Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/17

Lessons From Rockets-Warriors Opener  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How The Van Gundys Became An Influential NBA Duo (from John Lombardo & John Ourand, Sports Business Daily):
Will Thibodeau Overwork The Wolves? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
– Are The Wolves Ready To Be A Super Team? (from Evan Dyal, Sir Charles In Charge):
Kaminsky’s Opportunity (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Utah’s Foundational Frontcourt (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation, with links to individual game stories):
The Sixers Were Worth The Wait (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Attacking Switching (Actions/Sets)  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Crowder: Great Fit Alongside LBJ (from Robbie DiPaola, King James Gospel):
Can Lonzo Ball’s Jumper Make It In The NBA?  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Kings: Divac Breaks Down The Roster (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Nuggets Roster Analysis (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Jaylen Brown/Jayson Tatum: Trying To Take Offensive Pressure Off Irving (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
Greg Monroe: Sixth Man Of The Year Candidate (from Brian Sampson, Dime Mag):
Pat Riley Reflects On 50 NBA Years, How He’s Changed & Why He Loves This Heat Team (from Greg Cote, Miami Herald):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/21/17

How Warriors’ Asst. Mike Brown Embraced Team’s Laid-Back Approach (from Mark Medina, Mercury news):
Top Players By Offensive Play Type (from Evan Dyal, rotoden.com):
Can The Nuggets Be More Than The Internet’s Favorite Team?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Chemistry Key To Millsap-Jokic Pairing (from Thomas O’Callaghan, The Sports Quotient):
Video: How Slovenia Won Eurobasket 2017  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
How Will Fultz Help Simmons On-Court Role? (from Ben Mallis, pickandroll.com):
Best Case, Worst Case: Celtics (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Grading The Bucks’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Every Top Rookie’s Calling Card (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Adebayo: Impressing The Heat In Preseason Workouts (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):
Video: Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball University):
Iguodala’s Wild Free Agency (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Guerschon Yabusele & Celtics Are Focused On Modern Basketball (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):
Curry/Durant: Most Valuable Warriors (from Eric Apricot, BBall Breakdown):
Can Labissiere Become A Key Kings’ Piece? (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Math):
NBA Coaches Applaud Trend Of Players Working Out With Trainers In Offseason (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Dante Exum: Three Things To Watch (from Ben Mallis, pickandroll.com):
The Future Of NBA’s Player Development: Soccer’s Youth Academy Model (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Malik Rose, Other Former Players, Gaining Front Office Experience In G-League  (from Adam Johnson, 2ways10days.com):
New Look Pacers Bring “Different Energy” (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/7/17

Can Westbrook Become More Of An Off-Ball Threat? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
This Is For Boston (from Isaiah Thomas, The Players Tribune):
Brad Stevens Responds To IT’s Comments (from Scott Polacek, Bleacher Report):
Top 50 Most Interesting Players In European Hoops:  11-20 (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
The New And Improved Nuggets (from Austin Hutchinson, medium.com):
Pacers Hopes Center Around Myles Turner (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Markkanen: Already Easing The Blow From Losing Butler (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Mark Cuban Q & A (from Oliver Maroney, uproxx.com):
Kyrie Irving: Brad Stevens’ Next Project  (from wjsy, Celtics Blog):
The Summer League Story Of John Collins  (from Greg Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
What Can Otto Porter Do To Live Up To His Max Contract? (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Math):
Biggest Impacts Of Players Changing Teams This Offseason (from Joe Romano, fansided.com):
Attacking The Switch – Concepts  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Rex Walters Joins SVG’s Staff To Help Player Development (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
The Grizzlies’ Training Camp Concerns  (from BC Abraham, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Phil Jackson On Jerry Krause (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Vin Baker’s Journey To Sobriety (from Bill Littlefield, WBUR):
Introduction To Dean Oliver’s Four Factors (from Justin Jacobs, squared2020):
Why Jaylen Brown And Other NBA Players Use Mental Skills App Lucid  (from Avery Yang,  Sporttechie.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/9/17

David Fizdale’s Genius, March Stats, Zipper Plays, Drop Back PNR, Brook Lopez, Spurs’Passing, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/coaches-seat-passive-pnr-defense-zipper-plays-david-fizdale/

Lillard Torches Jazz (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/damian-lillard-torches-jazz-career-high-franchise-record-59-points-050253461.html

Redick Has Become A Historic Outside Shooter  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch  it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/jj-redick-clippers-become-historic-outside-shooter/

Don’t Overreact: Celtics Are Just Fine (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/7/15215220/the-read-dont-overreact-boston-celtics-just-fine-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  The Cavs’ Small-Ball Lineup Should Terrify Opponents  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-cavs-lineup-center-highlights-breakdown-nba-playoffs-2017-tyronn-lue/10qngpaqubnxf1qjvgocw5avss

 Cavs Need More From Shumpert (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cavaliers_need_more_from_iman.html

How Should The Pistons Proceed? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/pistons-proceed-late-season-tailspin/

Steve Nash Q & A (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, UA Today):

Read it here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/08/steve-nash-q-and-a-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-james-harden/100166310/

Labissiere Flashes His Talent  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article143565934.html

Willy Hernangomez Hopes To Learn From Marc Gasol This Summer (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/04/08/knicks-willy-hernangomez-hopes-to-work-with-his-idol/

Julius Randle’s Growth (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coach-748872-pleasantries-initial.html

Underrated Coaches (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/six-underrated-nba-coaches/

Jeremy Lin’s Redemption (from Wardell, Sir Charles In Charge);

Read and watch it here: http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/09/jeremy-lin-nets-brooklyn-2017/

The Nets’ Core Four Shines (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brooklyn-core-four-shines-as-season-winds-down

Nuggets Playoff Push: Invaluable To Young Core, Regardless Of Outcome (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/regardless-of-outcome-nuggets-playoff-push-invaluable-for-young-core/

KD Returns (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4270/warriors-depth-replenished-with-return-of-kevin-durant

From Associated Press:  http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=400900573

You Should Be Watching Rudy Gobert (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/utah-jazz/content/you-should-be-watching-rudy-gobert-utah-jazz

Tyler Johnson’s Growth And Future (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143519484.html

–  The Magic’s Poor Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/09/orlando-magic-continue-find-no-response-poor-defense/

–  Ellenson’s Place In The Piston’s Future (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/ellensons-flashy-starting-debut-affirms-his-place-pistons-future

Udrih Shifts Focus To Coaching Skills (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/04/08/pistons-udrih-shifting-focus-coaching-skills/100231644/

Doc Rivers On Double High Screen (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/rivers-on-double-high-screen-everyone-does-it-now/

Nwaba’s Unique Journey (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20170408-story.html

From Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/4/8/15230346/la-lakers-david-nwaba-stats-schedule-d-league-call-up-d-fenders-playoffs-rio-grande-valley-vipers

RU’s D-League COY: Jerry Stackhouse  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/4/8/15227658/jerry-stackhouse-coach-of-the-year-raptors-905-nba-dleague-nbadl

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART ONE

Defensive Philosophy: Draymond Green Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/07/draymond-green/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19095972/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-rajon-rondo-nba

 

 

 

Horford & The Celtics’ Defensive Rebounding Struggles (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/07/nylon-calculus-al-horford-celtics-defensive-rebounding/

Latest Twist In D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Latest-twist-in-Mike-D-Antoni-s-offense-taking-10969231.php?t=f10c5562a1438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

Why Chris Paul  Has Become The “Forgotten Man” (from Andrew Miller, 16 Wins):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/chris-paul-has-become-the-forgotten-man-19d7ca0c391

Khris Middleton Is (Secretly) One Of The Best Players In The Assn. (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-secretly-great-23e6de47dc96

Kyle Lowry’s Return  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/kyle-lowry-returns-raptors-emphasis/

Made-Up Awards For 2016-17  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/07/nba-awards-alternative-russell-westbrook-golden-state-warriors

–  Blake Griffin Is Heating Up  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/blake-748706-jordan-clippers.html

–  Will The Cavs Use A “Secret” Fix In The Playoffs?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2702251-the-cleveland-cavaliers-have-a-secret-weapon-for-playoffs-but-will-they-use-it

The Suns’ Chronic Fouling (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-get-whistled-more-than-a-high-school-gym-class/

JVG Q & A (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2017/04/jeff-van-gundy-doesnt-think-its-guarantee-cavs-make-it-out-to-the-finals

Nogueira: Buried On Raptors’ Bench  (from Jordan Kligman, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/bebe-sleeps

The Timberwolves’ Improvements This Season (from Cyril Girgis, Dancing With Wolves):

Read and watch it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/04/07/3-areas-timberwolves-improved-last-season/

MIP Candidates (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701552-metrics-101-whos-really-the-nbas-most-improved-player

The COY Candidates (from Matthew Perez, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2017/04/07/a-case-for-gregg-popovich-coach-year/

Budenholzer: Still An Elite Coach  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/07/dont-let-this-season-fool-you-mike-budenholzer-is-still-one-of-the-nbas-elite-coaches/

Kings’ Rookie Skal Labissiere (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700638-god-has-a-plan-the-seas-have-parted-for-kings-rookie-skal-labissiere

NOTE:  This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned.