– Jon Horford (from Chris Reichert, Upside & Motor): Jon Horford putting in the work to create his own path
– Iguodala masters mental side of basketball (from Marcus Thompson, Bay Area News Group):
– Andre Iguodala did whatever was necessary to help the Warriors win (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
– Warriors’ defensive approach pushes LeBron James’ burden to new levels (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
– NBA Shootaround: Finals Game One (from Grantland staff):
Read and view it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nba-shootaround-finals-game-1/
– Going Big – Cleveland’s Game One Bright Spot (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):
– Warriors Resolve Unbreakable, Even For LeBron James (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):
– Understanding Kyrie Irving’s Patella Fracture (from Jeff Stotts, instreetclothes.com):
– Analyzing the potential long term effects of Kyrie Irving’s patellar fracture (from Trevor Magnotti, fearthesword.com):
– Cavaliers Yet Another Example of Fragility of Championship Runs (from jason Patt, todaysfastbreak.com):
– How Curry overcame ankle issues (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
– LeBron James has sparked Tristan Thompson (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
– THE VALUE OF DEFENSIVE COMMUNICATION (from Bob Starkey, Hoops Thoughts):
– Keeping players healthy high on Adam Silver’s list (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
– Kyrie Irving is the latest victim of the NBA’s injury problem (rom Ken berger, CBS Sports):
– Alvin Gentry has emerged since working as Tim Floyd’s lead assistant in New Orleans (from John reid, NOLA.com):
– Envisioning the Chicago Bulls Under Fred Hoiberg (from Kelly Scaletta and Randy Sherman, todaysfastbreak.com):
– Fred Hoiberg’s approach to coaching is radically different from Tom Thibodeau (from Sean Highkin, NBC Sports):
– Draft Mistakes GMs Make (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– Draymond Green: http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-west/pacific/draymond-green-warriors-free-agency-change-nba/ and http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/05/why-dramond-green-is-the-real-mvp-of-the-warriors/
– Khris Middleton: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150605/PC20/150609537/1032
– Nikola Vucevic: http://hoopshype.com/interviews/sierra/nikola-vucevic
– LeBron and his cast of Cavs (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
” Can a rotation of role players help the King beat the Warriors?”
– How the Warriors will try to contain LeBron James (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
– Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have helped turn Cavaliers’ defense around, say they are ready for their next challenge (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
– 2015 NBA Finals matchup: Cavaliers vs. Warriors frontcourts (from Matt Moore, cbssports.com):
Read and view it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25201010/finals-matchup-the-frontcourt-battle
– Harrison Barnes: How a Warrior bought in (form J.A. Adande, ESPN):
– David Blatt finds success is worth sacrifices (from Matthew Florjancic, wkyc.com):
– For the casual follower, newcomers and Cavaliers fans: 20 things you should know about the Warriors (from Marcus Thompson, mercurynews.com):
– For Warriors’ longtime voice Barnett, timing finally perfect (from Daniel Brown, mercurynews.com):
– Nate Thurmond, a Golden State legend and Cleveland Cavaliers inspiration, finds new audience in NBA Finals 2015 (from Tom Reid, cleveland.com):
– Next step in contract negotiations will test Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade bond (from Dan Le Batard, miamiherald.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– Kristaps Porzingis: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/who-is-kristaps-porzingis/
– THE THIBODEAU STORY FROM START TO FINISH (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
More on the Thibodeau story (from Steve Aschburner, nba.com) here: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/05/28/bulls-management-diss-tom-thibodeau/
– NUMBERS PREVIEW: THE FINALS (from John Schuhmann, nba.com):
” These are special teams. Statistically, the Warriors are the best team we’ve seen since the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls, outscoring their opponents by 11.4 points per 100 possessions in the regular season. The Cavs, meanwhile, have fought through a myriad of changes (via trades and injuries) to get here, improving defensively along the way.
And the Cavs have been statistically better, both offensively and defensively, than the Warriors in the playoffs, even when you account for weaker competition. Cleveland has better marks in adjusted efficiency (taking their opponents’ regular season marks) on both ends of the floor.”
– GSW-HOU Game 5 Analytics (from Joshua Jonah Fschman, Vantage Sports):
– Appreciating James Harden (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):
” (A)lmost every NBA superstar has been called “overrated” or a “choker” at some point in their careers. For some reason, the vast majority of the world seems hellbent on making James Harden the poster boy for irrationally hated superstars right now, and it’s really high time this nonsense came to an end.”
– An analytic look at LeBron James’ postseason (from Shlomo Sprung, sheridanhoops.com):
– Cavaliers Overcame Many Obstacles (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
– Warriors/Cavs Preview (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):
(Note: This is our first link to a finals preview. We expect to feature several more before the series begins.)
– Warriors Assistant Coach Alvin Gentry Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN):
– Coaches’ Agent Mike Tannenbaum helped Kerr, Blatt toward NBA Finals (from Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel):
” A long way from the NBA Finals, a long way from his agent days, a long, long way from helping land coaching jobs for Steve Kerr and David Blatt, Mike Tannenbaum sits in his Dolphins office and shares this hope of their upcoming series:
“I’m rooting for a Game 7 overtime,” the Dolphins vice president of football operations says.
This is a rare story wrapped inside a even rarer one. Because if the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Blatt and the Golden State Warriors’ Kerr represent two first-year NBA coaches meeting in the Finals for the first time, Tannenbaum representing them both offers a good glimpse into him as well.
“It gets crazier,” he said. “They almost worked together this year.”
Celtics assistant Ron Adams has players’ respect
by Baxter Holmes (Boston Globe)
” First off,” Avery Bradley began, “I can say that every team that we’ve played — everybody loves him and respects him.”
The Celtics guard was referring to one of the team’s many new pieces this season, but one that a veteran Western Conference scout said was Boston’s best addition overall.
“For me,” Bradley continued, “that’s so cool that he’s on our coaching staff, and everybody respects him so much and says how good of a coach he is.”
He is a coach who is intelligent and measured, who believes in defense and that success is in the details. These are all traits that belong to rookie head coach Brad Stevens, but the particular coach Bradley was referring to is not Brad Stevens.
“I mean, I have people that walk up to me and say, ‘That guy, right there — listen to him,’ ” Bradley said. “Everybody — everybody says that. It’s pretty cool. It says a lot about him.”
Bradley was referring to assistant coach Ron Adams, whom Celtics players have raved about since training camp, noting his basketball IQ and hands-on approach.
… (A)dams, known as one of the league’s top defensive minds, joined the Celtics after spending last season as Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau’s lead assistant. Reportedly, a messy divorce with management suddenly ended Adams’s tenure with the Bulls.
Other teams started calling, vying for the services of an assistant consistently ranked as one of the best in the league, according to an annual poll of general managers the NBA releases.
In fact, league sources said Adams was the hottest assistant on the open market, a respected veteran that many of the 13 coaches taking over new teams wanted as the centerpiece on their staff.
There are many reasons why Stevens sought Adams: his experience, defensive expertise, and more. But Adams had also coached on many rebuilding teams during his more than two decades in the NBA, and the Celtics were about to enter such a phase.
There is no secret to rebuilding a team, Adams said.
“The key is always, in this sport or any other sport, trying to get the right people on the bus,” he said. “You have to have a group that is willing to join in the process of getting better. You’re at a certain level, there’s a process. This is a process: We have to get better.”
And for Stevens, Adams’s experience handling such processes has been invaluable.
“He knows where the red flags are,” Stevens said. “He knows what the good days are supposed to look like. I may think it’s a red flag day, he may think it’s a great day. I might think it’s a great day, he might think we didn’t get anything accomplished. It’s been a really good mix.”
Adams and Stevens are similar in (this) regard: Both more interested in teaching than “coaching,” in the details and defense, in being measured versus fiery.”
Read the rest of Holmes’ story here; http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/10/17/celtics-assistant-ron-adams-well-informed-and-well-respected/reGfoLTdUPOPsHS6BsA58J/story.html?event=event12
(Basketball Intelligence note) Some backstory re how Adams became available: