Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/21/18

BKN: LeVert Can Thrive As A Point Forward (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
BKN: LeVert’s Medical Journey (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
CHI: Wendell Carter: Undergoing Trial By Fire (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
DAL: Doncic Was Must-See In Home Opener (from Tyler Watts, The Smoking Cuban):
DEN: Video: Jokic’s Perfect Shooting Night:
DEN: The Nuggets’ New Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jackson Frank, BBball Index):
DET: Griffin Is Back To All-Star Form  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Alfonzo McKinnie: Under The Big Lights Now (from CJ Peterson, SF Examiner):
HOU: Melo & The Rockets Are An Odd Fit (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
IND: “This Is What We Brought (O’Quinn) Here For”  (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
ORL: Passing Has Become One Of Vucevic’s Top Strengths (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
TOR: Kawhi Is Back To MVP Level Form (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
UTA: Jazz Are Lighting It Up On Offense, Struggling On Defense  (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):
Sunday Notes: Markelle Fultz & More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Ugly LAL-HOU Brawl  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
From Sam Amick, USA Today:
Six Small Sample Size Overreactions (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
The NBA Feels Like The Future, The NFL Like The Past (from Will Leitch, nymag.com):
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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 10/17/18 PART ONE

BKN: LeVert Gets The Call As Opening Night Starter (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
BOS: Bench Spells The Difference In Opening Win  (from Sid Ventura, ESPN):
BOS: The Celtics Passed Their 1st Test (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BOS: Hayward’s Return (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
BOS: Celtics Flaunt How Many Ways They Can Win (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
CLE: Why The Cavs Are Against Tanking (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: How To Watch Doncic (from Pelton, Givony, Schmitz, ESPN):
DAL: Video: Why Doncic Is The ROY Favorite (from  ESPN):
DEN: Jamal Murray: Growing Into Leadership Role (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DET: Dwane Casey’s System (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: For The Dubs, Size Matters, Even Without DMC  (from Adrian Dy, ABS-CBN):
IND: Five Questions (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
MEM: JaMychal Green: Ready To Do The Dirty Work (from Michael Inabinett, AL Sports):
MIN: What Has To Go Right For The Season To Go Well (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NOP: Signs Point To A Jahlil Okafor Comeback  (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
PHI: Film Review: Sixers’ Big Picture Concerns (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: Joerger Has Simplified The  Playbook & Checked Analytics (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
TOR: Raptors’ Gamble Rests On Defensive Improvement (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
TOR: What Makes Kawhi So Good?  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
Opening Night Takeaways (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
– A League Scout’s WC Team-By-Team Take (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
For Lottery Pick Flameouts, There Can Be A Chance At Redemption (from Howard Megdal, The ASthletic):
AI’s Mom: Being Ann Iverson (from Maya Jones, The Undefeated):
2018-19’s Burning Questions (from ESPN):
Each Team’s Top 2018-19 Storyline (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
For Japan, NBA 101 Is Now In Session (from Jere Longman, NY Times):

 

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 9/22/18

–  Q & A: Daryl Morey (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Even With Championship Contender, Brad Stevens Has Concerns (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
“I Can’t Wait”  (from Gordon Hayward):
Read and watch it here:  Can’t Wait
The Chaos In Minnesota (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
Fultz: “What Happened Last Year Was An Injury.  ‘Yips’ Is A Misterm”  (from Andy Schwartz, The Morning Call):
The Science Behind The Training Methods Micah Lancaster Used With Brandon Ingram  (from Dr. RS Brar, Silver Screen And Roll):
Kyrie Irving Interview (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Video: Giannis Antetokounmpo Interview (from Jim Paschke):
Zizic Could Be Beneficiary Of Cavs’ Shift Into Player Development Mode (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
NBA  Approves 3 Rule Changes (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):