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

BKN: Nuni Omot: Perilous Journey From Refugee Camp To Nets Hopeful  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Celtics Believe Horford’s Best Days Are Still Ahead (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
BOS: The Great Expectations Of Tatum & Brown (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BOS: Kyrie Irving: Brilliance Doesn’t Have To Complicate Chemistry (from Jesica Camerato, SBNation):
GSW: Warriors’ Training Camp Invitees Brace For Final Week Of Preseason (from Logan Murdock, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Look Ready For Regular Season (from Derek Kramer, IPacers.com):
IND: How Myles Turner Invested In Himself To Transform His Mind & His Game (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
LAL: Jason Hart May Be LBJ’s Most Valuable Teammate (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
MIL: Budenholzer Is Implementing His Type Of Pace (from Eric Nehm, The Athletic):
MIN: Appreciating Tyus Jones (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
MIN: Paging Andrew Wiggins (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
NOP: How Does Randle Fit With The Pelicans? (from James Grayson):
NOP: Q & A: Solomon Hill (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
NYK: The Lessons Kevin Knox Learned From His Father (from Steve Popper, Newsday):
NYK: Ron Baker’s “Havoc Mindset” (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
ORL: Film Room: Magic’s Stifling Defense (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Vucevic Is Too Valuable To Trade Right Now (from Jean Racine, Orlando Magic Daily):
ORL: Iwundu & Grant Are Impressing Coach Clifford (from Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel):
PHO: Importance Of Recognizing The New “Freedom Of Movement” Officiating Emphasis  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Blazers’ Big Three Look Ready (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAC: Make Or Break Season For WCS?  (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
SAC: Kings Searching For New Leader Following Temple’s Departure (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
SAC: Harry Giles: Best Rookie No One Is Talking About (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
SAS: What Murray’s Injury Means For The Spurs (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
TOR: Grading The Raptors’ Roster (from NBA Math):
The Big Man Training Revolution (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Five Unheralded 2nd Year Players Ready For Their Closeup  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Top Ten EuroLeague Players (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):
Brandon Jennings Interview (from rt.com):
How Skills Trainers Are Helping The League’s Best Players (from Matt Ellentuck, NBA.com):
Second Chances And The Rebounding Specialist (from Justin Jacobs, Squared2020):
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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 9/22/18

–  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):