Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/6/16

 

 Olshey Rebuilt Blazers “On The Fly”  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

–  Why The Wizards Plans Went Awry  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):
–  All Isaiah Thomas Needed Was To Be Wanted  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
 Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  Wolves 124, Warriors 117  (from Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/04/06/myopia-warriors-117-wolves-124/

–  Gregg Popovich/Quin Snyder: Mutual Admiration  (from Randy Hollis,  deseretnews.com):
LBJ: Perfect Time For Cavs To Be Clicking  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
–  Q & A With Rockets’ Health Guru Javair Gillett  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):
–  Reno Bighorns Coach David Arseneault, Jr (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/valanciunas-growth-defence-evident-hornets/
Myles Turner  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-one-on-one-with-myles-turner/
–  Kawhi Leonard (from Aaron Falk,  Sal Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3744001-155/jazz-notes-kawhi-island-has-been

Norman Powell (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/powell-040616

–  Terry Rozier (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/rozier-making-most-chance-play-more
–  Langston Galloway/Jerian Grant  (from Fred Kerber,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/02/knicks-backcourt-dice-roll-shows-enticing-young-potential/
QOTD (from Tom Izzo, on Draymond Green):  “I’ll call him up and say: ‘You can’t guard him. You’re not quick enough. You can’t guard him. You’re not big enough.’ But what he is is smart enough. He understands angles and positioning. I swear to you that guy knows where the ball is going, two passes before it gets there.”

 

Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/7/16

 

 

–  Warriors Were Overdue For A Bad Game  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29603614/kawakami-warriors-were-overdue-bad-game

–  Warriors Show They Aren’t Perfect  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/06/warriors-lakers-upset-kobe-bryant-stephen-curry-nba-history

–  Lakers Are At Their Best When Warriors Are At Their Worst  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-lakers/post/_/id/42900/lakers-at-their-best-when-warriors-at-their-worst

–  Beyond Lillard, Depth Is Carrying The Blazers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25506755/beyond-damian-lillard-depth-is-carrying-the-new-look-blazers

–  Earl Watson’s Way Set By Memphis Years With Hubie Brown  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/03/06/earl-watsons-way-set-memphis-years-hubie-brown/81406002/

–  As Usual,  The Spurs Are Flying Under The Radar  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-spurs-are-the-usual-suspects/

–  Clippers Defensive Changes Are Paying Off  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/defense-story

–  Pelicans, Gentry May Start Looking Toward The Future  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/171/pelicans-alvin-gentry-might-start-looking-toward-the-future

–  The Suns’ 3-2 Stretch: Len, Defense & Stability  (from Kevin Zimmerman, arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/579190/trends-to-the-suns-3-2-stretch-alex-len-defense-and-stability/

–  Mapping Out The Suns’ Path Back To Relevance  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/06/mapping-phoenix-suns-path-back-relevance/

–  Making It In The NBA  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/06/the-professionals-making-it-in-the-nba.html

–  Kings’ Stats Guru Roland Beech (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article64471542.html

–  Chauncey Billups On Melo & The Knicks  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/03/06/chauncey-billups-triangle-may-bar-melo-from-getting-help-he-needs/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article64434112.html

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/181/as-pelicans-look-to-the-future-ryan-anderson-discusses-past-present-in-new-orleans

–  Devin Booker  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/03/06/suns-rookie-devin-booker-wont-back-down/81422000/

–  Damian Lillard/ CJ McCollum  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/03/06/blazers-look-to-continue-to-follow-lead-of-lillard-mccollum/

–  Paul George  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/03/06/paul-george-pacers/81411502/

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/has-time-come-for-knicks-and-anthony-to-part-ways-1457306770

Sam Dekker  (from Joel Brigham,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-dekker-adjusting-to-not-playing/

Julius Randle (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160307-story.html

–  Karl-Anthony Towns (from Jerry Zgoda, StarTribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-karl-anthony-towns-sharpens-his-passing-game/371224131/    and from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11155988/karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-skills-so-many-skills

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11160386/willie-cauley-stein-kings-nba-draft-failures-rook-week

–  Bobby Portis (from Kris Terzic,  blogabull.com):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/3/7/11170522/rook-week-bobby-portis

–  Lamar Patterson (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/7/11170734/nba-rookie-week-lamar-patterson-atlanta-hawks

–  Pat Connaughton  (from David Waldstein,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/sports/basketball/being-paid-to-play-basketballpat-connaughton-is-dreaming-of-diamonds.html

–  Kris Dunn  (Jason King,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2621931-despite-taxing-year-providences-kris-dunn-doesnt-regret-making-nba-wait

–  Ben Simmons  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/3/7/11165424/how-ben-simmons-star-shooting-philadelphia-sixers-lsu

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/5/16

Offensive Rebounding/Transition Defense (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14505051/transition-defense-left-offensive-rebounds-cutting-room-floor

–  Bulls Getting Contributions Throughout Roster During Win Streak  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rotation-depth-jimmy-butler-spt-0105-20160104-story.html

–  LBJ on Lack of Playing Time for Some  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/lebron_james_on_a_lack_of_minu.html

–  Can Heat Go From Good To Great?  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/04/dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-hassan-whiteside-erik-spoelstra-heat-lebron-james/78271386/

–  How the Clippers Are Doing It Without Blake Griffin;  Elfrid Payton Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/01/04/morning-tip-los-angeles-clippers-find-a-better-bench-chris-paul-blake-griffin-j-j-redick-austin-rivers-jamal-crawford-questions-for-2016-qa-with-orlando-magic-elfrid-payton/index.html

–  Brandon Jennings Busts Loose, Hopes to Stay With Pistons  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic/78249168/

–  This Season’s Most Improved Jump Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoquZR8AAPC2SV6Y

–  Kings’ Assistant Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive Motion Offense  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ialg8Wq7DO0

–  The Wizards’ Injury Woes  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/shorthanded-wizards-hope-to-heal-before-time-runs-out-on-their-plans/2016/01/04/5dcdd902-b327-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

–  Bucks’ Future Remains Bright  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/01/05/milwaukee-bucks-bright-future-in-lost-season-giannis-antetokounmpo-michael-carter-williams-greg-monroe-john-henson/index.html

–  Rajon Rondo Q & A Re: Days with the Mavs  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705961/rajon-rondo-i-have-nothing-but-love-for-mavericks

 The Case for Flip Saunders as Executive of the Year  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/01/why-flip-saunders-should-be-nba-executive-year

–  Pelicans Still Working on Picking Up the Pace  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14476252-128/pelicans-still-work-on-picking-up-the-pace

–  Tyreke Evans Having Difficulty Adjusting to Gentry’s Offensive System  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/tyreke_evans_1.html

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/4/10712540/nba-monday-pacers-hope-to-down-heat

–  Where Are They Now:  Amnestied Players  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/01/where-are-they-now-amnestied-players.html

And for those with access to ESPN insider:

–  What the Warriors are Teaching the Hornets (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14500756/the-charlotte-hornets-showing-how-teams-learn-golden-state-warriors-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Draymond Green  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/03/draymond-green-magic-johnson-warriors-draymagic/78237606/

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-deserves-more-credit-for-career-best-stretch-1.418150

–  TJ Warren/Devin Booker/Alex Len  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240329/Going-Back-To-McDonoughs-Original-Plan-In-The-Suns-Lost-Season

–  Jonathon Simmons  (from Tim McMahon,  Express-News):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Simmons-gives-Spurs-juice-to-blow-by-Bucks-6736840.php?t=871d385940927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/04/raptors-lose-carroll-for-game-in-cleveland–and-likely-for-some-time

–  Ish Smith (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/5/10715482/ish-smith-philadelphia-76ers-highlights-stats

–  Montrezl Harrell  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-rookie-montrezl-harrell-ready-to-play-with-donatas-motiejunas-out/

–  John Wall  (from Abdullah Sharif,  hoopdistrict.com):   http://hoopdistrict.net/how-john-wall-destroyed-december-in-spite-of-inadequate-supporting-cast/

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/5/10712886/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-nba-draft-2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html