Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/4/16

–  Kerr:  Warriors’ ‘Killers’ Make Them Special  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/kerr-golden-states-killers-make-them-special-breed

–  Harrison Barnes  Q & A  (from Jared Dubin,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/harrison-barnes-warriors-stephen-curry-draymond-green-death-lineup

–  Danny Ainge:  Striving To Build Another Winner  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/sports/basketball/celtics-danny-ainge-is-striving-to-build-another-winner.html

–  How Myles Turner And The Pacers Are Blocking So Many Shots  (from Ben Gibson, 8poins9seconds):

Read and view it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/02/03/breaking-down-how-myles-turner-and-the-indiana-pacers-are-now-blocking-so-many-shots/

–  Myles Turner Plays Like A Veteran  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jJFd3HN22SY

–  What Suns’ GM Expects From New Coach Earl Watson  (from Adam Green,  Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/544214/suns-gm-with-watson-in-charge-goal-is-to-see-improved-energy-and-effort/

–   Sixers:  Why Rush The Process Now?  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367606321

–  How Derrick Rose Is Learning To Be Derrick Rose Again  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14702727/how-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls-learning-old-self-again

 Will The Raptors Still Be Great In April And May?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/2/3/10886750/toronto-raptors-breakdown-highlights-statistics-playoffs

–  The Origin Of The Blazers’ Defensive Resurgence  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/02/trail_blazers_defensive_resurgence.html

–  Diagnosing The Bucks’ Broken Defense  (from Eric Nehm,  Brew Hoop):

Read and view it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/2/3/10871010/diagnosing-the-bucks-defense-no-youre-not-helping

–  Kerr’s Return Shows Impact Of Great Coaching  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/02/02/steve-kerrs-work-with-warriors-shows-how-nba-greatness-requires-great-coaching/

 Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

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

–  Steph Curry:  No Longer “Slumping”  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/114340/stephen-curry-no-longer-slumping

Nuggets Set Of The Week:  Ram Stagger Ballscreen  (from gibsonpyper, Denver Stiffs):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/2/3/10905522/denver-nuggets-set-of-the-week-ram-stagger-ballscreen

–  Pau Gasol:  “Are We Doing Enough”?  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22907/bulls-pick-up-slack-in-jimmy-butlers-absence-in-win-over-kings

–  The Cavs’ New Offense  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrKazycAAK9b79qm

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Sean Highkin,  Bleacher Report):   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613341-bobby-portis-a-work-in-progress-despite-earning-necessary-minutes-with-bulls

–  Marvin Williams  (from Russell Varner,  At The Hive):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/2/3/10905346/marvin-williams-is-having-a-career-rebirth-and-you-didnt-even-notice

Rudy Gobert  (from Ben Reiter,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/rudy-gobert-utah-jazz-france-stifle-tower

 Steph Curry  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25473222/watch-science-technology-shows-how-amazing-steph-curry-truly-is

–  Tim Hardaway,  Jr.  (from Chris Vivlamore,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/with-trust-hardaway-jr-increased-role-with-hawks/nqJtN/

–  Jahlil Okafor  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/2/4/10896008/sixers-okafor-rebounding-bad

–  Jerian Grant  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613303-are-ny-knicks-already-looking-past-jerian-grant-as-their-next-point-guard

–  Zach Randolph  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Spots):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zach-randolph–grizzlies-put-life-back-in-tall-ball-180831688.html

–  Paul George  (from Conrad Brunner,  1070thefan.com):   http://www.1070thefan.com/blogs/brunos-blog/georges-excuses-ring-increasingly-hollow

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC8cF4CmsMY

 

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

–  Blatt Likes Cavs’ Point Guard Flexibility  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1752/a-look-at-the-cavs-point-guard-situation

–  Three Underrated Analytical Metrics  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/three-underrated-analytical-metrics/

–  Warriors’ Luke Walton was the Right Man for the Job  (from Diamond Leung,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29333894/warriors-luke-walton-was-right-man-job

Miami Heat Flash Immense Upside and Other Friday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604279-miami-heat-flash-immense-upside-and-other-friday-nba-takeaways

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/1/10700338/nba-schedule-results-miami-heat-mavericks-sixers-lakers-kobe-bryant

–  Clippers:  Life Without Blake Griffin  (fromJeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/12/29/blake-griffin-injury-chris-paul-doc-rivers-paul-pierce-jamal-crawford-jj-redick-deandre-jordan/78038130/

 Samaki Walker on Being a Big Man in the Triangle Offense  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vCLU5VMAV90

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22750/bobby-portis-emergence-leaves-hoiberg-with-tough-choices

–  Khris Middleton  (from  Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-guard-khris-middleton-shooting-lights-out-in-past-6-games-b99644205z1-364007521.html

DeMarre Carroll  (from Eric Koreen,  National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-demarre-carroll-still-finding-his-place-on-the-team-as-he-battles-nagging-injuries

 Jeff Withey  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3366870-155/utah-jazz-notes-jeff-withey-providing

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/biyombo-gives-raptors-emotional-lift-in-win-over-former-team-1.416833

–  Devin Booker/TJ Warren  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/suns-start-youngest-wings-devin-booker-tj-warren/78195452/

–  Kawhi Leonard Shot 50-50-90 in December   (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):   http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/01/01/kawhi-leonard-hits-the-50-50-90-mark/

–  Brandon Jennings  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/12/pistons_brandon_jennings_takes_1.html

–  Taj Gibson  (from  KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-bits-bulls-spt-0102-20160101-story.html

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 10/27/15

–  Our Annual Tiers of the NBA  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

” It’s time for our last big preseason tradition: Tiers of the NBA, where we group teams into categories meant to time-stamp both their place in the league’s hierarchy and on their own internal development path. These are not strict power rankings, and the listed order within each tier doesn’t necessarily mean anything.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/our-annual-tiers-of-the-nba/

 

–  What’s changed in the NBA? A look at this year’s big moves, rule changes and rookie returns  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/pro-basketball-whats-changed-in-the-nba-a-look-at-this-years-big-moves-rule-changes-and-rookie-returns/article/5456174/?page=2

 

–  Raptors putting the ‘D’ back in defence  (form Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/26/raptors-putting-the-d-back-in-defence

 

–  DeMar DeRozan: I Haven’t Blued a Play Since my Rookie Year  (from Zarar Sidiqi, Raptors republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/26/demar-derozan-i-havent-blued-a-play-since-my-rookie-year/

 

–  Beneath calm exterior, a fire burns inside Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/26/4986160_beneath-calm-exterior-a-fire-burns.html

 

Rockets: How Will Adding Ty Lawson Affect James Harden  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659286-james-harden-ty-lawson-rockets-houston-point-guard-complementary-styles

 

–  Thunder: Redefining the concept of a ‘good shot’  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:   http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-redefining-the-concept-of-a-good-shot/article/5456156/?page=2

 

–  The Hornets turned into a 3-point juggernaut during the NBA preseason  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/26/9610638/charlotte-hornets-three-point-shot-offense-kemba-walker-al-jefferson-steve-clifford

 

–  A confident David Blatt is ready for Year 2 in Cleveland  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13978110/david-blatt-ready-year-2-cleveland-cavaliers

 

–  The Atlanta Hawks are going to repeat and you will be surprised  – again  (from Jason Walker, peachtreehoops.com):

Read it here:   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/10/26/9615238/atlanta-hawks-predictions-2015-2016-horford-millsap

 

–  Skiles Holds All Players Accountable, Expects Defensive Excellence  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/magic/news/skiles-holds-all-players-accountable-expects-defensive-excellence

 

–  DERRICK ROSE READY FOR SEASON OPENER AGAINST CAVS   (from Sam Smith,  Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/sam-smith/derrick-rose-ready-season-opener-against-cavs

 

–  BULLS SEASON PREVIEW  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/sam-smiths-bulls-season-preview

 

Jabari Parker’s return  (from Gery Woelfel, journaltimes.com):

Read it here:  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/leap-of-faith-young-bucks-poised-to-make-big-step/article_7f64192c-ec7f-51ee-82c3-84329fb5c339.html

 

–  The NBA’s most interesting international players (from Jonathan Raymond,  The National):

Read it here:  http://www.thenational.ae/sport/nba/around-the-world-in-20-players-the-nbas-most-interesting-internationals-2015#full

 

–   The NBA Wages a War on Attrition  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

” Keeping players healthy has become a leaguewide obsession, and the difference between winning a title and a playoff exit.”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-nba-wages-a-war-on-attrition-1445878326

 

–  Aldridge’s fit with Spurs, Caron Butler Q&A, rankings and more  (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/27/open-floor-lamarcus-aldridge-gregg-popovich-spurs-caron-butler-kings

 

–  Do the Wizards have a capable supporting cast around John Wall?  (from Evans Clinchy, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/27/washington-wizards-john-wall-supporting-cast/

 

–  Breaking It Down: Luis Scola and Jonas Valanciunas Defensive Pairing  (from Zarar Siddiqi,  raprtospepubic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/27/breaking-it-down-luis-scola-and-jonas-valanciunas-defensive-pairing/

 

–  Sixers PGs Isaiah Canaan, T.J. McConnell must keep team running  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-pgs-isaiah-canaan-tj-mcconnell-must-keep-team-running

 

–  Danny Ainge: ‘I don’t see a finish line’ on Celtics tenure  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/10/danny_ainge_i_don_t_see_a_finish_line_on_celtics_tenure

 

–   Quin Snyder: Managing expectations (form Jared Woodcox, yardbarker.com):

Read it here:  http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/coach_snyders_comments_shouldnt_deter_utah_jazz_fans_optimism/s1_7899_19781695

 

–  Rick Carlisle inching closer to becoming a Maverick for life  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151026-sefko-rick-carlisle-inching-closer-to-becoming-a-maverick-for-life.ece

 

–  NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Bounced Into Hall of Fame  (from Richie Brand,  Investors.com):

Read it here:  http://news.investors.com/management-leaders-and-success/102615-777397-dick-bavetta-nba-basketball-hall-of-fame.htm

 

–  SportVU Driving School  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” On cue for the new season, late last week the good folks NBA.com gave us and Nylon Calc and the rest of the stats-curious community a little bit of a goodie bag in terms of the improvements and additions to the suite of publicly available SportVU data1. The biggest improvement is the ability to filter all previously available stats by date which both allows for more accurate totals2 and the game-by-game “boxscores” which Darryl introduced earlier today.

In addition to these refinements, there is some genuinely new information. In particular, the drives tab has applications to a subject near and dear to my heart as a largely unexplained phenomenon, which is to say playmaking:”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/26/sportvu-driving-school/#fn-8320-3

 

 “Hot Hands” in Basketball Are Real  (from Jordan Ellenberg, Slate.com):

Read it here:   http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/10/hot_hands_in_basketball_are_real_new_analysis_shows.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– Kent Bazemore finally getting a shot with the Hawks  (from Paul Newberry, Associated Press):   http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2015-10-26/kent-bazemore-finally-getting-shot-hawks

 

–   Trey Burke is ‘all in’ for the Utah Jazz this season  (from Jody Gennessy,  Deseret News):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640008/Third-year-point-guard-Trey-Burke-is-all-in-for-the-Utah-Jazz-this-season.html?pg=all

 

–  Pacers’ C.J. Miles ready to shoot in new offense  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/26/pacers-cj-miles-ready-shoot-new-offense/74641382/

 

–  Celtics’ Avery Bradley wants to shoot 40 percent from deep and emerge as one of the NBA’s best shooters  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/boston_celtics_avery_bradley_w.html

 

–  Jared Dudley Will Fill Paul Pierce’s Shoes in Washington  (form Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vi5XPSEAAHUAN3Nc/jared-dudley-will-fill-paul-pierces-shoes-in-washington

 

–   Blazers’ CJ McCollum prepared for ‘delicate balance’ between scorer and point guard  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_is_navigating_the_delica.html

 

–  Suns’ Markieff Morris had Rasheed Wallace help  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/26/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-had-rasheed-wallace-help/74656720/

 

–  Jabari Brown  lives on NBA fringe  (from Jeff Gordon,  stltoday.com):    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/tipsheet-ex-mizzou-star-lives-on-nba-fringe/article_b7fa2b83-d2e1-5343-a953-d0e687e904e5.html

 

–  D’Angelo Russell says he has better understanding of role with Lakers  (from Eric Pincus, LATimes):   http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-dangelo-russell-understands-role-lakers-20151026-story.html

 

–   Cavaliers X-factor for the 2015-16 NBA season: Richard Jefferson   (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/the_cleveland_cavaliers_x-facto.html

 

–  Heat taking ‘big picture’ approach when it comes to Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees, playing time  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/heat-taking-big-picture-approach-when-it-comes-to-amare-stoudemires-knees-playing-time.html

 

–  Cory Joseph ready for Manu-like role in Toronto  (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cory-joseph-ready-for-manu-like-role-in-toronto/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call  (from Brian Mahoney,  Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba-refs-trained-keep-cool-call-225823165–nba.html

 

–   Mitch Kupchak: Ten Things to Know  (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150924_kupchakPressConference

 

–  Untangling The Gridlock Of Cleveland’s Frontcourt  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239306/Untangling-The-Gridlock-Of-Clevelands-Frontcourt

 

–   SVG Part II: Straight shooting from Dave Hopla and the boost Arn Tellem brings the Pistons  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-ii-straight-shooting-dave-hopla-and-boost-arn-tellem-brings-pistons

 

–  SVG Part III: On another year of roster churning and the need for better Pistons D this season  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-iii-another-year-roster-churning-and-need-better-pistons-d-season

 

–   Hornacek wants Phoenix Suns players to focus on defense over offense this season  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/24/9362515/hornacek-wants-phoenix-suns-players-to-focus-on-defense-over-offense

 

–  Scott Skiles Q & A (form John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-q-scott-skiles

 

–  Brett Brown, Sixers looking for fewer ‘gypsies’ in 2015-16  (from John Finger, CSNphilly.com):

“One of the lasting moments from last year’s 18-win season was when Brett Brown sounded off about the Sixers’ high-volume roster turnover.

First, the third-year Sixers head coach was disappointed that player Brandon Davies had been traded last December, saying the move made it tough to build a team and culture. Then later, Brown expressed reluctance to coach a team of “gypsies.”

“To coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that’s not what I’m looking for,” Brown said.

But as the Sixers enter the third year of the epic rebuilding process, Brown expects a lot less roster turnover.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/brett-brown-sixers-looking-fewer-gypsies-2015-16

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 7 Players – Touches & Possessions (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-7-players-touches-possessions/

(Note: This is Part Two of a Nine part series)

 

Bully Ball (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” (S)ome players are quite effective at bullyball. One of the theoretical pluses of the Spurs acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge is his supposed ability to negate smallball by being an effective scorer when presented with a smaller defender. At least in 2014/15, this theory appears to hold up. I’ll get to the methodology in a moment, but Aldridge shot just under 72% from the floor from around the post area when the closest defender was undersized. Combine that efficiency with his minuscule turnover rateand the mobility and length to allow him to catch the ball in a variety of positions on the floor, and yes, it’s probably fair to say Aldridge is a weapon who can pick on the mouse in the house. So, which other players struggle or excel when confronted with a smaller defender? Which players in fact require  the mismatch to be effective?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/24/bullyball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Ranks:  #10 Marc Gasol (from Will Gottlieb):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/22/marc-gasol-no-10/

 

Pacers look forward to having Paul George at full strength, in new position  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13731617/paul-george-indiana-pacers-eager-show-recovery-gone-hitch

 

Paul George not thrilled about move to power forward  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/24/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-paul-george-projected-start-power-forward/72627034/

 

–  DeAndre Jordan is returning to Southern California to continue his career with the Los Angeles Clippers  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/24/9184491/there-can-only-be-one-hylander-deandre-jordan

 

–  Joe Harris Gears Up for His Sophomore Campaign in Cleveland  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/harris-150924

 

–   Embiid surgery involved five doctors  (from Keith Pompey,  Philadelphia Inquirer):  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/Embiid-surgery-all-good.html

 

–  Offseason has Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaner and more prepared  (from Scott Kushner,  theadvocate.com):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/13535167-128/rewarding-offseason-has-pelicans-ryan

 

–  Is *this* the year Brook Lopez becomes a three-point shooter?  (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com): http://thebrooklyngame.com/year-brook-lopez-becomes-three-point-shooter/

 

–  A Life of Change Leads to Consistency in Basketball for Terry Rozier  (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/a-life-of-change-leads-to-consistency-in-basketball-for-rozier/

 

–  Happy and Healthy: Chris Bosh values life after near-death experience  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/23/chris-bosh-heat-raptors-georgia-tech-health-blood-clots-lebron-james

 

Michael Carter-Williams/ Shaun Livingston (from Scott rafferty, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-25/michael-carter-williams-shaun-livingston-bucks-jump-shot

 

QOTD:  “(O)ne of Gregg Popovich’s secrets in plain sight has been the way he builds a bench and employs them and trusts them so much during the regular season that he can rest his starters so much and still win so many games. He doesn’t have better reserves than other teams, and he loses guys regularly. But his players abide by their system of play and he relies on them and trusts them. It’s a big part of coaching (and running any successful business), making your employees feel a part of the organization and success and trusting them and taking an interest in their fate.”