Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/19/15

–  How Will Teams Stop the Best 3-point Scorers?  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25418260/how-will-teams-stop-the-best-3-point-scorers-in-the-nba

–  Kawhi Leonard, Quiet Superstar  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14386491/san-antonio-spurs-kawhi-leonard-nba-quiet-new-superstar

–  Brad Stevens:   Always Seeking an Edge  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/12/17/celtics-found-right-man-brad-stevens/MLmGbthDRz6TQA92DNsRDO/story.html

–  Paul George’s Defense  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VnRYQx8AAOVqw5hF

–  Spurs’ Defense:  Blast from the Past (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/13413/

Luke Walton:  Warriors’ Unlikely Leader  (from Lee Jenkins,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/17/golden-state-warriors-stephen-curry-luke-walton-steve-kerr

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  James Johnson Helps Lead Raptors Past Heat  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/19/utilized-james-johnson-draws-start-help-leads-raptors-past-heat/

–  Eight Surprise Starters Who Have Caught On This Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2599467-8-surprise-starters-who-have-caught-on-this-season

–  Zach LaVine’s True Position  (from Gerald Bourguet,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/19/minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-thriving-true-position/

–  Jeff Green Cannot Play With Zach Randolph  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/12/18/10440742/friday-three-jeff-green-zach-randolph-memphis-grizzlies-problems?_ga=1.263042572.1018263438.1420308416

–  Jerian Grant Is Struggling in the Knicks’ Triangle  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jerian-grant-change-plays-article-1.2470803

–  Brandon Jennings’ Decision to Play in D-League May Change NBA’s Rehab Practice  (from Peter J. Wallner,  Grand Rapid Press):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/drive/2015/12/brandon_jennings_decision_to_p.html

–  Tony Parker Is Back to Being Key Cog for Spurs  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/12/19/even-with-new-parts-for-spurs-parker-remains-key-cog/

–  Jeremy Lin’s Revival  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/18/10575088/jeremy-lin-highlights-stats-hornets-helping

–  Decisions Nearing on Non-Guaranteed Players  (from  Eric Pincus,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/decisions-nearing-on-non-guaranteed-players/

–  Dario Saric Q & A  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, slamnroll):

Read it here:  http://www.slamnroll.com/content/dario-saric-how-i-feel-and-think-about-basketball-comes-first

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  10 NBA rookies to watch  (from Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/emmanuel-mudiay-headlines-list-of-10-nba-rookies-to-watch-034720499.html

 

–  Team Previews (from Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Check out all 30 previews here:  http://www.sbnation.com/flanns-and-zillz

 

–   VERSATILITY KEY TO SUCCESS FOR BULLS  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/preseason/2015/versatility-key-success-bulls

 

–  Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs Playbook  (from Coach Peterman/ Zak Boisvert,  mensbasketballhoopscoop.com):

Read and download it here:  http://www.mensbasketballhoopscoop.com/gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-playbook-by-zak-boisvert/

 

–  When LaMarcus Aldridge will truly be a Spur  (from Michael Erler,  poundingtherock.com):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/10/19/9559951/gregg-popovich-lamarcus-aldridge-welcome-sit

 

–  Beat Writer Ryan Wolstat On The Raptors (from Chuck Myron, hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

Today, we gain insight on the Raptors from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-ryan-wolstat-raptors.html

 

Budenholzer putting own stamp on Hawks, no more Spurs East  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/budenholzer-putting-own-stamp-on-hawks-no-more-spu/nn5Sy/

 

–  Q&A with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13919916/nba-fred-hoiberg-lofty-aspirations-first-year-chicago-bulls-coach

 

–  Why people should be jumping on the Jazz bandwagon  (from Mika Honkasalo,  hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/10/19/this-is-why-people-should-be-jumping-on-the-jazz-bandwagon/

 

–  James Harden’s elite status built on a variety of moves  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Harden-s-elite-status-built-on-a-variety-of-moves-6572466.php?t=00b686af08438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

Assessing the loss of Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (from nikumistry, theloveofhoops.com):

Read it here:  https://theloveofhoops.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/charlotte-blues/

 

Knicks are building optimism  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/19/you-havent-heard-about-it-but-the-knicks-are-building-optimism/

 

–  What the  Celtics need to clean up on the defensive end  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/19/9566189/boston-celtics-defense-how-to-get-better

 

–   Raptors aren’t afraid to play small-ball this season  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-aren-t-afraid-to-play-small-ball-this-season-1.378986

 

–  Can Bjelica and Rubio Save the Wolves Offense?  (from punchdrunkwolves.com):

Read it here:  http://punchdrunkwolves.com/2015/10/17/inbox-can-bjelica-and-rubio-save-the-wolves-offense/

 

–   Minnesota Timberwolves Defense  (from Lucas, thelongtwo):

Read and view it here:  http://thelongtwo.blogspot.com/2015/10/tale-of-tape-minnesota-timberwolves.html

 

–   How to Win (or Lose) at Playoff Basketball  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” The discussion surrounding playoff basketball– what tendencies, traits or factors increase/decrease expected performance compared to the regular season– is filled with unsubstantiated nonsense. Every year heading into April we hear the same discussions about whether three-point shooting teams can win, that defense and rebounding wins championships and that you need superstars to win, along with other similar conventional wisdom-based claims.

Now some of these cliches about playoff basketball are true, but some quite likely are not. I’ve looked over the past five seasons of regular season and playoff data, and in this article I’ve tried to answer the question; what statistical tendencies and markers indicate a team is likely to perform better in the playoffs than during the regular season?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/19/win-lose-playoff-basketball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him   (from Adi Joseph.  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-19/al-jefferson-hornets-charlotte-post-game-low-centers-big-men

 

–  Did Eric Moreland do enough to make the  Kings’ final roster?  (from Tony Xypteras,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/10/18/9563925/did-eric-moreland-do-enough-to-make-the-final-roster

 

–   Expect R.J. Hunter To Play Regular Minutes This Season  (from Michael  Hilperts,  Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/10/18/expect-r-j-hunter-to-play-regular-minutes-this-season/

 

–  Pacers’ Myles Turner ready for more minutes  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/16/pacers-myles-turner-ready-more-minutes-final-two-preseason-games/74074182/

 

–  Amir Johnson all in with Celtics  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720659/amir-johnson-all-in-with-celtics-and-his-new-city

 

Isaiah Thomas & Amir Johnson are a good fit (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_notebook_johnson_thomas_a_good_fit

 

–  76ers: Where Does Jerami Grant Fit In The Rotation?  (form Cody Daniel,  hoopshabit.com):  https://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/18/philadelphia-76ers-jerami-grant-fit-rotation/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/17/15

–  Terry Stotts and ‘Blazers Basketball’: Players’ actions, words form ringing endorsement  (from Jason Quick, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_stotts_and_blazers_basketball_players_action.html

 

–   Suns know that talking on defense is key to success  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/15/9497899/talk-talk-talk

 

–  Addition of Chandler helps, but Phoenix Suns defense has a ways to go to be elite  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/17/9559407/Phoenix-Suns-starting-lineup-defense-breakdown-chandler-bledsoe-tucker

 

–  Why the Knicks’ defense will be more fun to watch this season  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/17/why-the-knicks-defense-will-be-more-fun-to-watch-this-season/

 

–  Why Dirk Nowitzki’s value to the Mavericks still is clear as ever   (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):

Read it here:  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/10/16/dirk-nowitzkis-value-mavericks-still-clear-ever

 

Even with new players, Bucks hope defense will remain strong (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/even-with-new-players-bucks-hope-defense-will-remain-strong-b99598028z1-333409131.html

 

–  Bulls working to get defense up to level of past performance  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/16/4971053_bulls-working-to-get-defense-up.html

 

–  Hollins needs Nets to develop defense-first mentality  (form Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13894941/hollins-needs-nets-develop-defense-first-mentality

 

–  Brook Lopez, Nets addressing defensive issues  (from Roderick Boone,  newsday.com):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brook-lopez-nets-addressing-defensive-issues-1.10974658

 

–  Revisiting Boston’s top training camp storylines  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720615/revisiting-bostons-top-training-camp-storylines

 

–  Changing Miami’s Pick-and-Roll Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViEpqCEAAEUWNFcJ/changing-miamis-pick-and-roll-defense

 

–  Nuggets exhibiting a winning culture in 2015  (from Christopher dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28977168/nuggets-exhibiting-winning-culture

 

–  Sam Mitchell re-energized with young Timberwolves  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sam-mitchell-re-energized-with-young-timberwolves/

 

–  Beat Writer Vince Ellis On The Pistons  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

We at Hoops Rumors will be chatting with beat writers from around the league and sharing their responses to give you a better perspective on how and why teams make some of their most significant moves.

Today, we gain insight on the Pistons from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.”

Read it here:   http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-vince-ellis-pistons.html

 

–  Warriors’ GM Bob Myers – intensely competitive architect of the NBA champs  (from Marcus Thompson,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/10/16/warriors-gm-bob-myers-intensely-competitive-architect-of-the-nba-champs-returns-to-his-roots/

 

–  Missing Kidd-Gilchrist: How the Hornets Adjust their TeamSPACE  (from Matt D’Anna,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/teamspace-missing-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-adjust-lineup/

 

–  Q&A: Los Angeles Lakers Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson   (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/14/industry-qa-los-angeles-lakers-associate-director-of-analytics-aaron-danielson/

 

The Worst On/Off-Court Numbers from 2014/15  (form Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/worst-onoff-court-numbers-201415/

 

–  Exploring Lineups and Fit  (from Andrew Johnson,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/15/exploring-lineups-and-fit/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Greg Monroe came to choose the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-greg-monroe-came-to-choose-the-bucks-over-the-knicks-and-lakers-084520720.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  Shoot, Patrick, just shoot  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/16/22563192.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

Joe Johnson: passing down Penny Hardaway’s lessons to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/joe-johnson-passing-penny-hardaways-lessons-priority/

 

–  Bobby Portis’ Emergence Creating New Challenges for Chicago Bulls’ Frontcourt  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2579646-bobby-portis-emergence-creating-new-challenges-for-chicago-bulls-frontcourt

 

–  Joakim Noah’s California summer could make Bulls a contender  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25342065/how-joakim-noahs-california-summer-could-make-bulls-a-contender

 

–  Heat’s James Ennis playing to his strengths  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1017-20151016-story.html

 

–  Bruno Caboclo still long way from cracking Raptors lineup despite improvement  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/16/bruno-caboclo-still-long-way-from-cracking-raptors-lineup-despite-improvement.html

 

–  Meyers Leonard’s “Basketball Unicorn” Potential  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vh1kqB4AACEAS6R4/meyers-leonards-basketball-unicorn-potential

 

QOTD (from Gregg Popovich on Lamar Odom): ” “I don’t concentrate on what kind of player he is, I feel all the other things, because I know him as a person. Warm-hearted. Good-humored. Wonderful guy to be around. Who cares about how he played? It’s about who you are and he (is) a good person.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Phil Jackson:  “How Phil Became Phil” (from Charley Rosen,  today’sfastbreak.com):

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/rosen-how-phil-became-phil/

 

–   Training camp a test of endurance – for Pistons players and coaches both   (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/training-camp-test-endurance-pistons-players-and-coaches-both

 

–   Notes from the Milwaukee Bucks Media Day  (from Will Gottlieb,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/01/notes-milwaukee-bucks-media-day/

 

–  Derek Fisher has new approach that Carmelo Anthony agrees with  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/09/29/derek-fisher-reveals-new-approach-and-where-phil-fits-in/

 

–   The Wizards might finally embrace an efficient offense  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25325323/the-wizards-might-fix-how-stupid-their-offense-has-been

 

–  Mike D’Antoni Q&A: Nash-Curry, small ball and the future of NBA basketball  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/02/mike-dantoni-stephen-curry-steve-nash-warriors-steve-kerr-alvin-gentry

 

–   Brad Stevens says lineups in Europe mean little  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/celtics_insider/2015/10/celtics_notes_brad_stevens_says_lineups_in_europe_mean

 

–  Heat’s added depth likely means playing time at a premium  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article37403718.html

 

–   Pistons hope their new schemes improve defense  (from Vince Ellis, freep.com):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/02/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy/73202904/

 

–   Twin Towers Redux? Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah Aim to Turn Back Clock in Chicago  (from  Kevin Ding,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2574806-twin-towers-redux-pau-gasol-joakim-noah-aim-to-turn-back-clock-in-chicago

 

–   Warriors player consultant Nash makes big impact right away  (from Rusty Simmons.  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-player-consultant-Nash-makes-big-impact-6547178.php

 

–  Michele Roberts, the first woman head of the NBA Players Association, talks growing up poor and defying the odds (from Durga Chew-Bose, Cosmopolitan Magazine):

Read it here:  http://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a47144/the-lenny-interview-michele-roberts/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Ranking:  Kevin Durant #2 (from Jesse Blanchard):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/02/kevin-durant-no-2/

 

–   Tristan Thompson Continues His Poker Game With Cleveland  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/tristan-thompson-continues-his-poker-game-with-cleveland/

 

–   Larry Bird has that feeling so pay attention to Glenn Robinson III  (form Gregg Doyel,  Indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2015/10/02/doyel-larry-bird-has-feeling-again/73145182/

 

–  Jimmy Butler looking “dominant” in training camp  (form Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/butler-emerging-second-star

 

–   Jordan Hill Sheds Lottery Pressure  (from Joel Brigham, basketballinsiders.com):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-jordan-hill-sheds-lottery-pressure/

 

–  For energy, Grizzlies will go Green — as in JaMychal  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/for-energy-grizzlies-will-go-green–as-in-jamychal-20c5f184-5df3-663a-e053-0100007fe1c4-330440311.html

 

–  Raul Neto thrust into prominent point guard role  (from Tony Jones, sltrib.com):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3017057-155/utah-jazz-raul-neto-thrust-into

 

–   DeMarre Carroll knows his story has given him strength  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/02/demarre-carroll-knows-his-story-has-given-him-strength.html

 

–  Cory Joseph getting used to new Raptors systems (from Mike Ganter, Tornto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/02/cory-joseph-getting-used-to-new-raptors-systems

 

–   For Wizards’ DeJuan Blair, it’s nothing but lighter days ahead  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-dejuan-blair-its-nothing-but-lighter-days-ahead/2015/10/02/0f6c7c12-6937-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

 

–   Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine To Start At The 2?  (from Aaron Mah, hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/03/minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-start-2/

 

–   Answering Some Questions About Paul George Playing Power Forward  (form Andrew Sharp, Grantland):  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/answering-some-questions-about-paul-george-playing-power-forward/

 

–   Shabazz Napier  (from S.W. Guest, orlandomagicdaily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/03/shabazz-napier-everything-play/

 

–   MIKE MALONE: CHRIS PAUL BEST LEADER I’VE EVER BEEN AROUND  (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/malone-chris-paul-best-leader-ever-been-around

 

Celtics’  Big man David Lee given freedom to handle the ball in transition  (from Jay King, masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/boston_celtics_practice_notes_11.html

 

–   Isaiah Thomas: ‘I’m Ken Griffey (Jr.) in his prime’  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720487/isaiah-thomas-im-ken-griffey-jr-in-his-prime

 

–   Tim Hardaway Jr: ‘Coming to Hawks is a new beginning for me’  (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops.com):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/10/3/9429507/tim-hardaway-jr-atlanta-hawks-new-beginning

 

–   The Truth about Bismack Biyombo’s offense  (from Joshua Priemski,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/03/the-truth-about-bismack-biyombos-offense/

 

–  Kings’ Kosta Koufos ready to make big impact by doing little things  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):   http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article37429038.html

 

–  Sixers’  Jerami Grant, JaKarr Sampson expected to be key defensive players (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151004_Jerami_Grant__JaKarr_Sampson_expected_to_be_key_defensive_players.html

–  Steph Curry Says He Wants To Create More Space And Be More Explosive  (from letsgowarriors.com):  http://letsgowarriors.com/stephen-curry-says-he-wants-to-create-more-space-and-be-more-explosive/2015/10/02/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Clippers and the Quest for Versatility  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/25/9399175/clippers-and-the-quest-for-versatility-media-day

 

–  With DeAndre Jordan back, Clippers must now learn to thrive without him  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

” Here’s a quick guide to make sure you’re up to speed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Out: rehashing the saga of how the Clippers retained DeAndre Jordan this summer.

In: talking about how the Clippers will fare without him this season.

Sure, the Clippers are counting on an even better version of Jordan than the one who was plus-11.8 per 100 possessions while on the court last season. But they’re also excited to see the options their improved depth and more versatile roster can provide when Jordan comes out of the game. In other words, they went to great lengths to keep their center while acknowledging the diminished importance of centers in today’s NBA.

“I do like the fact that we can stay big when we want to and we can stay small when we want to,” Doc Rivers said. “Staying small when we wanted to, we haven’t had that luxury since I’ve been here, and now we do.””

Read it here:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/deandre-jordan-back-clippers-now-learn-thrive/story?id=34055912

 

–  Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel: Can Brett Brown make it work? (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/jahlil-okafor-nerlens-noel-can-brett-brown-make-it-work

 

–   Isaiah Thomas studied Steve Nash this summer (from Tom Westerholm, celticshub.com):

” While he’s probably the best scorer on the team, a big part of his effectiveness lies in his role off the bench — Thomas dominates opposing second units, who can’t answer for his quickness and ability to score off the dribble in a variety of ways.

Thomas said he worked on expanding that variety this offseason.

“I worked on extending my range,” he said on Friday. “Trying to be able to shoot from wherever on the basketball court. Also, I watched Steve Nash film, trying to figure out different ways to finish not just around the rim, but extending to the 3-point line.”

Read it here:  http://www.celticshub.com/2015/09/26/isaiah-thomas-studied-steve-nash-doesnt-mind-sixth-man-role-boston-celtics/

 

–   For Better or Worse, These Knicks Belong to Phil Jackson  (from Scott Cacciola, New York Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/26/sports/basketball/for-better-or-worse-these-knicks-belong-to-phil-jackson.html

 

–  Celtics expect Lee, Johnson to provide necessary leadership  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/25/boston-celtics-media-day-2015-feature/index.html

 

Cavs:  all key players are returning  (form Terry Pluto, Cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/09/post_127.html

 

–  Nets’ Frontcourt Rotation (from Anthony Puccio,  netsdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/9/25/9396093/burning-hot-qs-depth-in-the-front-court

 

–   SVG Part V: Until Jennings’ return, Jackson and a mixed cast will bear brunt of carrying Pistons offense  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-v-until-jennings-return-jackson-and-mixed-cast-will-bear-brunt-carrying-pistons

 

–   The Timberwolves’ season of uncertainty  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  http://www.minnpost.com/sports/2015/09/timberwolves-season-uncertainty

 

–   Training Camp Protocol  (from Charley Rosen, todaysfastbreak.com):

”  (L)et’s take a look at the itineraries and goals that normally are in play from now until the preseason games begin.

” Once the season kicks off, practice sessions will be few and far between, so the next 7-10 days are extremely valuable. So critical that each practice session is planned to the minute with schedules often printed and distributed to the players beforehand.

While the specifics vary from team to team, every ball club hopes to reach several common goals during this period.”

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/rosen-2015-training-camp-protocol/

 

–  The four injury risks today’s young players face  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

” Many (health professionals in and out of the Association) say the injuries are indicative of four key issues players face in today’s NBA: poorer sleep, in part because of technology; weaker bones, in part because of low calcium and high sugar intake; an uptick in wear and tear, thanks largely to players specializing in basketball at a young age; and weaker muscles, as a result of shucking traditional weight training for more en-vogue methods.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13217004/the-four-injury-risks-today-young-nba-players-face

 

–  Jrue Holiday’s camp is determined to overcome his bad history with lower leg stress injuries  (from Oleh,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/9/25/9393647/jrue-holiday-pelicans-minutes-trainer-mike-management-fracture

 

–  “Playing Up” and Rebounding: Adjustments faced by a player moving from small forward to power forward (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/25/paul-george-playing-up-and-rebounding/

 

Nets’  Off-Season Report  (from netincome, nets daily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/9/26/9400489/netsdaily-off-season-report-no-22

 

–   Lauren Holtkamp preps for her second season as NBA ref  (from Christian Red, NYDailyNews):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/ref-lauren-holtkamp-opens-news-nba-season-article-1.2374437

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 6 Players – Passing  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscooop.com):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-6-players-passing/

(Note: This is Part 3 of a 9-part series)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player rankings:  DeMarcus Cousins, No. 9  (from Bryan Toporek):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/23/demarcus-cousins-no-9/

 

–  Festus Ezeli Has Battled His Way into Golden State’s Future  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2571519-always-a-warrior-festus-ezeli-has-battled-his-way-into-golden-states-future

 

–  Jared Sullinger  (from A Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/sullinger-reminded-trainer-what-hard-work

 

David Lee brings unselfish attitude to the Celtics  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/lee-brings-unselfish-attitude-celtics

 

–  Anderson Varejao Bounces Back from Last Year’s Injury  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/varejao-150925

 

–  Pistons’ Granger (knee) to miss start of training camp  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/09/25/detroit-pistons-danny-granger-rehab/72825524/

 

QOTD (from Steve Kerr on the Warriors adding Steve Nash as a player development consultant):  ” “I think Steve is the most innovative athlete I’ve ever seen, when it comes to pursuing greatness – whether it’s conditioning, basketball drills, whatever,” Kerr said. “He’s got an amazing feel for the game and an amazing mind. Steve was the most efficient player I’ve ever been around, and my hope is that he can make our guys more efficient.””