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

ATL: Takeaways From Hawks’ Preseason Games (from Greg Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
–  BOS: Kyrie’s Sick Handles: Inside His Bag Of Tricks (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
DAL: The Mavs’ Pick-And-Roll Academy (from Shehan Peiris, Blog Don’t Lie):
DEN: How The Nuggets & Jokic Are Trying To Survive Against Pick-And-Rolls  (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
DEN: Malik Beasley Knows His Role. Can He Flourish Within It?  (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
LAL: The Metamorphosis Of Brandon Ingram  (from Mirin Fader, Bleacher Report):
MIL: We’re About To See A New Giannis  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
MIL:  Q & A: Khris Middleton (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
MIN: In Meeting With Thibs, Butler Reiterates His Desire To Be Traded (from Jon Krawcynzski, The Athletic):
NOP: Depression Had Jahlil Okafor In A Dark Place, But He’s Come A Long Way (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
PHI: Sixers Could Draw On Lob City’s Offense  To Utilize Fultz & Simmons  (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
PHO:  McDonough’s Firing:
SAC: Grading The Kings’ Roster (from NBA Math):
SAS: Grading The Spurs’ Roster (from NBA Math):
TOR: Inside The Raptors’ Big Bet Of Kawhi Loving Their Culture (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
TOR: The Raptors Want Even More From Delon Wright (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Top 100 EuroLeague Players:  11-20 (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):
Q & A: Spanish Coach Joan Plaza (from Alex Madrid, eurohoops.net):
What Impact Will The New Draft Lottery Rules Have On Tanking (from Bryan Toporek, The Step Back):
Next Step For NBA Is Hiring Women In Positions Of Power (from Associated Press):
Q & A: “Basketball: A Love Story” Director Dan Klores (from Paul Flannery, SB Nation):
“Love Of The Game”: Excerpt From “Basketball: A Love Story” (from ESPN):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/18

League Pass Rankings, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BKN: No Limits When Experimenting With Lineups (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BKN: Nets’ Forward Options (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BOS: Bench Role Hasn’t Sapped Rozier’s Energy (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):
BOS: Yabusele Improves His Game (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Globe):
CHA: Hornets’ Plan For Miles Bridges Is Changing Already (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Splitting The Starting Center Job (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: The Cavs’ New Offense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Notable Aspects Of Preseason Win Over LAL (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
GSW: How Curry’s Usage Has Evolved (from Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Quinn Cook Found His Place In Golden State (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
MIA: Duncan Robinson Now Slinging Instead Of Sprinting  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Winslow Can Fill In All The Blanks (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
MIL: Bucks’ Players Like Budenholzer’s “Daily Vitamins”  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
NOP: Star Track: Anthony Davis (from The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room At Sixers: Bamba, Vucevic & Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Grading The Magic’s Roster (from NBA Math):
PHI: Monday’s Game Analysis: Fultz, Shamet, Embiid (from David Murphy,  philly.com):
PHI: Fultz Looks Set For Breakout Year Alongside Simmons (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
PHI: Improved Post Play Should Be A Focus For Simmons (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Unlike Fultz, Simmons Not Going To Start Launching Threes (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: JJ Redick Is More Than Just A Mentor To Sixers’ Young Players (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
SAS: When It Comes To D, Spurs Aim To Reload, Not Rebuild  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SAS: Can Dejounte Murray Lead Spurs Into New Era? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
TOR:  New Role For Siakam Could Have Big Benefits For Raptors (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Raptors’ Playbook: Halfcourt Season Preview (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):
UTA: Joe Ingles: Most Unappreciated Star?  (from Micah Adams, Sporting News):
UTA: Can The Jazz Attack Switching Defenses Effectively? (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Offseason Boxing Workouts Help Gobert On The Court (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
UTA: Ricky Rubio: Case Study In Confidence (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report)):
10 Candidates For A Bounce-Back Season (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 81-90  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net ):
Hoop Dreams: Why Basketball Never Sleeps (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
How Can We Best Measure Individual Defensive Impact? (from Daniel Massop, Nylon Calculus):
How Can An Analytic Approach Be Applied To Player Psychology?  (from Sebastian Pycior, Nylon Calculus):

 

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 9/24/18

Melo Will Be The Ultimate Test of The Rockets’ System (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Training Camp Questions For Each Team  (from Sports Illustrated):
Nuggets: Training Camp Storylines  (from Joel Rush, Forbes):
Nuggets: How HC Malone Is Approaching Upcoming Season (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Nuggets: A Brief History Of The Malone-Jokic Era So Far (from ZachMikash, Denver Stiffs):
Pistons: Training Camp Storylines  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
10 Relative Unknowns Approaching Defining Seasons In 2018-19 (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Q & A: Joe Lacob (from Tim Kawakami, The Athletic):
CJ McCollum Interview (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Sixers: Versatile Saric Has Even More Roles Ready To Unlock (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
Sixers: Embiid Strives For More Bully Ball (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
Grizzlies: Mike Conley’s Methodical Path Back To Health (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
Grading The Clippers Roster (from NBA Math):
Grading The Lakers Roster (from NBA Math):
Profile: Trainer Chris Brickley (from Sowmya Krishnamurthy, Highsnobeity):
Six Former Lottery Picks Facing Make-Or-Break Seasons  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Bill Pope: Orlando’s New Director Of Pro Personnel (from Gary Bedore, kansascity.com):
How New Lottery Rules Change Tanking Incentives (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):

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.