Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/20/16

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  Heat 122, Cavs 101  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  Spurs 87, Dubs 79  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Spurs “Go Small”:  Diaw Replaces Duncan  (from Buck Harvey,  Express news):
–  How “Point-Giannis” Is Unlocking Jabari Parker  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):
–  Celtics & 76ers Rebuilds:  A Progress Report  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article67135347.html
–  Tim Hardaway, Jr.  (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/20/11271490/rockets-vs-hawks-recap-tim-hardaway-jr
–  Vince Carter/ Will Barton  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/03/19/vince-carter-has-lasted-adapting/IKw2HpDwRpkFOGCzvQgCVK/story.html
–  Tim Frazier  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://cache.nba.com/pelicans/news/ten-day-signee-tim-frazier-fast-start-pelicans

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/17/16

 Nuggets Defense Crumbling Inside The Paint (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29648416/paint-source-too-many-points-allowed-nuggets-defense

–   Pistons Defense: Coach Van Gundy Has No Answers  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/03/16/detroit-pistons-atlanta-hawks/81817630/

–  The T’wolves Best Offensive Lineup  (from Michael Rand,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  Timberwolves offense has taken off with Zach LaVine at shooting guard

–  Sixers’ First Round Draft Odds Are Much Better This Year  (from Bret Stuter,  The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  https://thesixersense.com/2016/03/16/philadelphia-76ers-learned-harsh-lesson-in-2015-nba-draft/

Draymond Green’s Defense Keys Warriors’ Win  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Draymond-Green-s-defense-shines-in-Warriors-6894967.php

–  The Spurs’ Ball Movement  (from Eli Horowitz/J.R. Wilco,  Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/17/11249760/spurs-clippers-passing-trust-anticipation

–  His Players Back/Respect Suns’ Coach Earl Watson  (from Craig Grialou,  arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/592667/players-back-earl-watson-respect-job-hes-done-as-phoenix-suns-head-coach/

–  Pacers’ Bench Is Becoming Effective  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-bench-becoming-crowded-and-effective

–  Recapping  Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

Pistons’ Assistant Coach Charles Klask  Q & A  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/detroit_pistons_qa_assistant_c.html

–  Sioux Falls Head Coach Dan Craig  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/14/11189210/sioux-falls-head-coach-dan-craig-shines-in-debut-season

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 Jabari Parker  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2624885-greek-freak-isnt-the-only-milwaukee-buck-flashing-superstar-potential

C.J. McCollum  (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/17/cj-mccollum-improvement-trail-blazers-success-damian-lillard/81876440/    and from Eric Griffith, Blazers’ Edge:   http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/3/16/11191826/portland-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-damian-lillard-stats-efficiency

–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Joshua Priemski, Raptors Republic ):   http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/17/raptors-tandem-valanciunas-biyombo-luxury/

–  Hassan Whiteside  (from Dave Hyde,  sunsentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-hyde-column-0317-20160316-column.html

–  Jermaine O’Neal  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/16/golden-state-warriors-jermaine-oneal-stephe-curry-draymond-green

–  Jared Cunningham  (from Matt Velazquez,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/milwaukee-provides-latest-stop-for-jared-cunninghams-up-and-down-career-b99689066z1-372291871.html

–  Norman Powell (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-powell-im-ready-larger-role-playoff-run/

–  Alec Burks  (from Allthatamar, slcdunk.com):  http://www.slcdunk.com/2016/3/17/11243658/utah-jazz-alec-burks-rodney-hood-gordon-hayward-quin-snyder-shelvin-mack

–  Luis Montero/Cliff Alexander  (from Mike Richman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/trail_blazers_luis_montero_cliff_alexander_shining.html

–  Deshaun Thomas  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):   http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/16/11216398/deshaun-thomas-stepping-up-for-spurs-in-2016

–  Sim Bhullar  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/15/11210444/sim-bhullar-showing-improvement-in-second-nbadl-season

Kris Dunn (from Ron Morris,  newsandobserver.com):  http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/unc/article66538222.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/16/16

Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, NBA Defense
–  Tuesday’s Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Spurs’ Bench; Raptors; Pacers  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):
–  Spurs Rounding Into Playoff Mode  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Popovich:  Bag Shootarounds In Exchange For Short, Direct Film Sessions  (from  Dan Woike, ocregister.com):
–  Is C.J. McCollum A Good Defender?  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers Edge):
–  Have Wizards Found Short-term Or Long-term Fix?  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):
 Warriors Create Chaos After Responding To Draymond  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
Wolves’ Coach Mitchell Wants Bench To Do More Than Just Score  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):
–  Lack Of Focus Plagues Pistons’ Recent Starts  (from Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News):
–  Heat’s Player Development Program  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
Josh Richardson’s Turning Point As A 3-Point Shooter  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):
–  Tony Allen, Matt Barnes Evolving Into Point Forwards  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Jazz Lockdown Defense Returning  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):
Lakers Finally Making Progress With Advanced Stats  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
–  Screens And Defensive Activity  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):
–  The Sixers Plan To Get Joel Embiid Healthy  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Stackhouse Proving A Quick Study As Raptors’ Assistant  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jabari Parker  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated);  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/15/jabari-parker-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-jason-kidd
Thabo Sefolosha  (from Brad Rowland, Peachtree Hoops):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/15/11235568/thabo-sefolosha-atlanta-hawks-defensive-key
–  Marreese Speights  (from Jimmy Durkin,  Bay Area News Group):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29642343/warriors-get-spark-from-red-hot-marreese-speights
–  Jerryd Bayless  (from Alex Boeder,  bucks.com):  http://www.nba.com/bucks/features/boeder-the-new-threes-of-jerryd-bayless
–  LaMarcus Aldridge/Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/15/yours-mine-and-ours-the-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-duo/
–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Spencer Redmond,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/16/bismack-biyombo-proving-to-be-a-crucial-bargain/
–  Kyle Anderson  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/16/11210878/kyle-anderson-development-steady-slow-mo
–  Udonis Haslem  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s031516-story.html

 

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 10/27/15

–  Our Annual Tiers of the NBA  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

” It’s time for our last big preseason tradition: Tiers of the NBA, where we group teams into categories meant to time-stamp both their place in the league’s hierarchy and on their own internal development path. These are not strict power rankings, and the listed order within each tier doesn’t necessarily mean anything.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/our-annual-tiers-of-the-nba/

 

–  What’s changed in the NBA? A look at this year’s big moves, rule changes and rookie returns  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/pro-basketball-whats-changed-in-the-nba-a-look-at-this-years-big-moves-rule-changes-and-rookie-returns/article/5456174/?page=2

 

–  Raptors putting the ‘D’ back in defence  (form Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/26/raptors-putting-the-d-back-in-defence

 

–  DeMar DeRozan: I Haven’t Blued a Play Since my Rookie Year  (from Zarar Sidiqi, Raptors republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/26/demar-derozan-i-havent-blued-a-play-since-my-rookie-year/

 

–  Beneath calm exterior, a fire burns inside Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/26/4986160_beneath-calm-exterior-a-fire-burns.html

 

Rockets: How Will Adding Ty Lawson Affect James Harden  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659286-james-harden-ty-lawson-rockets-houston-point-guard-complementary-styles

 

–  Thunder: Redefining the concept of a ‘good shot’  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:   http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-redefining-the-concept-of-a-good-shot/article/5456156/?page=2

 

–  The Hornets turned into a 3-point juggernaut during the NBA preseason  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/26/9610638/charlotte-hornets-three-point-shot-offense-kemba-walker-al-jefferson-steve-clifford

 

–  A confident David Blatt is ready for Year 2 in Cleveland  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13978110/david-blatt-ready-year-2-cleveland-cavaliers

 

–  The Atlanta Hawks are going to repeat and you will be surprised  – again  (from Jason Walker, peachtreehoops.com):

Read it here:   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/10/26/9615238/atlanta-hawks-predictions-2015-2016-horford-millsap

 

–  Skiles Holds All Players Accountable, Expects Defensive Excellence  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/magic/news/skiles-holds-all-players-accountable-expects-defensive-excellence

 

–  DERRICK ROSE READY FOR SEASON OPENER AGAINST CAVS   (from Sam Smith,  Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/sam-smith/derrick-rose-ready-season-opener-against-cavs

 

–  BULLS SEASON PREVIEW  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/sam-smiths-bulls-season-preview

 

Jabari Parker’s return  (from Gery Woelfel, journaltimes.com):

Read it here:  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/leap-of-faith-young-bucks-poised-to-make-big-step/article_7f64192c-ec7f-51ee-82c3-84329fb5c339.html

 

–  The NBA’s most interesting international players (from Jonathan Raymond,  The National):

Read it here:  http://www.thenational.ae/sport/nba/around-the-world-in-20-players-the-nbas-most-interesting-internationals-2015#full

 

–   The NBA Wages a War on Attrition  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

” Keeping players healthy has become a leaguewide obsession, and the difference between winning a title and a playoff exit.”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-nba-wages-a-war-on-attrition-1445878326

 

–  Aldridge’s fit with Spurs, Caron Butler Q&A, rankings and more  (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/27/open-floor-lamarcus-aldridge-gregg-popovich-spurs-caron-butler-kings

 

–  Do the Wizards have a capable supporting cast around John Wall?  (from Evans Clinchy, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/27/washington-wizards-john-wall-supporting-cast/

 

–  Breaking It Down: Luis Scola and Jonas Valanciunas Defensive Pairing  (from Zarar Siddiqi,  raprtospepubic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/27/breaking-it-down-luis-scola-and-jonas-valanciunas-defensive-pairing/

 

–  Sixers PGs Isaiah Canaan, T.J. McConnell must keep team running  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-pgs-isaiah-canaan-tj-mcconnell-must-keep-team-running

 

–  Danny Ainge: ‘I don’t see a finish line’ on Celtics tenure  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/10/danny_ainge_i_don_t_see_a_finish_line_on_celtics_tenure

 

–   Quin Snyder: Managing expectations (form Jared Woodcox, yardbarker.com):

Read it here:  http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/coach_snyders_comments_shouldnt_deter_utah_jazz_fans_optimism/s1_7899_19781695

 

–  Rick Carlisle inching closer to becoming a Maverick for life  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151026-sefko-rick-carlisle-inching-closer-to-becoming-a-maverick-for-life.ece

 

–  NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Bounced Into Hall of Fame  (from Richie Brand,  Investors.com):

Read it here:  http://news.investors.com/management-leaders-and-success/102615-777397-dick-bavetta-nba-basketball-hall-of-fame.htm

 

–  SportVU Driving School  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” On cue for the new season, late last week the good folks NBA.com gave us and Nylon Calc and the rest of the stats-curious community a little bit of a goodie bag in terms of the improvements and additions to the suite of publicly available SportVU data1. The biggest improvement is the ability to filter all previously available stats by date which both allows for more accurate totals2 and the game-by-game “boxscores” which Darryl introduced earlier today.

In addition to these refinements, there is some genuinely new information. In particular, the drives tab has applications to a subject near and dear to my heart as a largely unexplained phenomenon, which is to say playmaking:”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/26/sportvu-driving-school/#fn-8320-3

 

 “Hot Hands” in Basketball Are Real  (from Jordan Ellenberg, Slate.com):

Read it here:   http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/10/hot_hands_in_basketball_are_real_new_analysis_shows.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– Kent Bazemore finally getting a shot with the Hawks  (from Paul Newberry, Associated Press):   http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2015-10-26/kent-bazemore-finally-getting-shot-hawks

 

–   Trey Burke is ‘all in’ for the Utah Jazz this season  (from Jody Gennessy,  Deseret News):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640008/Third-year-point-guard-Trey-Burke-is-all-in-for-the-Utah-Jazz-this-season.html?pg=all

 

–  Pacers’ C.J. Miles ready to shoot in new offense  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/26/pacers-cj-miles-ready-shoot-new-offense/74641382/

 

–  Celtics’ Avery Bradley wants to shoot 40 percent from deep and emerge as one of the NBA’s best shooters  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/boston_celtics_avery_bradley_w.html

 

–  Jared Dudley Will Fill Paul Pierce’s Shoes in Washington  (form Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vi5XPSEAAHUAN3Nc/jared-dudley-will-fill-paul-pierces-shoes-in-washington

 

–   Blazers’ CJ McCollum prepared for ‘delicate balance’ between scorer and point guard  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_is_navigating_the_delica.html

 

–  Suns’ Markieff Morris had Rasheed Wallace help  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/26/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-had-rasheed-wallace-help/74656720/

 

–  Jabari Brown  lives on NBA fringe  (from Jeff Gordon,  stltoday.com):    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/tipsheet-ex-mizzou-star-lives-on-nba-fringe/article_b7fa2b83-d2e1-5343-a953-d0e687e904e5.html

 

–  D’Angelo Russell says he has better understanding of role with Lakers  (from Eric Pincus, LATimes):   http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-dangelo-russell-understands-role-lakers-20151026-story.html

 

–   Cavaliers X-factor for the 2015-16 NBA season: Richard Jefferson   (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/the_cleveland_cavaliers_x-facto.html

 

–  Heat taking ‘big picture’ approach when it comes to Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees, playing time  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/heat-taking-big-picture-approach-when-it-comes-to-amare-stoudemires-knees-playing-time.html

 

–  Cory Joseph ready for Manu-like role in Toronto  (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cory-joseph-ready-for-manu-like-role-in-toronto/

 

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