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

–  Hawks Trying To Figure Out How To Defend LBJ  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-still-trying-to-find-way-to-slow-lebron/nrFRP/

–  Preview: ATL/CLE  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/hawks-chance-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Ready For Redemption (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/1/11548292/hawks-vs-cavaliers-lebron-thabo-sefolosha-paul-millsap-sunday-shootaround

–  Haslem Finds His Time Is Now  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s043016-story.html

 Preview:  GSW/POR  (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/01/nba-playoff-preview-warriors-vs-blazers/  and from Zach Harper, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571821/blazers-bounce-clippers-now-look-ahead-to-warriors-7-things-to-watch

–  Curry’s Possible Quicker Than Expected Return  (from John Canzano, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2016/04/steph_currys_return_from_mcl_s.html

–  How Damian Lillard Used His Oakland Upbringing To Help Make Trail Blazers A Team (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-damian-lillard-used-his-oakland-upbringing-help-make-trail-blazers-team

–  Spurs’ Relentless Attack  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/30/nba-playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-kawhi-leonard-game-1-video

–  Spurs Staying Even-Keeled After Dominating Win  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/849/spurs-stay-even-keeled-after-dominating-win

–  OKC Wasn’t Ready  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25573686/in-game-1-of-maybe-the-most-pivotal-series-in-franchise-history-okc-wasnt-ready

–  Spurs: Beauty In Destruction  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/spurs/

–  Spurs Congest Paint In Game 1  (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and view it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/spurs-congest-paint-for-thunder-in-game-1.html

–  Thibodeau Wanted “A Chance To Grow” With T’Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-wanted-a-chance-to-grow-with-the-wolves/377706661/

–  Walton Ready To Change Lakers’ Losing Culture  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:   http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160430/luke-walton-ready-to-change-lakers-losing-culture

–  George Karl Reflective After Firing  (form Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article74937347.html

Additional Player Profile:

 

Metta World Peace  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/zone-metta-world-peace-finds-balance-peace-article-1.2619948

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/15/16

 Western Conference Playoff Preview  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Ilustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/15/2016-nba-playoffs-preview-western-conference-warriors-spurs

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/15/2016-nba-playoffs-preview-eastern-conference-lebron-james-cavaliers

–  Three Question Playoff Preview:  Cavs vs Pistons  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/241571/Three-Question-Playoff-Preview-Cavaliers-Vs-Pistons

Pacers Could Use A Hand (Or Not) Against Raptors  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/14/pacers-could-use-hand-not-against-toronto/83035602/

–  How Bob Myers Built The Dubs’ Juggernaut   (from Ann Killion,  SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/With-Curry-as-foundation-Bob-Myers-built-an-NBA-7250681.php

–  Why Brad Stevens Might Be The NBA’s Next Great Coach  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-brad-stevens-might-be-the-nba-s-next-great-coach-153911446.html

–   It’s A Point Guard’s Game  (from Jerry Brewer,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2016/04/15/its-a-point-guards-game/

–   No Nights Off For NBA Point Guards  (from  Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2016/04/15/there-are-no-nights-off-for-nba-point-guards/

Patrick Ewing Knows He’s Ready To Be An NBA Head Coach  (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701819-patrick-ewing-head-coach-hornets-knicks-rockets-wizards

–  Hawks Had To Adjust  (from Ray Giler, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/hawks/2016/04/14/hawks-kyle-korver-paul-millsap-al-horford-jeff-teague/82988280/

–  Hornets, Full Of Expiring Contracts, Are Pulling Together  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/14/hornets-full-of-expiring-contracts-pulling-together/

–  GM Tim Connelly’s  Breakdown Of The Current State Of The Nuggets  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://blogs.denverpost.com/nuggets/2016/04/14/tim-connelly-current-state-nuggets/14240/

–  Bucks Acknowledge Need For Outside Shooting Overhaul  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-leaders-acknowledge-need-for-outside-shooting-overhaul-b99706729z1-375794421.html

–  Alvin Gentry Still Sees Great Potential In Pelicans  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/349/alvin-gentry-still-sees-great-potential-in-pelicans-after-throwing-first-season-in-the-toilet

–  Pelicans Look To Future  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/latestsports/15492219-113/with-disappointing-season-in-the-books-pelicans-look-to-future

–  Wizards ‘Checked Out’ On Wittman A While Ago  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-wizards-checked-out-wittman-long-ago

Phil Jackson Says He Won’t Abandon System  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-prez-phil-jackson-won-abandon-system-article-1.2601683

–  Kings Fire Karl: 5 Things To Know  (from CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25554665/sacramento-kings-fire-coach-george-karl-5-things-to-know

Divac Must Convince Coaching Candidates That The Kings Won’t Continue Be Dysfunctional  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71822137.html

 Today, Media Members Decided Whether The Pelicans Will Pay Anthony Davis $24 Million  (from Kevin Draper, Deadspin):

Read it here:  http://deadspin.com/today-media-members-decided-whether-the-pelicans-will-1771009105

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Steph Curry  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/14/steph-curry-golden-state-warriors-all-time-great-lebron-james-nba-history/83051782/

–  Kobe Bryant  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/kobe-haters-are-stuck-in-2008/    and from Howard Beck,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2632803-kobes-unforgettable-finale-a-perfectly-drawn-portrait-of-a-unique-nba-career

–  Jae Crowder  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/04/jae_crowders_bumpy_rise_how_bo.html

Kyle Anderson/Boris Diaw  (from Jeff McDonald,  ExpressNews.com):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-notebook-Anderson-primed-for-playoff-role-7249291.php

–  Doug McDermott  (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-mcdermott-bulls-spt-0415-20160414-story.html

 

 

–  Trey Burke/Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):   http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3779722-155/utah-jazz-notes-a-onetime-lottery

–  Dante Exum  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652259/Will-Jazzs-quiet-man-become-The-Man.html

–  Andre Miller  (from Lorne Chan,  Spurs.com):  http://www.nba.com/spurs/andre-miller-still-learning

–  Thon Maker (from Derek Bodner,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/draft/2016/04/15/thon-maker-nba-draft/83079008/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/16

(NOTE:  Again today our links are limited by the effects of the all-star break and trade deadline.  The good news is that this is probably the last disclaimer we will need.  Our expectation is that we will be back to our “old normal” this weekend.)
–   Pick-And-Roll Perfected:  Draymond Green And Steph Curry  (from Jeff Siegel, fansided):
–  Lockdown Defense Keeping Celtics Among East Elite  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
SVG Explains Pistons’ Trade Process And How Little He Is Involved  (from Aaron McMann, mlive.com):
–  Bulls’ GM Gar Forman  Q & A  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  George Karl Should Not Go Out Like This  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):
–  Every Trade Completed During The 2-15-16 Season  (from SBNation):

–  Trade Deadline Recap  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):
The Key Deadline Deals  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  10 Questions Following The Trade Deadline  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):
–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  A Guide To The Buyout Season  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):
–  NBPA Mounting Crackdown On Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/02/19/brandon-jennings-ersan-ilyasova-know-the-work-ahead/
–  Dante Exum/Shelvin Mack  (from Dan Clayton,  Salt City Hoops):  http://saltcityhoops.com/sc7-basketballs-back-deadline-and-why-exums-still-central/
–  Channing Frye  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/02/19/channing-frye-strengthens-cavs-weaknesses/

–  Jon Horford  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside & Motor):  Jon Horford putting in the work to create his own path

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 12/4/15

Clippers Need Everything From Blake Griffin  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/slow-your-roll-dictating-pace-as-a-strategic-counter/

–  The State of the Kings  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14279853/everybody-tim-duncan

–  Dictating Pace as a Strategic Counter  (from Ben Doswett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/slow-your-roll-dictating-pace-as-a-strategic-counter/

Kawhi Leonard’s Defense  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/03/kawhi-leonard-long-arms-spurs-law/

How D-League Players and Coaches Can Earn Trust in Each Other  (from Keith Schlosser, ridiculousupside.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/3/9845106/how-nba-d-league-players-and-coaches-can-earn-trust-in-each-other

Celtics: Built for Now and the Future  (from Mika Honkasalo, hoopshype.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/12/03/the-celtics-are-built-for-the-regular-season-and-the-future/

–  How the Celtics Exploited the NBA’s Best Shot-Blocker  (from Jeff Nooney, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/12/4/9846208/how-the-celtics-exploited-the-best-shot-blocker-in-the-nba

–  How the Celtics Slowed Down Cousins and Shredded the Kings’ Defense  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

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

Raptors: A Month in Reflection  (from Tamberlyn Richardson, raptorsrepublic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/04/toronto-raptors-a-month-in-reflection/

–  Thunder:  Going Beyond Durant and Westbrook   (from John Schuhmann/Brent Barry):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/12/04/back-and-forth-with-bones-going-beyond-durant-and-westbrook/

–  The NBA’s Most One-Dimensional Teams  (from Zach Buckley,  bleacherreport):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2595098-meet-the-nbas-most-one-dimensional-teams-this-season

Grizzlies’ Life Saver:  Free Throws  (from Peter Edmiston,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/The-best-things-in-the-Grizzlies-offense-these-days-are-free-360488821.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Brandon Knight  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25399193/brandon-knight-making-the-suns-look-a-lot-smarter-than-the-bucks

 

Julius Randle is One of the Best Young Rebounders in the NBA  (from Drew Garrison, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/3/9843044/la-lakers-julius-randle-rebounding-stats-analysis

Jon Leuer/  Mirza Teletovic (from Kellan Olson,  arizonasports.com):  http://arizonasports.com/story/479534/jon-leuer-and-mirza-teletovic-give-jeff-hornacek-flexibility-with-his-big-men/

–  Raptors’ Biyombo Reamins a Player in Progress  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2015/12/04/raptors-bismack-biyombo-remains-a-player-in-progress.html

–  Devin Booker  (from Scott Chasen,  valleyofthesuns.com):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/12/04/phoenix-suns-film-room-devin-booker-scoring-assassin/

–  The Emergence of Jeremy Lamb  (from Daniel Coughlin,  thelotterymafia.com):   http://thelotterymafia.com/article/unsilence-of-the-lamb-the-emergence-of-jeremy-lamb.html

–  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Anthony Puccio, netsdaily.com):  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/12/3/9839250/rondae-hollis-jefferson-recalls-the-beauty-of-the-struggle

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