Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/14/17

Hawks’ Offensive Playbook: Pick-And-Roll Action, Part One (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
2017-18: Aaron Gordon’s Season Of Opportunity (from Philip Rossman-Reich< Orlando Magic Daily):
G-League Player Invitational: 5 Intriguing Prospects (from Ben Stram, Fanrag Sports):
The Proving Grounds: Marcus Smart  (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):
Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/08/13/the-proving-grounds/

Misconceptions About Jarrett Allen (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/08/14/nets-rookie-doesnt-care-what-you-think-about-his-hobbies/

Paul George’s Fit With The Thunder (from Jackson Frank, Welcome To Loud City):
Myles Turner’s Shot Selection (from Hunter Kuffel, 8points9seonds.com):
Nets’ Defense: The Good, Bad & Unknown (from Charles Maniego, Nets Daily):
What Tyler Dorsey Does & Doesn’t Bring To The Hawks (from Tyler Sellers, Soaring Down South):
Is Avery Bradley’s Offense What The Pistons Needed To Make The Playoffs? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
How Nate McMillan Should Approach The Post-Paul George Era (from Caitlin Cooper, indycornrows.com):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.indycornrows.com/2017/8/14/16127324/nate-mcmillan-should-dare-to-be-weird

Where Will Celtics’ Rebounding Come From? (from Bryan Rafferty, Celtics Hub):
Does Lonzo Ball Need To “Fix” His Jump Shot? (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
Making The Jump: Welcome To The Euroleague (from Sam Meyerkopf, NextStep-Basketball):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/4/17

How The Warriors Built Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Solution To The Cavs’ Defensive Woes Is To Fix Their Offense  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Has Curry Figured Out How To Defend LBJ Pick-And-Rolls? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Film Study: Durant Protected The Rim In Game One (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Game One Takeaways (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
A Closer Look At Klay’s Game One Defense (from Jimmy Durkin, Mercury News):
Should The Cavs Attack Steph? (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Warriors’ Bigs Have Become A Big Advantage In The Playoffs (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):
Cavs Need More From Tristan Thompson (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
The Dubs Don’t Need Klay To Be A Scorer (from Adi Joesph, USA Today):
How The Warriors Defend Irving (from Eric Apricot, BBall Breakdown):
Brown Leads Warriors While Waiting For Kerr (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Cavs’ Architect David Griffin’s Future Is Uncertain (from Joe Drape, NYTimes):
The NBA’s Most Profitable Play: Drawing A 3-Shot Foul (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
JVG Q & A (from Steve Serby, NYPost):
New Orlando Exec Weltman Known For Smarts, Toughness, Kindness (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Mason Plumlee Deserves Another Chance With The Nuggets (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
The Age Minimum Isn’t Working.  Here Is A Solution (fromTom Ziller, SBNation):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis: 10/5/16

–  Embiid’s First Step is A Big One  (from Mike Sielski, philly.com):

–  Sixers Learn That Patience Is A Virtue:  Embiid And Saric Debut  (from Shamus Clancy, Liberty Ballers);

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/4/13168726/sixers-learn–patience-is-a-virtue-in-joel-embiid-and-dario-saric-debut-76ers-hinkie-preseason-nba

–  How The Nets Are Taking Care Of The Ever-Improving Bojan Bogdanovic  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
 –  LaMarcus Aldridge Finds His Comfort Zone  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
 –  Bucks Are Happy To Have Dellavedova  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

–  Myles Turner Is Ready For 2nd Year Expectations  (from Shane Young, Today’s Fastbreak):

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/indiana-pacers/myles-turner-is-ready-for-sophomore-year-expectations/

–  Fournier Looks To Improve On His Breakthrough Season  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-evan-fournier-1005-20161004-story.html

–  Olynyk Vows To be More Aggressive With Outside Shot  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/kelly_olynyk_vows_to_be_more_assertive_with_outside_shot_this_season

–  Vanishing Big Men: Greg Monroe To Come Off  The Bench  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/04/big-men-robin-lopez-greg-monroe-bulls-bucks

–  James Harden In Seven Seconds Or Less  (from Ian Levy, Fansided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/10/05/nba-season-preview-james-harden-seven-seconds-or-less/

–  Garrett Temple’s Versatility Gives The Kings Another Option At Point Guard  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here;  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article106045207.html

–  The Mentality Of An Underdog Player  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-the-mentality-of-an-underdog/

–  Ray McCallum:  SVG’s System Is My Style Of Play  (from Perry Farrell, Dteroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/10/04/detroit-pistons-ray-mccallum/91584034/

Dwyane Wade: Circle Of Life  (from Leo Sepkowitz, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/circle-of-life/

–  Frank Vogel Challenges Common Conceptions Of Offensive Rebounding  (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/10/05/how-frank-vogel-challenges-common-conceptions-of-offensive-rebounding/

–  Wizards: Under Construction  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/04/as-wizards-begin-nba-preseason-focus-is-more-on-winning-plays-than-winning/

–  The Unboxing Of Tomas Satoransky  (from Adam Rubin,  truthaboutit.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/10/wizards-vs-heat-the-unboxing-of-tomas-satoransky.html

–  Alex Len: Seeking Growth And Consistency  (from deadpoolio, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/10/4/13159784/alex-len-works-to-be-more-basketball-player-than-enigma-this-year-phoenix-suns

–  Terrance Ross Is Impressing Early On  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/04/just-go-out-there-and-play-terrence-ross-impressing-early-on-at-raptors-camp

–  Biyombo Thrilled To Have Integral Role With Magic  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/bismack-biyombo/thrilled-integral-role-denton-20161004

Growing Stauskas’ Game  (from Mike Sielski, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pattisonave/Sixers-hope-move-to-PG-can-grow-Stauskas-game.html

–  Kris Dunn, Combo Guard?  (from Drew Mahowald, canishoopus):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/10/5/13170440/kris-dunn-shooting-guard-timberwolves-rubio

–  Malik Beasley is A Unique Component Of Nuggets’ Backcourt  (from Jake  Hyman, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/3/13003274/malik-beasley-denver-nuggets-interview

–  Palpreet Singh Brar  (from Dakota Schmidt,  Rididculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/4/13152052/indian-forward-palpreet-singh-brar-nbadl-dleague

–  Timberwolves’ Season Preview (from Dane Moore, canis hoopus):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/10/4/13149150/minnesota-timberwolves-team-preview-sbn-nba

–  Chicago Bulls’ Season Preview  (from blogabull.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/10/4/13160712/chicago-bulls-season-preview

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 10/20/15

–  It’s Good to Be Jimmy Butler  (from Bryan Smith,  chicagomag.com):

” When I ask why he hates talking about the past so much, Butler shifts uncomfortably on the sectional in the grand San Diego house. “It’s because I don’t ever want that to define me,” he says. “I hated it whenever it came up because that’s all anybody ever wanted to talk about. Like, that hasn’t gotten me to where I am today. I’m a great basketball player because of my work. I’m a good basketball player because of the people I have around me. And if I continue to be stuck in the past, then I won’t get any better. I won’t change, I’ll get stuck as that kid. That’s not who I am. I’m so far ahead of that. I don’t hold grudges. I still talk to my family. My mom. My father. We love each other. That’s never going to change.”

Read it here:  http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/November-2015/Jimmy-Butler/

 

–  Fred Hoiberg plans to slightly cut Jimmy Butler’s minutes  (from Vincent Goodwill,  csnchicago):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/fred-hoiberg-plans-slightly-cut-jimmy-butlers-minutes

 

–  Video: Pistons Guard Spencer Dinwiddie On Playing In The NBA  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxKGOCWMZ3I&feature=youtu.be

 

–  Suns eager for Bledsoe-Knight chemistry  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:   http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/19/phoenix-suns-eager-bledsoe-knight-chemistry/74244636/

 

–  More passes to come from Thunder bigs?  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-more-passes-to-come-from-thunder-bigs/article/5454592/?page=2

 

–  Mike Conley’s year, JaMychal Green’s emergence, Jarnell Stokes’ future and more  (from Chris Herringotn, commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:   http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Mike-Conleys-year-JaMychal-Greens-emergence-Jarnell-Stokes-future-and-more-333983731.html

 

–  Knicks Hoping Personnel Upgrades Alleviate Last Year’s Defensive Disaster  (from Jared Dubin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2580002-ny-knicks-hoping-personnel-upgrades-alleviate-last-years-defensive-disaster

 

–  How Amir Johnson Will Improve Celtics’ Frontcourt Defense (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:   http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViUVVx4AAB8AJ37s/amir-johnson-and-david-lee-revamp-celtics-defensive-frontcourt

 

–  The Lakers, floor balance, and transition defense  (from Adam Mares,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/20/the-lakers-floor-balance-and-transition-defense/

 

–   The delicate balance of ball movement for the Suns  (from Bryan Gibberman,  arizonasports.com):

“If you have three or four passes before you even really get into your play — you look at some of those teams, some of them, yea, the passes are meaningful, but then there’s other teams that when you look at the list of teams that make a lot of passes, you’re like, OK, they drove four or five passes before you even get into the action,” Hornacek said.

“If you want to count those, sure, go ahead, we prefer not to use 20 seconds of the clock. We want to get the game up and down and we’ll get into the action without the five passes.”

“We want that as the guards, Eric (Bledsoe) and Brandon (Knight), to create and these other guys they’ll get kick outs, they’ll catch balls on the run,” said Hornacek. “When your guys start breaking people down and pulling people in, then they throw it to you, that’s your opportunity to catch it on the run and make their play that way. Not catch the ball, isolate, let the defense set, try to go one-on-one.”

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/412022/the-delicate-balance-of-ball-movement-for-the-suns/

 

–  The Myth of DeMar DeRozan’s Athleticism  (from harshdave, raptorshq.com)

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/10/19/9504539/the-myth-of-demar-derozans-athleticism-toronto-raptors

(Note: This story has an interesting take on what constitutes “athleticism”.  Some related worthwhile takes:

-from Brian McCormick’s hard2guard newsletter, 9/07:

“Steve Nash is often described as unathletic because he does not dunk. However, he is incredibly athletic. His hand-eye coordination is as good as it gets in the NBA; his reaction time is unbelievable; his lateral movement is excellent; his ability to switch from a broad or soft-centered focus to a narrow, fine-centered focus is the best in the NBA; his body awareness is exceptional; his dexterity with both hands is tops in the NBA; his first step quickness is far above average for the NBA; his core strength is unparalleled in the NBA and likely the only reason he is able to continue playing with his chronic back problems. In all these categories, he is in the top 1% of NBA players, but because he does not “look” athletic (sculpted muscles) or do obviously athletic things (dunk), the popular media characterizes him as unathletic.”

 

– from Vern Gambetta (1996):

” (Athleticsim is) “the ability to execute athletic movements (run, jump, throw) at optimum speed with precision, style and grace while demonstrating technical competency in the context of your sport.”

“The foundations for athleticism are basic coordinative activities..(which are)
-Balance (Maintenance of the center of gravity over tha base of support, which is both static & dynamic)
-kinesthetic differentiation (ability to feel tension in movement to achieve the desired movement)
– Spatial orientation (The control of the body in space)
– Reaction to signals (The ability to respond quickly to auditory, visual and kinesthetic cues)
-Sense of rhythm (The ability to match rhythm to time)
-Synchronization of movements in time (unrelated limb movements done in a synchronized manner)
– Movement adequacy (Ability to choose movements appropriate to the task)

The coordinative never work in isolation, they are all closely related.”

– from David Friedman’s 20 second timeout interviews with Mike D’Antoni, Dan Majerle and Steve Kerr (2007):

http://20secondtimeout.blogspot.com/2007/12/is-steve-nash-best-athlete-in-nba.html

 

 James Harden’s next step; Replacing DeMarre Carroll; LaMarcus Aldridge Q&A  (form Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:    http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/20/open-floor-james-harden-rockets-lamarcus-aldridge-spurs-season-preview

 

–  Warriors hope to repeat; Lamar Odom; Pau Gasol Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/19/morning-tip-golden-state-warriors-defending-crown-lamar-odom-health-pau-gasol-qa/index.html

 

–  Being Jim Buss  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

”  LAKERS EXECUTIVE OPENS UP ON YEARS OF CRITICISM AS TEAM TRIES TO REBUILD”

Read it here:   http://www.usatoday.com/longform/sports/nba/lakers/2015/10/19/jim-buss-lakers-jerry-west-kobe-bryant-magic-johnson-jeanie-buss/73989030/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Cory Joseph has been pleasant surprise for Raptors  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/19/22563980.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

–  Spurs:  With chance for bench to impress, Kyle Anderson, Boban Marjanovic deliver (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/9798/with-chance-for-bench-to-impress-anderson-marjanovic-deliver

 

–   Eric Moreland’s hustle, energy keep him in Kings’ mix  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article40382475.html

 

–  International import Salah Mejri could play a big role for the Mavs  (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericksheadlines/2015/10/19/sefko-international-import-play-big-role-mavs-adjusts-nba-game

 

–  Blake Griffin trained with sprinter Carmelita Jeter to improve his speed  (from Melissa Rohlin, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/clippersnow/la-sp-cn-blake-griffin-trained-with-carmelita-jeter-20151019-story.html

 

–   Re-energized Rudy Gobert raring to go for big Jazz season  (from Jody Gennesy,  deseretnews.com):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865639419/Re-energized-Rudy-Gobert-raring-to-go-for-big-Jazz-season.html?pg=all

 

–  Celtics: Terry Rozier, Jonas Jerebko (from Jay King, masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_rozier_boston_celtics.html

 

– Extra practice has Rozier feeling confident (from Jimmy Toscano,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/extra-practice-has-rozier-feeling-confident

 

–  TERRY ROZIER AND THE CELTICS’ DEPTH  PROBLEM  (from Ben Rohrbach,  weei.com):  http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2015/10/20/terry-rozier-and-celtics-depth-perception-p

 

–  Mavericks: John Jenkins Continues to Impress  (from Jay Knodell,  thesmokingcuban.com):  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2015/10/20/dallas-mavericks-john-jenkins-continues-to-impress/

 

Jared Sullinger Shows off His Passing Skills  (from Marc D’Amico,  celtics.com):  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-101915-sully-the-pg-big-man-shows-off-passing-skills

 

–  Oladipo Spending Countless Hours in Gym Improving Shot  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/oladipo-spending-countless-hours-improving-shot

 

–  Rockets’ Joshua Smith doing utmost to fill big-man shoes  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/Rockets-Smith-doing-utmost-to-fill-big-man-shoes-6576686.php?t=954ad651d9438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

–  Martell Webster seeks second opinion for injured right hip  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/10/19/martell-webster-seeks-second-opinion-for-injured-right-hip/

 

–  Raymond Felton ran the show in Cleveland  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/raymond-felton-ran-the-show-in-cleveland/