Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/27/16

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2672162-wednesday-nba-roundup-anthony-davis-big-night-reminds-us-what-hes-capable-of

 

 

–  Anthony Davis’ 50-point Game Reaffirms Pels’ Hopes, Fears  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/626/anthony-davis-50-point-game-reaffirms-hopes-fears-for-pelicans

–  Video: AD’s Full Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pxNHe3s-oM

Ten Takeaways From Season Openers  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/10-takeaways-from-nba-season-openers-big-men-are-back-warriors-not-so-much/

–  Joel Embiid Arrives  (from Daniel Gallen, pennlive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/10/after_trusting_the_process_for.html

 From Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2672196-joel-embiids-nba-debut-marks-beginning-of-new-era-for-philadelphia-76ers

From James Herbert, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/sixers-trust-patience-pays-off-7-memorable-moments-from-joel-embiids-debut/

Versatile Horford Provides A Performance In Full In Celtics Debut (from Chad Finn, boston.com):

Read it here:  http://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/10/27/in-celtics-debut-al-horford-provides-a-performance-in-full

Everything Is Wrong With Knicks’ Defense  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/26/the-knicks-have-no-defensive-coach-and-a-big-problem/

–  Paul George/Myles Turner Team Up To Fuel The Imagination  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/george-turner-team-fuel-imagination

–  Video: Kawhi And LeBron On Opening Night  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPmJn5J0iNo

And from Jesse Blanchard, Bball Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/26/kawhi-leonard-super-team/

–  Film Room: Breaking Down Warriors’ Rebounding Issues Vs. Spurs (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/26/film-room-breaking-down-the-warriors-rebounding-issues-against-san-antonio/

Trail Blazers/Jazz On Parallel Paths  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view  it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/26/trail-blazers-best-jazz-battle-intertwined-franchises/

–  Mike D’Antoni Wants To Seize The Day In Houston  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17877073/houston-rockets-mike-dantoni-last-stand

–  Previewing The Bulls  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/previewing-2016-17-chicago-bulls

–  What It’s Like To Play For SVG  (from Joseph Casciaro, The Score):

Read it here:  http://www.thescore.com/news/1118434

–  The Lakers: Rebuilding Without Bryant And With Walton  (from Bill Oram, OC Register:

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/walton-733510-lakers-randle.html

–  Roy Hibbert Just Needs To be Himself (from Adam McGee, Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/27/charlotte-hornets-roy-hibbert/

–  Tyler Johnson: A Rational Market Gave Him A $50 Million Deal  (from Pablo S. Torre, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/17892288/how-miami-heat-guard-tyler-johnson-ended-50-million-contract

–  JJ Redick Interview (from Yaron Weitzman, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/jj-redick-clippers-interview/#5cgq0m0P1aVBXgqs.97

–  Willie Reed (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-willie-reed-enjoys-visiting-orlando/

–  Nic Batum  (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-charlotte-was-the-only-choice-for-nicolas-batum-174958326.html

–  Justise Winslow  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2671801-justise-winslows-time-has-come-faster-than-anyone-could-have-predicted

–  Raptors’ GM Embraces Anonymity  (from Steve Simmons, National Post):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-general-manager-no-its-not-masai-ujiri-embraces-anonymity-its-easier

–  Video: Passing Out Of The Pick And Roll (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Watch it here:  http://pickandpop.net/2016/10/pick-roll-passing/

–  A Deep Dive Into The “Granny Shot”  (from Max Rappaport, complex.com):  Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/10/a-deep-dive-into-the-granny-shot

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/29/16

–  Bulls Focusing On Rebounding  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp2016/bulls-focused-boards

–  Knicks Unveil Breakneck Offense  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/28/knicks-unveil-breakneck-offense-in-front-of-silent-phil-jackson/

–  Steph Curry’s Trainer Brandon Payne:  Q & A (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/9/28/13093904/stephen-curry-move-dribble-warriors-brandon-payne

–  Bucks Aiming To Improve 3-Point Shooting  (from Charles F Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/09/28/bucks-aiming-put-3-ball-pocket-again/91190710/

 Jordan Clarkson Embraces Luke Walton’s Challenge To Become A Good Defender  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/clarkson-730479-lakers-walton.html

–  Filling Biyombo’s Shoes Won’t Be Easy For Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/09/28/filling-biyombos-big-shoes-wont-be-easy-for-raptors

–  LBJ’s Unusual Evolution (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-age-aging-evolution-basketball-style-best-small-forwards-cavaliers/1454wl5yeew2c1s0tw6wlfhp6o

–  Limiting LBJ’s Minutes  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17662121/tyronn-lue-working-limiting-lebron-minutes

Justise Winslow, The Heat’s Swiss Amy Knife  (from Tim Reynolds, Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dd3e3ce460914cab84c959355daa8a74/he-does-it-all-justise-winslow-looking-more-heat

–  Mavs Bet Big On Harrison Barnes  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706497/dallas-mavericks-bet-big-on-harrison-barnes-upside

–  Suns’ Coach Earl Watson Shows Tough Love, Defense At Camp  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/27/phoenix-suns-earl-watson-shows-tough-love-defense-camp/91199528/

–  John Wall Needs To Play Off The Ball More  (from Michael Sykes II, Bullets Forever):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/9/28/13031418/john-wall-washington-wizards-off-the-ball-clipboard-improvement

–  Steve Kerr Podcast Interview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play/_/id/17664037

–  Warriors’ Season Preview  (from Nate P, Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/9/28/13085282/nba-2016-season-preview-golden-state-warriors-kevin-durant-stephen-curry

–  Jeremy Lamb Must Manage Reality (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article104737331.html

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/09/28/emmanuel-mudiay-impressive-denver-nuggets-camp/

–  Thunder’s Alex Abrines’ Growth Is Ongoing  (from Brett Dawson,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-nba-wait-is-over-for-thunders-alex-abrines-but-growth-is-ongoing/article/5520140

 Blazers’ Small Forwards (from Joe Freeman Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/09/trail_blazers_evan_turner_moe_harkless_evan_turner.html

–  Patrick McCaw  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/warriors-rookie-patrick-mccaw-shines-early

–  Nets’ Rookies Caris Levert/Isaiah Whitehead  (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Reaed it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/9/29/13102456/atkinson-provides-optimism-on-rookie-nets-levert-whitehead

–  Griz’ James Ennis Off To A Fast Start  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizs-james-ennis-off-to-a-fast-start-in-camp-3d932e40-2e20-51e7-e053-0100007fafc2-395203931.html

Taurean Prince Continues To Impress  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/prince-has-the-nba-ready-body-now-comes-the-rest-o/nsgqZ/

–  Why The Pacers Signed Kevin Seraphin  (from Jim Ayello, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/09/28/heres-why-larry-bird-hired-slumping-kevin-seraphin/91220100/

–  Seth Curry  (from Earl K Sneed, Mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/seth-curry-dazzles-fans-get-1st-look-16-17-mavs-open-practice/

–  Nets’ GM Sean Marks Q & A  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/john_schuhmann/09/24/sean-marks-sees-nets-rebuild-as-a-collaborative-effort/index.html

Spurs’ Big Man Rotation: Some Assembly Required  (from Jeff McDonald,  Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/For-Spurs-big-man-rotation-some-assembly-9392932.php  and from David Flores, kens5.com:  http://www.kens5.com/sports/lee-dedmon-ready-to-help-rebuild-depth-in-spurs-frontcourt/327580854

The Suns’ New Offense  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/28/phoenix-suns-install-new-offense-more-efficient/91250768/

–  Unlocking Willie Cauley-Stein’s  Potential  (from Cole Zwicker, Upside And Motor):

Read and view it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/09/29/willie-cauley-stein-kings-potential/

–  Kyle Anderson, Jonathon Simmons Become Vital Part Of Spurs’ Bench  (from Nick Moyle, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/With-parts-missing-Anderson-Simmons-become-9392928.php

–  Stanley Johnson Ready To Limit Defensive Gambling  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/09/stanley_johnson_ready_to_limit.html

–  Tomas Satoransky  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read ithere:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/09/28/tomas-satoransky-impressed-scott-brooks-months-before-they-came-to-the-wizards/

–  Trey Burke’s Chance For A Career Awakening  (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/trey-burkes-time-with-the-wizards-is-a-chance-for-a-career-awakening/2016/09/28/cf64dffa-85a1-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html

ZaZa Pachulia  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/23/zaza-pachulia-explains-why-he-declined-significant-money-elsewhere-to-join-warriors/   and from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-pachulia-is-warriors-secret-weapon/

Pelicans’ Versatility Will Mean Shifting Starting Lineups  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/09/alvin_gentry_not_planning_to_s.html

Nikola Jokic Q & A, Part One  (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/9/29/13087278/the-joker-is-a-card-an-interview-with-denver-nuggets-center-nikola-jokic-part-1

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:  Healthy, Ready To Go  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article104448976.html

–  Improvements In Pelicans’ Injury Prevention Techniques:  AD’s Rehab  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/9/28/13086778/anthony-davis-new-orleans-pelicans-upgrade-medical-training-staff-injury-prevention

–  NBA Hopes New Replay Protocol Speeds Up Play  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/09/28/nba-hopes-new-replay-protocol-speeds-up-play/91239852/

Hackathon: The NBA Embraces Big Data  (from Alex Wong, Sports On Earth):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/203646690/nba-hackathon-analytics-stats

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/15/16

–  Players Likely To Improve, Regress In Pick-And-Roll (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/pick-and-roll-maestros-nba-players-most-likely-to-improve-and-regress-in-2016-17/

–  What Wizards’ Rotation Might Look Like  (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Aawes):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2016/09/14/washington-wizards-2016-2017-outlook-prediction-rotation/

–  Every Team’s Most Versatile Player  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2663389-every-nba-teams-most-versatile-player-entering-2016-17-training-camp

–  Time For Anthony Davis To Resume Blowing Our Minds (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bdl-25-its-time-for-anthony-davis-to-resume-blowing-our-minds-130004167.html

 2016-17 Season Breakout Player Candidates  (from Shlomo Sprung, The Comeback):

Read and view it here:  http://thecomeback.com/nba/zach-lavine-dennis-schroder-lead-nba-breakout-players-for-2016-17-season.html

–  Each Team’s “X FactorSeries Continues:  http://thelotterymafia.com/

–  (When/How) Will The D-League Become A True Minor League?  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/9/15/12913288/nba-d-league-development-adam-silver

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 Devin Booker  (from Brandon Jefferson, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/14/next-level-devin-booker/

–  Dion Waiters  (from Simon Smith, All U Can Heat):  http://allucanheat.com/2016/09/15/miami-heat-good-bad-dion-waiters/

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay/Jameer Nelson/Jamal Murray  (from Nathan Beighle, Nugg Love):  http://nugglove.com/2016/09/15/denver-nuggets-outlook-point-guard/

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Muruful Hossain, nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/09/14/brooklyn-nets-rondae-hollis-jefferson-3/

Marcus Morris (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/year-after-lowest-point-marcus-morris-blessed-be-here-pistons

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Alex Kungu, celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/9/15/12914798/nba-boston-celtics-jordan-mickey-playing-time

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/16

–  How The Hawks Are Recapturing Last Seasons’s Magic  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):
 Cavs Clean Up Their Defense  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  What Makes Terry Stotts A Great Coach (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  DET 92, MIL 91  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):
–  Video Breakdown: Steph, Draymond Punish Spurs-Style Switches  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
 –  Dubs Learn To Survive When Curry Sits  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):
–   AD’s Torn Labrum Explained  (from Trevor Magnotti, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 DWade To AD:  “Don’t Rush Back” (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

–  The Hornets: Blueprint, Building Block, Product  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2626457-michael-jordans-vision-for-charlotte-hornets-finally-paying-dividends

–  The Clippers Have Rebounding Issues  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/03/22/clippers-why-cant-you-make-more-effort-to-rebound/

–  D-League:  Underappreciated Point Guards  (from Chris Reichert,  upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/03/22/nba-d-league-rewind-point-guards-david-michael-stockton-josh-magette/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Dwight Howard  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/22/dwight-howard-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/82083178/

–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/21/blossoming-biyombo-has-given-raptors-double-threat-in-middle.html
–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton, magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-much-improved-3-point-shooter-20160321
–  Ty Lawson  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/lawson-spices-drab-victory

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis – Part I – 3/15/16

 

 

–   Hawks’ Defense Doesn’t Rest  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  What Nuggets Basketball Is To Coach Malone (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Damian Lillard; Hawks’ Cutting Edge Training; Vince Carter Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
–  Coach Snyder Says Season Won’t Be A Failure Even If Jazz Don’t Make Playoffs  (from Tony Jones and Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):
–  Believe The Hype:  The Raptors  (from BBall Breakdown):
Mavericks Snap Losing Streak With Grinding Defensive Effort  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Pachulia Not Concerned With Limited Playing Time (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Sloppy Play Ends For Durant, Westbrook  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Monday’s Roundup (from Grant Hughes,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Wizards Struggle In The Half-Court  (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):
–  Video Breakdown: Defending AD; Defending Steph  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Why Scouts Botched It So Bad On Steph Curry In The 2009 NBA Draft  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Screen Usage And Refusal Rates  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/14/11219378/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-point-guard

–  Garrett Temple  (from Bryant Frantz,  CBSDC):  http://washington.cbslocal.com/2016/03/15/garrett-temple-bad-defender/

–  Greg Monroe  (from Arman Bery,  almightyballer.com):  http://www.almightyballer.com/2016/03/15/greg-monroe-the-choice-between-adaptation-or-regression-by-arman-bery/

 

 

–  Ben Simmons  (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-ben-simmons-isn-t-the-top-prospect-in-the-2016-nba-draft-190023711.html