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 10/1/18

The 2018-19 League Pass Rankings, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BOS: Quality 3-Pointers On Celtics’ Menu (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
CHI: Markkanen’s Out 6-8 Weeks: Now What?  (from Ryan Borja, bullsconf.com):
DAL: The Mavs Could Be Better Than You Think, Sooner Than You Think (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
LAL: Key Takeaways From LBJ’s Lakers Debut  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
LAL: Observations From Training Camp (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
MIA: Whiteside The Big Positive In Heat’s Preseason Opener (from Anthony Chicang, Miami Herald):
MIN: Wolves Facing Rising Pressure In The Butler Saga (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
NYK: What Fizdale Wants From Hezonja (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
OKC: Grading The Thunder Roster (from NBA Math):
OKC: Takeaways From Blue & White Scrimmage (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
OKC: Schroder Could Lead Thunder To New Heights (from Chris Guest, 94 Feet Report):
PHO: Suns’ Preseason Keys (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Blazers Shoot For Improvement (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
POR: Setting A Baseline For Blazers’ Assists This Season (from TeamMom, Blazer’s Edge):
SAS: The Debut Of The New-Look Spurs (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
TOR: Simplifying The Offense Is Just One Step In Acclimating Kawhi (from Eric Koreen, he Athletic):
TOR: Raptors Have Two Weeks To Prepare Their Defense (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
TOR: Miles Looking To Overcome Defensive-Minded Depth on The Wing (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
The Next EC Dynasty Could Depend On The…Sacramento Kings  (from Bryan Mears, The Action Network):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 91-100  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, Eurohoops.net):
Josh Boone: Finding A Home In The NBL  (from Matthew Kipp, Liberty Ballers):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/30/18

How The 7 Seconds Or Less Suns Influenced The Modern Game (from Lucas Gaynor, 94 Feet Report):
BKN: Why LeVert Is Poised For Breakout Season (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
BKN:  RHJ Working To Add Vital Piece To His Game (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Davis, Faried Strengthen Nets On Boards (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BOS: Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
CHI: Markkanen Out 6-8 Weeks (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
CHI: Parker-Holiday Frontcourt Pairing  (from Michael Walton, NBC Sports):
DAL: Doncic Impresses In Preseason Debut (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Video Highlights (from NBA.com):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6d5JdoLu7Q
DEN: Lessons Learned, Continuity & A New Defensive Focus (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
DEN: Isaiah Thomas’ Vocal Leadership (from Matt Stephens, Denver Post):
DET: After Early UM Exit, GRIII Looks To Stay With Pistons (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
DET: Stanley Johnson Tired Of Hearing About Potential (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
IND: Late Picks Showing Early Signs Of Growth (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
LAL: LBJ & Walton See Lakers As Fast, Positionless Team (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
LAL: Will All The Pieces Fit?  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
MIN: Thibodeau Attempts To Push Through (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
PHI: Lineup With Simmons & Fultz Shows Promise (from Sarah Todd, Philly.com):
PHO: Booker Working Overtime To Become More Dangerous With Left Hand (from Duane Rankin, Azcentral.com):
POR: Point Of Emphasis Chops Up Exhibition Game (from Dwight Jaynes, NBC Sports):
POR: Observations From Preseason Game 1 (from Dan Marang, Blazers Edge):
SAC: McLemore Impresses In Camp (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAS: Spurs’ Shooting Fell Off Last Season (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
TOR: Leonard’s Preseason Debut (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Pascal Siakam Film Room Breakdown (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic ):
TOR: Raptors Battle For Minutes Will Be At Center (from Stephen Brotherston, Pro Bball Report):
TOR: Raptors Struggled To Defend League’s Best (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
UTA: Grayson Allen Lights It Up In 1st NBA Game (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/29/18

10 Takeaways From The 1st Preseason Games (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Draft & Stash Players: Where Are They Now? (from Alberto De Roa, Hoops Hype):
What NBA Officials Will Focus On This Season (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
BOS: Versatility: Celtics Show Glimpses Of Promising Future  (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Kyrie Irving’s Secret Workouts In Seattle (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Bulls Practice Observations (from Will Perdue & Kendall Gill, NBC Sports):
CLE: Osman Is Ready For Expanded Role (from Kaelen Jones, Sports Illustrated):
DAL: Ryan Broekhoff’s Journey To The NBA (from Isaac Harris, Mavs.com):

 

DEN: Nuggets Are Asking Young Vet Gary Harris To Take Another Leap (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/539301/2018/09/28/at-only-24-gary-harris-is-a-young-veteran-the-nuggets-are-asking-to-take-another-leap/

 

GSW: Q & A: Andre Iguodala (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Read it here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/28/warriors-andre-iguodala-on-his-health-last-seasons-playoffs-and-life-after-basketball/

HOU: Rockets Like What They See In James Ennis (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: How To Process The Pacers’ Obsession With Rebounding (from J Michael, Indy Star):

 

IND: Screening: O’Quinn Brings Rare Skill To Pacers (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/oquinn-brings-rare-skill-pacers

LAL: Kuzma Diversifying Role (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):
MIL: Bucks’ Roster Analysis (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

MIL: Budenholzer Will Teach His Players To Work Smarter (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here:  https://behindthebuckpass.com/2018/09/29/milwaukee-bucks-mike-budenholzer-will-teach-players-work-smarter/

MIL: Brook Lopez Gives Bucks A Stretch 5  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://stats.nba.com/articles/brook-lopez-gives-milwaukee-a-stretch-five/

MIN: Taj Gibson’s Leadership Style (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NOP: Grading The Pels Roster  (from NBA Math):
NYK: Grading The Knicks Roster (from NBA Math):
NYK: Is Mudiay Ready To Break Out?  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
OKC: Training Camp Notes (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
OKC: How Much The Thunder Defense Suffers Without Roberson (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

ORL: Clifford Working On Determining Vucevic & Bamba’s Roles (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/clifford-plans-experiment-playing-vucevic-and-bamba-together-20180928

POR: Seth Curry Brings Shot-Making, Underdog Mentality To Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

SAC: Harry Giles Is Ready To Unleash (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article219164180.html

TOR: Lowry Remains Raptors’ Most Compelling, Complicated Figure (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/555712/2018/09/28/despite-upheaval-kyle-lowry-remains-raptors-most-complicated-compelling-figure/

UTA: For Some Jazz Players, Learning To Sacrifice Playing Time Will Be Key (from Tony Jones, The Athletic):
WAS: Lineup Experimentation (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/20/18

The Fight To Fix The NBA’s Mental Health Problem, Part One (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Q & A: Brad Stevens (from Bill Burt, The Eagle-Tribune):
Sixers:  The Harmony In Embiid’s & Redick’s Games  (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
Pacers: What Nate McMillan Is Expecting (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Oladipo Seizes Control Of His Career (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
Q & A: Nikola Jokic (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Note: This is a Google translation from B92.net interview
Nuggets: Three Stats That Point To Success (from Grayson Moore, Nugg Love):
Gasol’s Passing Will Drive The Grizzlies (from Eric Spyropolous, Grizzly Bear Blue):
Teams No One Should Sleep On Next Season (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Vonleh: Knicks’ New Rebounding Machine Looks To Reboot His Career (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Kris Dunn & New London Share An Everlasting Bond (from Dom Amore, Hartford Courant):
Kings: Can Cauley-Stein Put It Together?  (from Jonathan Roberts, A Royal Pain):
Buying Or Selling The Offseason’s Hottest Takes (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Player Development For Heat’s Next Wave (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Isaiah Austin May Take Gamble On New “Chris Bosh Rule”  (from Chris Sheridan, Get More Sports):
What Bob Bass Did For The Hornets (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Teams With Most, Fewest Guaranteed Contracts (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Sekou Doumbouya: The Most Interesting Prospect (from James Kemmerer, 94 Feet Report):
Usman Garuba:  Polarizing Prospect (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):