Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/14/16

–  How Iguodala’s Absence Hurts the Warriors  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
  –  Who Are These Guys Playing For The Grizzlies?  (from Ray Glier,  USA Today):
–  How The Spurs Set Up David West’s Midrange Jumper  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Spurs Defense  (from Mike Fratello,  NBATV):
 –  Q & A:  Rockets VP Of Basketball Operations Monte McNair (from Danny Emerman,  The Dream Shake):
 –  Sixers Coach Brett Brown Needs More Time And Talent  (from Bob Cooney,  Philly.com):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Five Statistical Takeaways From Wizards’ Five-Game Losing Streak (from Albert Lee, Bullets Forever):
–  Pick-And-Roll Defense Has Cost Wizards In Last Two Losses  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):
–  What’s Driving The Hawks’ Defense?  (from Wes Morton,  hawkshoops.com):
How To Shoot Like Steph  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Q & A  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):
–  Scout’s Notebook:  Breaking Down Willie Cauley-Stein’s Performance Vs. The Jazz (from Trevor Magnotti, Upsidemotor.com):
–  Hornets Hit On A Four-Out Formula That Works  (from Jack Flagler, Gaston gazette):
Dimitris Itoudis  Q & A  (from Jorge Sierra,  HoopsHyoe.com):
 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Jusuf Nurkic/Nikola Jokic  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/nuggets-michael-malone-opens-up-about-jusuf-nurkic/
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-at-nets-b99686623z1-371931101.html
–  Baron Davis  (from Jay Marrioti,  sfexaminer.com): http://www.sfexaminer.com/baron-davis-wants-nba-comeback-warriors/
–  Brook Lopez  (from Steve Lichtenstein,  cbsnewyork):  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/14/brook-lopez-stats-brooklyn-nets-jason-kidd/
–  Briante Weber/Ray McCallum/Alex Stepheson  (from Chip Williams, Grizzly Bear Blues):  Scouting the newest Grizzlies: Briante Weber, Ray McCallum and Alex Stepheson

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/11/16

–  How Steph Curry Got The Best Worst Ankles In Sports  (from Pablo S. Torre,  ESPN):
–  It’s Time For Daryl Morey To Fix The Rockets  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):
–  Why Marc Gasol Remains The Heart Of The Grizzlies  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Can Grizzlies Look To D-League In Wake Of Gasol Injury?  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):
–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Five Takeaways From Wednesday  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  The Anti-Logic Of The NBA Schedule Is Breaking Players  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Kyle Lowry:  Growing Pains  (from The Players Tribune):
–  Nikola Jokic: Best NBA Rookie You’ve Never Heard Of  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

–  Chasing History:  The Warriors Remaining Schedule  (from Aaron Barzilai,  medium.com):

Read and view it here:  https://medium.com/@aaronbarzilai/46-4-the-golden-state-warriors-remaining-schedule-4b9b851f8cb9#.2uty99dnv

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph Curry Rides Faraway Elevator To A 3  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/2/11/10964250/warriors-vs-suns-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-rides-faraway-elevator-to-a-3

–  Kyle Korver On What Ails The Bulls  (from Teddy Greenstein,  RedEyeChicago):

Read it here:  http://www.redeyechicago.com/ct-greenstein-bulls-spt-0212-20160211-column.html

–  For Canadian Basketball, It Started At The Bottom  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/02/11/all-star-game-a-coming-out-party-for-toronto-and-toronto-raptors/index.html

–   What One College Coach Learned From Watching The Warriors Practice  (from Nicole Auerbach,  USA Today):
–  How The Warriors Are Influencing College Basketball   (from Nicole Auerbach,  USA Today):
–  Biggest Steals From The 2015  D-League Draft  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Brook Lopez  (from Devin Kharpertian,  The Brooklyn Game):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/valuable-brook-lopez/
–  Brandon Rush  (from Michael Rosenfeld, Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vry6AygAAIge8_V0

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/17/15

–  Terry Stotts and ‘Blazers Basketball’: Players’ actions, words form ringing endorsement  (from Jason Quick, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_stotts_and_blazers_basketball_players_action.html

 

–   Suns know that talking on defense is key to success  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/15/9497899/talk-talk-talk

 

–  Addition of Chandler helps, but Phoenix Suns defense has a ways to go to be elite  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/17/9559407/Phoenix-Suns-starting-lineup-defense-breakdown-chandler-bledsoe-tucker

 

–  Why the Knicks’ defense will be more fun to watch this season  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/17/why-the-knicks-defense-will-be-more-fun-to-watch-this-season/

 

–  Why Dirk Nowitzki’s value to the Mavericks still is clear as ever   (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):

Read it here:  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/10/16/dirk-nowitzkis-value-mavericks-still-clear-ever

 

Even with new players, Bucks hope defense will remain strong (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/even-with-new-players-bucks-hope-defense-will-remain-strong-b99598028z1-333409131.html

 

–  Bulls working to get defense up to level of past performance  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/16/4971053_bulls-working-to-get-defense-up.html

 

–  Hollins needs Nets to develop defense-first mentality  (form Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13894941/hollins-needs-nets-develop-defense-first-mentality

 

–  Brook Lopez, Nets addressing defensive issues  (from Roderick Boone,  newsday.com):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brook-lopez-nets-addressing-defensive-issues-1.10974658

 

–  Revisiting Boston’s top training camp storylines  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720615/revisiting-bostons-top-training-camp-storylines

 

–  Changing Miami’s Pick-and-Roll Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViEpqCEAAEUWNFcJ/changing-miamis-pick-and-roll-defense

 

–  Nuggets exhibiting a winning culture in 2015  (from Christopher dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28977168/nuggets-exhibiting-winning-culture

 

–  Sam Mitchell re-energized with young Timberwolves  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sam-mitchell-re-energized-with-young-timberwolves/

 

–  Beat Writer Vince Ellis On The Pistons  (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.

We at Hoops Rumors will be chatting with beat writers from around the league and sharing their responses to give you a better perspective on how and why teams make some of their most significant moves.

Today, we gain insight on the Pistons from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.”

Read it here:   http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-vince-ellis-pistons.html

 

–  Warriors’ GM Bob Myers – intensely competitive architect of the NBA champs  (from Marcus Thompson,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/10/16/warriors-gm-bob-myers-intensely-competitive-architect-of-the-nba-champs-returns-to-his-roots/

 

–  Missing Kidd-Gilchrist: How the Hornets Adjust their TeamSPACE  (from Matt D’Anna,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/teamspace-missing-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-adjust-lineup/

 

–  Q&A: Los Angeles Lakers Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson   (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/14/industry-qa-los-angeles-lakers-associate-director-of-analytics-aaron-danielson/

 

The Worst On/Off-Court Numbers from 2014/15  (form Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/worst-onoff-court-numbers-201415/

 

–  Exploring Lineups and Fit  (from Andrew Johnson,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/15/exploring-lineups-and-fit/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Greg Monroe came to choose the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-greg-monroe-came-to-choose-the-bucks-over-the-knicks-and-lakers-084520720.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  Shoot, Patrick, just shoot  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/16/22563192.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

Joe Johnson: passing down Penny Hardaway’s lessons to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/joe-johnson-passing-penny-hardaways-lessons-priority/

 

–  Bobby Portis’ Emergence Creating New Challenges for Chicago Bulls’ Frontcourt  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2579646-bobby-portis-emergence-creating-new-challenges-for-chicago-bulls-frontcourt

 

–  Joakim Noah’s California summer could make Bulls a contender  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25342065/how-joakim-noahs-california-summer-could-make-bulls-a-contender

 

–  Heat’s James Ennis playing to his strengths  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1017-20151016-story.html

 

–  Bruno Caboclo still long way from cracking Raptors lineup despite improvement  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/16/bruno-caboclo-still-long-way-from-cracking-raptors-lineup-despite-improvement.html

 

–  Meyers Leonard’s “Basketball Unicorn” Potential  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vh1kqB4AACEAS6R4/meyers-leonards-basketball-unicorn-potential

 

QOTD (from Gregg Popovich on Lamar Odom): ” “I don’t concentrate on what kind of player he is, I feel all the other things, because I know him as a person. Warm-hearted. Good-humored. Wonderful guy to be around. Who cares about how he played? It’s about who you are and he (is) a good person.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Billy Donovan’s defense: Limit opponents’ 3-point attempts  (form Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/675/donovans-defense-limit-opponents-3-point-attempts

 

–   Trail Blazers’ defense  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_defense_is_something_they_have_to_ta.html

 

–  10 observations about the Hornets after 2 exhibitions in China  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39297906.html

 

–  Jazz: Bench play could be a benchmark for team this season   (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3066850-155/utah-jazz-bench-play-could-be

 

–  The Chicago Bulls Offense Joins The Modern NBA  (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/the-chicago-bulls-offense-joins-the-modern-nba/

 

–  Warriors Vs. Thunder: The Ultimate Matchup Masterpiece  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239521/Why-Warriors-Thunder-Would-Be-The-Ultimate-Matchup-Masterpiece

 

 BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Early NBA Preseason Observations  (from BBallBreakdown staff):

Read it here:   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/bballbreakdowns-early-nba-preseason-observations/

 

–  Warriors’ Interim Coach Luke Walton attempts to maintain normalcy  (form Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

” Champs hope to keep continuity until Kerr recovers from surgery”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/10/16/golden-state-warriors-luke-walton-trying-to-keep-team-afloat-during-steve-kerr-absence/

 

–  The Celtics are making art (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

” Over the last two years, the Celtics have quietly developed from within and targeted players in the draft, free agency, and trade. Finally, the future is becoming a little clearer in Boston and it’s beautiful.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/16/9548607/the-boston-celtics-are-making-art

 

–  We Found Lopez in a Hopeless Place: Your 2015-16 Brooklyn Nets  (from Danny Chau,  Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/we-found-lopez-in-a-hopeless-place-your-2015-16-brooklyn-nets/

 

–   MindRight Pro: The Next Step in Performance Technology  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/mindright-pro-the-next-step-in-performance-technology/

 

–  TRUMEDIA NETWORKS HIRES DEAN OLIVER:

Read it here:  http://www.trumedianetworks.com/analytics-news/2015/10/14/trumedia-networks-hires-dean-oliver

 

–  Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks  (from Brian Pollack,  dukechronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2015/10/qa-boston-celtics-director-of-basketball-analytics-david-sparks

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Dirk Nowitzki fires on all cylinders  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13893319/how-dirk-nowitzki-prepares-fire-all-cylinders

 

–  Griz counting on Brandan Wright (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-counting-on-wright-dimension-paying-big-dividends-2212833d-6d1e-2661-e053-0100007fd58a-333121541.html

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay will be a turnover machine, and it’s no big deal  (form Zach harper,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25340273/emmanuel-mudiay-will-be-a-turnover-machine-and-its-no-big-deal

 

–   Wolves’ Dieng expanding his range with corner three  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-dieng-expanding-his-range-with-corner-three/333150001/

 

 Suns’ Sonny Weems fast in transition  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/15/phoenix-suns-sonny-weems-fast-transition/74022056/

–  JJ Redick Q & A (from Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/15/jj-redick-clippers-china-globa-games-deandre-jordan-chris-paul-blake-griffin

 

–  Mike Scott’s ball-handling development  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/scotts-ball-handling-development-included-trip-to-/nn38Q/

 

–  Hassan Whiteside’s return gives Heat a tantalizing taste of what could be  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article39372738.html

 

–  Jordan Clarkson And Julius Randle  (from Jabari A. Davis,  Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/sophomore-slumps-unlikely-for-jordan-clarkson-and-julius-randle/2015/10/15/

 

–  Kelly Oubre has plenty to learn, but his chance may come early (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/rookie-kelly-oubre-jr-has-plenty-to-learn-but-his-chance-may-come-early/2015/10/15/02b5d8ce-737d-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html

–  Amir Johnson Developing Offensive Repertoire  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/amir-johnson-developing-offensive-repertoire/

 

–   How John Jenkins is making his case for a Mavs’ rotation spot  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):   https://www.mavs.com/how-john-jenkins-is-making-his-case-for-a-rotation-spot/

 

–  Celtics want more form Olynyk (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/bulpett_celtics_want_more_from_kelly_olynyk

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call  (from Brian Mahoney,  Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba-refs-trained-keep-cool-call-225823165–nba.html

 

–   Mitch Kupchak: Ten Things to Know  (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150924_kupchakPressConference

 

–  Untangling The Gridlock Of Cleveland’s Frontcourt  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239306/Untangling-The-Gridlock-Of-Clevelands-Frontcourt

 

–   SVG Part II: Straight shooting from Dave Hopla and the boost Arn Tellem brings the Pistons  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-ii-straight-shooting-dave-hopla-and-boost-arn-tellem-brings-pistons

 

–  SVG Part III: On another year of roster churning and the need for better Pistons D this season  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-iii-another-year-roster-churning-and-need-better-pistons-d-season

 

–   Hornacek wants Phoenix Suns players to focus on defense over offense this season  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/24/9362515/hornacek-wants-phoenix-suns-players-to-focus-on-defense-over-offense

 

–  Scott Skiles Q & A (form John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-q-scott-skiles

 

–  Brett Brown, Sixers looking for fewer ‘gypsies’ in 2015-16  (from John Finger, CSNphilly.com):

“One of the lasting moments from last year’s 18-win season was when Brett Brown sounded off about the Sixers’ high-volume roster turnover.

First, the third-year Sixers head coach was disappointed that player Brandon Davies had been traded last December, saying the move made it tough to build a team and culture. Then later, Brown expressed reluctance to coach a team of “gypsies.”

“To coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that’s not what I’m looking for,” Brown said.

But as the Sixers enter the third year of the epic rebuilding process, Brown expects a lot less roster turnover.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/brett-brown-sixers-looking-fewer-gypsies-2015-16

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 7 Players – Touches & Possessions (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-7-players-touches-possessions/

(Note: This is Part Two of a Nine part series)

 

Bully Ball (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” (S)ome players are quite effective at bullyball. One of the theoretical pluses of the Spurs acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge is his supposed ability to negate smallball by being an effective scorer when presented with a smaller defender. At least in 2014/15, this theory appears to hold up. I’ll get to the methodology in a moment, but Aldridge shot just under 72% from the floor from around the post area when the closest defender was undersized. Combine that efficiency with his minuscule turnover rateand the mobility and length to allow him to catch the ball in a variety of positions on the floor, and yes, it’s probably fair to say Aldridge is a weapon who can pick on the mouse in the house. So, which other players struggle or excel when confronted with a smaller defender? Which players in fact require  the mismatch to be effective?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/24/bullyball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Ranks:  #10 Marc Gasol (from Will Gottlieb):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/22/marc-gasol-no-10/

 

Pacers look forward to having Paul George at full strength, in new position  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13731617/paul-george-indiana-pacers-eager-show-recovery-gone-hitch

 

Paul George not thrilled about move to power forward  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/24/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-paul-george-projected-start-power-forward/72627034/

 

–  DeAndre Jordan is returning to Southern California to continue his career with the Los Angeles Clippers  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/24/9184491/there-can-only-be-one-hylander-deandre-jordan

 

–  Joe Harris Gears Up for His Sophomore Campaign in Cleveland  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/harris-150924

 

–   Embiid surgery involved five doctors  (from Keith Pompey,  Philadelphia Inquirer):  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/Embiid-surgery-all-good.html

 

–  Offseason has Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaner and more prepared  (from Scott Kushner,  theadvocate.com):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/13535167-128/rewarding-offseason-has-pelicans-ryan

 

–  Is *this* the year Brook Lopez becomes a three-point shooter?  (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com): http://thebrooklyngame.com/year-brook-lopez-becomes-three-point-shooter/

 

–  A Life of Change Leads to Consistency in Basketball for Terry Rozier  (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/a-life-of-change-leads-to-consistency-in-basketball-for-rozier/

 

–  Happy and Healthy: Chris Bosh values life after near-death experience  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/23/chris-bosh-heat-raptors-georgia-tech-health-blood-clots-lebron-james

 

Michael Carter-Williams/ Shaun Livingston (from Scott rafferty, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-25/michael-carter-williams-shaun-livingston-bucks-jump-shot

 

QOTD:  “(O)ne of Gregg Popovich’s secrets in plain sight has been the way he builds a bench and employs them and trusts them so much during the regular season that he can rest his starters so much and still win so many games. He doesn’t have better reserves than other teams, and he loses guys regularly. But his players abide by their system of play and he relies on them and trusts them. It’s a big part of coaching (and running any successful business), making your employees feel a part of the organization and success and trusting them and taking an interest in their fate.”