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 9/26/18

Each Team’s Greatest Flaw As Training Camps Open (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
10 Breakout Candidates (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
BKN:  How The Boomers Helped Mitch Creek Land An NBA Opportunity (from fiba.basketball):
BKN: New Net Alan Williams Has Service In His Blood (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Horford Welcomes His Role (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
BOS: A Reintroduction To Hayward (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
CHI: Portis Is Embracing His Sixth Man Role (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DAL:  Inside JJ Barea’s Unique Bond With Puerto Rico  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

DEN: The Nuggets Are Defined By Why They Play, Not Just How (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: A Statistical Analysis Of Why The Dubs Are The Golden Standard (from Jordan Wong, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Will Dubs’ Youth Movement Prevail? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Not Letting Contract Situation Affect Chemistry (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
MEM: A Note To Memphis (from Chandler Parsons, The Players Tribune):
MIA: How Much Does The Rotation Matter? (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):
MIL: Budenholzer Emphasizes Defensive Transition & Offensive Spacing (from Ben Steele, jsonline.com):
NYK: Finally Speaking With One Voice (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
PHO: What Kokoskov’s Offense Is All About  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
PHO: Ryan Anderson Lands In Ideal Situation For A Fresh Start (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
WAS: Wizards Begin Commitment To Spacing The Floor (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Brooks Wants Otto Porter To Shoot More (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
Whatever Happened To Big Country Reeves? (from Gerald Narciso, Bleacher Report):
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Checking In On Each Team’s Roster Count (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
QOTD (from PJ Tucker, responding to being asked if he cared about player rankings): “No, I could care less. Some guys care about that crap. But man, they could have me dead last. I really don’t care. What does it mean? If you’re 12, if you’re 15… It doesn’t change how many wins you’re gonna get, what you mean to your team. I’m sure somebody on Golden State isn’t even on the list, but he’s got a lot of rings. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis MEDIA DAY EDITION 9/25/18

ATL: Lloyd Pierce Is Ready To Work (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
BOS: Kyrie Excited For Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BKN: Ed Davis: Mature, Focused Winner (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
BKN: Jarrett Allen Adds Muscle, A Mentor & A Three-Point Shot (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
CHI: Bulls Will Only Go As Far As Defense Takes Them (from Mark Strotman, NBC Sports):
CHI: This Season Will Be Critical For Hoiberg (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
CLE: How JR Smith Bounced Back From Finals Game One (from Jesse Washington, The Undefeated):
CLE: Cavs’ New Era: “It’s About Wins And Lessons” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Can Trey Lyles Play SF? (from Duvalier Johnson, Mile High Sports):
DET: Stanley Johnson Looks To Fulfill Potential  (from John Niyo, Detroit News):
DET: Pistons Giving Drummond 3-Point Shot  Freedom (from Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Dubs Flip Switch Defensively In Playoffs (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
HOU: Q & A: PJ Tucker (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: D’Antoni Rates PJ Tucker As One Of NBA’s Best At His Position (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Oladipo: From Reject To Rolex (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
LAL: Lonzo Says His Shot Has Improved Due To Adding Muscle (from Ohn Youngmisuk, ESPN):
MIL: Is Budenholzer The Last Big Piece Of The Puzzle?(from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
MIN: KAT Talks Thibs, The Path Forward & More (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
MIN: Thibs Pitches Butler On Rejoining Wolves  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
MIN: What Are Wolves’ Options W/Butler? (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
NYK: Ntilikina Debuts New Body, Height And Position (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
NYK: Mills & Perry Have Helped Change How The Knicks Are Perceived (from Moke Hamilton, The Athletic):
OKC: The Centrality Of A Healthy Roberson To OKC’s Success (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
OKC: Nerlens Noel’s Media Day Takeaways  (from Ananth Pandian, 247 Sports):
ORL: Magic’s Goal: Develop An Identity & Stick With It (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Bamba & Isaac Are The Defensive Keys (from Zach Oliver, Orlando Pinstriped Post):
PHI: Notes From Training Camp, Day 3 (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
POR: Media Day Highlights (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
SAC: Kings Looking To Fox To Lead Faster Paced Offense (from Michael Wagaman, Associated Press):
SAS: Five Storylines To Monitor (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
TOR: Nick Nurse Is Ready For The Raptors’ New Era (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
UTA: Quin Snyder Assesses His Coaching Staff (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):
UTA: Favors Is Working To Adapt His Game (from Ryan Aston, The J Notes):
Around The Rim (from Josh Eberley & Guest Contributors, Hoop Magazine/NBA.com):
Age Variance Within NBA Rosters (from Nate Rattner, Nylon Calculus):

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 9/27/17

George & Anthony Will Help Steven Adams Reach A New Level (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
What Wade Brings To The Cavs (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How Good Can The Celtics’ Offense Be? (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
– Celtics’ Task: Complementing The New “Big 3”  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
How Good Is Jae Crowder? (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Projecting The Top 5 Defenses (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Six Players Who Must Adjust To New Roles After Big Offseason Trades (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
How The The Most Impactful Role Players Fare With Their New Teams?  (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
Melo’s Playbook Model: 2008 Paul Pierce (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Melo Can Push Thunder Back To Elite Offensive Status  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Grading The Thunder Roster  (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Stotts Eyes Subtle Changes To Improve Blazers’ Defense (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Nuggets Making Key Changes To Improve Defense (from Harrison Wind, BSNDenver):
Saric’s Eurobasket Performance (from Tyler King, The Sixer Sense):
Frank Kaminsky: Healthy Again After “Miserable Process”  (from Steve Reed, AP):
Q & A: Travis Schlenk (from Michael Cunningham, Hardwood Nation):
Omri Casspi Interview (from Brady Klopfer, Golden State Of Mind):
Dante Cunningham Brings A Lot To The Table For Pelicans (from Hunter Noll, Pelican debrief):
Pacers: Thad Young, Ready For A New Role (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
There Are Numerous Layers To G-League Assignment Usage From NBA Teams (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days.com):
Lottery Reform: Is It Necessary?  (from Just Carter, 94 Feet Report):
Dorrell Wright: Seeking An NBA Return (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):