Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/3/16

 

–  Preview:  Raptors/Heat  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575451   and from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/03/playoff-preview-five-question-to-answer-in-miami-heat-vs-toronto-raptors/

–  Raptors/Heat: Numbers Preview  (from John Schuhmann):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/05/03/numbers-preview-raptors-heat/

–  The Importance Of The Raptors’ Role Players  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/2/11555886/toronto-raptors-depth-cory-joseph-norman-powell-kyle-lowry-pacers-game-7

Norman Powell/ DeMarre Carroll (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/02/rookie-powell-helping-fuel-raptors-playoff-run

–  Raptors Facing Different Challenge In Heat  (from Blake Murphy, sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-facing-much-different-challenge-heat/

–  Roberson’s Defense On Leonard Keys Thunder’s Bounceback  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-robersons-defense-on-leonard-keys-thunder-bounceback-in-game-2/article/5495656

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/03/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-san-antonio-spurs-game-2

–  Breakdown: The Final Play  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575595/breakdown-everything-that-went-wrong-on-final-play-of-thunder-spurs

–  Thunder/Spurs: Game Two Vines (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown);

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/thunder-at-spurs-game-3-vine-game/

–  Thunder Need New Strategy For Guarding LaMarcus  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575239/thunder-need-new-strategy-when-it-comes-to-guarding-lamarcus-aldridge

–  Steven Adams’ Untold Story  (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15443039/untold-story-thunder-center-steven-adams

–  Cavs 104, Hawks 93  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://three-pointer.com/cavs-104-hawks-93-jason-lloyds-21-thoughts-on-defending-kyle-korver-free-throws-and-3-pointers/    from Paul Flannery, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575444/hawks-lose-kyle-korver-lebron-james-cavaliers-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Tristan Thompson Is Demoralizing The Hawks On The Glass Again  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2594/tristan-thompson-demoralizing-hawks-on-glass-again    and from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tristan_thompson_proves_to_be.html

–  How Do The Blazers Stop Bogut  (from Marcus Thompson II,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29842580/thompson-how-do-blazers-stop-bogut

–  Everybody Loves To Trash Talk Draymond  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street JOurnal):

Read it here:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/everybody-loves-trash-talking-draymond-1462218027

–  If The Pacers Move On From Vogel, Other Teams Should Pounce  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25574798/if-pacers-decide-to-move-on-from-frank-vogel-other-teams-should-pounce

–  NBA Coaches  (from Bob Walsh, coachbobwalsh.com):

Read it here:  http://coachbobwalsh.com/2016/05/03/nba-coaches/

  •  Brad Stevens Interview  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Listen to it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/03/parquet-interview-with-brad-stevens/m8O5PS71EtHuNlL46dmsBM/story.html

 

 

 

–  The NBA’s Best And Worst Shotmakers  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nbas-best-and-worst-shot-makers/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_celtics_terry_rozier_eyes_next_train_to_success

–  Kemba Walker  (from Hornets.com):  http://www.nba.com/hornets/kemba-walker-2015-16-blog

–  J.J.Barea  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/j-j-bareas-late-season-explosion-helped-to-fuel-mavs-playoff-push/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/1/16

–  The Warriors Are As Motivated As Ever  (from Steve Popper,  Bergen Record):
–  Tyronn Lue’s Communication Skills Have Put The Cavaliers Back On Track  (from  Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):
–  Pau Gasol:  Bulls ‘Not Disciplined’  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):
–  Monta Ellis Fuels Pacers Past Nuggets In Overtime  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):
–  Blazers Keep Wins Rolling  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
–  Jazz Are Taking And Making More Threes   (from allthatamar, slcdunk.com):
–  Hoiberg’s Lineups Killed The Bulls Again  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

 The Corner Three Isn’t So Easy   (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/why-the-nbas-most-valuable-shot-the-corner-3-isnt-so-easy/article/5475823

–  Top Western Conference Teams’ Schedule Is Backloaded  (from  Aaron Barzilai,  medium.com):
–  How Bad Is Rockets’ Defensive Rebounding?  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Khris Middleton:  Second Fiddle No Longer  (from Lori Nickel,  jsonline.com):   http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-khris-middleton-second-fiddle-no-more-b99660348z1-367127371.html
–  Stanley Johnson Doesn’t Back Down On Defense  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/31/pistons-johnson-back-defense/79618372/
 Breaking It Down:  Cory Joseph And Dual Screeners  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/02/01/breaking-it-down-cory-joseph-and-dual-screeners/
 –  James Harden  Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/01/james-harden-houston-rockets-golden-state-warriors-nba-finals

–  Video Breakdown: Al-Farouk Aminu’s Three Point Shot  (from Dane Carbaugh, blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/2/1/10866524/portland-trail-blazers-offense-three-pointer-al-farouq-aminu-video

–  Carmelo Anthony Takes A Shot At Leadership  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/carmelo-anthony-takes-a-shot-at-leadership-1454271054
–  Timberwolves Need More From Andrew Wiggins  (from Key Dae,  canishoopus.com):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/2/1/10880850/the-timberwolves-need-to-start-getting-a-lot-more-from-andrew-wiggins
–  Rivers Trying To Find A Way To Keep Age From Catching Up With Paul Pierce  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-702230-rivers-times.html
K. J. McDaniels  (from Curt Low,  spacecityscoop.com):  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/02/01/man-buried-houston-rockets-bench-k-j-mcdaniels/

–  Quinn Cook  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside&Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/02/01/quinn-cook-canton-charge-cleveland-cavaliers-duke-blue-devils-national-champion/

–  Ryan Boatright Chooses Europe Over D-League (from Ethan Drigotas,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/30/10874392/boatright-ryan-europe-d-league-Grand-Rapids-Drive-Italy-Overseas

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/18/15

In the NBA,  Coaches Are Always Looking for Counters  (from Nate Duncan,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2015/11/17/nba-coaches-creative-counters-established-actions

Evaluating the Bulls’ Team Defense and Individual Defenders  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/11/17/9748356/bulls-team-defense-tendencies-stats-highlights

–  Byron Scott’s “Man-Up” Philosophy Is Not The Answer for Lakers  (from Michael Pina,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2590414-byron-scotts-man-up-philosophy-is-not-the-answer-for-los-angeles-lakers

–  More on this  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/11/16/9748244/la-lakers-byron-scott-bad-defense

–  Paul George’s Return to Form  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/17/paul-george-indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-larry-bird-monta-ellis

–  Pacers and Paul George Getting Up to Speed With Each Other  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/17/indana-pacers-paul-george-getting-back-to-old-form/index.html

–  How Khris Middleton Keeps the Bucks in Harmony  (from Britt Robson,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/11/17/9743850/khris-middleton-milwaukee-bucks-glue

–  10 Takes on the Grizzlies After 10 (or so) Games (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-10-takes-after-10-or-so-games-and-more-351049631.html

–  Rockets Fire Kevin McHale  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/rockets-decide-to-fire-kevin-mchale.html

Porzingis’ Coming Out Party and the Rest of Tuesday’s Takeaways (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2590443-coming-out-party-begins-now-for-kristaps-porzingis-and-tuesdays-nba-takeaways

–  Porzingis: A Beam of Latvian Hope In New York  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vky2ViEAAKIFg7VX

–  Pistons 104, Cavs 99  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/pistons-104-cavs-99-jason-lloyd-s-30-thoughts-on-talking-tough-free-throws-and-andre-drummond-1.641418

Pistons’ Defensive Game Plan: Make LBJ A Scorer (from David Mayo, mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/by_making_lebron_james_a_score.html

Blatt: “We Need to Toughen Up”;  LBJ : We’re “Too Nice”  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14158840/lebron-james-says-cleveland-cavaliers-matching-effort-golden-state-warriors

–  LBJ Trusting Teammates, Coach More This Season  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/11/17/lebron-james-wiser-trusting-teammates-david-blatt/75937992/

–  Hack-a-Drummond Fail is the Cavs’ Latest Free Throw Woe  (from Dave McMenamin):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1439/hack-a-drummond-the-latest-free-throw-woe-for-cleveland

–  Hawks Need Teague and Schroder to Learn to Play Together  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/11/17/hawks-need-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-learn-play-together/

Will Barton: ‘This is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”  (from Nate Timmons, bsndenver.com):

Read and view it here:  http://bsndenver.com/bsn-denver-exclusive-with-nuggets-will-barton-this-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

–  Chris Paul Is A Point God  (from Kirk Goldsberry,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and view it  here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/chris-paul-is-a-point-god/

–  A Take On The Blazers So Far  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/offday-ramblings-road-my-take-early-season-blazers

–  Sixers remain Upbeat Thanks to Brett Brown  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/winless-sixers-remain-upbeat-behind-brett-browns-model

Is Getting the Ball Out of Steph Curry’s Hands Good Defensive Strategy?  (from Matt Steinmetz):

Read it here:  https://matthewsteinmetz.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/curry-takes-game-to-new-level-more-as-shooting-guard-than-point-guard/

–  Fixing Elfrid Payton’s Jump Shot  (from Brett David Roberts,  orlandomagicdaily):

Read and view it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/18/elfrid-payton-not-yet-discouraged-by-errant-jumper/

–  Karl- Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves Are Ahead of Schedule  (from Evans Clinchy,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/11/18/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-ahead-of-schedule/

–  Wizards’ Role Players:  The Key to Week 3  (from Jake Whitacre,  bulletsforever.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/11/18/9755516/garrett-temple-washington-wizards-keys-to-the-palace-week-3

–  Pace Is the New Buzzword:  The NBA Keeps Getting Faster  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2015/11/18/pace-new-buzz-word-nba/

–  The 6 Toughest Players I Ever Guarded  (from Nazr Mohammed,  The Players Tribune):

Read and view it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nazr-mohammed-nba-toughest-players-ever-guarded/

Additional Player Notes, Updates,. Profiles:

–  Cory Joseph Is Exceeding Expectations  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/talent/joseph-exceeding-expectations-in-expanded-role-with-raptors-1.395318

–  Chalmers Thriving After Trade to Grizzlies  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-sentinel.com):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-mario-chalmers-s111715-story.html

–  Chalmers Impact on the Grizzlies  (from chipwilliamsjr,  grizzlybearblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/11/17/9748158/holy-mario-chalmers-grizzlies-thunder

–  Raul Neto  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3193135-155/utah-jazz-raul-neto-living-his?fullpage=1

–  Justin Anderson  (from Eddie Sefko, dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151117-sefko-justin-anderson-trying-to-be-the-mavs-new-jae-crowder.ece

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/20/15

–  It’s Good to Be Jimmy Butler  (from Bryan Smith,  chicagomag.com):

” When I ask why he hates talking about the past so much, Butler shifts uncomfortably on the sectional in the grand San Diego house. “It’s because I don’t ever want that to define me,” he says. “I hated it whenever it came up because that’s all anybody ever wanted to talk about. Like, that hasn’t gotten me to where I am today. I’m a great basketball player because of my work. I’m a good basketball player because of the people I have around me. And if I continue to be stuck in the past, then I won’t get any better. I won’t change, I’ll get stuck as that kid. That’s not who I am. I’m so far ahead of that. I don’t hold grudges. I still talk to my family. My mom. My father. We love each other. That’s never going to change.”

Read it here:  http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/November-2015/Jimmy-Butler/

 

–  Fred Hoiberg plans to slightly cut Jimmy Butler’s minutes  (from Vincent Goodwill,  csnchicago):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/fred-hoiberg-plans-slightly-cut-jimmy-butlers-minutes

 

–  Video: Pistons Guard Spencer Dinwiddie On Playing In The NBA  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxKGOCWMZ3I&feature=youtu.be

 

–  Suns eager for Bledsoe-Knight chemistry  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:   http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/19/phoenix-suns-eager-bledsoe-knight-chemistry/74244636/

 

–  More passes to come from Thunder bigs?  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-more-passes-to-come-from-thunder-bigs/article/5454592/?page=2

 

–  Mike Conley’s year, JaMychal Green’s emergence, Jarnell Stokes’ future and more  (from Chris Herringotn, commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:   http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Mike-Conleys-year-JaMychal-Greens-emergence-Jarnell-Stokes-future-and-more-333983731.html

 

–  Knicks Hoping Personnel Upgrades Alleviate Last Year’s Defensive Disaster  (from Jared Dubin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2580002-ny-knicks-hoping-personnel-upgrades-alleviate-last-years-defensive-disaster

 

–  How Amir Johnson Will Improve Celtics’ Frontcourt Defense (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:   http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViUVVx4AAB8AJ37s/amir-johnson-and-david-lee-revamp-celtics-defensive-frontcourt

 

–  The Lakers, floor balance, and transition defense  (from Adam Mares,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/20/the-lakers-floor-balance-and-transition-defense/

 

–   The delicate balance of ball movement for the Suns  (from Bryan Gibberman,  arizonasports.com):

“If you have three or four passes before you even really get into your play — you look at some of those teams, some of them, yea, the passes are meaningful, but then there’s other teams that when you look at the list of teams that make a lot of passes, you’re like, OK, they drove four or five passes before you even get into the action,” Hornacek said.

“If you want to count those, sure, go ahead, we prefer not to use 20 seconds of the clock. We want to get the game up and down and we’ll get into the action without the five passes.”

“We want that as the guards, Eric (Bledsoe) and Brandon (Knight), to create and these other guys they’ll get kick outs, they’ll catch balls on the run,” said Hornacek. “When your guys start breaking people down and pulling people in, then they throw it to you, that’s your opportunity to catch it on the run and make their play that way. Not catch the ball, isolate, let the defense set, try to go one-on-one.”

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/412022/the-delicate-balance-of-ball-movement-for-the-suns/

 

–  The Myth of DeMar DeRozan’s Athleticism  (from harshdave, raptorshq.com)

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/10/19/9504539/the-myth-of-demar-derozans-athleticism-toronto-raptors

(Note: This story has an interesting take on what constitutes “athleticism”.  Some related worthwhile takes:

-from Brian McCormick’s hard2guard newsletter, 9/07:

“Steve Nash is often described as unathletic because he does not dunk. However, he is incredibly athletic. His hand-eye coordination is as good as it gets in the NBA; his reaction time is unbelievable; his lateral movement is excellent; his ability to switch from a broad or soft-centered focus to a narrow, fine-centered focus is the best in the NBA; his body awareness is exceptional; his dexterity with both hands is tops in the NBA; his first step quickness is far above average for the NBA; his core strength is unparalleled in the NBA and likely the only reason he is able to continue playing with his chronic back problems. In all these categories, he is in the top 1% of NBA players, but because he does not “look” athletic (sculpted muscles) or do obviously athletic things (dunk), the popular media characterizes him as unathletic.”

 

– from Vern Gambetta (1996):

” (Athleticsim is) “the ability to execute athletic movements (run, jump, throw) at optimum speed with precision, style and grace while demonstrating technical competency in the context of your sport.”

“The foundations for athleticism are basic coordinative activities..(which are)
-Balance (Maintenance of the center of gravity over tha base of support, which is both static & dynamic)
-kinesthetic differentiation (ability to feel tension in movement to achieve the desired movement)
– Spatial orientation (The control of the body in space)
– Reaction to signals (The ability to respond quickly to auditory, visual and kinesthetic cues)
-Sense of rhythm (The ability to match rhythm to time)
-Synchronization of movements in time (unrelated limb movements done in a synchronized manner)
– Movement adequacy (Ability to choose movements appropriate to the task)

The coordinative never work in isolation, they are all closely related.”

– from David Friedman’s 20 second timeout interviews with Mike D’Antoni, Dan Majerle and Steve Kerr (2007):

http://20secondtimeout.blogspot.com/2007/12/is-steve-nash-best-athlete-in-nba.html

 

 James Harden’s next step; Replacing DeMarre Carroll; LaMarcus Aldridge Q&A  (form Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:    http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/20/open-floor-james-harden-rockets-lamarcus-aldridge-spurs-season-preview

 

–  Warriors hope to repeat; Lamar Odom; Pau Gasol Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/19/morning-tip-golden-state-warriors-defending-crown-lamar-odom-health-pau-gasol-qa/index.html

 

–  Being Jim Buss  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

”  LAKERS EXECUTIVE OPENS UP ON YEARS OF CRITICISM AS TEAM TRIES TO REBUILD”

Read it here:   http://www.usatoday.com/longform/sports/nba/lakers/2015/10/19/jim-buss-lakers-jerry-west-kobe-bryant-magic-johnson-jeanie-buss/73989030/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Cory Joseph has been pleasant surprise for Raptors  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/19/22563980.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

–  Spurs:  With chance for bench to impress, Kyle Anderson, Boban Marjanovic deliver (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/9798/with-chance-for-bench-to-impress-anderson-marjanovic-deliver

 

–   Eric Moreland’s hustle, energy keep him in Kings’ mix  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article40382475.html

 

–  International import Salah Mejri could play a big role for the Mavs  (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericksheadlines/2015/10/19/sefko-international-import-play-big-role-mavs-adjusts-nba-game

 

–  Blake Griffin trained with sprinter Carmelita Jeter to improve his speed  (from Melissa Rohlin, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/clippersnow/la-sp-cn-blake-griffin-trained-with-carmelita-jeter-20151019-story.html

 

–   Re-energized Rudy Gobert raring to go for big Jazz season  (from Jody Gennesy,  deseretnews.com):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865639419/Re-energized-Rudy-Gobert-raring-to-go-for-big-Jazz-season.html?pg=all

 

–  Celtics: Terry Rozier, Jonas Jerebko (from Jay King, masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_rozier_boston_celtics.html

 

– Extra practice has Rozier feeling confident (from Jimmy Toscano,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/extra-practice-has-rozier-feeling-confident

 

–  TERRY ROZIER AND THE CELTICS’ DEPTH  PROBLEM  (from Ben Rohrbach,  weei.com):  http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2015/10/20/terry-rozier-and-celtics-depth-perception-p

 

–  Mavericks: John Jenkins Continues to Impress  (from Jay Knodell,  thesmokingcuban.com):  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2015/10/20/dallas-mavericks-john-jenkins-continues-to-impress/

 

Jared Sullinger Shows off His Passing Skills  (from Marc D’Amico,  celtics.com):  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-101915-sully-the-pg-big-man-shows-off-passing-skills

 

–  Oladipo Spending Countless Hours in Gym Improving Shot  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/oladipo-spending-countless-hours-improving-shot

 

–  Rockets’ Joshua Smith doing utmost to fill big-man shoes  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/Rockets-Smith-doing-utmost-to-fill-big-man-shoes-6576686.php?t=954ad651d9438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

–  Martell Webster seeks second opinion for injured right hip  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/10/19/martell-webster-seeks-second-opinion-for-injured-right-hip/

 

–  Raymond Felton ran the show in Cleveland  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/raymond-felton-ran-the-show-in-cleveland/