Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/1/17

Thunder: Swinging For The Fences (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Paul George, the People’s Champion (from Kelly Iko, 94feetreport.com):
DeMar DeRozan Q & A (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Biggest Questions In Another Wild Offseason (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Is Teague An Upgrade For Wolves At PG? (fromGerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Iguodala: Team Culture Changer (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):
Rubio & The Jazz: Defensive Hand In Glove Fit (from My_Lo, SLCDunk):
Can MCW Bounce Back? (from Ti Windisch, The Step Back):
What Korkmaz’ Arrival Means To Sixers (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Jonah Bolden Could Be Sixers’ Back-Up Four Next Season (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Meet Harrison Gaines, Lonzo Ball’s Agent (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
The Phil Jackson Era Wasn’t A Total Dumpster Fire (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
Guide To 2017 Contract Options, Qualifying Offers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
How An NBA Front Office Handles Free Agency, Step-By-Step (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Ekpe Udoh: From NBA Bench Player To Turkish Hero (from Patrick Kingsley, NYTimes):
D-League Alums To Watch At Orlando Summer League (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days.com):
Rob Pelinka Q & A: Draft Evaluation & Offseason Outlook (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):
Lakers’ Priority: Cap Flexibility For Next Summer (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News);

 

 

 

 

Derrick Caracter Is Still Ballin’ (from Shereen Rayan, Lake Show Life):

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/17

Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/01/how-phil-jackson-meddled-his-way-to-triangle-triumph/

Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-sophomore-season-849b7e961ed4#.jzw25mvth

Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/02/jamal-murray-starts-to-find-his-footing-in-nba-just-in-time-to-help-lift-nuggets/

Durant Injury Opens Door For Warriors’ Young Bench  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/kevin-durant-injury-patrick-mccaw-bench/

Cauley-Stein & Labissiere: Filling The Cousins Void  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boogie-on-filling-the-demarcus-cousins-void/

From Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/keep-an-eye-on-kings-willie-cauley-stein-3acef3e94e7c#.rw6x4v5ai

Previewing The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/mit-sloan-sports-analytics-preview/

Can Pelinka Save The Lakers?  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pelinka-745309-maggette-lakers.html

–  Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/russell-westbrook-cant-stop-going-left/

CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin  (from Winners View):

Watch it here:  http://www.winnersview.com/videos/cj-mccollum-midrange-assassin

Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry  (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/28/14754592/kyle-lowry-injury-toronto-raptors-lineups-numbers

Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-bench-suddenly-has-plenty-of-appeal/2017/03/01/2df92916-feb2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2017/03/02/mike-dantoni-rockets-three-pointers/98625444/

Video: Nuggets’ Beautiful Ball Movement  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/nuggets-ball-movement-vs-bucks-2017-3

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-nuggets-offense-shows-off-insane-ball-movement-before-getting-bucket/

Despite Loss, Cavs Excited About Their “Mad Science Experiments” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3740/despite-loss-cavaliers-excited-by-their-mad-science-experiments

Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/with-new-arrivals-incoming-cleveland-heads-for-the-home-stretch-e71090fdee88#.obrphk6ni

–  With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/2/14786610/with-avery-bradley-back-celtics-were-a-completed-puzzle-in-cavs-win

–  The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/02/projecting-bostons-front-court-of-the-future/

–  NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-unveils-new-initiatives-improve-officiating/98603338/

 Thank You, Toronto  (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/terrence-ross-thank-you-goodbye-toronto-raptors-orlando-magic/

–  JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-south-plains-texans.html

–  The Suns’ New Two-Man Game, Featuring Tyler Ulis And Alan Williams (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1039220/welcome-suns-2-man-game-tyler-ulis-alan-williams/

Is Cam Payne The Bulls PG Of The Future?  (from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-cameron-payne-bulls-spt-0302-20170301-story.html

Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-george-hill-has-fit-so-well-with-the-jazz-164148997.html

SVG: “There Are No Corners”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/03/dont_ask_stan_van_gundy_about.html

–  Dedmon Needs To Stay As Spurs’ Starting Center  (from Jared Johnson, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/dewayne-dedmon-needs-stay-spurs-starting-center/

Tyler Johnson: Answering Critics With Strong, Consistent Play  (from Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/1/14782814/tyler-johnson-emerging-as-one-of-the-heats-most-consistent-players-goran-dragic-james-johnson-riley

Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-new-president-league-operation-byron-spruell/98600788/

Nowitzki Is Embracing His New Role At “5”  (from Sam Casey, The moking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/02/dirk-nowitzki-embracing-role-mavs-center/

Korver: Cavs Have Unique Mindset  (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/kyle-korver-cleveland-cavaliers-have-unique-mindset/416211905

–  D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/1/14782470/kevin-murphy-nba-dleague-nbadl-grand-rapids-drive

–  11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches  (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/gallery/college-basketball-coaches-coaching-changes-details-bracketology-ncaa-tournament-030117

– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):

 
“It’s better than conflict and chaos, right?… (O)wners who let people do their jobs end up being more successful in our business. And obviously, if someone has made a lot of bucks doing something else, the pitfall is always to think that you can do that no matter what business you might be in. Some organizations get into trouble because of that.
 
“Instant gratification seems to be the factor that runs things the most, as far as whether you can have continuity or not.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/29/15

– Reviewing Wednesday night’s action (from Satchel Price, sbnation): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9632816/nba-scores-2015-thunder-spurs-nuggets-rockets-bulls-nets

– Nothing was more compelling on opening night than Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com): http://newsok.com/nothing-was-more-compelling-on-opening- night-than-kevin-durant-vs.-kawhi-leonard/article/5456740/?page=2

– Cavaliers show improved depth and beat the Grizzlies at their own game (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/cleveland_cavaliers_show_impro.html

– Raptors adapt well in opener (from Eric Koreen, National Post): http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-adapt-well-in-opener-storm-back-to-subdue-indiana-pacers

– Heat shows off depth in season opener (from Ethan J. Skolnick,Miami Herald): http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article41768553.html

– Spoelstra key to strong start for revamped Heat (from Israel Gutierrez, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998460/erik-spoelstra-role-most-critical-early-revamped-miami-heat

– Hornets a work-in-progress (from Rick Bonnell. Charlotte Observer): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article41770617.html

– Grizzlies: Defining the problem with grit and grind (from Peter Edmiston, commercialappeal.com): http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Defining-the-problem-with-grit-and-grind-337983372.html

– Knicks’ first game makes Phil Jackson look good (from Frank Isola, NYDailyNews): http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/isola-phil-jackson-article-1.2415755

– Clippers 111, Kings 104 (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com): http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/28/9633110/game-1-recap-los-angeles-clippers-sacramento-kings-october-28-2015

– 5 reasons to be optimistic about Pistons (from Jamie Samuelsen, freep.com): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-jamie-samuelsen-blog/74787588/

– Notes on Tuesday’s Pistons vs Hawks game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball): http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/10/pistons-vs-hawks.html

-Pistons leaving no game unwatched in hopes of uncovering the NBA’s secrets (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-reggie-jackson-andre-drummond-film-tape

– Tale of two debuts: Towns looks ready, while Russell seems to drift aimlessly (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/karl-anthony-towns-dangelo-russell-lakers-wolves-kevin-garnett-kobe-bryant-rookies

– Towns had solid debut (from Broderick Turner, LATimes): http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-ln-karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-debut-20151028-story.html

– Pacers a ‘work in progress’ in season-opening loss (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com): http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/29/pacers-drop-season-opener-raptors-106-99/74726586/

– First game for Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and coach Michael Malone a success (form Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post): http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_29038955/nuggets-dominate-road-win-at-houston-open-season

– Brad Stevens vows to think outside the box, shows some of that against Philadelphia 76ers (from Jay King, masslive.com): http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/jared_sullinger_boston_celtics_10.html

– Bulls’ Coach Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/five-minutes-with-bulls-coach-fred-hoiberg/

– The Next 3-And-D Players (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/28/robert-covington-next-3-d-players/

– Dead money looks bad, but more NBA teams are smartly using it to stretch salary cap (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13956906/dead-money-paying-opposing-players-looks-bad-lets-nba-teams-stretch-salary-cap

Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman: “One of the Guys” (from Nancy Lieberman, The Players Tribune): http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nancy-lieberman-kings-women-in-coaching/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

– Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Era begins (from Marcus Hays, philly.com): http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151029_Sixers__Jahlil_Okafor_Era_begins.html

– Okafor’s Debut gives Sixers’ Process Clearer Focus: (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News): http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659603-sixers-76ers-tank-rebuild-sam-hinkie-jahlil-okafor-philadelphia-nba-draft-lottery-nerlens-noel

– While his body recovers, Derrick Rose’s mind stays intact (form Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago): http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-while-his-body-recovers-derrick-roses-mind-stays-intact

– Blake Griffin showed the complete package against the Kings (from sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9634596/blake-griffin-highlights-stats-clippers-kings

– Isaiah Thomas played like a superstar in the Boston Celtics 112-95 opening night victory (from Kevin O’Connor, celticsblog.com): http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/29/9633966/isaiah-thomas-plays-like-a-superstar-in-boston-celtics-112-95-opening-night-win-nba-victory

– Trail Blazers’ guard CJ McCollum and his career night: ‘A long time coming’ (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com): http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/cj-mccollum-and-his-career-night-emerge-dark-place-long-time-coming

– John Wall in the Wizards’ new up-tempo system (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9636536/john-wall-highlights-wizards-magic-statstics

– Jared Sullinger seizes his chance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe): http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/28/jared-sullinger-seized-his-opportunity/CshYzIPvf9xlQASTFLHRYN/story.html

– Rookie Jerian Grant soaking in advice from Knicks vets like Jose Calderon (from Ian Begley, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998366/nba-newyork-knicks-point-guards-jose-calderon-jerian-grant-develop-mentor-relationship

– Gordon Hayward Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13994995/qa-utah-jazz-shooting-guard-gordon-hayward

– Lance Stephenson May be the Clippers X-Factor (from Sam Amick, USAToday): http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/10/29/lance-stephenson-los-angeles-starter-sacramento-kings/74789162/

– Tony Parker Embracing New Role (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/15/tony-parker-embracing-new-role-with-spurs

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Breaking Down his Performance (from Ryan B. Winner, nothinbutnets.com): http://nothinbutnets.com/2015/10/29/rondae-hollis-jefferson-breaking-down-his-performance/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  10 NBA rookies to watch  (from Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/emmanuel-mudiay-headlines-list-of-10-nba-rookies-to-watch-034720499.html

 

–  Team Previews (from Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Check out all 30 previews here:  http://www.sbnation.com/flanns-and-zillz

 

–   VERSATILITY KEY TO SUCCESS FOR BULLS  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/preseason/2015/versatility-key-success-bulls

 

–  Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs Playbook  (from Coach Peterman/ Zak Boisvert,  mensbasketballhoopscoop.com):

Read and download it here:  http://www.mensbasketballhoopscoop.com/gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-playbook-by-zak-boisvert/

 

–  When LaMarcus Aldridge will truly be a Spur  (from Michael Erler,  poundingtherock.com):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/10/19/9559951/gregg-popovich-lamarcus-aldridge-welcome-sit

 

–  Beat Writer Ryan Wolstat On The Raptors (from Chuck Myron, hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

Today, we gain insight on the Raptors from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-ryan-wolstat-raptors.html

 

Budenholzer putting own stamp on Hawks, no more Spurs East  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/budenholzer-putting-own-stamp-on-hawks-no-more-spu/nn5Sy/

 

–  Q&A with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13919916/nba-fred-hoiberg-lofty-aspirations-first-year-chicago-bulls-coach

 

–  Why people should be jumping on the Jazz bandwagon  (from Mika Honkasalo,  hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/10/19/this-is-why-people-should-be-jumping-on-the-jazz-bandwagon/

 

–  James Harden’s elite status built on a variety of moves  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Harden-s-elite-status-built-on-a-variety-of-moves-6572466.php?t=00b686af08438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

Assessing the loss of Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (from nikumistry, theloveofhoops.com):

Read it here:  https://theloveofhoops.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/charlotte-blues/

 

Knicks are building optimism  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/19/you-havent-heard-about-it-but-the-knicks-are-building-optimism/

 

–  What the  Celtics need to clean up on the defensive end  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/19/9566189/boston-celtics-defense-how-to-get-better

 

–   Raptors aren’t afraid to play small-ball this season  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-aren-t-afraid-to-play-small-ball-this-season-1.378986

 

–  Can Bjelica and Rubio Save the Wolves Offense?  (from punchdrunkwolves.com):

Read it here:  http://punchdrunkwolves.com/2015/10/17/inbox-can-bjelica-and-rubio-save-the-wolves-offense/

 

–   Minnesota Timberwolves Defense  (from Lucas, thelongtwo):

Read and view it here:  http://thelongtwo.blogspot.com/2015/10/tale-of-tape-minnesota-timberwolves.html

 

–   How to Win (or Lose) at Playoff Basketball  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” The discussion surrounding playoff basketball– what tendencies, traits or factors increase/decrease expected performance compared to the regular season– is filled with unsubstantiated nonsense. Every year heading into April we hear the same discussions about whether three-point shooting teams can win, that defense and rebounding wins championships and that you need superstars to win, along with other similar conventional wisdom-based claims.

Now some of these cliches about playoff basketball are true, but some quite likely are not. I’ve looked over the past five seasons of regular season and playoff data, and in this article I’ve tried to answer the question; what statistical tendencies and markers indicate a team is likely to perform better in the playoffs than during the regular season?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/19/win-lose-playoff-basketball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him   (from Adi Joseph.  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-19/al-jefferson-hornets-charlotte-post-game-low-centers-big-men

 

–  Did Eric Moreland do enough to make the  Kings’ final roster?  (from Tony Xypteras,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/10/18/9563925/did-eric-moreland-do-enough-to-make-the-final-roster

 

–   Expect R.J. Hunter To Play Regular Minutes This Season  (from Michael  Hilperts,  Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/10/18/expect-r-j-hunter-to-play-regular-minutes-this-season/

 

–  Pacers’ Myles Turner ready for more minutes  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/16/pacers-myles-turner-ready-more-minutes-final-two-preseason-games/74074182/

 

–  Amir Johnson all in with Celtics  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720659/amir-johnson-all-in-with-celtics-and-his-new-city

 

Isaiah Thomas & Amir Johnson are a good fit (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_notebook_johnson_thomas_a_good_fit

 

–  76ers: Where Does Jerami Grant Fit In The Rotation?  (form Cody Daniel,  hoopshabit.com):  https://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/18/philadelphia-76ers-jerami-grant-fit-rotation/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Michael Malone goes to great lengths to know his Nuggets players  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28917248/michael-malone-goes-great-lengths-know-his-nuggets

 

–   With Monroe gone, who will be Pistons’ low post threat?  (from Vince Ellis,  freep.com):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/03/detroit-pistons-low-post-options/73295472/

 

–  Raptors still have plenty to learn as training camp ends  (from Mike  Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/03/raptors-still-have-plenty-to-learn-as-training-camp-ends

 

–   Green says Warriors’ players will hold each other accountable during Kerr’s absence  (from Carl Steward,  Contra Costa Times):

Read it here:  http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_28917190/green-says-warriors-players-will-hold-each-other

 

–   Warriors say Year 2 in offensive system will be even better  (from Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-say-Year-2-in-offensive-system-will-be-6548866.php

 

–  Bucks have plenty of Point Guard options   (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-have-plenty-of-backcourt-options-b99588506z1-330546971.html

 

–   Orlando Magic get stern message as Scott Skiles pull starters  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/03/orlando-magic-get-stern-message-as-scott-skiles-pulls-starters/

 

–  Hinrich says Hoiberg has brought fast pace, calm demeanor to Bulls  (form Mike McGraw, dailyherald.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151003/sports/151009508/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Pierce fits in seamlessly with Clippers  (frm Dan Woike, ocregister.com):   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-686011-clippers-team.html

 

–  Hornet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates right shoulder; likely out for weeks (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article37711887.html

 

–  Kobe Bryant might be changing positions  (form Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25326139/kobe-bryant-may-move-to-small-forward-glad-to-play-off-ball

 

–  New-look Bogut turning heads at Warriors training camp  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/new-look-bogut-turning-heads-warriors-training-camp

 

–  Will Additions of Splitter, Tavares Help Hawks Offensively?  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/will-additions-splitter-tavares-help-hawks-offensively

 

–  Sasha Vujacic Offers Knicks Stability  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/sports/basketball/sasha-vujacicoffers-knicks-stability.html?ref=basketball&_r=1

 

–   Rehab work gives Chandler Parsons a different perspective  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151003-sefko-rehab-work-gives-chandler-parsons-a-different-perspective.ece

 

–   Deron Williams hopes to rejuvenate career with Mavericks  (from Dwain Price,  star-telegram.com):   http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article37663044.html

 

–   Paul George Looking To Find A Medium as a 3 and 4  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/paul-george-looking-find-medium

 

–  A breakout spring has Wizards thinking Porter’s time could be now   (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-breakout-spring-has-wizards-thinking-porters-time-could-be-now/2015/10/03/f63c9924-6a09-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

 

–   Crabbe looks to break out for Blazers  (from  Grant Lucas, bendbulletin.com):  http://www.bendbulletin.com/sports/3563569-151/back-to-his-old-ways

 

–  Gortat rolling with Wizards move toward small ball  (from Ben Standig, csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/gortat-rolling-wizards-move-toward-small-ball

 

–   Rajon Rondo: The King Of Sacramento’s Playoff Hopes  (from Brad Winter,  Vavel.com):  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/548838-rajon-rondo-the-king-of-sacramentos-playoff-hopes.html

 

–   Blazers Player Review: Noah Vonleh  (from Joel Viss,  ripcityproject):   http://ripcityproject.com/2015/10/03/blazers-player-review-noah-vonleh/

 

–   Blazers’ Gerald Henderson remains sidelined, but surgically-repaired hip is improving ‘every day’  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_gerald_henderson_remains_sidelined_b.html