– 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.””