Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/10/17

Draymond Green Q & A  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/warriors/2017/01/09/draymond-green-kevin-durant-warriors-grizzlies/96363540/

OKC’s Transition Defense Is Paying Dividends  (from Bobby Chancellor, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2017/1/10/14213502/oklahoma-city-thunder-film-room-thunders-fast-break-defense-keep-okc-competitive

–  The New CBA’s Designated Player Veteran Extension Explained  (from Cole Zwicker/ Eric Pincus, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/the-nba-cba-explaining-the-designated-player-veteran-extension-and-choice-615f76872fb9#.ckgi8p3fu

The “Glamorous” World Of Overseas Scouting: Part Two (from John Hollinger, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/road-trippin-per-hollinger-pt2-170109/

–  Jeff Green: All Heart  (from Jeff Green/Jared Dubin, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/jeff-green-all-heart/

 Was The 2013 Draft Really All That Bad? (from Spencer Davies, 16winsaring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/was-the-2013-nba-draft-really-all-that-bad-3c1652349abc#.xbv5n3vkc

 Clippers Stopped Being “Too Clever” And Found Their Defensive Stride Again (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/clippers-740657-rivers-defense.html

–  Tyus Jones: Still A “Situational Player” Despite Strong Play  (from Jace Frederick, twincities.com):

Read it here:  http://www.twincities.com/2017/01/10/timberwolves-tyus-jones-still-a-situational-player-despite-strong-play/

–  Brandon Ingram Has Started Turning The Corner  (from Eric Pincus, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2686077-brandon-ingram-has-started-turning-the-corner-for-los-angeles-lakers

–  The Amazing Fit Of Eric Gordon In Houston  (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-the-amazing-fit-of-eric-gordon/

–  Checking In On The Suns’ Rebuild  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/09/the-coaching-spin-checking-on-the-suns-rebuild-in-phoenix/

–  An Early Progress Report On The Suns’ Frontcourt Of The Future  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/the-suns-frontcourt-of-the-future-is-going-through-growing-pains-and-so-is-the-nba-3cd39347acd2#.frawpqk9f

–  There Are Some Positives To The Suns’ Season So Far  (from deadpoolio, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/1/10/14222468/even-in-this-trying-season-positives-do-exist-for-the-phoenix-suns

–  Zaza Finds His Comfort Zone (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Zaza-Pachulia-finds-comfort-zone-with-Warriors-10846372.php

From Carl Steward, Mercury News:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/09/pachulias-fabulous-pass-just-one-element-of-blossoming-game/

 

 

 

Have The Pacers Turned The Corner? (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/10/indiana-pacers-turning-corner/

Film Room: 5 Stephen Zimmerman Strengths In Erie  (from Josh Cohen, Magic.com):

Watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-5-stephen-zimmerman-strengths-erie-cohen-20170109

–  Podcast: CJ McCollum/Bobby Marks  (from  Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://art19.com/shows/vertical-chris-mannix/episodes/bc079218-215e-47bd-a2c0-835f39516e34

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/15/16

–  Dubs Brace For Life Without Bogut  (from Daniel Brown, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_30014916/nba-finals-warriors-brace-life-without-andrew-bogut

–  Draymond, LBJ, Kyrie  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/15/11939444/draymond-green-hope-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals-2016

–  LeBron Has Answered Your Questions  (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/06/lebron-james-has-answered-your-questions

–  The Dubs Aren’t The Same Without Draymond  (from Jason Patt, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/14/11929826/draymond-green-suspension-golden-state-warriors-nba-finals-game-5

–  Why The Dubs Have No Answer For LBJ Without Draymond  (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/14/lebron-james-draymond-green-warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-defense-suspension/

–  Video Breakdown: Irving’s Game 5  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_88pRiifWcA

–  Kyrie Does It His Way  (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/6/14/11931950/kyrie-irving-highlights-uncle-drew-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals

 Film Study:  Warriors’ Centers Can’t Contain Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/15/film-study-warriors-centers-cant-contain-cavs/

–  Wingspan, Increasingly Crucial In The NBA, Is Draft Watchword  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Numbers-Game-NBA-Draft-Edition-Wingspan-crucial-in-todays-NBA-382978911.html

–  More Players Are Opting For Individual Pre-Draft Workouts  (from Craig Grialou, arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/694845/phoenix-suns-nba-seeing-more-and-more-players-opt-for-individual-pre-draft-workouts/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Doug McDermott/Jimmy Butler  (from Joe Cowley, Chcgao Sun Times): http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/doug-mcdermott-feels-all-the-jimmy-butler-criticism-is-unfair/

–  Andre Roberson  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/thunder-season-in-review-andre-roberson-shows-all-defensive-two-way-potential-in-breakout-postseason/article/5504129

–   T.J. Warren  (from Owen Sanborn, Bright Side Of The Sun):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/6/14/11935316/untapped-potential-what-to-make-of-t-j-warren

–  Cory Joseph  (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/joseph-emerges-as-canada-s-basketball-stalwart-1.507453

–  Jahlil Okafor  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-jahlil-okafor-on-rookie-season-trade-rumors-more/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/6/16

Draymond Takes On Starring Role  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/05/warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-stephen-curry-draymond-green-lebron-james

–  Cavs’ Gamble On Draymond Backfires  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/cavs-gamble-draymond-backfires-made-shots-our-face

 Warriors’ Domination Continues  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/06/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-video

–  LBJ Can’t Do This Alone, Or With Help  (from Marcus Thompson,  Mercury News):

Read iot here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29982328/thompson-lebron-cant-do-this-alone-or-help

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Out-Switch Cavs on Defense (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/6/6/11865322/warriors-vs-cavaliers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-out-switch-cavs-on-defense

–  Video Breakdown: Finals Game Two  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PNpxo3f_fxI

–  How LBJ’s Defense Has Hurt The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z0Eblu1Aaw

–  5 Reasons The Playoffs Aren’t Over Yet  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/6/11866130/nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers-not-over-yet

QOTD (from Tom Thibodeau on the Warriors, as reported by Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

    ” “Curry and Thompson command so much attention, I think it opens up the game for the other players. They all move so well without the ball that the one thing that I think tends to be overlooked is the passing ability of Draymond, Andre Igoudala, Shaun Livingston, that’s what makes them so good.

“They’ll pass up good shots for great shots. Then because of the way Curry moves without the ball they get a lot of great shots off of his screening. He’s a great screener and people tend to want to stay attached to him at all times and they get layups off of his screening or they end up getting open jump shots. But when he’s not shooting well, which is rarely, he creates so many easy scoring opportunities for his teammates because of the attention you have to pay to him, and Klay does as well.””

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/5/15

The Warriors’ Rhythm-And-Flow Offense  (from Scott Ostler, sfchronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/ostler/article/Warriors-secret-The-rhythm-and-flow-offense-7963811.php

–  Cavs’ Matchup Quandary  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2914/cleveland-cavaliers-bench-struggled-to-match-golden-state-warriors-small-ball-in-game-1-nba-finals

–  J.R. Smith Shows More Defensive Commitment But Cavs Also Need His Offense  (from Stave Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/06/05/j-r-smith-needs-to-shoot-the-ball/index.html

–  The Cavs’ Issues Against The Warriors  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illsutrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/04/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-preview

–  5 Ways The Cavs Can Attack The Dubs’ Switches  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/4/11858886/nba-finals-5-ways-the-cavaliers-can-attack-the-warriors-switches

–  Cavs Searching For Balance Between Ball Movement And One-On-One Play  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/04/cavs-ball-movement-isolation-kyrie-irving-lebron-james-nba-finals/85423312/

–  Klay Thompson’s Defense  (from Fred Kerber,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/06/04/cavaliers-have-to-look-out-for-more-than-klay-thompsons-3s/

–  Draymond Green Is on The Edge  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/5/11860834/draymond-green-edge-warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-sunday-shootaround

–  Jeff Hornacek Q & A  (from Steve Serby,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/06/04/jeff-hornacek-on-not-dunking-what-he-wont-tolerate-and-knicks-belief/

–  David Fizdale  Q & A  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/06/david-fizdale-speaks-about-how-heat-prepared-him-for-memphis-job.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Evan Turner (from Maurice Peebles, Complex):  http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/06/beyond-the-court-evan-turner