Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/16

–  What’s Ahead For The Clippers Without CP3? (from J.A.Adande, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15371146/more-questions-answers-playoffs-far

–  Trail Blazers’ Luck:  Where Preparation Meets Opportunity  (from Arash markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15373184/trail-blazers-seized-opportunity-where-find-it

 Getting To The Playoffs Was Never Enough For The Blazers  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

Read it here:  http://forwardcenter.net/despite-what-they-say-just-getting-to-the-playoffs-was-never-enough-for-these-trail-blazers/

–  Spurs Will Test Thunder In Ways The Mavs Couldn’t  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/26/nba-playoffs-thunder-beat-mavericks-await-spurs

–  How Bad Is Curry’s Injury?  (from Al Saracevic/Maddie Lee,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Curry-s-knee-injury-How-bad-is-it-7346762.php  and from Tim Grover, Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-truth-about-steph-curry-s-injury-005912613.html

–  The Warriors Without Curry  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117252/how-good-are-the-warriors-without-stephen-curry

–  Kemba Walker Leads Hornets To Series Tie  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/25/11505878/hornets-heat-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs-game-4-kemba-walker-jeremy-lin/in/11269901

–  Lin’s Ability To Drive One Of The Keys To Hornets’ Victory  (from Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article73887287.html

–  Backcourt Heroics Help Hornet Even Series  (from Matt Rochinsky,  hornets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hornets/backcourts-heroics-help-hornets-even-series-2-2

–  Raptors’ Adjustment Options  (from  Dave Feschuk,  Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/25/youve-got-to-have-faith-as-blind-as-it-is-feschuk.html   and from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca:   http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-centre-raptors-game-5-adjustments/

–  Pacers’ Coach Vogel Has Had To Unlearn A Lot  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/25/insider-vogel-has-had-un-learn-lot-what-he-believes/83502024/

–  Brad Stevens: Next Superstar Coach  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15356168/brad-stevens-next-superstar-head-coach

–  Celtics’ Multiple Defensive Looks Causing Problems For Hawks’ Point Guards  (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops):

Read and view it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/4/26/11506004/hawks-celtics-point-guards-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-isaiah-thomas

–  One Change To LBJ’s Game Has Altered The Cavs’ Offense Entirely  (from Josh Planos, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/04/26/one-change-to-lebron-jamess-game-has-altered-the-cavs-offense-entirely

–  Tyronn Lue Compares LBJ’s Treatment To Shaq’s  (form Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15314895/cleveland-cavaliers-coach-tyronn-lue-compares-lebron-james-foul-treatment-shaquille-oneal

–  Brooks’ Path To $35 Million Coach Began In CBA Draft’s 2nd Round (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/scott-brookss-path-to-7-million-nba-coach-began-in-the-cba-drafts-2nd-round/2016/04/25/f3c24910-0aee-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

–  Why Some Bigs Are Bad Foul Shooters  (from Steve Kyler,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-why-some-guys-are-bad-foul-shooters/

–  Every Trade That Has And Could Affect The 2016 Draft  (from Sam Vecenie,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25565523/heres-every-trade-that-has-and-could-affect-the-2016-nba-draft

Mavs: Positive Takeaways From This Season (from Cole Mentzel,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/04/26/dallas-mavericks-3-positive-takeaways-2015-16/

–  Keeping The Thunder On Their Game  (from Marc Tracy,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/sports/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunder-on-their-game.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Kevin Martin  (from Tom Orsborne, expressnews.com):   http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Unorthodox-Martin-fitting-in-well-with-Spurs-7275611.php?t=7bb2b58b92927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/25/raptors-demarre-carroll-brings-the-mojo

Meyers Leonard (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/303584-181456-support-from-behind-bench-

C.J.Miles  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/miles-continues-work-and-wait

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/26/16

–  Friday NBA Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):
–  Offensive Improvement In Charlotte  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):
–  Hawks Believe They Are Ready To Soar  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):
 Video Breakdown:  Warriors’ Three-Man Plays  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
–  Coach Malone Has Message For Nuggets’ Players  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Top Bloggers:  Jake Pavorsky On The Sixers  (from Chuck Myron, Hoops Rumors):
–  Joey Crawford Q & A  (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Andrew Wiggins  (from Andrew Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports): http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VvV8BSUAAGUpEX-l
–  C.J.Miles  (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/miles-re-emerging-amid-challenging-season
Jamal Crawford  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/peers-believe-crawford-is-sixth-man-of-year-2/
–  Boban Marjanovich  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
” Manu Ginobili on what rookie Boban Marjanovic can provide the Spurs in the postseason: “With Boban, it depends on matchups. There are some teams that are going to be hard for him to play against. The Warriors, for example, where you have to be up and double team some players, rotate, and sometimes be on smaller players. But there are some other teams when they are a little slower and they play different where he’s going to be huge. Well, he is huge. But he’s going to be very important because he has a great touch, he’s a big target in the paint, he rolls very well, great hands. He’s a great player. The thing is that so far it’s too early in his NBA career. He’s got to adapt to the speed of the opponent. But for sure, he’s talented, skilled, and he wants to belong. He works out really hard. He’s going to give us a lot.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/27/15

–  Our Annual Tiers of the NBA  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

” It’s time for our last big preseason tradition: Tiers of the NBA, where we group teams into categories meant to time-stamp both their place in the league’s hierarchy and on their own internal development path. These are not strict power rankings, and the listed order within each tier doesn’t necessarily mean anything.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/our-annual-tiers-of-the-nba/

 

–  What’s changed in the NBA? A look at this year’s big moves, rule changes and rookie returns  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/pro-basketball-whats-changed-in-the-nba-a-look-at-this-years-big-moves-rule-changes-and-rookie-returns/article/5456174/?page=2

 

–  Raptors putting the ‘D’ back in defence  (form Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/26/raptors-putting-the-d-back-in-defence

 

–  DeMar DeRozan: I Haven’t Blued a Play Since my Rookie Year  (from Zarar Sidiqi, Raptors republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/26/demar-derozan-i-havent-blued-a-play-since-my-rookie-year/

 

–  Beneath calm exterior, a fire burns inside Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/26/4986160_beneath-calm-exterior-a-fire-burns.html

 

Rockets: How Will Adding Ty Lawson Affect James Harden  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659286-james-harden-ty-lawson-rockets-houston-point-guard-complementary-styles

 

–  Thunder: Redefining the concept of a ‘good shot’  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:   http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-redefining-the-concept-of-a-good-shot/article/5456156/?page=2

 

–  The Hornets turned into a 3-point juggernaut during the NBA preseason  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/26/9610638/charlotte-hornets-three-point-shot-offense-kemba-walker-al-jefferson-steve-clifford

 

–  A confident David Blatt is ready for Year 2 in Cleveland  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13978110/david-blatt-ready-year-2-cleveland-cavaliers

 

–  The Atlanta Hawks are going to repeat and you will be surprised  – again  (from Jason Walker, peachtreehoops.com):

Read it here:   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/10/26/9615238/atlanta-hawks-predictions-2015-2016-horford-millsap

 

–  Skiles Holds All Players Accountable, Expects Defensive Excellence  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/magic/news/skiles-holds-all-players-accountable-expects-defensive-excellence

 

–  DERRICK ROSE READY FOR SEASON OPENER AGAINST CAVS   (from Sam Smith,  Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/sam-smith/derrick-rose-ready-season-opener-against-cavs

 

–  BULLS SEASON PREVIEW  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/sam-smiths-bulls-season-preview

 

Jabari Parker’s return  (from Gery Woelfel, journaltimes.com):

Read it here:  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/leap-of-faith-young-bucks-poised-to-make-big-step/article_7f64192c-ec7f-51ee-82c3-84329fb5c339.html

 

–  The NBA’s most interesting international players (from Jonathan Raymond,  The National):

Read it here:  http://www.thenational.ae/sport/nba/around-the-world-in-20-players-the-nbas-most-interesting-internationals-2015#full

 

–   The NBA Wages a War on Attrition  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

” Keeping players healthy has become a leaguewide obsession, and the difference between winning a title and a playoff exit.”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-nba-wages-a-war-on-attrition-1445878326

 

–  Aldridge’s fit with Spurs, Caron Butler Q&A, rankings and more  (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/27/open-floor-lamarcus-aldridge-gregg-popovich-spurs-caron-butler-kings

 

–  Do the Wizards have a capable supporting cast around John Wall?  (from Evans Clinchy, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/27/washington-wizards-john-wall-supporting-cast/

 

–  Breaking It Down: Luis Scola and Jonas Valanciunas Defensive Pairing  (from Zarar Siddiqi,  raprtospepubic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/27/breaking-it-down-luis-scola-and-jonas-valanciunas-defensive-pairing/

 

–  Sixers PGs Isaiah Canaan, T.J. McConnell must keep team running  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-pgs-isaiah-canaan-tj-mcconnell-must-keep-team-running

 

–  Danny Ainge: ‘I don’t see a finish line’ on Celtics tenure  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/10/danny_ainge_i_don_t_see_a_finish_line_on_celtics_tenure

 

–   Quin Snyder: Managing expectations (form Jared Woodcox, yardbarker.com):

Read it here:  http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/coach_snyders_comments_shouldnt_deter_utah_jazz_fans_optimism/s1_7899_19781695

 

–  Rick Carlisle inching closer to becoming a Maverick for life  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151026-sefko-rick-carlisle-inching-closer-to-becoming-a-maverick-for-life.ece

 

–  NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Bounced Into Hall of Fame  (from Richie Brand,  Investors.com):

Read it here:  http://news.investors.com/management-leaders-and-success/102615-777397-dick-bavetta-nba-basketball-hall-of-fame.htm

 

–  SportVU Driving School  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” On cue for the new season, late last week the good folks NBA.com gave us and Nylon Calc and the rest of the stats-curious community a little bit of a goodie bag in terms of the improvements and additions to the suite of publicly available SportVU data1. The biggest improvement is the ability to filter all previously available stats by date which both allows for more accurate totals2 and the game-by-game “boxscores” which Darryl introduced earlier today.

In addition to these refinements, there is some genuinely new information. In particular, the drives tab has applications to a subject near and dear to my heart as a largely unexplained phenomenon, which is to say playmaking:”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/26/sportvu-driving-school/#fn-8320-3

 

 “Hot Hands” in Basketball Are Real  (from Jordan Ellenberg, Slate.com):

Read it here:   http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/10/hot_hands_in_basketball_are_real_new_analysis_shows.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– Kent Bazemore finally getting a shot with the Hawks  (from Paul Newberry, Associated Press):   http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2015-10-26/kent-bazemore-finally-getting-shot-hawks

 

–   Trey Burke is ‘all in’ for the Utah Jazz this season  (from Jody Gennessy,  Deseret News):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640008/Third-year-point-guard-Trey-Burke-is-all-in-for-the-Utah-Jazz-this-season.html?pg=all

 

–  Pacers’ C.J. Miles ready to shoot in new offense  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/26/pacers-cj-miles-ready-shoot-new-offense/74641382/

 

–  Celtics’ Avery Bradley wants to shoot 40 percent from deep and emerge as one of the NBA’s best shooters  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/boston_celtics_avery_bradley_w.html

 

–  Jared Dudley Will Fill Paul Pierce’s Shoes in Washington  (form Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vi5XPSEAAHUAN3Nc/jared-dudley-will-fill-paul-pierces-shoes-in-washington

 

–   Blazers’ CJ McCollum prepared for ‘delicate balance’ between scorer and point guard  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_is_navigating_the_delica.html

 

–  Suns’ Markieff Morris had Rasheed Wallace help  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/26/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-had-rasheed-wallace-help/74656720/

 

–  Jabari Brown  lives on NBA fringe  (from Jeff Gordon,  stltoday.com):    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/tipsheet-ex-mizzou-star-lives-on-nba-fringe/article_b7fa2b83-d2e1-5343-a953-d0e687e904e5.html

 

–  D’Angelo Russell says he has better understanding of role with Lakers  (from Eric Pincus, LATimes):   http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-dangelo-russell-understands-role-lakers-20151026-story.html

 

–   Cavaliers X-factor for the 2015-16 NBA season: Richard Jefferson   (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/the_cleveland_cavaliers_x-facto.html

 

–  Heat taking ‘big picture’ approach when it comes to Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees, playing time  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/heat-taking-big-picture-approach-when-it-comes-to-amare-stoudemires-knees-playing-time.html

 

–  Cory Joseph ready for Manu-like role in Toronto  (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cory-joseph-ready-for-manu-like-role-in-toronto/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Joerger hasn’t given up on tweaking Griz offense  (form Ronald Tillery, commercialappeal.com):

” Joerger, unyielding in his desire to play a motion offense, couldn’t be clearer about how this group of Griz will look after his third training camp.

“We want to spin (the ball) around and see if defense will make a mistake,” Joerger said. “When we play slow, we really struggle to score. And I don’t mean going up and down the court 100 miles per hour. I’m talking about moving the ball, screening hard and cutting hard. If we move the ball and put a lot of pressure on the rim, we’re hoping that our free throws will go up and our points in the paint will go up. And when we do those things, it helps set our defense.”

Read it here:  http://stage.www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/joerger-hasnt-given-up-on-tweaking-griz-offense-20c5f184-5df2-663a-e053-0100007fe1c4-330348151.html

 

–   NBA Training Camp Questions – Central Division  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/01/nba-training-camp-questions-central-division/

 

–  On Al-Farouq Aminu, and the rest of the Trail Blazers’ small forward rotation  (from Evans Clinchy,  blazersedge.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/10/2/9438509/portland-trail-blazers-al-farouq-aminu-moe-harkless-small-forward

 

–   Suns expect better 3-point shooting  (from Craig Grialou, arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/394207/phoenix-suns-expect-better-3-point-shooting-in-2015-16

 

– Kings, Cousins: Dealing with Officiating  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea.com):

“Cousins has disagreed with the officiating in the last two practices and these aren’t even NBA refs. It’s a trend that the talented big man has continued throughout his career in the league and it typically leads to an increase in personal and technical foul calls.

“I think DeMarcus has to make a commitment just to not allow frustrations to cause a disruption in the game,” Karl told a small gathering of media members. “I don’t like negative emotion in a game. I think it’s a sign of frustration, it’s a sign of we’re losing. If there is any emotion in a game, it should be positive.”

There are plenty of issues that need to be worked out in the next month before games count for real, but this is an issue that is larger just Cousins.

“We gave away too many possessions that cheapen the game because of our emotional outbursts,” Karl added. “You can’t do that. You can’t ruin the game because you get emotionally frustrated.”

What is the answer? Karl has very few options outside of using the bench as a tool. At some point the Cousins and his teammates are going to have to stop giving away valuable points to their opponents.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/kings-notes-rotation-taking-shape-dealing-officiating

 

–   Utah’s Big/Small Conundrum  (form Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

” (U)nlike a few of his peers around the NBA who seem reluctant to embrace the league’s spacing revolution, head coach Quin Snyder knows the value of adaptability.

“We’re going to play different ways, as appropriate,” Snyder told Basketball Insiders. “We have to be able to do both. We have to stick with who we are and put our best players on the floor, and I think we also need to be prepared to play with a smaller lineup in the course of the game and in specific games as well.”

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/little-giants-utahs-bigsmall-conundrum/

 

–   Heat not talking title yet, but better pace and versatility make them scary  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25322743/heat-not-talking-title-yet-but-better-pace-and-versatility-make-them-scary

 

–  A look back at the beginning of Gregg Popovich’s career – in Division III  (from Jordan Ritter Conn,  Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/nba-gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-history-coach-division-three-pomona-pitzer-college-sagehens/

 

–  Don’t Believe the NBA/SportVU’s Contested Shot Metric (from Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vg1ZYyMAALIAoMzK/dont-believe-the-nbasportvus-contested-shot-metric

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown’s Player Rankings:  Anthony Davis, #3  (from Jesse Blanchard):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/01/anthony-davis-no-3/

 

–  Celtics want Isaiah Thomas to adjust on the fly this season  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/01/celtics-want-isaiah-thomas-adjust-fly-this-season/VVuoLyp8sh7O9wWwnUvaCO/story.html

 

–  Off-season workouts. C. J. Miles utilized the Pacers’ trainers to not only improve physically, but to improve his overall skill (from Grant Apseth, Vavel.com):   http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/548158-cj-miles-is-already-seeing-benefits-from-hard-work.html

 

–  Anthony Tolliver to bomb away in contract year for 3-point-happy Pistons  (from  David Mayo,  mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/anthony_tolliver_to_bomb_away.html

 

–  Luis Scola more than just a mentor for Raptors  (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/01/luis-scola-more-than-just-a-mentor-for-raptors

 

–   DeMar DeRozan (from Eric Koreen,  National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-wants-to-talk-about-the-chip-on-his-shoulder-not-his-salary

 

–  Tayshaun Prince (from William Bohl, awolfamongwolves.com):  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/10/putting-it-in-team-form/

 

–   Anderson Varejao stepping lively in return from Achilles injury  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1146/anderson-varejao-stepping-lively-in-return

 

–   Jarrett Jack eyes late return to starting role  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/23015/jarrett-jack-eyes-late-return-to-starting-role

 

–   Giannis Antetokounmpo looking to expand his perimeter game  (from Charles F. Gardner (jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-looking-to-expand-his-perimeter-game-b99588254z1-330342121.html

 

–  Melvin Ejim is taking a chance as he pursues NBA dream with Magic  (from Josh Robbins,  orlandosentinel.com):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-melvin-ejim-1002-20151001-story.html

 

Russell Westbrook’s assists (from Shawn Woods, thunderousintentions.com):   http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/10/02/russell-westbrook-ultimate-distributor/

 

–   A new role should be beneficial for Matthew Dellavedova  (from Jack Zink, fearthesword.com):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2015/10/2/9427703/a-new-role-should-be-beneficial-for-matthew-dellavedova

Moving without ball is next step for Jeff Teague  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/moving-without-ball-is-next-step-for-teague/nnr7F/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Spurs will evolve, as their coach has before  (from Buck Harvey,  expressnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Spurs-will-evolve-as-their-coach-has-before-6532427.php?t=c3ae3824bfebaa2aab&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

–   Grizzlies face challenges as camp nears  (from Ronald Tillery,  commercialappeal.com):

” Despite the recurring theme of the need for long-range shooting, the Griz return with more versatility, the same expectation of winning 50-plus games and a place among the elite in the Western Conference.

There will, however, be challenges to work through during camp if the Griz are going to make good on their promise to contend”

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-face-challenges-as-camp-nears-2099ce00-072f-0e0a-e053-0100007f0786-329657811.html

 

–  Pelicans lineup options  (from David Fisher,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/9/28/9407015/new-orleans-pelicans-lineup-options-2015-16

 

 Lakers take different approach into season with eye on development  (from Bill Oram,  ocregister.com):

” Asked what would make for a successful year, Kupchak mentioned neither a championship nor the playoffs.

“I’d like to stay healthy,” he said. “I’d like for Kobe to have a great year. I’d like our young players to prosper and show promise so we can develop a core going forward, something to more than build on.”

“We want to exceed whatever the expectations may be,” Kupchak said. “And we want our core to develop so that the blueprint can follow the next step, which is to add more talent next year.”

The organization’s dueling objectives, however, are impossible to ignore.

Bryant is in the twilight of his career, and they want to send him out on a high note. But as long as he is in the locker room, the Lakers cannot fully commit to building around young stars, as other rebuilding teams – think Utah, Minnesota and Phoenix – have done.

Further, Bryant can be a terribly inefficient player, and Kupchak said it’s likely that when he is on the court, he will still be the first option on offense.

To what extent does Bryant’s presence, in a season that should be all about development, delay the progression of future stars?

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-684939-bryant-year.html

 

–   Who will replace Marco Belinelli in the Spurs’ rotation?  (from Jesus Gomez,  poundingtherock.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/27/9312325/spurs-rotation-kyle-anderson-jonathon-simmons-jimmer-fredette

 

–  10 QUESTIONS FOR THE BULLS HEADING INTO 2015-16   (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/10-questions-bulls-heading-2015-16

 

–   10 big questions for the Thunder  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/629/10-big-questions-for-the-thunder

 

–  NBA Player Stats: Top 5 Players – Catch and Shoot  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/30/nba-player-stats-top-5-players-catch-and-shoot

(Note: This is Part 7 of a 9-part series)

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  BBall Breakdown Player Rankings: Russell Westbrook # 7  (from James Holas):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/24/russell-westbrook-no-7/

 

Amir Johnson receives praise from Stevens early in training camp (from A. Sherrod Blaekely,  csbnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/johnson-receives-praise-stevens-early-training-camp

 

–  Avery Bradley ready to change speeds to get to the line  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  cnsne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/bradley-ready-change-speeds-get-line

 

–  Comparing  Ed Davis and Tristan Thompson  (from erastus25, blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/27/9403951/portland-trail-blazers-ed-davis-tristan-thompson-comparison

 

–  Aaron Gordon hopes he hasn’t lost the momentum he gained in summer league  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-0928-20150927-story.html

 

–   More Free Throws Key to Vucevic’s Development  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/more-free-throws-key-vucevics-development

 

–  Damian Lillard sends a message,signaling a new age of Blazers leadership (fromJasonQuick,oregonlive.com): http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/09/damian_lillard_sends_a_message_a_dawning_of_a_new.html

 

–   Nikoloz Tskitishvili feels ready (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/former-top-5-pick-feels-ready-after-worldwide-ride

 

–   Clippers Player Profile: Branden Dawson  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/28/9396383/2015-2016-clippers-player-profile-branden-dawson

 

–  Klay Thompson already working with, learning finer points from Steve Nash  (from Diamond Leung,  mercurynews.com):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_28877533/warriors-klay-thompson-already-working-learning-finer-points

 

–  Hornets offer Jeremy Lamb chance for fresh start (from Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver.com):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article36809142.html

 

–  Breaking Down Jusuf Nurkic Ahead of 2015-16 Season  (from Garrett Kroeger,  nugglove.com):   http://nugglove.com/2015/09/27/jusuf-nurkic-nuggets-projected-starting-center-2015-16/

 

–  C.J.  Miles is a 10-Year Vet, But Still Eager to Improve  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/miles-go-he-sleeps

 

–   Clifford says Nicolas Batum will be ‘2nd or 1st option’ in Hornets offense  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25318578

 

–  Stauskas: Analyzing His Team Canada Play  (from C. Smith, Philadunkia.com):   http://philadunkia.com/?p=14143&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stauskas-analyzing-his-team-canada-play

 

–  Andrew Harrison To Sign In D-League  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/09/andrew-harrison-to-ink-with-grizzlies-d-league-team.html