Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/18/16

 Steph Sees Room For Improvement  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-sees-room-for-improvement-seriously.html

–  Miami’s Success Without Bosh  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/never-spo-down-on-miamis-success-without-chris-bosh/

–  Luke Walton On Coaching The Warriors  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1jyxCnTZE

–  Steph Curry Is Revolutionizing The Game  (from Henry Abbott, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15001418/how-stephen-curry-revolutionizing-basketball

–  Draymond Green And The Evolution Of Defense  (from Tom West,  FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/03/18/draymond-green-evolution-nba-defense/

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Thursday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625666-giannis-antetokounmpo-earning-greek-freak-nickname-and-thursday-nba-takeaways

–  Toronto 101, Indiana 94  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/bottom-line-pacers-foul-line

–  Hottest Shooters Of The Week  (from Will Laws,  Business2Comunity):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/sports/unlikely-sources-make-nbas-hottest-shooters-week-01488001#PX25J3ZjVOzfSE3m.97

–  Celtics:  How To Use The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11213032/boston-celtics-red-claws-jordan-mickey-avery-bradley-nba-d-league-model

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Luol Deng  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/heat/2016/03/17/luol-deng-chris-bosh-dwyane-wade-goran-dragic-lebron-james-heat-warriors-cavaliers/81916274/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/17/jrue-holidays-bounce-back-season-gives-pelicans-hope-future/

–  Lance Stephenson  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/3/18/11259148/lance-stephenson-memphis-grizzlies-analysis-free-agency-speculation

–  Devin Booker  (from Ian Levy,  Vice Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-devin-booker

–  Zach LaVine  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):  http://www.startribune.com/shooting-guard-suits-lavine/372510101/

–  Andre Miller  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/andre-miller-this-is-40/

–  Marreese Speights  (from CSNBayArea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-chronicles-speights-3-point-evolution-want-him-let-it-fly

 

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Shaun-Livingston-s-long-road-to-becoming-6921149.php

–  Serge Ibaka  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vuu1wCwAAKo_6g4b

–  Chris Kaman  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/in_trail_blazers_loss_to_san_antonio_spurs_chris_k.html

–  Akeem Richmond (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11217972/akeem-richmond-brings-defense-to-fast-paced-bighorns

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/27/15

–  Thunder:  Ball Movement And The Importance Of Context  (from Positive Residual,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/01/26/okcs-ball-movement-and-the-importance-of-context/

–  Billy Donovan:  Connecting With Thunder Players  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/sports/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunders-billy-donovan-goes-one-on-one-to-foster-team-unity.html

–  Rookie/Vet:  Tyson Chandler/ Devin Booker  (from The Players’ Tribune):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXQGewGpBM

–  Brad Stevens:  The Wizard Of Boston  (from Jeff Siegel,  fansided.com):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/01/27/brad-stevens-boston-celtics-coaching-wizard/

Timberwolves Coach Mitchell Tries To Reach His Young Roster  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.sctimes.com/story/sports/2016/01/26/nba-timberwolves-coach-tries-reach-young-roster/79373922/

–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games (from SBNation):

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

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Troy Tauscher, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/01/carmelo-anthony-less-is-more/

–  Justise Winslow  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611044-he-is-raising-the-bar-every-game-justise-winslow-is-what-miami-heat-wanted

–  Ian Mahinmi  (from Nate Taylor,  Indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/01/25/pacers-hope-their-defense-stiffens-when-ian-mahinmi-returns/79312668/

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29434888/michael-malone-emmanuel-mudiay-talks-spark-improved-play

–  Lance Thomas  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611335-new-york-knicks-glue-guy-isnt-who-anyone-was-expecting

–  Nik Stauskas  (from  John Finger,  csnphilly.com):   http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/long-search-shot-nik-stauskas-finally-starts-find-rhythm

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article56302670.html

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson,  The Advocate):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14690843-128/pelicans-guard-jrue-holiday-getting-healthier-more-dynamic

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-lakers/post/_/id/42677/dangelo-russell-benched-for-trying-to-take-over

–  Meyers Leonard  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-shirt-told-story-meyers-leonard-and-trail-blazers-tuesdays-win

Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/26/archie-goodwin-settling-suns-point-guard-stint/79385706/

–  Erick Green  (from Randy Hollis,  Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646267/Jazz-notebook-Traded-for-each-other-in-2013-Green-and-Gobert-now-teammates.html

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/27/10827206/ronald-roberts-nba-d-league-raptors-905-obstacles-interview

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/30/15

–  Cousins Keeps Kings One Step from Success, One from Disaster  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25430828/demarcus-cousins-keeps-kings-one-step-from-success-one-from-disaster

–  Cousins Latest Outburst Warrants Suspension  (form Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52176130.html

–  How Scott Skiles and Channing Frye Took the Magic from the Lottery to the Playoffs  (from Keith P Smith,  Yardbarker):

Read it here:  http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/how_scott_skiles_and_channing_frye_took_the_magic_from_the_lottery_to_the_playoffs/s1_8276_20113372

–  International Players Bring Soccer’s Flair and Creativity to Spurs, NBA  (from Mark Travis,  Caller Times):

Read it here:  http://www.caller.com/sports/professional/nba/international-players-bring-soccers-creativity-flair-to-spurs-and-the-nba-2747bc3c-f055-05ce-e053-01-363502321.html

–  Shaun Livingston, the Definition of Redefinition  (from Robert O’Connell,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/watching-shaun-livingston-the-definition-of-redefinition

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – I  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/30/10686536/2015-nba-scores-rockets-hawks-harden-knicks-pistons-james-harden-bad-defense

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – II  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603496-monday-nba-roundup-okcs-supporting-cast-keeps-star-studded-squad-among-elite

–  Cameron Payne Jolts OKC’s Second Unit in Win Over Bucks  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/994/cameron-payne-jolts-the-thunders-struggling-second-unit-against-milwaukee

–  Cameron Payne Gives Thunder A Jolt in Win Over Bucks  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/rookie-cameron-payne-gives-the-thunder-a-jolt-in-win-over-the-bucks/article/5469592

 –  Knicks 108,  Pistons 96  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/29/detroit-pistons-new-york-knicks/78007666/

–  Bruce Bowen  Q & A  (from Benjamin Bornstein, Project Spurs):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/bruce-bowen-and-the-evolution-of-gregg-popovich.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Will Barton  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/will_bartons_breakout_with_denver_nuggets.html#incart_river_index

–  Damian Lillard  (from Erik Gundersen,  columbian.com):  http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/dec/29/coach-lillard-stays-in-game-through-injury/

–  Justin Anderson  (from Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689461-justin-anderson-dallas-mavericks-rookie-season-virginia-cavaliers

–  Nemanja Bjelica  (from Dennis Brackin,  Star Tribune): http://www.startribune.com/bjelica-works-to-translate-his-game-with-wolves/363787801/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/latestsports/14424514-87/pelicans-jrue-holiday-stepping-up-since-taking-a-role-off-the-bench

–  Shane Larkin  (from Brian Lewis,  NYPost): http://nypost.com/2015/12/30/shane-larkin-i-needed-to-escape-knicks-to-grow-as-player/

–  Joe Ingles  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):   http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3359505-155/utah-jazz-need-joe-ingles-to

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/12/15

–  Heat’s dynamic duo at guard know they must be in sync, play off each other’s strengths  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):

” Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are working on their chemistry in their first full season together.

Wade has never played with a point guard as dynamic as Dragic, nor Dragic with a scorer like Wade

Pelicans’  Jrue Holiday Q&A (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

–  No language barrier for Cavaliers’ Sasha Kaun, just huge adjustments to NBA as 30-year-old rookie from Russia  (from Joe Vardon), Cleveland.com):

” (T)he players are bigger, faster, and more skilled. But Kaun’s analysis goes much deeper. He’ll tell you about the numerous timeouts (and the length of those breaks) in the NBA game, how they allow players – even larger ones, like him – to run the floor and run it faster than they do in Europe.

“In Europe, you might go 20 possessions at a time before the next break, so the tempo slows down,” he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Kaun talks about how the NBA court is wider – by about a foot – and the three-point line is farther from the hoop, which has confused him when it comes to his positioning on the pick and roll.

And finally, there’s the adjustment to play alongside LeBron James, who, Kaun says, “is one of those players who sees lots of things and makes quick decisions, quick passes.”

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/sasha_kaun_cleveland_cavaliers.html

 

–  Why Ian Mahinmi is the perfect center for the Pacers’ new style of play  (from C. Cooper,  indycornrows.com):

” “Everybody’s talking about Paul George and what the 4-spot looks like for him,” Pacers Coach Frank Vogel explained, following the team’s preseason victory over the Orlando Magic. “Playing with space is good for all of these guys. It’s not good just for Paul George’s match-up, but the space that we’re creating on the perimeter and opening up in the lane is great for Monta Ellis and George Hill to attack the basket with the balance, it’s great for Chase Budinger, Solomon Hill, and C.J. Miles to curl on pin downs, and it’s great for a guy like Ian Mahinmi to be able to have space to operate…””

Read it here:  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/10/11/9498499/why-ian-mahinmi-is-the-perfect-center-for-the-pacers-new-style-of-play

 

 Thunder: Expect Russell Westbrook post-ups to be a branch of Billy Donovan’s offense  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-expect-russell-westbrook-post-ups-to-be-a-branch-of-billy-donovans-offense/article/5452873

 

–  Wolves therapist’s remedies, healing approaches make him stand out  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com):

” Arnie Kander, a once-retired therapist and healer, accepted the mission of stemming the Wolves’ injury tide. ”

Read it here:   http://www.startribune.com/wolves-therapist-arnie-kander-s-remedies-and-healing-approaches-make-him-stand-out/331946021/

 

Nuggets Camp Week 2 Wrap:  Coach Malone wants no let up from team and more  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://blogs.denverpost.com/nuggets/2015/10/10/nuggets-camp-week-2-wrap-malone-wants-no-let-up-from-team/13341/

 

–   Michael Malone gets defensive about Denver Nuggets  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/michael-malone-gets-defensive-about-denver-nuggets/

 

–  5 Rookies Thriving in the Preseason  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read about Towns, Okafor, Stanley Johnson, Portis and Porzingis here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-5-rookies-thriving-in-the-preseason/

 

–  How the Warriors evolved small ball  (from Ian Levy,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2015/10/12/golden-state-warriors-nba-title-small-ball-steph-curry

 

Boston regards surplus of big men as positive thing  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/big_challenge_for_celtics

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  A healthy Chase Budinger can help Pacers in many ways  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/11/healthy-chase-budinger-can-help-pacers-many-ways/73792054/

 

–  Raptors’ Anthony Bennett impressing on defence  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Post media network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2015/10/11/22561327.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

–  Heat guard Gerald Green looks to reinvent himself as a defender  (from Jason Lieser,   palmbeachpost.com):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/heat-guard-gerald-green-looks-to-reinvent-himself-/nnzfz/

 

Can Rudy Gay Make Another Jump in 2015-2016? (from Nick Carrasco, aroyalpain.com):  http://aroyalpain.com/2015/10/11/can-rudy-gay-make-another-jump-2015-2016/

 

–  Bismack Biyombo’s  Defensive Impact  (from Zarrar Siddiqi,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/11/breaking-it-down-bismack-biyombos-benevolent-defensive-impact/

 

–  NBA ROOKIE COUNTDOWN: NO. 8 — STANLEY JOHNSON  (from Jared Mintz, crossoverchroncles.com):  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/nba-rookie-countdown-no-8-stanley-johnson.html

 

–  Ronnie Price ideally fits, accepts Phoenix Suns role  (from Paul Core,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/11/ronnie-price-ideally-fits-accepts-phoenix-suns-role/73792132/

 

–  Nene prepares for a new role as Wizards prepare for a new offense  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nene-prepares-for-a-new-role-as-wizards-prepare-for-a-new-offense/2015/10/11/35685cde-7061-11e5-8d93-0af317ed58c9_story.html

 

–  The Curious Case Of Derrick Williams  (from Steve Conoscenti,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/11/curious-case-derrick-williams-may-work/

 

–  Heat’s Josh McRoberts finally back in the mix  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1007-20151006-story.html

 

–  Bobby Portis being ready for minutes presents a wonderful problem  (from Morten Stig Jensen,  chicagonow.com):  http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bulls-confidential/2015/10/bobby-portis-being-ready-for-minutes-presents-a-wonderful-problem/