Special Edition: Reaction To The TOR-SAS Trade, Day Two

NOTE:  We have reviewed many of the 3 billion-plus stories that have been written about the trade and now present links to some of the best “day two” reactions.  (See Wednesday’s Basketball Intelligence for links to “Day One” reaction stories.)
What The Trade Means For Both Teams & The NBA (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Why The Other Kawhi Trades Never Happened (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
A Win For Both Teams?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Winners & Losers From The Trade (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
For The Raptors, A Risk Worth Taking (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
The Raptors Are Built For The Long Haul, No Matter What Kawhi Decides (from Jonathan Tjarks):
In Trading For Kawhi, Raptors Sent A Loud Message (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Ujiri’s Career-Defining Trade (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
How Kawhi Fits On The Raptors (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
How Kawhi Changes Raptors’ Defensive Identity (from Steven Loung, Sportsnet.ca.):
A Shallow Dive Into Kawhi’s Advanced Stats (from Colin Connors, Raptors Republic ):
What’s Next For The Spurs? (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Popovich Looks Forward (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Poeltl Could Be A Valuable Piece For Spurs (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Spurs Finally Succumb To NBA’s Chaos (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):
The Spurs Will Begin A Strange New Era (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
DeRozan Wanted Help, Not An Escape (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Podcast: Analyzing The Trade (from Alex Kennedy/FrankUrbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/3/16

Inside Story Of Zach Randolph’s Move To The Bench  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-inside-story-of-zach-randolphs-move-to-the-bench-165427780.html

–  James Harden Is Set To Have A Season For The Ages (from Jared Dubin, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/11/03/james-harden-point-guard-mike-dantoni-mvp/

–  Video: How Isaiah Thomas Continues To Defy The Odds (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=17956934

–  Where Would Isaiah Thomas And Celtics Be Without Each Other? (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17885733/nba-where-isaiah-thomas-boston-celtics-other

–  Amir Johnson Hit 10 Treys Last Season; Last Night He Hit Four In One Quarter  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724303/amir-johnson-3-pointers

–  DeRozan Continues To Dominate  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/02/derozan-continues-to-dominate-as-raptors-take-down-wizards

–  TOR 113,  WAS 103  (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/24635/2016/11/03/10-observations-raptors-defeat-wizards-113-103-in-imperfect-fashion/

–  How Dwight Howard Fits In Atlanta  (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-dwight-howard-fits-in-atlanta

“Ten Things I Like And Don’t Like” So Far This Season (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17950115/zach-lowe-10-things-like

–  SVG:  Giving Nights Off To Rest Players Is “Not Us”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/11/resting_players_early_thats_no.html

–  John Wall Q & A (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/11/02/john-wall-washington-wizards-bradley-beal-demarcus-cousins

–  Wizards Are 0-3 But See Themselves On Verge Of Something Positive  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/11/03/wizards-believe-theyre-better-than-0-3-but-results-reveals-a-struggling-team/

–  Young Lakers Are Reborn Under Walton  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7YhM31m1d0&feature=youtu.be&a

–  Joel Embiid: “All You Have To Do Is Watch”  (from Andrew Unterberger,  The Score):

Read it here:  http://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1145054

–  Kawhi Leonard Keeps Adding To His Game  (from Mike Monroe, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2673630-spurs-two-way-star-kawhi-leonard-has-quietly-become-an-iso-stud-too

–  TJ Warren: MIP?  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/11/03/phoenix-suns-t-j-warren-making-early-case-improved-player/

–  The Free-Flowing Nature Of Kevin Durant’s Basketball Life  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-free-flowing-nature-of-kevin-durants-basketball-life-143438722.html

–  Franchise Cornerstone Gorgui Dieng (from Steve McPherson, 1500espn.com):

Read it here:  http://www.1500espn.com/wolves-2/2016/11/feelings-arent-numbers-franchise-cornerstone-gorgui-dieng/

–  Jaylen Brown Works Incredibly Hard  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/11/jimmy_butler_on_workout_partne.html

–  Maurice Ndour’s Four Continent Quest To The NBA  (from Charlie Hatch, thepostathens.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2016/11/maurice-ndour-finally-makes-it-big-nba-new-york-knicks

–  Ryan Anderson: Rockets X-Factor  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2673357-sharpshooting-ryan-anderson-has-quickly-become-rockets-x-factor

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/31/16

–  Warriors Close Out Thunder  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/31/warriors-okc-thunder-game7-stephen-curry-klay-thompson-finals-video

–  Key Game 7 Stats  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/119123/golden-state-warriors-flip-the-switch-to-win-game-7

–  Game 7 Video Highlights  (from Dime Mag):

Watch it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/6/

–  OKC Might Have Won With Defensive Adjustment  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read and view it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/05/31/thunders-collapse-could-have-been-avoided-with-defensive-adjustment-rebounding/

–  A Deep Bench:  The One Thing OKC Is Missing  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Mag):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-durant-amazing-warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/

 A Jump-Shooting Team Will Win The NBA Title  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):


–  Harry Edwards/Billy Donovan:  The NBA’s Little-Known Odd Couple  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Udefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/the-nbas-little-known-odd-couple/

–  Questions Await New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/From-Conleys-future-to-offensive-philosophy-questions-await-David-Fizdale-as-Grizzlies-coach-381307601.html

–  Hubie Brown On Jeff Hornacek  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

–  Raptors’ GM Craves Challenge To Top This Season  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/30/raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-gives-end-of-season-press-conference.html

–  How Close Are We To Every NBA Team Having A D-League Affiliate?  (From Chris Reichert,  Upsaide & Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/05/31/nba-adam-silver-d-league-affiliate/

–  Draft Picks By Team  (from Hoops Rumors):

 Draft Picks By Team:

  • Boston Celtics (8): 3rd, 16th, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, 58th
  • Denver Nuggets (5): 7th, 15th, 19th, 53rd, 56th
  • Phoenix Suns (4): 4th, 13th, 28th, 34th
  • Utah Jazz (4): 12th, 42nd, 52nd, 60th
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3): 1st, 24th, 26th
  • New Orleans Pelicans (3): 6th, 39th, 40th
  • Milwaukee Bucks (3): 10th, 36th, 38th
  • Orlando Magic (3): 11th, 41st, 47th
  • Atlanta Hawks (3): 21st, 44th, 54th
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2): 2nd, 32nd
  • Sacramento Kings (2): 8th, 59th
  • Toronto Raptors (2): 9th, 27th
  • Chicago Bulls (2): 14th, 48th
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2): 17th, 57th
  • Detroit Pistons (2): 18th, 49th
  • Indiana Pacers (2): 20th, 50th
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2): 25th, 33rd
  • Houston Rockets (2): 37th, 43rd
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1): 5th
  • Charlotte Hornets (1): 22nd
  • San Antonio Spurs (1): 29th
  • Golden State Warriors (1): 30th
  • Dallas Mavericks (1): 46th
  • Brooklyn Nets (1): 55th


Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  DeMar DeRozan (from Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/28/demar-derozan-driven-to-be-quintessential-toronto-raptor-arthur.html

–  Justin Anderson (from Matthew Postins, scout.com):  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1670955-what-do-the-mavs-need-from-justin-anderson


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/2/16

Preview:  ATL’s D vs CLE’s O  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):
–  Kevin Love’s Play Will Be Pivotal  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fear The Sword):
–  Opponents Aren’t Respecting LBJ’s Three-Point Shot (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):
–  Preview:  TOR vs MIA  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated):
–  GSW 118, POR 106  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors’ Defensive Assignments Caught The Blazers Off Guard  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):
–  Klay Thompson’s Comfort Level  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  Video Breakdown: The Blueprint To Wins Without Curry  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Draymond Green: NBA’s Best All-Around Player?  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
–  Damian Lillard Can’t Beat Warriors’ Defense By Himself  (from Michael Pina, RealGM):
 Time For The Thunder To Fear Kawhi Leonard  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Danny Green Shakes Out Of Shooting Slump (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):
–  Spurs Playbook:  The Aldridge/Ginobili Pick-and-Roll (from Eli Horowitz,  Pounding The Rock):
–  Paul George’s Brilliance  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

–  Weekend Recap  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/02/lion-face-lemon-face-game-7-and-heaven/

–  Rockets’ Coaching Search  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-coaching-search-about-more-than-checking-7386016.php?t=2eb416a86a438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  The Bucks’ Players’ Plus-Minus: The Good, The Bad, The Meh  (from Frank Madden, Brew Hoop):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/5/2/11553476/Bucks-plus-minus-rpm-khris-middleton-giannis-antetokounmpo

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:



–  Norman Powell (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-fed-off-energy-powell-pacers-series/

 Dion Waiters (from Cray Allred,  Welcome To Loud City):  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/4/28/11525238/dion-waiters-is-the-emergency-over

–  Terrence Jones (from Ethan Rothstein, The Dream Shake):  http://www.thedreamshake.com/2016/5/2/11562212/the-bizarre-inevitable-divorce-of-terrence-jones-and-the-houston


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/25/16


–  Marcus Smart Put On A Master Class In Defensive Versatility In Game 4  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):
–  Hawks Let Game 4 And Series Control Slip Away  (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):
–  After Curry Injury, Warriors Unleash Hell On Rockets  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Warriors Fight On Without Steph, And For Him, As Well (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):
–  What Steph’s Knee Injury Means (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Things Warriors Must Do To Remain Competitive If Steph Is Out (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Playoffs’ Lion Face, Lemon Face  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):
–  Raptors Relying On DeRozan and Lowry For Pivotal game 5  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
How The Trail Blazers Rebuilt On The Fly  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
–  What Will The Spurs Need From Tony Parker  (from Buck Harvey,  Expressnews.com):
–  Cavs Can Be Optimistic Despite Their Vulnerabilities  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
–  Charlotte’s Transition From Losing Bobcats To Playoff Hornets  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):
–  The “Difference” In The Playoffs Is Not All On The Officials  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
 Sean Marks’ And The Nets’ Focus  (from Miles Wray,  Hardwood Paroxysm):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Patty Mills (from Warren Yiu,  pickandroll.com.au):  http://pickandroll.com.au/speed-kills-patty-mills-slow/
–  Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka  (from Antony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5493926

 Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/nba-blog/article73673492.html