Best NBA Reporting For The Week Of 9/3-9/8

No BI Daily Today.  Instead we bring you the best of the week  (9-3-9/8)


1) How Sam Presti’s Diverse Background Has Affected The Building Of The Thunder

Summary: In less than a decade, Presti has built a franchise that regularly pushes boundaries (from Jenni Carlson):

2) Jrue Holiday To Miss Start Of Season As Wife Faces Brain Surgery

Summary: “My family comes before basketball” (from Jeff Duncan):


3) Breaking Down The Bucks’ Pick-And-Roll

Summary: Navigating the screen game as a ballhandler without a capable outside shot is increasingly difficult, as defenses can simply sag under the pick and close off any open interior passing lane, forcing an awkward shot or ill-advised pass. Much, if not all, of the Bucks’ focus this offseason has been on improving their perimeter shooting, both through free agency and the draft, which by itself will increase the effectiveness of a four-out one-in pick and roll, and the re-signing of Miles Plumlee also shows a specific dedication to improving a lacking ball-screen attack (from Adam Coffman):


4) What To Expect From The Nets’ Offense This Season

Summary: What can we expect? Head Coach Kenny Atkinson has said that his roster will dictate his strategy, but looking at # 2 Assistant Chris Fleming’s past indicates the Nets will run a wide open, point guard-dominant offense, but one that will test the physical endurance of the players (from Anthony Puccio) :


5) Coach Malone Paves The Way Forward For The Nuggets

Summary: The NBA lifer coach talks development, handling losses with a young team and much more (from Matt Moore) :


6) Film Study: Isaiah Thomas Without The Ball

Summary: How does Isaiah Thomas remain a top-level scorer when he is not running the offense? (From Jared Weiss) :


7) What Is It Like To Play In The NBA?

Summary: You don’t have time to stand around with your jaw on the floor, because right away you’re playing with and against NBA all-stars and champions all the time- in practice, in the pre-season and regular season. In the big picture, it’s a whirlwind and then it’s over. You’ll (hopefully) spend more of your life notplaying in the NBA, than you will as an NBA player. They tell guys that at rookie orientation and a bunch of other times throughout their career, but I’m not sure how many guys believe it until they’re about ten years retired. Perhaps the best way to describe what it’s like to be in the NBA (or was for me, when I was playing) is to go through the calendar (from Jim McIlvaine) :

8) Wide-Open 3s: How Things Look For Each Team

Summary: The most and least reliable outside shooters in ’15-16, and how things look for each franchise next season (from Zach Harper):


9) “1-5” LeBron Should Be In Full Effect This Season

Summary: In order for the Cleveland Cavaliers to fully utilize their potential the team has to play LeBron James at point guard and center consistently next season. This strategy worked well for the Golden State Warriors last year and could be key for the Cavaliers championship hopes this season (from Quenton Albertie):

10) Ten Players Looking To Bounce Back

Summary: Every season, there are productive NBA players who just can’t get it together. Sometimes injuries hold them back, sometimes their teams don’t make the most of their abilities and sometimes off-the-court trouble messes things up. For these 10 players, 2016-17 will be a fresh start and a chance to bounce back from a disappointing year (from James Herbert) :

11) Who Went Where In The Offseason

Summary: As always, this year’s offseason featured some big names changing addresses, others hanging up their sneakers and a few even staying put. The coaching carousel continued to spin over the summer. A few franchises cashed in on multiple first rounders from this past June’s Draft (from Joe Gabriele):



Best NBA Reporting For The Week Of 9/3-9/8:

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

Is This The Next Offensive Trend?:  Guards Setting On-Ball Screens  (from Zig Zag Analytics):
 A Skills Trainer Explains NBA Player Development  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
–  Each Team’s Most Underappreciated Player (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
First Rounders With The Best Opportunity For Playing Time In Their Rookie Season  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  Pelicans’ Player Profiles  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
–  Creating Mismatches: Stanley Johnson’s Versatility  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
–  Celtics’ Best Case Scenarios  (from Colby Giacubeno, Hoops Habit):
 Steve Clifford Interview  (from Bill Herenda, IHeartRadio):
 Pistons’ Training Camp Questions  (from Keith Langlois,
 Clippers:  The Problems If Pierce Doesn’t Retire  (from Tom West, Clipperholics):
–  Raptors Sign Ujiri To A Long-Term Deal  (from Brian Boake, Raptors Rapture):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Dennis Schroder  (from Shane Young,  BBall Breakdown):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/25/16

–  OKC/GSW Game Four:  Five Observations  (from Anthony Slater,

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–  Thunder Are Beating Warriors At Their Own Game  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

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–  Thunder Close In On Finals  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Ilustrated):

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–  Roberson Sparks Thunder’s Game Four Domination  (from Anthony Slater,

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–  How The Thunder Have Defended Curry  (from Dieter Kurtenbach,  Fox Sports):

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–  The Thunder Are Switching…A Lot  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):

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–  The Thunder: Durant  And An Inquisitive Coach, An Avant-Garde GM And A Breathtaking Costar (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

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The Defense Rests In Cleveland  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

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–  The Cavs’ Set That Almost Doomed Toronto  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

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–  How The Raptors Stopped The Play That Couldn’t Be Stopped (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):

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–  Biyombo’s Route To NBA Playoff Breakout  (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

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 New Kings’ Assistant Ken Cantanella  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/30/16

–  IND 101, TOR 83  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers Will Face Warriors After Eliminating Clippers  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Ed Davis: Blazers “Have Nothing To Lose”  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
–  Blazers:  A Trail Of Wise Decisions  (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

–  Numbers Preview:  Warriors-Blazers (from John Schuhmann,

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–  Advice To The Clippers (from Amin Elhassan, ESPN):
” My advice (to the Clippers) is to get a real GM. But what I foresee: They’ll look for some also-ran players who once played for team president Doc Rivers or played well against him (or played in his driveway). That’s who they’ll target.
” If you look at the four-man combination of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they’ve consistently ranked among the top lineups in the league in plus-minus and net rating. The idea that the Clippers need massive changes is overblown. What they need is competent cap management, good free-agent signings, better minor league evaluation and better player development. In short, all the things you need to correctly fill out your supporting cast. “
–  Steph Curry Is Optimistic He Will Return Sooner Than Expected  (from Sam Amick,  USA  Today):
OKC-SAS Preview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

–  Spurs Need To Limit Thunder’s Role Players  (from Ian Smith, Air Alamo):

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–  Durant:  Spurs-Thunder Bears No Resemblance To 2014 Series  (from  Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Billy Donovan’s Transition From College To NBA  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

–  Celtics’ Bright Future Eases Sting Of Loss (From Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

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 –  Inside A Brad Stevens Play  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
–  Walton Started Climb As U Of Memphis Assistant During NBA Lockout  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

–  Why Walton Chose The Lakers  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

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–  Wizards, Brooks Each Got What They Wanted (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

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 Summer Agenda: Sacramento Kings  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):  NOTE: This is the 10th installment in Marks’ series which will eventually analyze every team’s summer agenda.  At the end of this installment, you can clink on the link to each of the teams covered so far.

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–  God Shammgod  Q & A  (from Josiah Turner, ESPN):

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–  The Birth of Hack-A-Farce  (from Andrew Keh,  NYTimes):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
–  Solomon Hill (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/1/16

– How The Warriors Discovered The “Cheat Code” To Basketball  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

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 Tim Legler On A “Shooter’s Mentality”  (from Hugo Kitano, Golden State Of Mind):

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–  Recapping Thursday’s Games (from SBNation):

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–  Discontent Undermines Wizards  (from J. Michael,  CSNMidAtlantic):

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Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Maurice Harkless  (from Christopher Cason,

–  Draymond Green (from Kurt Streeter  (ESPN):

–  Al Horford/Paul Millsap  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

–  Ben McLemore  (from Leo Beas,

Patrick Patterson  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):



NOTE:  Basketball Intelligence is late and abbreviated because today was a travel day for us.  We will resume normal publication tomorrow.