Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/16

 

LBJ:  Cavs Aren’t Ready For The Playoffs  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  Quick Thoughts On Griz’ Win Over Cavs  (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
–  Kerr:  We Can’t Keep Relying On Steph Bailing Us Out  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):
–  Warriors Assistant GM Travis Schlenk Q & A  (from Matthew Steinmetz):
 Celtics Can’t Cross Line Of Emotional Play  (from Jimmy Toscano,  csnne.com):
–  Hornets/Kemba; Baron Davis; Paul George Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
“Pressure Rate” Defenders  (from Jordan K. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Suns Still Fighting Despite Down Season  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Wesley Matthews One Year Later  (from Saad Yousuf,  mavsmoneyball.com):
Mavs: Too Much Emphasis On 3s?  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  New Nets’ GM Sean Marks  (from Andy Vasquez, northjersey.com):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  GIF Breakdown: The High Scoring Stylings Of Devin Booker and Alex Len  (from Rollin J. Mason,  brightsideofthesun.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  Steph Screens, Klay Hits Wild Trey  (from EricApricot,  Golden tate Of Mind):
Luke Walton:  Dubs Have Freedom To Improvise  (from Scott Davis,  Business Insider):
–  Raptors’ Second Half Collapse Versus Rockets  (from Cooper Smither,  Raptors Republic):
–  How The Lakers Beat The Dubs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Front Office Insider  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Zach Lowe’s “2016 Marc Gasol All-Stars”  (from ESPN):
–  Hawks Recapturing Some Of Last Season’s Form  (from Jonathan Savitske, Hoops Habit):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/08/giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks-jason-kidd-kobe-bryant
Kristaps Porzingis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11134556/kristaps-porzingis-knicks-future
Joe Johnson  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-joe-johnson-s030716-story.html
D.J. Augustin  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29608642/augustin-making-his-mark-denver
–   Dorell Wright  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders): http://www.basketballinsiders.com/dorell-wright-discusses-china-stint-nba-return/
–  Shelvin Mack  (from Tony Jones,  Salt City Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3629567-155/utah-jazz-still-meshing-with-jazz
–  Jordan Clarkson  (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160308-story.html
David West (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-stay-aggressive-turn-back-spurs
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Evan Fiala,  The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/3/8/emmanuel-mudiays-growing-pains
–  Josh Maggette  (from  Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  Josh Magette Defies Odds for D-Fenders

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

–  Draymond Green Is Redefining NBA Stardom  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Warriors’ GM Myers Evaluates First Half  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–   Never Underestimate Trade Deadline Chaos  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):    Lowe: Never underestimate trade deadline chaos
(Note:  This is the best story about potential trades that we’ve seen and one of the few that is actually worth reading.  And, as a bonus, it also includes interesting looks at Reggie Jackson’s and Nikola Vucevic’s offensive moves)
–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from 1500ESPN.com):
Wizards On The Brink At The Break  (from Kyle Wiedie,  Truth About It):
–  What’s Going Wrong In Houston  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Dirk Nowitzki: Still Loving The Ride  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Before The Knicks:  This Is How Porzingis Was In Spain (from Jorge Sierra,  Hoops Hype):
–  Lakers’ Bryant:  Young Players’ Development Hinges More On Mentors Than College   (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Blazers’  Assistant Coach Jay Triano  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):
–  Looking Back At Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Promising Yet Suddenly Halted Return  (from Reinis Lacis,  At The Hive):
–  Scouting Report On Potential NBA Signees Coming From China:  Jordan Crawford, Jabari Brown, Jamaal Franklin  (from Marco Catanzaro,  Sheridan Hoops):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Chris Paul  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-has-no-weakness
–  DeMar DeRozan (from Justin Rowan,  Hoops Habit):  Toronto Raptors Have Found A Star In DeMar Derozan

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/3/16

–  Rodney Hood’s Decisions in the Pick-and-Roll Can Keep the Jazz Afloat  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25434886/rodney-hoods-decisions-in-the-pick-and-roll-can-keep-the-jazz-afloat

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games   (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/2/10702756/nba-schedule-results-cavaliers-magic-rockets-spurs

–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell’s Post Game Remarks  (from William Bohl,  awolfamongwolves.com):

Read it here: http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/01/candid-sam-mitchell-delivers-lengthy-postgame-remarks/

–  Jazz 92,  Grizzlies 87  (from David Locke,  Locked On Jazz):

Read it here:  http://weareutahjazz.com/lockedonjazz/2016/01/02/emptying-the-noggin-so-much-to-say-about-an-amazing-win/

–  Paul George Scores 21 Straight Pacers’ Points  (from ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14489038

–  Kings 142, Suns 119  (form Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/02/sacramento-kings-rout-defenseless-phoenix-suns/78216028/

–  Cavs’ Full Roster Means Cramped Rotations  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-full-roster-means-cramped-rotation-worthy-players-left-out-in-cold-for-cavs-1.651755#

Celtics’ Big Man Logjam  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):  http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4721563/brad-stevens-curious-about-rookie-jordan-mickey-but-cs-have-bigger-frontcourt-issues

–  Explain One Play: Iguodala’s Thunderous Dunk (from Eric Apricot,  goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/3/10703632/warriors-vs-nuggets-2016-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-thunderous-slam-dunk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jeremy Lamb Q & A  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-qa-former-guard-jeremy-lamb-reflects-on-his-days-in-okc-trade-to-hornets/article/5470277

–  JJ Redick’s Hot Shooting December  (form Jose DeLeon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/113031/decembers-shooting-star-j-j-redick-of-the-clippers

–  JJ Redick  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VolemB8AAL6OQYZx

–  Danny Green  (from Paul Garcia,  projectspurs.com):   http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/zooming-in-danny-greens-january-night-vs-the-rockets.html

–  Darrun Hilliard  (from, Keith Langlois, Pistons.com): http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/keen-observer-all-around-him-darrun-hilliard-learns-fast-he-bides-his-time-pistons-bench

–  Larry Nance/Julius Randle  (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-lakers-report-20160103-story.html

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/01/02/kelly-oubre-jr-has-become-key-contributor-for-wizards/

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr/ Otto Porter   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):   http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-wizards-figure-out-porter-oubre-combo-can-work

–  Luc Mbah a Moute  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=364045411

–  Solomon Hill/ Chase Budinger  (from Scott Agness,  Vigilant Sports):   http://vigilantsports.com/2016/01/02/budinger-odd-man-out-as-solomon-hill-earns-playing-time/

–  Richaun Holmes  (form Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-holmes-amidst-progress-ready-keep-grinding

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

–  How Fred Hoiberg will make the Bulls’ offense better by speeding it up  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sorts):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25259256/how-fred-hoiberg-will-make-the-bulls-offense-better-by-speeding-it-up

 

 

–  Film Room: Kristaps Porzingis Part One:  Passing and Vision  (from Jonah Ballow,  NYKnicks.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.nba.com/knicks/film-room-porzingis

 

 

–  Film Room: Kristaps Porzingis Part Two:  Defensive Skills and Awareness   (from Jonah Ballow,  NYKnicks.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/knicks/news/film-room-kristaps-porzingis-defensive-skills-and-awareness

 

 

–  How Evan Turner’s presence could affect the Boston Celtics  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/8/4/9098113/evan-turner-domino-effect-how-turners-presence-could-affect-the-boston-celtics-exum-trade-rumor-nba

 

 

Lakers’ Trainer Gary Vitti Q & A  (from Mike Trudell,  Lakers.com):

” Gary Vitti’s been a Laker since I was a three-year-old, when he took over prior to the 1984-85 season.

The 2015-16 season will be his last as the head athletic trainer.

Every summer, I sit down with Vitti after the draft, free agency and Summer League have concluded to look ahead to the coming-soon-enough season. Hopefully, this will continue prior to the 2016-17 season, when Vitti will remain with the Lakers to help ease the transition to the new head trainer, and into the future as he serves the organization as a consultant.

The following is a full transcription of our conversation with Vitti about his stepping down from the head job, Kobe Bryant’s 20th season, details of the soon-to-be-built new Lakers’ facility, his thoughts on Purple and Gold youngsters Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, and more:”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150804_vittiqa

 

 

Stan Van Gundy discusses losing Greg Monroe  (from Jason Brunskowski,  detroitbadboys.com):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/7/31/9075433/greg-monroe-pistons-stan-van-gundy?_ga=1.146634676.1432769001.1438783494

 

 

 A conversation with Sam Mitchell about coaching and leadership  (from Tim Faklis,  awolfamonfwolves.com):

Read it here:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/08/a-conversation-with-sam-mitchell-about-coaching-and-leadership/

 

 

Kobe Bryant Q & A (from Marc Spears,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/q-a–kobe-bryant-talks-retirement–playoffs-and-life-after-basketball-141155813.html

 

 

–  Introducing Scoring Types, a Visual Way to Contextualize Points  (from Kelly Scaletta,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/08/04/introducing-scoring-types-a-visual-way-to-contextualize-points/

 

 

–  NBA D-League Head Coaching Tracker for the 2015-16 Season  (from Keith Schlosser,  ridiculousupside.com):

” Here’s a look at the status of all NBA D-League head coaching positions heading into the 2015-16 season thus far.”

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/8/5/9098375/nba-d-league-head-coaching-tracker-for-the-2015-16-season

 

 

–  Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

See the list here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/08/players-eligible-rookie-scale-extensions.html

 

 

Remembering Chick Hearn  (from Bruce Newman,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/08/05/chick-hearn-los-angeles-lakers-magic-johnson-pat-riley

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Myles Turner:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/features/myles-turner-interview-pacers/#GQg4SGgBjBXpcHii.97

 

Darrun Hilliard:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/darrun-hilliard-catches-eyes-not-only-svg-his-new-pistons-teammates

 

Glenn Robinson III:  http://8points9seconds.com/2015/07/30/glenn-robinsons-contributions-dont-show-up-in-the-box-score/

 

Greg Monroe:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2015/8/5/9096045/stan-van-gundy-greg-monroe-zach-lowe-podcast

 

Bismack Biyombo:  http://raptorsrapture.com/2015/08/05/toronto-raptors-bismack-biyombo-will-be-a-defensive-key/

 

Justise Winslow:  http://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/levelheaded-justise-winslow-ready-to-tackle-nba-life-with-miami-heat-20150728-gimhs7.html

 

Andre Miller:  http://deadspin.com/awesome-old-dude-andre-miller-should-play-in-the-nba-fo-1721102173

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Educated Consumer’s Guide to Following the NBA Free Agency Rumor Madness  (from  Kyle Welch, waitingfornextyear.com):

Read it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/07/the-educated-consumers-guide-to-following-the-nba-free-agency-rumor-madness/

(NOTE: We would add: if you are offered a proposition over/under bet of 2% of free agency rumors proving out – take the under.)

 

 

–  Deeper look reveals dynamic under-the-radar free agents  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/06/29/under-the-radar-free-agents-2015/

 

 

– Sixers in tough spot with free agency, pending cap increase  (from John Gonzalez, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-tough-spot-free-agency-pending-cap-increase

 

 

Non-guaranteed contracts play a big role in trades (from  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/brendan-haywood-contract-trade-cleveland-cavaliers-non-guaranteed-deal-free-agencyl/10zcvzxosx0p218e033dz3n0uu

 

 

Thomas Robinson: Traveling Man  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/thomas-robinson-nba-free-agency-philadelphia-76ers-portland-trail-blazers-houston-rockets-sacramento-kings-kansas-jayhawks/

 

 

Celtics: Youth Movement & Patience  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/1/8865557/a-lesson-learned-before-free-agency

 

 

–  Five Questions: Los Angeles Clippers  (from Jesse Blanchard,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/30/five-questions-los-angeles-clippers/

 

 

–  Summer League Can Be Valuable Experience  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-summer-league-can-be-valuable-experience/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  2015 free-agent Big Board 2.0  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13170103/nba-2015-big-board-top-30-free-agents-20

 

 

 

Day 6 of our continuing coverage of 2015 draft selections:

 

3, Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150701_Sixers__Brett_Brown_envisions_big_things_for_draft_pick_Jahlil_Okafor.html

 

–  5, Orlando, Mario Hezonja:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/06/mario-hezonja-offers-the-orlando-magic-plenty-of-versatility-and-confidence/

 

16, Boston,  Terry Rozier:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/danny_ainge_compares_boston_ce.html

 

20, Toronto, Delon Wright:  http://probballreport.com/raptors-rookie-delon-wright-is-nba-ready-now/

 

23, Brooklyn,  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2511244-expectations-for-rondae-hollis-jeffersons-rookie-season-with-brooklyn-nets

 

38, Detroit, Darrun Hilliard:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-saw-something-hilliard-others-didnt-now-hes-out-prove-them-right

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Noah Vonleh:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/06/30/what-is-noah-vonleh-capable-of/

 

Al-Farouk Aminu:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/07/01/free-agent-al-farouq-aminu-portland-trail-blazers/

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/07/mason-plumlee-brings-a-new-facet-to-the-portland-trail-blazers/

 

James M ichael McAdoo:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/7/1/8875725/nba-and-d-league-champion-james-michael-mcadoo-discusses-keys-to-success

 

Enes Kanter:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/30/looking-enes-kanter-situation/

 

Dante Exum:  http://purpleandblues.com/2015/06/30/breakout-season-on-tap-for-dante-exum/

 

Nikola Jokic:  http://bsndenver.com/breaking-down-nikola-jokic-the-nuggets-newest-european-import/

 

Josh Selby:  https://www.thetournament.com/news/josh-selby-takes-another-shot-tbt