Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/29/16

 

–  ATL 104, BOS 92  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/28/nba-playoffs-hawks-celtics-lebron-james-cavaliers-conference-semifinals-video   from Tim Cato,  SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/29/11534220/2016-nba-playoff-scores-celtics-hawks-series-loss-isaiah-thomas-shooting  and from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/hawks-beat-celtics-set-for-rematch-with-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Bounce Celtics; Earn Another Shot At Cavs  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25570632/hawks-bounce-boston-earn-another-shot-at-lebron-and-the-cavs

–  Numbers Preview:  Cavs vs Hawks  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/29/numbers-preview-cavs-hawks/

–  Mason Plumlee Emerges As Unlikely Playmaker (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/29/nba-playoffs-portland-trail-blazers-mason-plumlee-damian-lillard

–  Terry Stotts Q & A  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/trail_blazers_terry_stotts_on_defense_and_mason_pl.html

–  Beating The Blazers Will Be A Daunting Task For The Clippers  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/304426-182352-beat-blazers-in-portland-daunting-challenge-for-clipped-clippers

–  How Doc Rivers Stays Strong  (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/8096/doc-rivers-stays-strong-in-eye-of-clippers-storm

–  How Hiring Steve Clifford Rescued The Hornets  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-steve-clifford-changed-the-program-in-charlotte-192931811.html

 The Hornets’ Depth  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/28/11476806/charlotte-hornets-miami-heat-nba-playoffs-2016-game-5

–  Hornets Pulled Out All Their Tricks In Game 5  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15419858/the-heat-handle-hornets-bag-tricks

–  Dwane Casey Has Stepped Out Of His Comfort Zone  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/casey-steps-comfort-zone-raptors-finding-new-ways-win/

–  Should Frank Vogel Continue To Trust Pacers’ Bench  (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/04/29/indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-bench-toronto-raptors/

–  Spurs vs Thunder Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-s-2015-16-nba-playoff-previews–spurs-vs–thunder-041329386.html    from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/spurs-vs-thunder-will-fun-unpredictable-ever/   and from Fred Katz, CNHI News:  http://www.enidnews.com/sports/thunder_nba/thunder-prepare-for-spurs-shut-down-defense/article_4962e4fb-82b8-56fd-bcad-e401075bb3ef.html

–  Numbers Preview:  Spurs vs Thunder  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/28/numbers-preview-spurs-thunder-2/

–  How Chip Engelland Helped Transform Kawhi Leonard’s Shooting  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2634107-how-an-nba-shot-whisperer-transformed-kawhi-leonard-into-a-3-point-fire-hazard

–  Rockets’ Post-Mortem (from Mika Honkasalo, HoopsHype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/04/28/rockets-post-mortem-what-went-wrong-and-how-they-can-fix-it/

 Scott Brooks: Defense, Relationship Building, Player Development  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/04/28/its-not-who-scott-brooks-has-coached-but-how-that-matters-now-for-wizards/

–  Kenny Atkinson’s Journey From ‘Spunky” To Nets’ Coach (from Brian Lewis, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/28/kenny-atkinsons-global-journey-from-spunky-to-nets-coach/

–  Go To Moves: KD, IT, Z-Bo  (from Coach Nick, Adam Turner,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QenRTZsrCIk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Nick Moyle, expressnews):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-next-step-on-NBA-evolutionary-7383706.php

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/28/hard-work-gets-results-bismack-biyombo-says

–  Draymond Green  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15420114/draymond-green-playoffs-diary-part-5

–  Stanley Johnson  (from David Mayo, MLive):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_stanley_johnson_may_be.html

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Leo Beas, Cowbell Kingdom):  http://cowbellkingdom.com/the-harsh-reality-of-facing-reality/

–  Eric Griffin  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/29/11532064/eric-griffin-eyes-nba-opportunity

 

Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/7/16

 

 

–  Warriors Were Overdue For A Bad Game  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29603614/kawakami-warriors-were-overdue-bad-game

–  Warriors Show They Aren’t Perfect  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/06/warriors-lakers-upset-kobe-bryant-stephen-curry-nba-history

–  Lakers Are At Their Best When Warriors Are At Their Worst  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-lakers/post/_/id/42900/lakers-at-their-best-when-warriors-at-their-worst

–  Beyond Lillard, Depth Is Carrying The Blazers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25506755/beyond-damian-lillard-depth-is-carrying-the-new-look-blazers

–  Earl Watson’s Way Set By Memphis Years With Hubie Brown  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/03/06/earl-watsons-way-set-memphis-years-hubie-brown/81406002/

–  As Usual,  The Spurs Are Flying Under The Radar  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-spurs-are-the-usual-suspects/

–  Clippers Defensive Changes Are Paying Off  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/defense-story

–  Pelicans, Gentry May Start Looking Toward The Future  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/171/pelicans-alvin-gentry-might-start-looking-toward-the-future

–  The Suns’ 3-2 Stretch: Len, Defense & Stability  (from Kevin Zimmerman, arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/579190/trends-to-the-suns-3-2-stretch-alex-len-defense-and-stability/

–  Mapping Out The Suns’ Path Back To Relevance  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/06/mapping-phoenix-suns-path-back-relevance/

–  Making It In The NBA  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/06/the-professionals-making-it-in-the-nba.html

–  Kings’ Stats Guru Roland Beech (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article64471542.html

–  Chauncey Billups On Melo & The Knicks  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/03/06/chauncey-billups-triangle-may-bar-melo-from-getting-help-he-needs/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article64434112.html

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/181/as-pelicans-look-to-the-future-ryan-anderson-discusses-past-present-in-new-orleans

–  Devin Booker  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/03/06/suns-rookie-devin-booker-wont-back-down/81422000/

–  Damian Lillard/ CJ McCollum  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/03/06/blazers-look-to-continue-to-follow-lead-of-lillard-mccollum/

–  Paul George  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/03/06/paul-george-pacers/81411502/

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/has-time-come-for-knicks-and-anthony-to-part-ways-1457306770

Sam Dekker  (from Joel Brigham,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-dekker-adjusting-to-not-playing/

Julius Randle (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160307-story.html

–  Karl-Anthony Towns (from Jerry Zgoda, StarTribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-karl-anthony-towns-sharpens-his-passing-game/371224131/    and from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11155988/karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-skills-so-many-skills

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11160386/willie-cauley-stein-kings-nba-draft-failures-rook-week

–  Bobby Portis (from Kris Terzic,  blogabull.com):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/3/7/11170522/rook-week-bobby-portis

–  Lamar Patterson (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/7/11170734/nba-rookie-week-lamar-patterson-atlanta-hawks

–  Pat Connaughton  (from David Waldstein,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/sports/basketball/being-paid-to-play-basketballpat-connaughton-is-dreaming-of-diamonds.html

–  Kris Dunn  (Jason King,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2621931-despite-taxing-year-providences-kris-dunn-doesnt-regret-making-nba-wait

–  Ben Simmons  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/3/7/11165424/how-ben-simmons-star-shooting-philadelphia-sixers-lsu

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

–  The Warriors Are As Motivated As Ever  (from Steve Popper,  Bergen Record):
–  Tyronn Lue’s Communication Skills Have Put The Cavaliers Back On Track  (from  Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):
–  Pau Gasol:  Bulls ‘Not Disciplined’  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):
–  Monta Ellis Fuels Pacers Past Nuggets In Overtime  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):
–  Blazers Keep Wins Rolling  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
–  Jazz Are Taking And Making More Threes   (from allthatamar, slcdunk.com):
–  Hoiberg’s Lineups Killed The Bulls Again  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

 The Corner Three Isn’t So Easy   (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/why-the-nbas-most-valuable-shot-the-corner-3-isnt-so-easy/article/5475823

–  Top Western Conference Teams’ Schedule Is Backloaded  (from  Aaron Barzilai,  medium.com):
–  How Bad Is Rockets’ Defensive Rebounding?  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Khris Middleton:  Second Fiddle No Longer  (from Lori Nickel,  jsonline.com):   http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-khris-middleton-second-fiddle-no-more-b99660348z1-367127371.html
–  Stanley Johnson Doesn’t Back Down On Defense  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/31/pistons-johnson-back-defense/79618372/
 Breaking It Down:  Cory Joseph And Dual Screeners  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/02/01/breaking-it-down-cory-joseph-and-dual-screeners/
 –  James Harden  Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/01/james-harden-houston-rockets-golden-state-warriors-nba-finals

–  Video Breakdown: Al-Farouk Aminu’s Three Point Shot  (from Dane Carbaugh, blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/2/1/10866524/portland-trail-blazers-offense-three-pointer-al-farouq-aminu-video

–  Carmelo Anthony Takes A Shot At Leadership  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/carmelo-anthony-takes-a-shot-at-leadership-1454271054
–  Timberwolves Need More From Andrew Wiggins  (from Key Dae,  canishoopus.com):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/2/1/10880850/the-timberwolves-need-to-start-getting-a-lot-more-from-andrew-wiggins
–  Rivers Trying To Find A Way To Keep Age From Catching Up With Paul Pierce  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-702230-rivers-times.html
K. J. McDaniels  (from Curt Low,  spacecityscoop.com):  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/02/01/man-buried-houston-rockets-bench-k-j-mcdaniels/

–  Quinn Cook  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside&Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/02/01/quinn-cook-canton-charge-cleveland-cavaliers-duke-blue-devils-national-champion/

–  Ryan Boatright Chooses Europe Over D-League (from Ethan Drigotas,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/30/10874392/boatright-ryan-europe-d-league-Grand-Rapids-Drive-Italy-Overseas

 

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

–  The Hinkie Chronicles Latest Chapter  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14344789/sam-hinkie-stands-as-philly-looks-jump-start-future

Nerlens Noel Q & A  (from Jared Zwerling,  nbpa.com):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/qa-nerlens-noel-on-sixers-future-staying-patient-charting-effort-and-more/

–  Bulls Offense Still Starts and Stops With DRose  (from Kirk Goldsberry,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and view it here:   http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-bulls-offense-still-starts-and-especially-stops-with-derrick-rose/

–  How the Celtics’ Defense Suffocates Without Any Shot Blockers  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/11/9886020/boston-celtics-defense-elite-breakdown-analysis

The Warriors Are Having the Best Passing Season Since the 1980s  (from Ezekiel Kweku,  Vice Sports):

Read and view it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-warriors-are-having-the-best-passing-season-since-the-1980s

–  Breaking Down Three Game-ending Curry Decoys Against the Celtics  (from apricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/12/12/9942026/warriors-vs-celtics-2015-highlight-video-stephen-curry-screens

The Warriors Are Impressed by the Celtics  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/12/stephen_curry_golden_state_war.html

–  Steph Curry Makes Daily Peace With Contract Unfit for an MVP  (from drian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-stephen-curry-makes-his-daily-peace-with-a-contract-unfit-for-the-mvp-014857274.html

Pacers: A Flexible Team, Not a “Small-Ball” Team  (from Kevin Arnivitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/73785/paul-george-pacers-change-position-on-how-to-succeed-in-nba

Michael Cooper, Chauncey Billups, Bruce Bowen on How They Would Defend Steph Curry (form Johnette Howard,  ESPN):

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/scontheroadnbacurry151211/how-stop-stephen-curry-asked-michael-cooper-bruce-bowen-chauncey-billups

–  Why Every Team Should Call the Pelicans About Ryan Anderson  (from Matt Moorse,  CBS Sports):

Read and view  it here:   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25410421/heres-why-every-team-should-call-the-pelicans-about-ryan-anderson

Wonderful, Winding Coaching Road Brought Jim Boylen to the Bulls  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-jim-boylen-bulls-spt-1213-20151212-story.html

The Clippers’ Terrible Bench  (form Jesus Gomez,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/11/9891948/la-clippers-bench-doc-rivers-bad-gm

When Kyle Korver Offers Shooting Advice, Players Listen  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/when-kyle-korver-offers-shooting-tips-players-list/npgqB/

–  NBA 360  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

” With the NBA season in full swing, we take a look at some of the notable developments from around the league — many of which aren’t being talked about enough — including stats, quotes, videos, and more in our roundup of observations.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25410383/nba-360-spurs-greatness-sullys-gift-for-rebounds-and–sloppy-warriors

 Friday’s NBA Roundup  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2598229-friday-nba-roundup-golden-state-warriors-taking-on-draymond-greens-identity

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/11/9920864/nba-schedule-heat-pacers-thunder-jazz

–  Cavs 111, Magic 76:  Fedor’s 5 Observations  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

How Shumpert’s return sparked the defense and more

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/12/iman_shumperts_return_sparks_d.html#incart_river_home_pop

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jon Leuer  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/12/11/jon-leuer-handles-bigger-role-phoenix-suns/77185984/

–  Cory Joseph  (from Frank McLean,  Pro Basketall Report):  http://probballreport.com/raptors-cory-joseph-still-loved-in-san-antonio/

–  What is the Future for Shabazz Muhammad?  (from Eric in Madison,  canishoopus.com):   http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/12/10/9884800/what-is-the-future-for-shabazz-muhammad

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/24/15

–  Blazers Offense: Looking to Claim an Identity  (from Joel Viss,  ripcityproject.com):

Read and view it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/10/23/blazers-offense-looking-claim-identity/

 

–  Trail Blazers forced to evolve without LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Wes Goldberg,  Hardwood Paroxusm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/24/portland-trail-blazers-forced-evolve-without-lamarcus-aldridge/

 

–  The Bulls’ complicated frontcourt puzzle has no clear solution  (from Tim Cato,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/23/9603266/the-bulls-complicated-front-court-puzzle-has-no-clear-solution

 

–  Rose Returns: Bulls close preseason 4-4 with last second win over Dallas  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.bulls.com/2015/10/bulls-close-preseason-4-4-with-last-second-win-over-dallas/

 

–  Derrick Rose can’t stop raving about the Bulls’ new offense under Fred Hoiberg  (from Ricky O’Donnell,  blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/10/24/9607458/derrick-rose-cant-stop-raving-about-the-bulls-new-offense-under-fred

 

–  The Thunder and the NBA are trying to be more careful about concussions  (form Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-the-thunder-and-the-nba-are-trying-to-be-more-careful-about-concussions/article/5455533/?page=2

 

–  NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year   (from Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/nba-tries-to-learn-from-painful-injury-lessons-of-last-year

 

–  Flip Saunders will not return to coach Wolves this season  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):

Read it here:   http://www.startribune.com/taylor-flip-saunders-will-not-return-to-coach-wolves-this-season/336494291/

 

–  Gregg Popovich to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball  (from Tim Cato, sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/10/23/9603622/gregg-popovich-mike-krzyzewski-team-usa-head-coach

 

–  The phone call that led to Gregg Popovich becoming Team USA’s coach  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-gregg-popovich-and-jerry-colangelo-ended-their-cold-war-to-make-spurs-legend-the-team-usa-coach-191052125.html

 

–  Every NBA Team’s Biggest Training-Camp Revelation so Far  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

” Training camp and preseason revelations do, in fact, have a place in the NBA.

Exhibition play is too often dismissed as meaningless, because the games do not count toward the standings and rotations league-wide are littered with players who won’t make the roster or get much regular-season burn.

But those caveats do not render the preseason worthless. To the contrary, the Assocation’s beta period is a time for learning, for figuring out what a team has to work with and for small- or large-scale epiphanies.

These realizations can be anything, on- or off-court related. Is a certain player prepared to make the leap? Does a rotation long shot now deserve regular-season playing time? Have any key team pieces fallen out of favor? Is one squad unexpectedly good at something? Is another shockingly bad at something else?

Nothing and no one is off-limits here, folks. Surprises, disappointments, random but meaningful observations and everything else you can possibly think of are all rolled into one as we search for what to watch ahead of opening night.”

Check out this slideshow here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2581127-every-nba-teams-biggest-training-camp-revelation-so-far

 

One player from each team who could break out in 2015  (from Scott Davis, businessinsider.com):

” In a sport that features shorter rotations and heavy minutes, it can be tough to have a breakout season in the NBA.

Nonetheless, every once in a while, an NBA coach puts their trust in a youngster and a hole in the rotation opens up just right to give a player a chance to shine.

Sometimes these are rookies who come into the NBA ready to play, sometimes they’re second-year players who are finally getting a crack, and sometimes they’re older players who are simply in a better position than in past seasons.

With the NBA season rapidly approaching, we broke down one player on each team who could have a breakout season in 2015.”

Read it here:   http://www.businessinsider.com/breakout-players-for-each-nba-team-2015-10

 

–  Hornets preseason play is encouraging  (from Chris barnewall,  atthehive.com):

Read it here:   http://www.atthehive.com/2015/10/24/9606358/charlotte-hornets-preseason-play-is-encouraging

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Monta Ellis: ‘Basketball was my escape. I really didn’t have a childhood’  (from Candace Buckner,  Indystar.com):    http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/24/monta-ellis-basketball-my-escape-really-didnt-have-childhood/74334400/

 

–  Isaiah Canaan learning a balancing act at point guard  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20151025_Isaiah_Canaan_learning_a_balancing_act_at_point_guard.html

 

Damian Lillard And Getting To The Line  (form Casey Holdahl,  trailblazers.com):  http://forwardcenter.net/training-camp-shorts-lillard-and-getting-to-the-line/

 

–  Stauskas’ Potential  (form Andy Jasner,  sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/stauskas-potential

 

–  Matt Barnes: At Home with the Grizzlies (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/shaun_powell/10/23/memphis-grizzlies-forward-matt-barnes-still-fighting-wants-to-prove-doc-rivers-wrong/