Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/12/16

 

 

–  Steve Kerr Is Fine Tuning Warriors’ Game  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/12/steve-kerr-coaching-golden-state-warriors/81685066/

–  Gauging A Transformation DPOY Race:  Kawhi Leonard/ Draymond Green  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/gauging-a-transformational-dpoy-race/

Luol Deng Still Believes That The Bulls Did Coach Thibodeau Wrong (from Joe Cowley,  Chicago Sun Times):

Read it here:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/deng-still-feels-the-bulls-front-office-did-coach-thibs-wrong/

–  Hornets, Grizzlies, Rockets  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29631311/dempsey-hornets-grizzlies-two-nbas-most-underrated-stories

–  Hornets Have The Smarts  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article65748132.html

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Heat’s Shrewd Moves Are Paying Off (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
–  The Case Rambis Is Making To Remain As Knicks Coach  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):
Additional player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/article65743937.html
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-giannis-antetokounmpo-on-point-since-all-star-break/
 
 
 
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun): http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/11/collectively-raptors-valanciunas-and-biyombo-are-a-handful-to-handle
–  DeWayne Dedmon/Jason Smith  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-dedmon-smith-0313-20160312-story.html
–   Tony Wroten (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):   http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VuNViiUAAHMEuqEI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
–   Devin Booker  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation): http://www.sbnation.com/2016/3/11/11178962/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-shooter-more-highlights    and from Troy Tauscher, BBall Breakdown:  The Breakdown: It’s Time To Talk About Devin Booker
 
 
 
–  Robert Upshaw  (from Harrison Faigen,  Silver Screen and Roll):   http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/3/11/11208596/la-lakers-dfenders-robert-upshaw-termination-drug-policy
 
 
 

–  Evan Turner (from Jimmy Toscano, csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/can-turner-win-nbas-sixth-man-year-award

–  Mario Chalmers  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-mario-chalmers-s031216-story.html

 Chris Bosh  (from Benjamin Hoffman,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/sports/basketball/chris-boshs-return-presents-the-heat-with-an-enviable-puzzle.html

–  Shelvin Mack  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3651508-155/utah-jazz-dont-blame-the-new?fullpage=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/6/16

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Celtics 104, Cavs 103  (from Chris Fedor,  Cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/02/tyronn_lues_late_substitution.html

–  Film Breakdown:  D’Angelo Russell Is Already A Dangerous Inside Scorer  (from Drew Garrison,  Silver Screen And Roll):

Watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/2/5/10924818/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-breakdown-film-nba-rookie

–  Film Breakdown:  How D’Angelo Russell Bullied The Pelicans Inside  (from Drew Garrison,  Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and view it here:   http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/2/5/10922624/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-analysis-breakdown-film-rookie

–  Terrence Ross:  Growing At Rate Of Practice Speed  (from Chris O’Leary, Toronto Star):

Read it here:   http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Terrence Ross Is Improving Defensively In Both Flashy And Subtle Ways  (from Sean Woodley,  RaptorsHQ):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/2/5/10891706/terrence-ross-is-improving-defensively-no-seriously

–  OKC Is Next Contender To Take On The Warriors  (From Kelly Dwyer,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/oklahoma-city-is-the-nba-s-next-contender-to-take-on-golden-state-162116493.html

–  Pistons’ Guide To Surviving KCP’s Injury And Making The Playoffs  (from Sean Corp),  Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/2/5/10923422/the-dbb-guide-to-surviving-kcps-injury-and-making-the-playoffs

–  DeRozan Now A Multi-Faceted Player  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-demar-derozan-now-a-multifaceted-player/

–  Nikola Jokic Is A Special Rookie  (from Mika Hokasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrXMLigAAOcaxOmQ

(Note;  As always, excellence from Mika.  However, we question whether KAT is having the best rookie season ever for a big, statistically speaking.  Wilt?  KA-J?)

Earl Watson Hails Influence Of D’Antoni’s, Nash’s Suns  (from Paul Coro,  azcentra):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/02/04/earl-watson-hails-influence-dantonis-nashs-suns/79851784/

–  Brett Brown Wants No Regrets, Defensive Athleticism  (from Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):

Readit here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-brown-wants-no-regrets-defensive-athleticism

–  Sixers Still Seeking Building Blocks   (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367729021

–  2016 Free Agent List (from Eddie Scarito,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/02/2016-nba-free-agents-2.html

–  Former Magic GM Otis Smith Now Coaching In D-League  (from Tim Casey,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/02/04/otis-smith-stan-van-gundy-nba-d-league/79763394/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Chandler Parsons (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14719077/nba-does-rick-carlisle-really-believe-chandler-parsons

–  Terry Rozier  (from Spencer Davies, AmicoHoops):  http://amicohoops.net/2016/02/rozier-patiently-awaits-turn-with-celtics/

–  Myles Turner  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14720918/nba-myles-turner-unique-style-game-all-own-go-ask-lebron-james

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Christopher Cason, slamonline):  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/qa-kent-bazemore/#Fuyc20zeCKcFapYT.97

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/02/05/phoenix-suns-archie-goodwin-pushes-through-turnovers/79906108/

–   Ray McCallum  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25474506/spurs-hoping-ray-mccallum-can-be-their-next-d-league-success-story

–  Keala King  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):   http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/6/10925160/former-top-prospect-keala-king-eyes-potential-chance-in-nba-d-league

–  Dragan Bender   (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):   https://sports.yahoo.com/news/european-dispatch–getting-to-know-dragan-bender-195451386.html

Jermaine Taylor  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/5/10923128/jermaine-taylor-nba-return-d-league-stampede-red-claws-interview

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/27/15

–  Thunder:  Ball Movement And The Importance Of Context  (from Positive Residual,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/01/26/okcs-ball-movement-and-the-importance-of-context/

–  Billy Donovan:  Connecting With Thunder Players  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/sports/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunders-billy-donovan-goes-one-on-one-to-foster-team-unity.html

–  Rookie/Vet:  Tyson Chandler/ Devin Booker  (from The Players’ Tribune):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXQGewGpBM

–  Brad Stevens:  The Wizard Of Boston  (from Jeff Siegel,  fansided.com):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/01/27/brad-stevens-boston-celtics-coaching-wizard/

Timberwolves Coach Mitchell Tries To Reach His Young Roster  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.sctimes.com/story/sports/2016/01/26/nba-timberwolves-coach-tries-reach-young-roster/79373922/

–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games (from SBNation):

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

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Troy Tauscher, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/01/carmelo-anthony-less-is-more/

–  Justise Winslow  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611044-he-is-raising-the-bar-every-game-justise-winslow-is-what-miami-heat-wanted

–  Ian Mahinmi  (from Nate Taylor,  Indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/01/25/pacers-hope-their-defense-stiffens-when-ian-mahinmi-returns/79312668/

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29434888/michael-malone-emmanuel-mudiay-talks-spark-improved-play

–  Lance Thomas  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611335-new-york-knicks-glue-guy-isnt-who-anyone-was-expecting

–  Nik Stauskas  (from  John Finger,  csnphilly.com):   http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/long-search-shot-nik-stauskas-finally-starts-find-rhythm

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article56302670.html

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson,  The Advocate):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14690843-128/pelicans-guard-jrue-holiday-getting-healthier-more-dynamic

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-lakers/post/_/id/42677/dangelo-russell-benched-for-trying-to-take-over

–  Meyers Leonard  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-shirt-told-story-meyers-leonard-and-trail-blazers-tuesdays-win

Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/26/archie-goodwin-settling-suns-point-guard-stint/79385706/

–  Erick Green  (from Randy Hollis,  Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646267/Jazz-notebook-Traded-for-each-other-in-2013-Green-and-Gobert-now-teammates.html

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/27/10827206/ronald-roberts-nba-d-league-raptors-905-obstacles-interview

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

–  Film Breakdown: Lakers Found a Blueprint for Success on Offense  (from Drew Garrison,  silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/31/10695650/la-lakers-analysis-pick-and-roll-film-strategy-breakdown-cut

–  Karl-Anthony Towns is Already a Star  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/10695284/karl-anthony-towns-highlights-jazz-star-rookie

–  Time for Cousins, Kings to Shape Up  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52596430.html

–  Film Room:  Oladipo Playing Elite Defense  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-victor-oladipo-playing-elite-defense

Draymond Summarizes All  (from apricot/Jim Barnett,  goldenstateofmind):

Watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/1/10698150/warriors-vs-rockets-2015-highlight-video-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunk-from-andre-iguodala

Wolves GM Newton Looks to Solidify Team’s Foundation  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/wolves-general-manager-newton-charting-course/index.html

–  The Stupid Argument About the Most Fundamentally Sound Player Ruining the Game  (from Brian McCormick,  learntocoachbasketball.com):

Read it here:  http://learntocoachbasketball.com/the-stupid-argument-about-the-most-fundamental-player-in-the-nba-ruining-the-game-of-basketball

Recapping Wednesday/Thursday Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Heat Update  (from Ira Winderman,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article52588225.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jae Crowder  (from Brian Robb, Bleacher Report):

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604078-jae-crowder-emerging-as-a-promising-leader-for-boston-celtics

–  Tyson Chandler’s Return to Form  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/tyson-chandler-returns-form-suns-starting-lineup/78164842/

–  Chris Bosh  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):    http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/12/29/bosh-4/

–  Justise Winslow/Stanley Johnson  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoaoWR8AAGiXMUUw

–  Justise Winslow  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/31/fundamentals-justise-winslow-heat-duke-dwyane-wade-erik-spoelstra-chris-bosh

–  Bobby Portis/Kristaps Porzingis  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/01/01/comparing-kristaps-porzingis-new-york-knicks-and-bobby-portis-chicago-bulls/

–  Jonas Valanciunas  (from Arden Zwelling,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/how-lengthy-layoff-made-valanciunas-a-better-player/

–  Gerald Henderson Trying to Find His Way (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/struggle-gerald-henderson-veteran-trying-find-his-way-trail-blazers

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/01/01/tristan-thompson-starting-the-correct-decision/

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-have-no-regrets-drafting-dangelo-russell-over-jahlil-okafor

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-believes-he-could-eventually-become-a-stretch-four

–  Brandon Bass (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/new-purple-jersey-same-hard-working-bass

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Q & A: Kings Vice President of Basketball Strategy and Data Science Roland Beech  (from Kyle Ramos,  kings.com):

”  I always preach that fit matters so much, which differs from people who obsess about the stats. You can rate guys, but so much is about how they fit with different players and coaching schemes.”

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/kings/blog/kings-qa-roland-beech

 

–   Doc Rivers discusses Jordan, Garnett, and 2010 NBA Finals in Boston visit  (from Justin Barrasso, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/10/doc-rivers-clippers-celtics-austin-rivers-mark-cuban-deandre-jordan-nba-finals

 

Vegas semipro team reaches deal with David Harrison, targets Royce White  (from Jeff Goodman,  ESPN):

” Former first-round pick David Harrison has verbally agreed to a deal with the semipro Las Vegas Dealers, who are also in significant discussions with ex-NBA player Royce White.

The Dealers are part of the startup Amerileague, which intends to target top high school talent and well-known former NBA players.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13629240/semi-pro-las-vegas-dealers-agree-deal-david-harrison-targets-royce-white

 

Jazz Team Physician Lyle Mason Interview (from Laura Thompson, saltcityhoops):

” I recently spent a couple of hours with Dr. Lyle Mason, picking his brain on the last 36 years of life — just barely more than half of his life — as the team physician with the Utah Jazz. It’s impossible to perfectly encapsulate that long of a career into a brief article, or even series of articles, and give him the proper honor I believe he deserves, but I’m certainly going to try.”

Read Part One here:  http://saltcityhoops.com/interviewing-dr-lyle-mason-part-i-jazz-beginnings-stockton-the-shot/

Read Part Two here:  http://saltcityhoops.com/interviewing-dr-mason-part-ii-ak-deron-ty-vs-quin/

 

–  Wolves’ Coach Flip Saunders to take leave to fight cancer  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/saunders-to-take-leave-to-fight-cancer-mitchell-will-coach/326489681/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  D’Angelo Russell’s Pull-Up Shooting  (from Anthony Irwin,  forumblueandgold.com):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/10/one-player-one-skill-dangelo-russell-pull-up-shooting/

 

–  Film Room: Aaron Gordon on Defense  (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-aaron-gordon-defense

 

–  Hornets Player Forecast: Nicolas Batum  (from Spencer Percy,  queencityhoops.com):  http://queencityhoops.com/blog/15-16-hornets-player-forecast-nicolas-batum/

 

What will Kings see from Marco Belinelli?  (from Greg Wissinger, sactownroyalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/9/11/9309399/30q-what-will-we-see-from-marco-belinelli

 

–  Reggie Bullock’s shot got him to the NBA, but he expects his D to help him stick with Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/bullocks-shot-got-him-nba-he-expects-his-d-help-him-stick-pistons

 

–   Will Cummings Hopes To Make Mark With Rockets Following Road Far Less Traveled  (from Colby Giacubeno, ridiculousupside.com):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/9/11/9309959/will-cummings-houston-rockets-nba-training-camp-interview

 

–  Taking A Look At Cavaliers Hopefuls:  Jared Cunningham, Jerrelle  Benimon, D. J. Stephens, Quinn Cook  (from Mike Schreiner,  kingjamesgospel.com):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2015/09/11/taking-a-look-at-cavaliers-hopefuls/

 

–   The fighter in Marcin Gortat  (from Mark Woods,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13624623/nba-ring-court-marcin-gortat-fighter

 

–   After struggling in first NBA season, Nik Stauskas steps up for Canada at FIBA Americas  (from Eric Koreen, National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/after-struggling-in-first-nba-season-nik-stauskas-steps-up-for-canada-at-fiba-americas