Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/17

How Can George, Anthony & Westbrook Co-Exist On Offense? (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Top 10 ROY Candidates (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
How The Lakers Can Unleash Lonzo (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Dean Oliver On Balancing Stats And “Eye-Test” (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Storybook Ending? Can Melo Change His NBA Story With A Dose Of Humility? (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
The Raptors’ Key Bench Players  (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Nuggets: Gary Harris, Overlooked Weapon (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
Despite Roster Overhaul, Celtics’ Expectations Remain High (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Popovich: The NBA’s Most “Woke” Coach  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Bizarre Adventure Of Wiggins In The Pick-And-Roll (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Rested Reggie Jackson Returns With Renewed Joy For The Game (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Pistons: Numbers To Keep An Eye On  (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Bucks: The Benefits Of Continuity  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Vogel’s Return Gives Magic Continuity, Confidence (from Terrance Harris, AP):
How Jordan Crawford’s Two-Year NBA Exile Saved His Career  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Hawks To Prioritize Defense (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops):
Suns: Re-Signing TJ Warren Has Many Positives (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Suns):
Jamal Crawford: Thibs Is One Of A Kind  (from Jerry Zgoda, Startribune.com):
Warriors: Coach Kerr Is Emphasizing More Accurate Passing (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):
–  Grading The Pelicans’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Knicks’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Harrison Barnes Interview (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Meyers Leonard Talks Expectations (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):
Jazz Offense: The Rubio Effect (from Allen Schowengerdt, Salt City Hoops):
10 Players Who Should Fit In Great With Their New Teams (from Joe Romano, Fansided):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/11/16

–  James Harden Is The Changing Face Of The Point Guard Position  (from Jonathan Tjarks, Real GM):

–  Joe Lacob, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala On Free Agency, Last Season’s Finals And More (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/11/kevin-durant-joe-lacob-shed-more-light-on-durants-free-agency-decision/

and from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/10/10/the-wait-was-worth-it-for-warriors-owner-joe-lacob/

–  The NBA’s Shot Doctors  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-shooting-coaches-kent-bazemore-kawhi-leonard-8660e9939680#.6koxlh1xi

–  The Blazers’ Home-Road Discrepancy  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/one-team-one-stat-portland-trail-blazers-home-road

The Grizzlies: Forcing Turnovers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/one-team-one-stat-grizzlies-turnovers-rebounds

D’Angelo Russell: Leading The Lakers To Their New Identity (from Drew Garrison, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/10/10/13225104/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-ontario-denver-nuggets

–  Blake Griffin’s Improved Shot Mechanics  (from Tom West, Clipperholics):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/07/la-clippers-blake-griffin-improved-shot-mechanics/

–  Glenn Robinson III: Fighting For Minutes (from Al Hamnik,  NWTimes.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/basketball/professional/pacers/glenn-robinson-iii-has-earned-pacers-respect/article_4964976c-cdda-5c54-90e2-2fea9c8ae844.html

Nurkic Could Win Comeback Player Award  (from Brandon Carney,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/11/jusuf-nurkic-could-win-comeback-player-of-the-year/

–  Thunder’s Offense Needs Massive Overhaul  (from Jon Hamm, Bleacher report))

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2668049-okc-thunders-offense-needs-massive-overhaul-without-kevin-durant

–  Thunder: Oladipo And Abrines Are Working On Their Post Games  (from Erik Horne):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/what-victor-oladipos-learned-from-russell-westbrooks-post-game/article/5521887

–  Kawhi Leonard:  Filling The Post-Duncan Leadership Void  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-becoming-the-voice-of-the-9961543.php?t=b406b5a746927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  Tyronn Lue Interview  (from the Jim Rome Show):

Read it here:  http://cavsnation.com/head-coach-tyronn-lue-opens-coaching-cavs-championship/

–  Heat Ready To Bounce Back After Summer Of Roster Change  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/morning-tip-miami-heat-erik-spoelstra-moves-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh

–  Jeremy Lin: Back From The Depths  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/23787/up-from-the-depths-how-jeremy-lin-got-back-on-point

–  Will Teams Double-Team Dwight Howard?  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/double-team-not-double-team-howard-that-the-question/mH0edlHSZi9LM1qqh1NB9K/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Offensive Style  (from Eric Nehm,  brewhoop.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/10/11/13155094/milwaukee-bucks-offensive-style

–  Hornacek “Overjoyed” With Chasson Randle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/knicks-young-point-guard-picks-up-two-major-endorsements/

–  How Assistant Coach Dan Burke Has Lasted 20 Years With The Pacers  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/10/10/insider-pacers-place-their-faith-defense-dan-burke/91847296/

Sergio Rodriguez Is Critical To Sixers’ Big Men’s Progress (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:   http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20161011_Cooney__Sixers__new_point_guard_critical_to_big_men_s_progress.html

–  Demetrius Jackson “Comes To Work Every Day”  (from Mark D’Amico, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-101016-jackson-is-learning-a-new-routine-as-an-nba-rook

–  How Will Evan Turner Fit With The Blazers Defensively?  (from Willy Raedy,  Blazers’ Edge)

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/10/11/13240252/portland-trail-blazers-evan-turner-2016-nba-free-agency-defense-analysis

Orlando Magic Film Room: 5 Keys To Increase FTAs (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-increase-free-throws-cohen-20161011

–  Hornets’ Season Preview  (from Nicklaus Denning, At TheHive):

Read it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/10/10/13219182/charlotte-hornets-2016-17-season-preview-nba-sbnation

Spurs’ Season Preview (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/10/10/13213016/san-antonio-spurs-2016-17-season-preview

Podcast: Alvin Gentry And Jason Lloyd Interviews (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/double-team-not-double-team-howard-that-the-question/mH0edlHSZi9LM1qqh1NB9K/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/16

–  Golden State’s Other Fresh Faces  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/golden-states-other-fresh-faces-7b8cb38fe922#.p611a931m

Nuggets On The Rise  (from Coach Nick/Dave DuFour, Bball Breakdown):

Watch and listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=YQA3LTh6Vd8

–  Nuggets Banking On Young Stars, Healthy Vets  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666184-denver-nuggets-banking-on-young-stars-healthy-vets-to-be-2016-17s-nba-sleeper

–  Clint Capela Determined To Become Elite  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-determined-to-become-an-elite-center-9515039.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c418d92fc6438d9cbb

Otto Porter/Kelly Oubre, Jr  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/01/his-half-court-shots-falling-otto-porter-jr-turns-to-bigger-prize-in-wizards-camp/

Avery Bradley’s DPOY Goal  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view  it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/avery-bradleys-goal-of-winning-dpoy-isnt-unrealistic-but-its-unlikely/

 Analyzing The Pistons’ Roster  (from Cary Gahm,  Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/02/analyzing-detroit-pistons-roster/

 Pelicans’ Season Preview  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2665082-new-orleans-pelicans-complete-2016-17-preview

Grizz Coach Fizz Giving Troy Daniels The Green Light  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-fizz-giving-daniels-the-green-light–3dd6a900-481f-5267-e053-0100007fea0c-395529181.html

 Is A Change In Scenery All That Harrison Barnes Needed?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-second-chance-5ee9f7c46440#.sqx7c6nhe

–  Kevin Garnett Takes On A New Role: The Big Mentor  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-kevin-garnett-takes-on-a-new-role/

–  Peja Stojakovic Is Mentoring Willie Cauley-Stein  (from James Ham, csnbayara.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/stojakovic-embracing-role-mentor-kings-cauley-stein

–  Film Study: Fixing Marcus Smart’s Jump Shot  (from Jared Weiss, celticsblog.com):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/2/13135364/marcus-smart-boston-celtics-jump-shot-three-pointer-fixed-broken

–  Ersan Ilyasova: The Art Of Drawing A Charge  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-ilyasova-could-be-take-charge-defender-for-thunder/article/5520641

–  Ty Lawson Eager To Put Poor Season, Legal Troubles Behind Him  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article105485791.html

–  Cavs’ Training Camp:  A Great Start  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/10/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_68.html

–  Ben Simmons Is Expected To Miss 3 Months  (from Marc Stein, SPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17686206/philadelphia-76ers-rookie-ben-simmons-surgery-foot-next-week

 The Mavs’ Versatile Young Playmakers (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/dallas-mavericks-athleticism-will-play-success-elite-teams/

–  The Struggles Of Getting To And Sticking In The NBA  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/01/nba-road-well-traveled/

–  Nets Putting In Long Days Under New Regime  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Reaed it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brooklyn-nets-putting-in-long-days-under-new-regime-1.12393757    and from Cory Wright, nets.com:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/09/30/better-bodied-nets

–  Brandon Ingram/Julius Randle  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ingram-730818-randle-walton.html

 

The Best NBA Media Day Reporting 9/27/16

Bulls Expect Growth From Hoiberg –  And So Does Hoiberg  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
 The Bulls’ New Culture  (from Mark Strotman,  CBS Chicago):
Rockets’ Assistant Jeff Bzdelik Preaches Defense  (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
–  Iguodala:  Durant Fills All Our Holes  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports): http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/iguodala-says-warriors-had-holes-but-durant-is-a-monster-to-fill-them-all/
–  Losing Middleton Will Make Everyone Else’s Job Tougher  (from John Hefferon,  behindthebuckpass.com):
–  How Joffrey Lauvergne Fits In OKC  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Jason Terry: Giannis Can Play Like Pippen  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):
–  What Isaiah Thomas Focused On This Summer (from Jay King,  MLive):
–  Pacers Believe Pieces In Place To Play Faster  (from Michael Marot,  AP):
–  Dwight Howard: Working His Way Into Leadership Role With Hawks  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  Media Day:  Top Things To Know About The Trail Blazers  (from Jason Quick, csnnw):
–  Kerr Wants To Stagger Warriors’ Lineups  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
–  Mike Brown Relishes Fresh Start With Warriors  (from Connor LeTourneau, sfchronicle.com):
–  KG: An Oral History (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

–  George Hill Brings Optimism And Confidence To Jazz (from Jared Woodcox,  purpleandblues.com):

Read it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/09/27/jazz-media-day-newcomer-hill-brings-optimism-confidence/

Georges Niang Adjusting To NBA Life  (from Brian Pelozi, thegazette.com):
–  Kris Dunn’s Defense  (from Andrew Ford, upsidemotor.com):
–  Chriss, Bender Add versatility To Suns’ Frontline  (from Sean Sullivan, Bright Side Of The Sun):
–  Very Quietly, The Raptors Had Their Best Offseason Ever (from Tim Chisholm,  Raptors republic):
Brandon Paul Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
–  Ty Lawson Hopes To Rebuild Career  (form Associated Press):
–  Scott Wood (from Joe Giglio, Charlotte Observer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/16

Nerlens Noel:  Sixers’ Three Starting-Center Situation Doesn’t Make Sense  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160926_Nerlens_Noel__Sixers_situation__doesn_t_make_any_sense_.html

–  Dante Exum Returns With More Fire  (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4394464-155/utah-jazz-fully-recovered-from-his?fullpage=1

–  Domantas Sabonis Is Driven To Improve  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-driven-to-improve-thunder-rookie-domantas-sabonis-is-his-own-harshest-critic/article/5519718

Malcolm Delaney’s Happiest Day Turned Into His Worst Night  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/the-happiest-day-in-malcolm-delaneys-life-turned-i/nsfKw/

–  Five Things To Watch In Hawks’ Training Camp  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Readit here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/five-things-to-watch-during-hawks-training-camp/nsfGH/

–  Nuggets Banking On Improved Youth  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/09/23/growth-spurt-nuggets-banking-on-improved-youth-for-wins-boost/

–  Ian Mahinmi Adds A Different Dynamic To Wizards  (from Matthew Hallett, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/26/washington-wizards-ian-mahinmi-dynamic/

–  Behind Knicks’ Plan To Relaunch Carmelo’s Game  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

http://nypost.com/2016/09/26/behind-knicks-plan-to-relaunch-carmelo-anthonys-game/

–  Bulls: 10 Questions Leading Into The Season  (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/preseason/1617/10-questions-heading-into-2016-17-season

–  Clint Capela  (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/26/the-proving-grounds-clint-capela/

How The Shifting Market Has Stifled The Bucks  (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.givemesport.com/878964-an-asset-is-an-asset-how-the-shifting-market-has-stifled-the-milwaukee-bucks-best-intentions

–  Questions Abound For Lakers (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-730158-season-walton.html

–  Areas For The Kings To Address (from Jason Jones, sacbee.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article104137966.html

–  Pelicans Putting Emphasis On Defense  (from Guerry Smith, New Orleans Advocate):

Read it here:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_04505dae-837f-11e6-aa17-6341f33e3c16.html

 Grizzlies’ Five Camp Questions  (from Chris Herrington, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Five-Grizzlies-camp-questions-the-teams-new-media-and-more-394758781.html

–  Grizzlies Player Preview:  Wade Baldwin (from Collin Huguley, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/9/26/13029002/memphis-grizzlies-2016-player-previews-wade-baldwin

–  Tom Thibodeau Q & A  (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):

Read it here:  http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/sports/basketball/4122974-thibodeau-era-set-tip-timberwolves

 The Case For Ben Bentil  (from Addisen Reboulet,  Celtics Life):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/09/the-case-for-ben-bentil.html

 Clippers Round Out Their Lagging Infrastructure  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-730156-clippers-team.html

KG: MVP Of His Generation  (from Andre Snellings, Nylon Calculus):

Read t here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/26/kevin-garnett-most-valuable-player-of-his-generation/

 Interpreting The Thunder Media Day Quotes  (from Alex Roig, Daily Thunder.com):

Read it here:  http://dailythunder.com/2016/09/the-interpreter-looking-at-the-quotes-from-media-day-and-finding-their-true-meaning/

New Book Recommendation:
Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend by Barry Martin
This outstanding biography of early NBA All-Star Bob Davies, one of the most creative playmakers in Assn history, can be ordered at ritpress.rit.edu
The author’s book tour continues today in Harrisburg, Pa. at Dauphin Co. Historical Society, 6:00-8:00