Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/18/15

In the NBA,  Coaches Are Always Looking for Counters  (from Nate Duncan,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2015/11/17/nba-coaches-creative-counters-established-actions

Evaluating the Bulls’ Team Defense and Individual Defenders  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/11/17/9748356/bulls-team-defense-tendencies-stats-highlights

–  Byron Scott’s “Man-Up” Philosophy Is Not The Answer for Lakers  (from Michael Pina,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2590414-byron-scotts-man-up-philosophy-is-not-the-answer-for-los-angeles-lakers

–  More on this  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/11/16/9748244/la-lakers-byron-scott-bad-defense

–  Paul George’s Return to Form  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/17/paul-george-indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-larry-bird-monta-ellis

–  Pacers and Paul George Getting Up to Speed With Each Other  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/17/indana-pacers-paul-george-getting-back-to-old-form/index.html

–  How Khris Middleton Keeps the Bucks in Harmony  (from Britt Robson,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/11/17/9743850/khris-middleton-milwaukee-bucks-glue

–  10 Takes on the Grizzlies After 10 (or so) Games (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-10-takes-after-10-or-so-games-and-more-351049631.html

–  Rockets Fire Kevin McHale  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/rockets-decide-to-fire-kevin-mchale.html

Porzingis’ Coming Out Party and the Rest of Tuesday’s Takeaways (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2590443-coming-out-party-begins-now-for-kristaps-porzingis-and-tuesdays-nba-takeaways

–  Porzingis: A Beam of Latvian Hope In New York  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vky2ViEAAKIFg7VX

–  Pistons 104, Cavs 99  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/pistons-104-cavs-99-jason-lloyd-s-30-thoughts-on-talking-tough-free-throws-and-andre-drummond-1.641418

Pistons’ Defensive Game Plan: Make LBJ A Scorer (from David Mayo, mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/by_making_lebron_james_a_score.html

Blatt: “We Need to Toughen Up”;  LBJ : We’re “Too Nice”  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14158840/lebron-james-says-cleveland-cavaliers-matching-effort-golden-state-warriors

–  LBJ Trusting Teammates, Coach More This Season  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/11/17/lebron-james-wiser-trusting-teammates-david-blatt/75937992/

–  Hack-a-Drummond Fail is the Cavs’ Latest Free Throw Woe  (from Dave McMenamin):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1439/hack-a-drummond-the-latest-free-throw-woe-for-cleveland

–  Hawks Need Teague and Schroder to Learn to Play Together  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/11/17/hawks-need-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-learn-play-together/

Will Barton: ‘This is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”  (from Nate Timmons, bsndenver.com):

Read and view it here:  http://bsndenver.com/bsn-denver-exclusive-with-nuggets-will-barton-this-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

–  Chris Paul Is A Point God  (from Kirk Goldsberry,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and view it  here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/chris-paul-is-a-point-god/

–  A Take On The Blazers So Far  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/offday-ramblings-road-my-take-early-season-blazers

–  Sixers remain Upbeat Thanks to Brett Brown  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/winless-sixers-remain-upbeat-behind-brett-browns-model

Is Getting the Ball Out of Steph Curry’s Hands Good Defensive Strategy?  (from Matt Steinmetz):

Read it here:  https://matthewsteinmetz.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/curry-takes-game-to-new-level-more-as-shooting-guard-than-point-guard/

–  Fixing Elfrid Payton’s Jump Shot  (from Brett David Roberts,  orlandomagicdaily):

Read and view it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/18/elfrid-payton-not-yet-discouraged-by-errant-jumper/

–  Karl- Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves Are Ahead of Schedule  (from Evans Clinchy,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/11/18/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-ahead-of-schedule/

–  Wizards’ Role Players:  The Key to Week 3  (from Jake Whitacre,  bulletsforever.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/11/18/9755516/garrett-temple-washington-wizards-keys-to-the-palace-week-3

–  Pace Is the New Buzzword:  The NBA Keeps Getting Faster  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2015/11/18/pace-new-buzz-word-nba/

–  The 6 Toughest Players I Ever Guarded  (from Nazr Mohammed,  The Players Tribune):

Read and view it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nazr-mohammed-nba-toughest-players-ever-guarded/

Additional Player Notes, Updates,. Profiles:

–  Cory Joseph Is Exceeding Expectations  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/talent/joseph-exceeding-expectations-in-expanded-role-with-raptors-1.395318

–  Chalmers Thriving After Trade to Grizzlies  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-sentinel.com):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-mario-chalmers-s111715-story.html

–  Chalmers Impact on the Grizzlies  (from chipwilliamsjr,  grizzlybearblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/11/17/9748158/holy-mario-chalmers-grizzlies-thunder

–  Raul Neto  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3193135-155/utah-jazz-raul-neto-living-his?fullpage=1

–  Justin Anderson  (from Eddie Sefko, dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151117-sefko-justin-anderson-trying-to-be-the-mavs-new-jae-crowder.ece

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Best NBA Reporting: Must Reads from Media Day

–  Pistons:  random thoughts and expectations for the season ahead  (form Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/camp-tips-smattering-random-thoughts-and-expectations-season-ahead

 

–   Raptors hope for better fit, ‘different type of basketball’ after off-season changes  (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-hoping-off-season-acquisitions-mesh-well-with-teams-core-to-create-winning-formula

 

Villanova Coach  Jay Wright talks Okafor, Noel with Brett Brown  (from Bob Ford,  Philadelphia Inquirer):

“He’s very committed to the fact that he wants to adjust to his personnel. I love how he sees himself as a coach: ‘You give me the players and I’ve got to figure out a way to make them successful. How can this person I’ve been given be most successful?’ That’s a lot better than a guy who says, ‘This has to be done my way.’ ”

 

–  7 Undrafted Free Agents to Watch in 2015-16 NBA Training Camps (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):

” Going undrafted doesn’t mean the NBA dream is over. We see undrafted players make rosters every year. And a handful of them manage to secure legitimate rotation spots.

Langston Galloway, Tarik Black and Jabari Brown were just a few from last season.

Of course, the fit has to be right. Each of the following prospects offers something specific, whether it’s upside, shooting ability or energy, that their training-camp team must value.

These potential rookies have all signed partially guaranteed deals and will be players to watch over the next few weeks as they look to make an NBA roster.”

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2573015-7-undrafted-free-agents-to-watch-in-2015-16-nba-training-camp

 

–   Breaking Down the Miami Heat’s Training Camp Roster  (from Wes Goldberg, allucanheat.com):

Read it here:   http://allucanheat.com/2015/09/29/breaking-down-the-miami-heats-training-camp-roster/

 

–   Three Point Plinko and the Minnesota Timberwolves  (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” We still don’t know an awful lot about the process of shot and offense creation in the NBA. We’ve gotten pretty good at describing the inputs in terms of what various players bring to the table, and the outputs in terms of team level offensive success or lack thereof. But in between, how a given set of players interact with an offensive system to arrive at the shots actually taken, remains something of a black box, at least from an analytic view.

From a qualitative standpoint, coaches know a great deal about what kinds of actions will tend to produce the best shot, but even in that frame of reference it resembles a game of plinko. The structure of a team’s offense and personnel determine the placement of the pegs, and the play call is choosing which slot to drop in the pellet. But from there, the series of bounces, the intricacies of the offensive and defensive execution of any given play, determine the outcome in a not entirely predictable way.

Open threes are usually the end result of good things happening throughout the offensive process. Which leads me to the problem with Mitchell’s statement: Minnesota’s process, their “flow”, stunk.

Getting back to the plinko analogy, one season of low three point rates might be an unfortunate happenstance of roster construction or random variation. But Flip Saunders’ offenses (as well as those of his disciple, Washington’s Randy Wittman) have always produced three pointers at well below league average rates and long twos at higher than average rates3. That “flow” Mitchell was speaking of, from which threes must naturally arise is not an accident, an exogenous force with which the Wolves must deal. That “flow” is the result of design. And that design consistently produces the worst shot in basketball, the long two.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/28/three-point-plinko-and-the-minnesota-timberwolves/

 

–   Abundance of questions surround start of 2015-16  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/09/28/morning-tip-early-questions-for-2015-16-ty-lawson-with-rockets-qa-caron-butler/index.html

 

Q & A: Beat Writer John Reid on the Pelicans  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/09/the-beat-john-reid-pelicans.html

 

–   HOIBERG GIVES HIS BULLS SCOUTING REPORT  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/hoiberg-gives-his-bulls-scouting-report

–   BULLISHLY CONFIDENT: SAME LOOK, NEW SYSTEM  (from sheilas, fullcourtfreepress.com):

Read it here:  http://fullcourtfreepress.com/bullishly-confident-same-look-new-system/

 

–   An American coach is trying to lead Palestine to the Olympics – and it’s all even crazier than you think  (from Jorge Sierra,  hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  hoopshype.com/2015/09/28/an-american-coach-is-trying-to-lead-palestine-to-the-olympics-and-its-even-crazier-than-you-thought/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bball Breakdown Player Rankings: Chris Paul, #6  (from Jesse Blanchard):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/28/chris-paul-no-6/

 

–  Why Harrison Barnes Could Be the Most Intriguing Free Agent of 2016  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):   http://grantland.com/the-triangle/harrison-barnes-2016-extension-free-agent/

 

–  Why David West gave back $11 million to join the Spurs  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-david-west-gave-back–11-million-to-join-the-spurs-195800859.html

 

Finally united with coach Alvin Gentry, Pelicans guard Eric Gordon is eager to push the tempo (from Brett Dawson, theadvocate.com):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/13569570-128/finally-united-with-coach-alvin

 

–  Tyreke Evans set to play primarily at point guard  (from John Reid,  nola.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/09/new_orleans_pelicans_tyreke_ev_9.html

 

Meyers Leonard Talks Versatility and Off-season Focus  (from David MacKay,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/28/9411371/media-day-portland-trail-blazers-meyers-leonard-interview

 

Trail Blazers Moe Harkless and Cliff Alexander  (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/09/trail_blazers_unexpected_story_lines_the_eye-openi.html

 

Vogel won’t ‘waste’ Paul George’s defensive skills  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/insider/2015/09/28/vogel-wont-waste-paul-georges-defensive-skills/72997192/

 

–  Jameer Nelson the leader the Denver Nuggets need  (from Adam Kinney,  bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/jameer-nelson-the-leader-denver-nuggets-need/

 

Kyle Lowry fit and fuelled for a rebound  (form Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/09/28/lowry-fit-and-fueled-for-a-rebound-arthur.html

 

Elfrid Payton learning to think like a shooter  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/09/29/elfrid-payton-learining-to-think-like-a-shooter/

 

–  The Kevin Garnett Files  (from Michael Boosalis, twolvesblog.com):  http://twolvesblog.com/uncategorized/the-kevin-garnett-files.html

 

–  Michael Malone wants to find Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris consistent role  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/michael-malone-wants-to-find-denver-nuggets-guard-gary-harris-consistent-role/

 

Myles Turner (from Gregg Doyel,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2015/09/28/doyel-pacers-rookie-myles-turner-better-than-we-think/72989202/

 

–  Kyrie Irving wants to change his game so his scoring stays up and he won’t get knocked down (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/09/kyrie_irving_7.html

 

–   The Versatile Nikola Mirotic  (from Brandon Pence,  chibullszone.com):  http://chibullszone.com/2015/09/29/versatile-nikola-mirotic/

 

–  Croatian Dragan Bender at epicenter of historic Maccabi-Milano rivalry tour  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/28/dragan-bender-nba-draft-croatia-maccabi-tel-aviv-olimpia-milano-dario-saric

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Lakers coach Byron Scott has definite ideas about 2015-16  (from  Bill Oram,  Orange County Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/scott-683390-season-lakers.html

 

–   Good Health, and Good Luck: How Oklahoma City can win a title this year  (from Ian Levy,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/cauldron/2015/09/16/oklahoma-city-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-nba-championship

 

–  The NBA goes back to school (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

” All across the nation, kids are heading back to school to start the new year. With that in mind, the Hardwood Paroxysm crew wanted to send some of the NBA’s best players, coaches and even owners some tips on what they need to learn before the season starts. “

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2015/09/18/hardwood-paroxysm-presents-nba-goes-back-school/

 

–  EuroBasket 2015, Spain vs. France final score: 3 things we learned from Pau Gasol’s domination  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/9/17/9347687/spain-france-results-score-eurobasket-2015-pau-gasol-40-points

 

–   The rise of Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-25–the-rise-of-rudy-gobert-and-the-utah-jazz-210208333.html

 

–   The NBA Is Leaning Toward Wearable Tech  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/from-bmi-to-tmi-the-nba-is-leaning-toward-wearable-tech/

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle lead injury-bit 2014 draftees who need bounceback seasons  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13677288/nba-aaron-gordon-julius-randle-lead-sophomores-need-bounceback-seasons

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Trail Blazer  C.J. McCollum is Ready for a Big Role (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-c-j-mccollum-is-ready-for-a-big-role/

 

–  Dirk Nowitzki  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-dirk-nowitzki/

 

–  Suns’ Mirza Teletovic rebounds from adversity  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/09/17/phoenix-suns-mirza-teletovic-rebounds-adversity/72362238/

 

–   Mirza Teletovic: Survivor of War, Sickness and Basketball  (from Matt Petersen,  suns.com):  http://www.nba.com/suns/news/mirza-teletovic-survivor-war-sickness-and-basketball

 

–  Sasha Vujacic open to teaching triangle  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/62965/vujacic-open-to-teaching-triangle

 

–   Film Room: Counting the Dribbles w/ Elfrid Payton  (frm Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-counting-dribbles-w/payton

 

–   Deron Williams’ curious demise, and where he goes from here  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25305521/the-curious-demise-of-deron-williams-and-where-he-goes-from-here

 

–   What Eurobasket Taught Us About Giannis Antetokounmpo  (from Adam McGee,  behindthebuckpass.com):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/09/17/what-eurobasket-taught-us-about-giannis-antetokounmpo/

 

–  Chandler Parsons (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-chandler-parsons/

 

–  Nemanja Bjelica Looking Like He’ll Be the Real Deal Upon NBA Arrival  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2568497-nemanja-bjelica-looking-like-hell-be-the-real-deal-upon-nba-arrival

 

–  Why Myles Turner is the Perfect Fit for the Indiana Pacers  (from Jordan Yant,  8points9seconds.com):   http://8points9seconds.com/2015/09/17/myles-turner-perfect-fit-for-indiana-pacers/

 

–   What Separates Damian Lillard From The NBA’s Best Point Guards?  (from Evans Clinchy,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/18/9350033/portland-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-top-nba-point-guards-2015-16

 

–  Aaron Harrison’s case for making the Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 roster  (from Austin Peters,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/18/9274749/aaron-harrison-Charlotte-Hornets-2015-2016-roster

 

–  Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 season previews: Aaron Harrison  (from Chris barnewall,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/18/9349663/charlotte-hornets-2015-2016-season-previews-aaron-harrison

 

–   How has Quincy Acy improved since his last stint with the Kings?  (from Aykis16,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/9/18/9350549/30q-how-has-quincy-acy-improved-since-his-last-stint-with-the-kings

 

–   Thunder Should Worry About Andre Roberson  (from Rucker Haringey, thunderousintentions.com):  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/09/18/oklahoma-city-thunder-worry-andre-roberson/

 

–  Jodie Meeks, healthy again, hopes a little stability sparks a comeback season for him, Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/meeks-healthy-again-hopes-little-stability-sparks-comeback-season-him-pistons

 

Clippers End of the Bench Comparisons  (from Larson Ishii and Caden Kinard,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/18/9350515/clip-chat-roster-dopplegangers-end-of-the-bench-clippers

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Kyle Korver and Steph Curry: Comparing NBA’s Most Elite 3-Point Snipers  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read  and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2562997-korver-or-curry-comparing-nbas-most-elite-3-point-snipers

 

–  The Curious Case of Markieff Morris  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-curious-case-of-markieff-morris/

 

–  Pacers buy D-League’s Mad Ants to enhance player development  (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/09/indiana-pacers-buy-d-leagues-fort-wayne-mad-ants/71928660/

 

–   11 NBA teams are stuck without a D-League affiliate.  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/9/9/9296055/pacers-purchase-fort-wayne-mad-ants-d-league-franchise-affiliation-nba

And from Chris Reichert, upsidemotor.com:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/09/10/indiana-pacers-mad-ants-d-league-nba-affiliate/

 

–   Q&A with Pacers strength coach Windle (from Jeff Kasler,  amicohoops.com):

Read it here: http://amicohoops.net/2015/09/pacer-power-qa-with-strength-coach-windle/

 

John Wall: Defensive Dynamo  (from Evan Gualberto):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w_dHsfCTKM

 

CBA Corner: Renegotiate and Extend  (from Nate Duncan,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/09/cba-corner-renegotiate-and-extend/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Film Room: Elfrid Payton/Victor Oladipo (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-developing-backcourt

 

–  Why Trevor Booker Could Be Utah’s Small-Ball Alternative  (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/why-trevor-booker-could-be-utahs-small-ball-alternative/

 

–  Danilo Gallinari has been roasting the competition in Germany this summer  (from Mike Olson, denverstiffs.com):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/9/10/9300029/danilo-gallinari-the-rooster-crows

 

–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope worked on ballhandling to diversify his offensive game over the summer  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/kentavious-caldwell-pope-worked-ballhandling-diversify-his-offensive-game-over-summer

 

–  Tarik Black is vying for a spot in the Lakers’ core  (from Apratim Ghosh,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/10/9286445/la-lakers-tarik-black-anaylsis

 

–   How we have to measure Jordan Clarkson’s growth  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/9/9275017/la-lakers-jordan-clarkson-analysis

 

–  Remaining 2015 free agents  (from Nick Borges,  ESPN):  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/basketball/post/_/id/6866/remaining-2015-free-agents

 

–   Each team’s roster changes since opening night of the last season (from RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/roster-turnover/2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Hassan Whiteside Will Be Test Case in NBA’s New Age of Rotations  (from  Grant Hughes,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2558743-hassan-whiteside-will-be-test-case-in-nbas-new-age-of-rotations

 

–  Film Room: Elfrid Payton on Defense  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

” What makes Magic point guard a valuable defender?”

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-elfrid-payton-defense

 

–  Can Kevin Love Carry a Bigger Load?  (from Austin Peters, Hardwood Paroxysm):

” Kevin Love’s role in Cleveland last season was the topic of much discussion throughout the season. Some felt he needed to learn to accept the smaller role, much the same as Chris Bosh did when he joined LeBron James in Miami. Others felt that David Blatt did a poor job of utilizing all of Love’s skills and making sure that he got a more featured role in their offense.

The truth, however, probably lies somewhere in the middle. The best coaches in the league take each player’s strengths and craft a system around those skills. At some point, though, a player has to buy into their role and really focus on what they do well instead of trying to do everything. Yes, Blatt probably could’ve done a better job putting Love into places to be successful last season, but Kevin also could a better job of approaching his given role with a little more enthusiasm.

Whether or not his play deserves a bigger role, he is going to get one starting next season. It wasreported that the Cavaliers’ star point guard Kyrie Irving, still recovering from the knee injury he suffered in Game One of the Finals, could be out until January. That is the worst case scenario and it’s likely he could be back sooner, but Love is going to be the main piece that fills in the hole left from Irving’s absence.”

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/09/02/kevin-love-kyrie-irving-role-cleveland-cavaliers/

 

–  Darren Erman emphasizing defensive drills for Pelicans  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

”  “Being on the same page is probably the No. 1 thing defensively. If you eliminate confusion and everyone knows what they’re supposed to do, it’s really simple. If everyone is on the same page, you’ll be a top-14 defensive team at least, and obviously you can get much higher. As a general rule in the NBA, if you overcomplicate things and players are thinking instead of reacting, it’s hard. But if you can keep it simple, you know exactly where you’re going to be every single time. You want to eliminate confusion and them thinking about ‘Should I be here or there?’ Just really try to keep it simple and play to their strengths.”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/darren-erman-emphasizing-defensive-drills-anthony-davis-pelicans

 

–  George Karl’s use of Carmelo Anthony in Denver is a good blueprint for Cousins, Kings  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25285349/george-karls-use-of-carmelo-anthony-good-blueprint-for-cousins-kings

 

–   Q&A With Bakersfield Jam Head Coach Chris Jent  (from Scott Chasen, Valleyofthesuns.com):

Read it here:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/09/02/q-and-a-bakersfield-jam-chris-jent/

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Marcelo Huertas brings vital experience, playmaking to Lakers  (form Tom West,  fansided.com):   http://fansided.com/2015/09/01/marcelo-huertas-experience-lakers/

 

 

–  What To Expect From Eric Bledsoe  (from Troy Tauscher,  valleyofthesuns.com):   http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/09/02/phoenix-suns-expect-eric-bledsoe-2015-16/