Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/5/16

Offensive Rebounding/Transition Defense (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14505051/transition-defense-left-offensive-rebounds-cutting-room-floor

–  Bulls Getting Contributions Throughout Roster During Win Streak  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rotation-depth-jimmy-butler-spt-0105-20160104-story.html

–  LBJ on Lack of Playing Time for Some  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/lebron_james_on_a_lack_of_minu.html

–  Can Heat Go From Good To Great?  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/04/dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-hassan-whiteside-erik-spoelstra-heat-lebron-james/78271386/

–  How the Clippers Are Doing It Without Blake Griffin;  Elfrid Payton Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/01/04/morning-tip-los-angeles-clippers-find-a-better-bench-chris-paul-blake-griffin-j-j-redick-austin-rivers-jamal-crawford-questions-for-2016-qa-with-orlando-magic-elfrid-payton/index.html

–  Brandon Jennings Busts Loose, Hopes to Stay With Pistons  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic/78249168/

–  This Season’s Most Improved Jump Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoquZR8AAPC2SV6Y

–  Kings’ Assistant Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive Motion Offense  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ialg8Wq7DO0

–  The Wizards’ Injury Woes  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/shorthanded-wizards-hope-to-heal-before-time-runs-out-on-their-plans/2016/01/04/5dcdd902-b327-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

–  Bucks’ Future Remains Bright  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/01/05/milwaukee-bucks-bright-future-in-lost-season-giannis-antetokounmpo-michael-carter-williams-greg-monroe-john-henson/index.html

–  Rajon Rondo Q & A Re: Days with the Mavs  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705961/rajon-rondo-i-have-nothing-but-love-for-mavericks

 The Case for Flip Saunders as Executive of the Year  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/01/why-flip-saunders-should-be-nba-executive-year

–  Pelicans Still Working on Picking Up the Pace  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14476252-128/pelicans-still-work-on-picking-up-the-pace

–  Tyreke Evans Having Difficulty Adjusting to Gentry’s Offensive System  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/tyreke_evans_1.html

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/4/10712540/nba-monday-pacers-hope-to-down-heat

–  Where Are They Now:  Amnestied Players  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/01/where-are-they-now-amnestied-players.html

And for those with access to ESPN insider:

–  What the Warriors are Teaching the Hornets (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14500756/the-charlotte-hornets-showing-how-teams-learn-golden-state-warriors-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Draymond Green  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/03/draymond-green-magic-johnson-warriors-draymagic/78237606/

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-deserves-more-credit-for-career-best-stretch-1.418150

–  TJ Warren/Devin Booker/Alex Len  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240329/Going-Back-To-McDonoughs-Original-Plan-In-The-Suns-Lost-Season

–  Jonathon Simmons  (from Tim McMahon,  Express-News):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Simmons-gives-Spurs-juice-to-blow-by-Bucks-6736840.php?t=871d385940927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/04/raptors-lose-carroll-for-game-in-cleveland–and-likely-for-some-time

–  Ish Smith (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/5/10715482/ish-smith-philadelphia-76ers-highlights-stats

–  Montrezl Harrell  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-rookie-montrezl-harrell-ready-to-play-with-donatas-motiejunas-out/

–  John Wall  (from Abdullah Sharif,  hoopdistrict.com):   http://hoopdistrict.net/how-john-wall-destroyed-december-in-spite-of-inadequate-supporting-cast/

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/5/10712886/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-nba-draft-2015

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

–  Film Breakdown: Lakers Found a Blueprint for Success on Offense  (from Drew Garrison,  silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/31/10695650/la-lakers-analysis-pick-and-roll-film-strategy-breakdown-cut

–  Karl-Anthony Towns is Already a Star  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/10695284/karl-anthony-towns-highlights-jazz-star-rookie

–  Time for Cousins, Kings to Shape Up  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52596430.html

–  Film Room:  Oladipo Playing Elite Defense  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-victor-oladipo-playing-elite-defense

Draymond Summarizes All  (from apricot/Jim Barnett,  goldenstateofmind):

Watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/1/10698150/warriors-vs-rockets-2015-highlight-video-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunk-from-andre-iguodala

Wolves GM Newton Looks to Solidify Team’s Foundation  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/wolves-general-manager-newton-charting-course/index.html

–  The Stupid Argument About the Most Fundamentally Sound Player Ruining the Game  (from Brian McCormick,  learntocoachbasketball.com):

Read it here:  http://learntocoachbasketball.com/the-stupid-argument-about-the-most-fundamental-player-in-the-nba-ruining-the-game-of-basketball

Recapping Wednesday/Thursday Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Heat Update  (from Ira Winderman,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article52588225.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jae Crowder  (from Brian Robb, Bleacher Report):

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604078-jae-crowder-emerging-as-a-promising-leader-for-boston-celtics

–  Tyson Chandler’s Return to Form  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/tyson-chandler-returns-form-suns-starting-lineup/78164842/

–  Chris Bosh  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):    http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/12/29/bosh-4/

–  Justise Winslow/Stanley Johnson  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoaoWR8AAGiXMUUw

–  Justise Winslow  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/31/fundamentals-justise-winslow-heat-duke-dwyane-wade-erik-spoelstra-chris-bosh

–  Bobby Portis/Kristaps Porzingis  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/01/01/comparing-kristaps-porzingis-new-york-knicks-and-bobby-portis-chicago-bulls/

–  Jonas Valanciunas  (from Arden Zwelling,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/how-lengthy-layoff-made-valanciunas-a-better-player/

–  Gerald Henderson Trying to Find His Way (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/struggle-gerald-henderson-veteran-trying-find-his-way-trail-blazers

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/01/01/tristan-thompson-starting-the-correct-decision/

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-have-no-regrets-drafting-dangelo-russell-over-jahlil-okafor

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-believes-he-could-eventually-become-a-stretch-four

–  Brandon Bass (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/new-purple-jersey-same-hard-working-bass

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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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/