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,
–  Hornets/Kemba; Baron Davis; Paul George Q & A  (from David Aldridge,
“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,
Mavs: Too Much Emphasis On 3s?  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  New Nets’ GM Sean Marks  (from Andy Vasquez,
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  GIF Breakdown: The High Scoring Stylings Of Devin Booker and Alex Len  (from Rollin J. Mason,
–  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):
Kristaps Porzingis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):
Joe Johnson  (from Ira Winderman,
D.J. Augustin  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):
–   Dorell Wright  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
–  Shelvin Mack  (from Tony Jones,  Salt City Tribune):
–  Jordan Clarkson  (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):
David West (from Mark Monteith,
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Evan Fiala,  The Sports Quotient):
–  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
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,
–  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):

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–  Recapping Saturday’s Games   (from SBNation):

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–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell’s Post Game Remarks  (from William Bohl,

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

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

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–  Kings 142, Suns 119  (form Paul Coro,

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–  Cavs’ Full Roster Means Cramped Rotations  (from Jason Lloyd,

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Celtics’ Big Man Logjam  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

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

Read and view it here:

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jeremy Lamb Q & A  (from Erik Horne,

–  JJ Redick’s Hot Shooting December  (form Jose DeLeon,  ESPN):

–  JJ Redick  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):

–  Danny Green  (from Paul Garcia,

–  Darrun Hilliard  (from, Keith Langlois,

–  Larry Nance/Julius Randle  (from LA Times):

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr/ Otto Porter   (from J. Michael,

–  Luc Mbah a Moute  (from Keith Pompey,

–  Solomon Hill/ Chase Budinger  (from Scott Agness,  Vigilant Sports):

–  Richaun Holmes  (form Brian Seltzer,

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):

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

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

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–  How Evan Turner’s presence could affect the Boston Celtics  (from Kevin O’Connor,

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Lakers’ Trainer Gary Vitti Q & A  (from Mike Trudell,

” 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:”

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Stan Van Gundy discusses losing Greg Monroe  (from Jason Brunskowski,

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 A conversation with Sam Mitchell about coaching and leadership  (from Tim Faklis,

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

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

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–  NBA D-League Head Coaching Tracker for the 2015-16 Season  (from Keith Schlosser,

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

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–  Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions  (from Chuck Myron,

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

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Myles Turner:


Darrun Hilliard:


Glenn Robinson III:


Greg Monroe:


Bismack Biyombo:


Justise Winslow:


Andre Miller:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

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

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(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,

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– Sixers in tough spot with free agency, pending cap increase  (from John Gonzalez,

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

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Thomas Robinson: Traveling Man  (from Jonathan Abrams,

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Celtics: Youth Movement & Patience  (from wjsy,

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

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

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For those with access to ESPN Insider:


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

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Day 6 of our continuing coverage of 2015 draft selections:


3, Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor:


–  5, Orlando, Mario Hezonja:


16, Boston,  Terry Rozier:


20, Toronto, Delon Wright:


23, Brooklyn,  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:


38, Detroit, Darrun Hilliard:



Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Noah Vonleh:


Al-Farouk Aminu:


Mason Plumlee:


James M ichael McAdoo:


Enes Kanter:


Dante Exum:


Nikola Jokic:


Josh Selby: