– Dream Team to D-League: New FIBA schedule puts U.S. hoops in bind (from Mark Woods, ESPN):
” The U.S. men’s basketball team could go from Dream Team to D-League when it comes to qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.
With a new qualifying schedule that will feature two of the four windows of play occurring during the NBA season, it is possible the men’s national team could be comprised of D-Leaguers.
It is an issue that will have to be resolved by 2017 when FIBA’s revamped international schedule goes into effect, with the path to future World Cups — and via those, the Olympics — running through a series of games to be held during calendar windows, similar to the system employed by FIFA in soccer.
Two will be in late June and early September, theoretically allowing NBA players of all nationalities to represent their country in the offseason. The other two will be in November and February. And while most leagues around the world will simply shut down for a 10-day period to accommodate FIBA play, that concept has been deemed a non-starter in the NBA — with an early idea of allowing an out to go on national duty during All-Star Weekend taken off the table.
Utilizing a single squad drafted in from the D-League, rather than dipping into the NCAA or bringing back U.S. exports from overseas, is now seen as the most viable alternative solution.”
Read it here: http://espn.go.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/13666291/us-men-national-team-use-d-league-players-some-future-fiba-qualifiers
– Lakers Trainer Q & A: Tim DiFrancesco Reviews Summer Workouts (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):
Read it here: http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150915_summerworkouts
– Hornets Coach Steve Clifford: More Offensive Balance is the Goal (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article35362461.html
And from Spencer Percy, queencityhoops: http://queencityhoops.com/blog/steve-clifford-pre-training-camp-press-conference-notes/
– Film Room: Orlando Magic’s Athleticism (from Josh Cohen, Magic.com):
Read and view it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-magics-supreme-athleticism
– Fred Hoiberg will likely want to move Pau Gasol away from the post, will it work out better than in L.A.? (from thehungarianjordan, blogabull.com):
Read and view it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2015/9/16/9332019/fred-hoiberg-pau-gasol-mike-dantoni-chicago-bulls-los-angeles-lakers
– How the Houston Rockets Got Here (frm Austin Peters, Hardwood Paroxysm):
” The name of the game in building an NBA team nowadays is asset collection. Make sure you win every trade so that you can gather enough assets to make a home run in the draft or another trade in the future. Nobody has adhered to this philosophy better than the Houston Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey.
Morey is a pioneer and king of asset collecting, with his biggest trophy on the shelf being the James Harden trade in 2012. What people probably don’t realize is the depth and extent to which these assets were collected in order to make not only the Harden trade, but the several other moves Morey has made to build this roster since. Today, the Rockets have 14 guaranteed contracts on their books for the 2015-16 season. Of those 14, only 4 (Clint Capela, Dwight Howard, Marcus Thornton, Patrick Beverley) were acquired without giving up any “assets;” they were acquired via free agency or Houston’s own draft pick. That leaves the other ten players to essentially be “bought” with whatever Daryl Morey had at his disposal.
The roots of this roster are deep and tangled.”
Read it here: http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/09/14/houston-rockets-trades-free-agents-draft-daryl-morey/
– Surprising On/Off Court Stars from 2014-2015 (from Mika Honkasalo, Nylon Calculus):
” One of the best exercises to find and assess trends of success and failure in the NBA is to look at on/off-court numbers, available for every team on the NBA stats page. To me it’s in many ways the first “feel” test to quickly give some degree of verification or confidence about the direction I’m taking when it comes to forming my evaluation (positive or negative) of a player’s performance, situation and impact on the court.
Generally I think on/off-court numbers really are the first place where you’re likely to see something interesting if anything interesting is to be found. Although you could argue that there are typically multiple factors that should decrease confidence in a piece of analysis heavily influenced by on/off numbers– such as small playing time, skill level of opposition (a player going against bench heavy units), teammate skill– the degree to which each of these factors effects on/off numbers tends to be overestimated.”
Read it here: http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/16/surprising-onoff-court-stars-2014-2015/
– Steve Nash in talks to be a part-time consultant for Warriors (from Mark Stein, ESPN):
Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13664255/steve-nash-talks-part-consultant-golden-state-warriors
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Top 50 NBA Players: 45-41 (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/14/bballbreakdowns-top-50-nba-players-45-41/
– Dissecting LaMarcus Aldridge’s Defense (from Shane Young, hoopshabit.com):
Read and view it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/14/san-antonio-spurs-dissecting-lamarcus-aldridges-defense/
– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Seeks a Smooth Transition to the NBA (from Alex Raskin, Wall Street Journal): http://www.wsj.com/articles/rondae-hollis-jefferson-seeks-a-smooth-transition-to-the-nba-1442343927
– Can Clint Capela make good on Hakeem Olajuwon’s praise as Rockets’ next star? (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News): http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-15/clint-capela-rockets-playoffs-hakeem-olajuwon-dwight-howard-potential
– Do Bulls Need Jimmy Butler’s Offense or Defense More? (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2566999-do-chicago-bulls-need-jimmy-butlers-offense-or-defense-more
– Utah Jazz Ceilings and Floors, Part I: Guards and Wings (from Ben Dowsett, saltcityhoops.com): http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-ceilings-and-floors-part-i-guards-and-wings/
– Quincy Pondexter’s career has been revived by returning to New Orleans, where it all started (from Rick Stone, pelicandebrief.com): http://pelicandebrief.com/2015/09/15/new-orleans-pelicans-rank-quincy-pondexters-career-has-been-revived-by-returning-to-where-it-all-started/
– Wesley Matthews (from Bobby Karalla, Mavs.com): http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-wes-matthews/
– John Wall (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports): http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25303044/why-wizards-john-wall-faces-most-important-season-of-his-career
– Reggie Jackson ready to reap benefits after growing pains that followed mid-season trade to Pistons (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com): http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/jackson-ready-reap-benefits-after-growing-pains-followed-mid-season-trade-pistons
– Robert Sacre’s Defensive Positioning (from Darius Soriano, forumblueandgold.com): http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/15/one-player-one-skill-robert-sacres-defensive-positioning/
– Roy Hibbert wants to rediscover his game, not his fame, with the Lakers (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes): http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-hibbert-20150916-story.html
– Lakers made a smart gamble on defensive talent Robert Upshaw (from Apratim Ghosh, silverscreenandroll.com): http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/15/9330121/la-lakers-robert-upshaw-analysis-defense-training-camp
– What the Raptors need out of Jonas Valanciunas (from Bradford Doolittle, ESPN Insider): http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13657836/nba-toronto-raptors-need-jonas-valanciunas
– Kelly Oubre’s potential (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2566961-kelly-oubre-is-next-washington-wizard-to-chase-his-own-potential
– Justin Holiday/Chris Copeland (from KL Chouinard, Hawks.com): http://www.nba.com/hawks/justin-holiday-ready
– Suns: Can Sonny Weems Be The Next Gerald Green? (from Gerald Bourguet, valleyofthesuns.com): http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/09/16/phoenix-suns-can-sonny-weems-be-the-next-gerald-green/
– Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com): http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/pelicans-forward-ryan-anderson-says-he-has-dropped-about-20-pounds-last-season