets: Defense Will Determine How Far They’ve Come (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Sixers: Will Elton Brand Get Leeway From Ownership To Be A Leader?  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Read it here:

http://www2.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/elton-brand-sixers-gm-76ers-ownership-david-heller-nba-20180922.html

Lonnie Walker: “Just A Kid From Reading”  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SVG At Crossroads Over Next Step  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
The Sixers’ Offseason Work (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
DeRozan’s Three-Point Shooting: Reason For Optimism  (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock ):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Hayward Ready To Put Grueling Rehab Behind Him (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Max-Contract Talks: Behind The Scenes Look From Team Execs, Agents  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Lee Jenkins’ New Job With The Clippers:  Why?  (from Ben McGrath, The New Yorker):
From Cape York To The NBA & Back (from Nate Jawai, Players Voice):
Glen Grunwald: A Perfect Fit As Canda Basketball’s New Head (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
NBA Vet Henry Walker Powers His PBA Team To Record Start (from Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/20/18

Pelicans: Jrue Holiday Ready For Different Challenge (from William Guillory, The Athletic):
How The Jazz Use Misdirection (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
Video Breakdown: A Look Into Gordon Hayward’s Versatility (from Chris Grenham, Celtics Blog):
Can Bud Boost The Bucks?  (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
Dwane Casey Q  & A, Part Two  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Q & A: Enes Kanter, Man Without A Country (from Diamond Leung, The Athletic):
How Oladipo Aggressively Attacked The Offseason (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
Ricky Rubio 2.0  (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
Video Breakdown: “Seal” And “Snake” Screens (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
9 Storylines That Will Define The Biggest Year In Aussie Hoops History (from Ben Mallis, pickandroll.com.au):
Australia: The NBL Import Class Of 2018-19 (from Peter Munt, The Pick And Roll):
Glenn Robinson & The Birth Of The Rookie Wage Scale (from Scott Romportl, Behind The Buck Pass):
Assessing The Mavs’ Investigation & Penalties (from Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated):
NOTE:  Digging through the tsunami of Butler stories seems to be taking the better part of forever.  So, in order to publish this edition of BI at a reasonable time, we will publish a later edition with links to the “Best of Butler”, once we have completed the review process.