Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Pelicans looking to take advantage of simplified defensive scheme  (from John Reid,  nola.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/10/new_orleans_pelicans_looking_t.html

 

–   Jameer Nelson and the ever-evolving role of an NBA leader (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25323727/the-vet-jameer-nelson-and-the-ever-evolving-role-of-an-nba-leader

 

–  Hornets Adjusting to New Faces  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-hornets-adjusting-to-new-faces/

 

–  Early observations on the Raptors’ pre-season  (form Mike ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/06/early-observations-on-the-raptors-pre-season-so-far

 

–   Don’t Sleep on Ty Lawson and the Rockets  (from Andrew Sharp, Grantland):

Read it here:   http://grantland.com/the-triangle/ready-to-blast-off-dont-sleep-on-ty-lawson-and-the-rockets/

 

–  How to  Slow LeBron James: Basic Principles for  Defending him (from Pete Newmann, Sheridan Hoops):

Read it here:  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/07/how-to-stop-or-slow-lebron-james/

 

Sixers preseason opener review (from Andrew Unterberger from csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/sixers-crushed-preseason-opener-okafor-and-noel-gonna-be-funnnnnn

 

Mavericks preseason opener review  (from Mike Fisher,  scout.com):

Read it here:  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1596447-mavs-donuts-jumping-into-the-deep-end

 

Bulls preseason opener review (from Cody Westerlund,  cbslocal.com):

Read it here:   http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/10/06/westerlund-5-thoughts-after-bulls-bucks-2/

 

–  Key Takeaways from the Indiana Pacers Win Over the Detroit Pistons  (from Jordan Yant, 8points9seconds.com):

Read it here: http://8points9seconds.com/2015/10/07/indiana-pacers-detroit-pistons-preseason-win/

 

–  Washington’s new read-and-react system showed promise in preseason opener  (from Umair Khan,  bulletsforever.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/10/7/9468279/washingtons-wizards-new-read-react-system-promise-preseason

 

–   Breaking down who did what in the Nuggets first two exhibition games  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://blogs.denverpost.com/nuggets/2015/10/07/nuggets-preseason-exhibition-nba/13336/

 

–  Just get it and go: Warriors want to avoid calling plays (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/just-get-it-and-go-warriors-want-avoid-calling-plays

 

–  New Kings GM Divac drawing rave reviews from inside (from James Ham,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/new-kings-gm-divac-drawing-rave-reviews-inside

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Rankings:  LeBron James, #1  (from James Holas):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/lebron-james-no-1/

 

–  After heartbreak and loss, Thaddeus Young finds firmer ground  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13790547/nba-heartbreak-thaddeus-young-builds-anew-brooklyn

 

–   Warriors’ James Michael McAdoo positioned for more playing time  (from Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-McAdoo-positioned-for-more-playing-6554973.php

 

–  Warriors advise Shaun Livingston to fire away more 3-pointers (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/warriors-advise-livingston-fire-away-more-3-pointers

 

–   Kings’ Darren Collison healthy, in pursuit of big season  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38037780.html

 

–  Jeremy Evans’ activity stands out in preseason debut  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):   http://www.mavs.com/jeremy-evans-activity-stands-out-in-preseason-debut/

 

Thunder: Rookie point guard Cameron Payne could see playing time sooner than expected  (form Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):   http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-rookie-point-guard-cameron-payne-could-see-playing-time-sooner-than-expected/article/5451754/?page=2

 

–  Jazz coach Quin Snyder trying to manage high expectations for rookie guard Raul Neto  (from Jody Genessy,  Deseret News):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638471/Utah-Jazz-coach-Quin-Snyder-trying-to-manage-high-expectations-for-rookie-guard-Raul-Neto.html

 

–  Film Room:  Lance Stephenson  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/7/9466349/film-room-the-lance-stephenson-exemplum-part-1

 

–  The Tyson Chandler Effect  (from Eric Saar, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-tyson-chandler-effect/

 

–  Suns’ Henry Sims (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/06/phoenix-suns-henry-sims-anxious-start-preseason/73486020/

 

–   Quinn Cook’s unyielding pursuit to make the Cavs’ roster  (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/quinn_cooks_unyielding_pursuit_to_make.html

 

–  Ed  Davis Brings Drive to Rip City  (from Casey Holdahl,  blazers.com):  http://www.nba.com/blazers/blazer-choice-davis-brings-drive-rip-city

 

–  Kendrick Perkins moves up depth chart at center after Alexis Ajinca hamstring injury  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/kendrick-perkins-moves-depth-chart-center-after-alexis-ajinca-hamstring-injury

 

–  Kevin Love ready to be more than just a third wheel   (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819116/kevin-love-ready-more-just-third-wheel

 

–  Damien Inglis: First Look At Milwaukee Bucks Rookie  (from Adam McGee, behindthebuckpass.com):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/10/07/damien-inglis-first-look-at-milwaukee-bucks-rookie/

 

–   It’s not ideal, but Mavs need Sam Dalembert  (from  Tim MacMahon, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705655/its-not-ideal-but-mavs-need-sam-dalembert

 

–  NAZR MOHAMMED:  The Fork In The Road… Leaving My First Love  (from sportsblog.com):  http://nazrmohammed.sportsblog.com/posts/5085309/the-fork-in-the-road—-leaving-my-first-love.html

 

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Educated Consumer’s Guide to Following the NBA Free Agency Rumor Madness  (from  Kyle Welch, waitingfornextyear.com):

Read it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/07/the-educated-consumers-guide-to-following-the-nba-free-agency-rumor-madness/

(NOTE: We would add: if you are offered a proposition over/under bet of 2% of free agency rumors proving out – take the under.)

 

 

–  Deeper look reveals dynamic under-the-radar free agents  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/06/29/under-the-radar-free-agents-2015/

 

 

– Sixers in tough spot with free agency, pending cap increase  (from John Gonzalez, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-tough-spot-free-agency-pending-cap-increase

 

 

Non-guaranteed contracts play a big role in trades (from  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/brendan-haywood-contract-trade-cleveland-cavaliers-non-guaranteed-deal-free-agencyl/10zcvzxosx0p218e033dz3n0uu

 

 

Thomas Robinson: Traveling Man  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/thomas-robinson-nba-free-agency-philadelphia-76ers-portland-trail-blazers-houston-rockets-sacramento-kings-kansas-jayhawks/

 

 

Celtics: Youth Movement & Patience  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/1/8865557/a-lesson-learned-before-free-agency

 

 

–  Five Questions: Los Angeles Clippers  (from Jesse Blanchard,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/30/five-questions-los-angeles-clippers/

 

 

–  Summer League Can Be Valuable Experience  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-summer-league-can-be-valuable-experience/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  2015 free-agent Big Board 2.0  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13170103/nba-2015-big-board-top-30-free-agents-20

 

 

 

Day 6 of our continuing coverage of 2015 draft selections:

 

3, Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150701_Sixers__Brett_Brown_envisions_big_things_for_draft_pick_Jahlil_Okafor.html

 

–  5, Orlando, Mario Hezonja:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/06/mario-hezonja-offers-the-orlando-magic-plenty-of-versatility-and-confidence/

 

16, Boston,  Terry Rozier:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/danny_ainge_compares_boston_ce.html

 

20, Toronto, Delon Wright:  http://probballreport.com/raptors-rookie-delon-wright-is-nba-ready-now/

 

23, Brooklyn,  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2511244-expectations-for-rondae-hollis-jeffersons-rookie-season-with-brooklyn-nets

 

38, Detroit, Darrun Hilliard:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-saw-something-hilliard-others-didnt-now-hes-out-prove-them-right

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Noah Vonleh:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/06/30/what-is-noah-vonleh-capable-of/

 

Al-Farouk Aminu:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/07/01/free-agent-al-farouq-aminu-portland-trail-blazers/

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/07/mason-plumlee-brings-a-new-facet-to-the-portland-trail-blazers/

 

James M ichael McAdoo:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/7/1/8875725/nba-and-d-league-champion-james-michael-mcadoo-discusses-keys-to-success

 

Enes Kanter:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/30/looking-enes-kanter-situation/

 

Dante Exum:  http://purpleandblues.com/2015/06/30/breakout-season-on-tap-for-dante-exum/

 

Nikola Jokic:  http://bsndenver.com/breaking-down-nikola-jokic-the-nuggets-newest-european-import/

 

Josh Selby:  https://www.thetournament.com/news/josh-selby-takes-another-shot-tbt

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  If LeBron and the Cavs lose, blame injuries, not the roster  (from Akiem Bailum,  section215.com):

Read it here:  http://section215.com/2015/06/15/if-lebron-and-the-cavs-lose-blame-injuries-not-the-roster/

 

 

–  FILM STUDY: WARRIORS KEEP BRINGING THE D  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/06/15/film-study-warriors-keep-bringing-the-d/

 

 

–  Green and Iguodala give Warriors their versatility, excel in Game 5  (from Eric Freeman,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/green-and-iguodala-give-warriors-their-versatility–excel-in-game-5-060929972.html

 

 

Barbosa  provides a big lift  (frrom John Shea, SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Brazilian-Blur-provides-a-big-lift-6327065.php

 

 

Did Blatt play into Warriors’ hands by abandoning Mozgov? (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25214759/nba-finals-blatt-plays-into-warriors-hands-in-game-5-by-abandoning-mozgov

A different take (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/15/david-blatts-gambit-going-small-didnt-work-but-was-only-call-he-could-make/

 

 

–  Warriors taking a page from past Finals success stories – plus Alvin Gentry, Vlade Divac Q &A, more (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/06/15/morning-tip-golden-state-warriors-adjustments-in-nba-finals-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-alvin-gentry-new-orleans-pelicans-anthony-davis-qa-vlade-divac/

 

 

–  The Pace-and-Space Miami Heat Live in These NBA Finals  (from Wes Goldberg,  allyoucanheat.com):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2015/06/15/pace-and-space-miami-heat-live-in-these-nba-finals/

 

 

Jason Lloyd’s 35 Thoughts on Game 5 (from ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/warriors-104-cavs-91-jason-lloyd-s-35-thoughts-on-lebron-s-greatness-missing-mozgov-1.600374

 

 

Game 5: Chris Fedor’s Five Observations (from Cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/lebron_james_burden_too_much_a.html

 

 

–  Steph, LeBron both play like MVPs — with one difference  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

” Curry’s help negates Cavs superstar in Warriors’ 104-91 win”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/06/15/warriors-win-game-5-stephen-curry-lebron-james/

 

 

–  J.R. Smith starts hot, but Warriors cool him down in Game 5 win  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/j-r–smith-starts-hot–but-warriors-cool-him-down-in-game-5-win-055152882.html

 

 

 

–  Warriors Pull Away and Take a 3-2 Series Lead (from Bob MacKinnon,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXs15ScAACUA6sDo/cavs-vs.-warriors-6-14-15game-5-the-4th-quarter-again-belongs-to-golden-state-as-they-take-a-3-2-series-lead

 

 

 

–  Fundamental flaw mars brilliant LeBron performance  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://www.espn.co.uk/basketball/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13080408/2015-nba-finals-fundamental-flaw-mars-brilliant-lebron-james-performance

 

 

–   How Steph Curry Attacks In The Pick And Roll  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Nick took a DEEP dive into the Warriors pick and roll attack, charting every one and analyzing which pairing is doing best, and which defensive alignment has worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/14/nba-finals-how-steph-curry-attacks-in-the-pick-and-roll/

 

 

– LeBron, Steph & The NBA’s Constant Darwinian Struggle  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM.com):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238195/LeBron-Steph-&-The-NBAs-Constant-Darwinian-Struggle

 

 

–  STEPH CURRY DESTROYED THE DREAMS OF NARRATIVE DRIVERS IN GAME 5  (from Joseph nardone,  crossoverchronicles):

Read and view it here:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/steph-curry-destroyed-dreams-narrative-drivers-game-5.html

 

 

–  HOW TEX WINTER HAS INFLUENCED THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS   (from Roland Lazenby,  Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-tex-winter-has-influenced-the-golden-state-warriors

 

 

–  How Rick Barry is telling the tale of the Warriors  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2015/06/15/rick-barry-telling-tale-warriors-cavaliers-finals-game-5/71236062/

 

 

–  Tristan Thompson is Enjoying Proving His Critics Wrong  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-tristan-thompson-is-enjoying-proving-his-critics-wrong/

 

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–  Who will Hawks keep?  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

” Five burning questions and answers ‎about the immediate future of the Atlanta Hawks”

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13067059/next-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  Should The Blazers Run More?  (from Chris Lucia, blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/6/15/8780509/portland-trail-blazers-offense-fast-break-damian-lillard-cj-mccollum-meyers-leonard

 

 

–  Memphis Grizzlies 2014-2015 Season Reviews: Front Office  (from Andrew Ford,  grizzlybearblues.com):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2014-15-season-review/2015/6/15/8778739/memphis-grizzlies-2014-2015-season-reviews-front-office

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– James Michael McAdoo /Ognjen Kuzmic :  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/15/sports/basketball/these-golden-state-warriors-won-before-in-april.html

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496126-figuring-out-mason-plumlees-is-hidden-domino-in-brooklyn-nets-offseason

 

Amir Johnson:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/6/15/8776663/raptors-player-review-amir-johnson-young-veteran

 

Jae Crowder:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/06/07/robb-celtics-should-bring-back-jae-crowder-for-next-stage-of-rebuild/

 

Joel Embiid:  http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/joel-embiid-injury-update-yes-panic-or-no-panic

 

Andre Roberson:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/15/andre-roberson-odd-man-donovans-system/

Analytics,FIBA,PHI,MIN,CLE,DET,ORL,GSW,ATL,CHA,DEN,Dooling

– Scouts and analysts can be friends – really! (from James Kerti, Hoopsthink.com):

” …scouting reports are a form of data, just as advanced metrics are.

They’re different types of data, but they’re both data. They both merit respect and consideration.

A decision maker (often the general manager) who is willing to listen to the different voices is a prerequisite for consistently good decision making.”

Read it here: http://www.hoopsthink.com/scouts-analysts/

– Top performers of FIBA group play (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

” Group play is done and we’re into the knockout stage at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. The frenzied prelude to the Round of 16 allowed us to watch some players Americans rarely get to glimpse, along with some players Americans rarely get to see lead a team. It’s been fun. Here are the ten most notable performances…”

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/70388/top-performers-of-fiba-group-play

– Philadelphia 76ers’ future make trip to Spain to see fellow cornerstone Saric (from heinnews, roadttoheassociation.com):

”  Brett Brown said that he was impressed with what he was seeing from Saric for Croatia: “The thing that stands out for me is that there’s a presence that he carries himself with. There’s a toughness that he plays the game with that is just so appealing to me. And it’s how we want to build our program in the city of Philadelphia. It’s a tough city, it’s a real city, it’s a sports-minded city. And I like the physicality how he approaches the game,” said Brown.

The Sixers coach compared Saric with a player he worked with for many years as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs: French international Boris Diaw.”

Read it here: http://roadtotheassociation.com/2014/09/04/philadelphia-76ers-future-spain-meet-dario-saric/

– The Reasons Sixers’ Fans Will Love K.J. McDaniels (from Cody Daniel, thesixersense.com):

” For the Philadelphia 76ers faithful and exceedingly patient fan base, the incoming season will be one that will have to be seen in light of it’s silver linings. It’s as far out of the question as it can get that playoff chances are possible so to keep sane, Sixers’ fans will have to find joy in watching a very young roster and newbies gel together and build for the bright future. Of course, everybody wants to see the progression for Michael Carter-Williams Rookie of the Year season and how he follows up in 2014-15. Even more glorified will be the box top sensation looking to topple Manute Bol’s rookie shot block record.

But there’s a guy who has flown under the media attention radar and is someone Sixers’ fans will be become fond of once he finds his place within the team.

K.J McDaniels became one of the steals of the draft after his first-round projection lead to him being selected 32nd overall. Regardless of his second-round selection, 76ers fans will love McDaniels.”

Read and watch it here: http://thesixersense.com/2014/09/04/reasons-sixers-fans-will-love-k-j-mcdaniels/

– Will Gorgui Dieng’s Emergence Put Nikola Pekovic on the Trade Block? (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

” It was obvious last season, and it has become even more apparent this summer.

Minnesota Timberwolves sophomore-to-be Gorgui Dieng needs more minutes, and they could come at the expense of incumbent starting center Nikola Pekovic. Rather than burying one of the two on the bench, Wolves president-coach Flip Saunders might be forced to see what the market would bear for a productive big man.”

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2186968-will-gorgui-diengs-emergence-put-nikola-pekovic-on-the-trade-block

Read it here: http://roadtotheassociation.com/2014/09/04/philadelphia-76ers-future-spain-meet-dario-saric/

– Here’s how the Cleveland Cavaliers will look on offense with the NBA’s new ‘Big Three’ (from Seth Partnow, Washington Post):

” The Cleveland Cavaliers obviously were the big winners of the NBA offseason. The Cavs parlayed a surprising lottery win into LeBron James deciding to return home and enough assets to trade for Kevin Love. In so doing, Cleveland instantly went from a franchise in disarray to one of the favorites for the 2015 title.

On paper, James, Love and point guard Kyrie Irving look to be an unstoppable trio on offense, but there are some real questions to answer as to how Cleveland will actually look on the floor. The first thing to remember is that the team will likely be a work in progress. After James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the pieces didn’t really fit together until well into the trio’s second season together. The issue will be compounded in Cleveland by the presence of a first-year coach in David Blatt, who has never worked in the NBA.”

Read it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2014/09/05/heres-how-the-cleveland-cavaliers-will-look-on-offense-with-the-nbas-new-big-three/

– After thriving in Chicago, D.J. Augustin feels Pistons are his right situation (from Keith Langlois, nba.com/pistons):

” Stan Van Gundy knew he wanted to bring in another point guard in free agency, but his roster demanded the bulk of his resources go to small forward and shooting guard. But point guard was also free agency’s deepest position. It was a buyer’s market, so Van Gundy wound up with one of the bargains of summer in D.J. Augustin, a player on his wish list the way most of us browse the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog.

Augustin might have been disappointed by the reported two-year, $6 million contract he wound up signing if it were in his nature – or if he hadn’t experienced a series of career turns already despite still being just 26.

“Anything can happen in free agency or in this business, period,” he said this week inside the Pistons practice facility. “So I had no expectations because it could go either way. I was just happy to be signing with a good organization, a good team and getting the opportunity to play again.””

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/after-thriving-chicago-d.j.-augustin-feels-pistons-are-his-right-situation

– What Aaron Gordon Must Do to Contend for 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year (from Daniel O’Brien, Bleacher Report):

”  Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon won’t waltz into the NBA and dominate, but he’s blessed with the physical tools and court awareness to make an impact on both ends of the court.

The soon-to-be-19-year-old needs polishing in several areas, and he’s not the overwhelming favorite to win Rookie of the Year. Nevertheless, he can join the fray in contention if he maximizes his strong suits and addresses (or minimizes) his deficiencies.”

Read an
d view it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2186856-what-aaron-gordon-has-to-do-to-contend-for-2014-15-nba-rookie-of-the-year

– What Happened to James Michael McAdoo’s NBA Story? (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher report):

” It wasn’t too long ago we were waiting for James Michael McAdoo to emerge as a top-five NBA draft pick.

Instead, fast-forward a few years, and we’re waiting to see whether or not he’ll stick with the Golden State Warriors on a partially guaranteed one-year deal after nobody picked him in the 2014 draft.

How’d that happen? This kid was can’t-miss as a McDonald’s All-American out of high school. “

Read and view it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2187433-what-happened-to-james-michael-mcadoos-nba-story

– Mike Scott looks to take game to another level (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops.com):

Mike Scott went into the 2014 NBA season with zero guarantees but emerged as a key part of the Atlanta Hawks‘ rotation and was rewarded this summer with a three-year deal worth a reported $10 million.

After seeing inconsistent playing time as a rookie, Scott emerged during his second season in the NBA. He dropped substantial weight and improved his offensive game by extending what was already a solid pick and pop game out to the three-point line. He finished the season as Atlanta’s top scorer off the bench.”

Read and view it here: http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2014/9/5/6104185/atlanta-hawks-mike-scott-free-agency-2014

– 2014 Hornets Player Profiles: Gary Neal (from Queencityhoops.com):

Read and view it here: http://queencityhoops.com/blog/2014-hornets-player-profiles-gary-neal/

– 2014 Hornets Player Profiles: Gerald Henderson (from Queencityhoops.com):

Read and view it here: http://queencityhoops.com/blog/2014-hornets-player-profiles-gerald-henderson/

– Lou Williams Eager For Fresh Start With Raptors (from Holly MacKenzie, Raptors.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/lou-williams-eager-fresh-start-raptors

– Nuggets coach Brian Shaw proud of Kenneth Faried’s work in Spain (from Aaron Lopez, Nuggets.com):

” Fan. Coach. Scout.

Brian Shaw has been a combination all three while watching Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried rise to prominence with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

While not surprised by Faried’s success at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the second-year coach wants the Manimal’s momentum to continue when the Nuggets convene for training camp later this month.

“I think it will help his confidence in terms of feeling like he belongs,” Shaw said during an interview at Pepsi Center this week.”

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/shaw-has-high-expectations-faried

Dooling’s book tells tale of abuse, breakdown and big bounce back (from Steve Aschburner, nba.com):

” Through his teen years and his entire adult life, Keyon Dooling pushed forward, played basketball and plowed down a secret that stayed alive no matter how many shovels of dirt he threw on it.

Two years ago, that secret seized up on him and brought him to his knees. Yet, from that low point, Dooling managed to look his demons in the eye and stare them down.

This summer, Dooling has shared his troubling yet uplifting story in a book, “What’s Driving You??? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA.” Ultimately, it is a book about the former NBA guard’s healing and his desire to help others heal, too.

“I went through some things in the last two years,” Dooling said on the phone recently. “So I wrote a story. It’s a great story, it’s a basketball story, it’s a life story, it’s a social story. It’s a story of triumph. I just want to make sure I get the message out there.”

Read it here: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/09/05/doolings-book-tells-tale-of-abuse-breakdown-and-big-bounce-back/