Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/28/18

Ron Adams: The Warriors’ 70-Year-Old Truth-Teller  (from Kurt Streeter, NY Times):
Don’t Forget About Josh Jackson (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Examining The Most Potent Stretch Of Jokic’s Career (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
Emeka Okafor: Providing Spark For The Pelicans (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
Rockets’ Back-To-Back Wins Show They Are Playoff Ready (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Bucks: Coaching Change Has Righted The Ship (from Karl Bullock, Sports Illustrated):
How Steph Curry Leads Like No Other Superstar (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Drazen Petrovic: Groundbreaking & Unforgettable (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Terry Rozier’s Emergence (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Reconsidering The Celtics (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Cavs: George Hill’s Breakout Game (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Why The Cavs Believe That Clarkson’s Early Three-Point Success is Not A Mirage (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Dejounte Murray: Can The Spurs Build Another Star From The Ground Up? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How KD Impacted The NBA’s Next Generation Of Players (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
Q & A: Bradley Beal (from Jared Zwerling, Sports Illustrated):
Scouting Report: Luka Doncic (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):
Adam Silver Cautions Teams To Protect The Integrity Of The Game (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
CJ Miles Has The Most Points Per Touch In The NBA This Season (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Dwane Casey Prepares Raptors For Close Games, Even Though They Keep Winning Big (from Daniel Reynolds, Raptors HQ):
Raptors: No Help On The Way, Not That Any Is Needed (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
The Suns With Payton: The Rest Of The Story (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
10 Rookies Who Have Exceeded Expectations (from Aaron Mansfield, Larry Brown Sports):
MIA 102, PHI 101: Miscommunication Leads To Game-Winning Strategy (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Developing Sabonis Into The Next Horford (from Adam Friedman, Indy Cornrows):
Nets’ Isaiah Whitehead: Steady Through Ups & Downs  (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Mavs: McDermott & Barnes: Two Kids From Ames, Iowa, Reunited (from Isaac Harris, Mavs.com):
There’s A Reason Paul George Isn’t Getting Calls (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Lakers: Personnel Moves Give Zubac A Chance (from Tania Ganguli, LATimes):
KAT: Already A Top-Ten Player (from Adam Ziobrowski, Dunking With Wolves):
Robert Swift Takes Another Step On The Road To Recovery (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated);
The Unwritten Modern Day Trash Talk Rules (from Tim MacMahon/Law Murray, ESPN):
End The Foul Out (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Grizzlies: Did Brice Johnson Show Anything In His Debut? (from Tony East, Hoops Habit):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/20/18

A Look Back At The Wolves’ Best Start In 14 Years (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Analyzing The Wolves’ Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons & Donovan Mitchell: Breaking Down The Two Best Rookies’ Games (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Q & A:  Kyle Kuzma (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Q & A: Steve Clifford (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
The Evolution Of The G-League (from Keith Smith, RealGM):
Assessing Jaylen Brown’s Progress Toward Accomplishing Key Objectives (from Greg Cassoli, USA Today):
Blazers Confident In Zach Collins (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Oladipo: Behind The Scenes At ASG (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
8 Observations: ASG Review & More (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Each Team’s Stretch Run “Stat That Could Matter”  (from Andrew Bailey, Fanrag Sports):
New Wrinkles That Have Invigorated The Cavs’ Offense (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
Knicks Should Drop Jarrett Jack – And That’s Just The Start (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Dubs’ Assistant Ron Adams: “This Is Kind Of How Our Team Has Operated” (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
5 Up-And-Coming Stars (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
How Tiny Kinston, NC Became The Greatest Per Capita Producer Of  NBA Talent (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Draft Report: Taking Stock Of The Talent At BWB (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
Hawks: Ahead Of The Game When It Comes To Future Payroll Flexibility (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
The Kings’ Final 25 Games: What To Watch For (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
Teams That Are Poised To Make A Post-ASG Run (from Dan Favale, Bleahcer Report):
The Rise Of The NBA In Australia (from Bryan Curtis, The Ringer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/4/17

–  The Warriors Have Made Durant Even More Dominant In Transition  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/04/kevin-durant-transition-warriors-curry/

From Monte Poole, CSNbayarea:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/durants-game-elevates-hes-pushed-himself-and-warriors-teammates

 

 

 

–  Kevin Durant Is A Better Rim Protector Than Most Centers  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/1/3/14112906/kevin-durant-warriors-defense-highlights-rim-protector

–  Golden State’s Bench: Old, Shallow And Good  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/golden-states-bench-is-old-shallow-and-still-pretty-good

From Carl Steward, Mercury News:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/03/warriors-30-something-vets-thriving-under-kerrs-wary-eye/

From Connor Letourneau, sfchronicle.com: http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/articleComments/Shaun-Livingston-feels-at-home-with-Warriors-10833881.php

Pachulia Fitting In With Warriors  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/zaza-pachulias-importance-to-the-warriors-and-georgia/

Pelicans Fly With Small Ball (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/03/coaching-spin-pelicans-fly-small-ball/

–  How Porzingis Can Become Even Better  (from Adam Mares, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-kristaps-porzingis-can-become-even-better-adam-mares-nba-wraparound

–  Rudy Gobert’s Path To Stardom  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/raw-to-revered-rudy-goberts-path-to-stardom/

–  Bogut To Come Off Bench, Per His Request  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18400518/dallas-mavericks-bring-andrew-bogut-bench

Tuesday Roundup, Featuring Joel Embiid   (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2685071-tuesday-nba-roundup-joel-embiid-continues-march-toward-rookie-of-the-year

Tuesday Breakdown, Featuring Celtics, Spurs, 76ers (from James Holas, Eli Horowitz, Bryan Toporek at BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/04/the-breakdown-celtics-spurs-76ers/

–  Nikola Jokic Q & A  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18400852/zach-lowe-qa-nikola-jokic-denver-nuggets-more-nba

–  The Evolution Of Nikola Jokic (from Robson Friend,  nugglove.com):

Read it here:  http://nugglove.com/2017/01/04/jokic-evolution-potential-all-star/

–  Playing Seraphin At PF May Pay Off For Pacers  (from Debbie Considine, 8points9seconds.com):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2017/01/04/playing-kevin-seraphin-power-forward/

–  The Value Of Channing Frye (from Luke Goodman, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/01/04/cleveland-cavaliers-channing-frye-value/

–  Isaiah Thomas Shows He’s More Than Just A Scorer  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/01/bulpett_isaiah_thomas_shows_he_s_more_than_scoring_machine

From Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/04/isaiah-thomas-continues-to-show-adaptability/

 Jaylen Brown Is Blooming  (from CelticsBlog):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/1/4/14163580/the-read-react-jaylen-brown-blooming-boston-celtics-utah-jazz

Robert Covington: Shooting Poorly But Positively Impacting The Sixers  (from Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2017/1/4/14163522/sixers-robert-covington-deserves-more-respect-defense-all-around-game-joel-embiid-brett-brown

–  Mozgov Pledges To Be More Physical (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mozgov-740165-walton-lakers.html

Randle: Miles Ahead Of His Draft Class (from Christian Rivas, Lake Show Life):

Read it here:  http://lakeshowlife.com/2017/01/03/lakers-julius-randle-2014-nba-draft-class/

 How Jabari Parker Can Get Even Better  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4I5eqcbDwow

 Steven Adams: Then And Now  (from Marina Mangiaracina, Welcome To Loud City):

Read it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2017/1/3/14159988/steven-adams-is-now-the-second-best-scorer-in-okc-enes-kanter-victor-oladipo-russell-westbrook

From Erik Horne, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/thunder-how-steven-adams-offense-continues-to-expand/article/5533036

–  David Griffin’s 5 Best Moves As GM  (from Luke Goodman, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/01/04/cleveland-cavaliers-david-griffins-top-5-transactions-gm/

Abundance Of Young Talent Is A Blessing And A Curse For Nuggets  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/01/04/the-nuggets-have-lots-of-the-nbas-most-precious-commodity-and-thats-been-a-problem/?utm_term=.f43c49ae9433

 Bulls Focus On Future Amid Rondo Situation (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/01/03/chicago-bulls-rajon-rondo-impasse-situation

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/6/16

–  Warriors Present The Ultimate Quandary To Defenses (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury News):

–  Steve Nash Discusses The Warriors  (from Anthony Slater, mercurynews.com):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/05/qa-steve-nash-talks-kevin-durant-warriors-expectations-klay-thompson-and-more/

–  Defensive Guru Ron Adams has Ultimate Defensive Weapon In Kevin Durant  (from Erik Malinoski, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2667777-warriors-insider-defensive-guru-ron-adams-has-ultimate-weapon-in-kevin-durant

–  Steph Curry’s Shot Chart (R)evolution  (from Shane Sanders, Nylon Calculus):
–   Already In Game Shape, Saric May Be Sixers’ Best Player  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):
–  Kemba Walker Is Fearless (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Onserver):
–  Wolves’ Bench: Deep And Dangerous  (from Jace Frederick,  Pioneer Press):
–  Z-Bo’s Second Unit Role Creates Space For Fizdale’s Pace   (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
–  The Pacers’ New Tempo (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):
 –  Why Is Kawhi Leonard So Efficient?  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

–  How Handicapped Would Pistons Be Without Reggie Jackson?  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2667744-how-handicapped-would-detroit-pistons-be-without-reggie-jackson

–  Storylines To Watch This Season  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/03/morning-tip-seven-questions-2016-17-season

–  Porzingis’ Tantalizing Year Two Leap On Full Display  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/05/kristaps-porzingis-tantalizing-year-2-leap-on-full-display/

–  The Change In Dion Waiters  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

–  James Jones Q & A  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.co):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/artof-repeating-161004

–  Norman Powell Ready To Put In More Work To Impress Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

–  Early Days Of Luke Walton’s Laker Coaching Career Full Of Good Vibrations (from Bill Oram OC Register):

 

 

 

– Will Danny Green’s Offseason LASIK surgery help him regain 3-point shooting accuracy?  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

–  Anthony Bennett Q &A  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/anthony-bennett-on-joining-nets-ignoring-critics-and-more/

Jason Terry Ready For Whatever Role Bucks Need  (from Matt Velazquez, Journal Sentinel):

–  Andre Roberson Q & A  (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2016/10/05/andre-roberson-kd-departure-brings-a-good-opportunity-for-everybody/

–  Briante Weber Fights To Make Heat  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-briante-weber-fights-to-make-heat/

– Quincy Acy Q & A  (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):

Read it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2016/10/06/quincy-acy-on-his-role-boogie-more/

–  Bucks’ Season Preview  (from Mitchell Maurer, brewhoop.com):

Read it here: http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/10/5/12853054/milwaukee-bucks-16-17-season-preview

–  Grant Jerrett Hoping To Seize Opportunity With Blazers  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

  –  Will Brandon Paul Make The Sixers’ Opening Day Roster?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/5/13176564/brandon-paul-philadelphia-76ers-dleague  and from Keith Pompey, philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/sixers/Paul-may-make-it-hard-for-Sixers-to-cut-him.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/30/16

–  Warriors’ Asst. Ron Adams Expects A Lot From Durant Defensively  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea):
–  The Pacers Are Built Around Paul George  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):
–  Five Things To Know About The Pacers  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
 Mudiay And Jokic Set The Nuggets Ceiling  (from BBall Breakdown):
NOTE:  Re: the 2103 playoffs, the Nuggets were significantly hampered by key injuries, most notably to Danilo Gallinari who was unavailable due to a knee injury suffered late in the regular season.
–  Rim Protection: Jokic vs Nurkic  (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Interview  With New Lakers’ Asst. Casey Owens  (from Shereen Rayan, Lake Show Life):
–  Offensive Rebounding: Crash vs Transition  (from Mavs Moneyball):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  DeAndre’ Bembry/Caris LeVert/Patrick McCaw  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):  https://theringer.com/meet-the-new-nba-rookie-local-heroes-290bc16a927d#.jiqnm3sdf
–  Kyle O’Quinn  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/get-to-know-knicks-center-kyle-oquinn/
–  Trey Lyles (from Derek Simshauser, purpleandblues.com):  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/08/29/utah-jazz-deep-dives-trey-lyles/
–  Nikola Jokic  (from T.J. McBride, bsndenver.com):
 Gerald Green  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/return-gerald-green-could-fill-vital-bench-role-celtics
–  Henry Ellenson  (from Trevor Magnotti, Upsaide And Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/08/30/pistons-need-patience-henry-ellenson/
–  Gary Harris  (from Ryan McCabe, Nugg Love):  http://nugglove.com/2016/08/30/image-gary-harris-comparisons/
 Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Semntinel);  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-chris-bosh-s082916-story.html