Today’s Best NBA Reporting 3/23/16

–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Offensive Transformation of Kemba Walker And The Charlotte Hornets  (from Jared Zwerling,  NBPA.com):
–  Celtics Are Rebuilding On The Fly  (from Andrew Sharp (SBill Walton, Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericksports Illustrated):
–  Kirk Goldsberry:  Spurs Go Deeper Into A Secret World  (from Buck Harvey,  Express News):
Read it here:   http://tinyurl.com/hnuh36d
–  Hubie Brown Q & A Podcast  (from Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated):
–  Vince Carter Q &A; Damian Lillard: Atlanta Hawks  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
–  Bill Walton Q & A  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Martin  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):  http://tinyurl.com/j94sj7n

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/19/16

–  Dubs vs. Spurs Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/warriors-spurs–5-things-to-watch-in-saturday-night-s-main-event-204917000.html

Dubs, Spurs:  Masters Of Passing, Open 3s  (from Luke Knox,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14970947/how-golden-state-warriors-san-antonio-spurs-use-unselfish-passing-create-open-3s

–  How A Kawhi Leonard Post-up Warps An Entire Defense  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph And Klay Seal Game With 3s  (from EricApricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):
Q & A:  Dirk On Steph  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

 

 

–  The Book On Devin Booker  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

–  Stan Van Gundy:  It’s Defend Or Go Home Time For Drummond, Pistons  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/stan_van_gundy_defend-or-go-ho.html

–  Brett Brown And Billy Donovan Face Different Challenges  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Lillard’s Response To Flagrant Foul:  “I’m From Oakland”  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

–  Who Belongs In The Suns’ Backcourt Of The Future? (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/03/19/phoenix-suns-who-belongs-in-their-backcourt-for-the-future/

What The Suns Face With Their Second Rebuild  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/241255/What-Ryan-McDonough-And-The-Suns-Face-With-Their-Second-Rebuild

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Ricky Rubio  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-what-to-make-of-ricky-rubio/

–  Solomon Hill  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/hill-climbs-back-rotation
Josh Richardson  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-ira-nba-column-s032016-column.html
 Gorgui Dieng  (from Brett Robson,  minnpost.com):  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/03/gorgui-dieng-rodney-dangerfield-nba
–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-kristaps-porzingis-finally-running-out-of-gas-1458261934
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/18/breaking-down-great-raptors-centre-debate-valanciunas-vs-biyombo

–  Kevin Durant  (interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg News):  http://m.newsok.com/article/5485649

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Cory Wright,  nets.com):  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/03/19/kilpatrick-nba-dream

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/14/16

–  How Iguodala’s Absence Hurts the Warriors  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
  –  Who Are These Guys Playing For The Grizzlies?  (from Ray Glier,  USA Today):
–  How The Spurs Set Up David West’s Midrange Jumper  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Spurs Defense  (from Mike Fratello,  NBATV):
 –  Q & A:  Rockets VP Of Basketball Operations Monte McNair (from Danny Emerman,  The Dream Shake):
 –  Sixers Coach Brett Brown Needs More Time And Talent  (from Bob Cooney,  Philly.com):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Five Statistical Takeaways From Wizards’ Five-Game Losing Streak (from Albert Lee, Bullets Forever):
–  Pick-And-Roll Defense Has Cost Wizards In Last Two Losses  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):
–  What’s Driving The Hawks’ Defense?  (from Wes Morton,  hawkshoops.com):
How To Shoot Like Steph  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Q & A  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):
–  Scout’s Notebook:  Breaking Down Willie Cauley-Stein’s Performance Vs. The Jazz (from Trevor Magnotti, Upsidemotor.com):
–  Hornets Hit On A Four-Out Formula That Works  (from Jack Flagler, Gaston gazette):
Dimitris Itoudis  Q & A  (from Jorge Sierra,  HoopsHyoe.com):
 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Jusuf Nurkic/Nikola Jokic  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/nuggets-michael-malone-opens-up-about-jusuf-nurkic/
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-at-nets-b99686623z1-371931101.html
–  Baron Davis  (from Jay Marrioti,  sfexaminer.com): http://www.sfexaminer.com/baron-davis-wants-nba-comeback-warriors/
–  Brook Lopez  (from Steve Lichtenstein,  cbsnewyork):  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/14/brook-lopez-stats-brooklyn-nets-jason-kidd/
–  Briante Weber/Ray McCallum/Alex Stepheson  (from Chip Williams, Grizzly Bear Blues):  Scouting the newest Grizzlies: Briante Weber, Ray McCallum and Alex Stepheson

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/13/16

 

 

–   Even As They Evolve, Steady Spurs Just Keep  Winning  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):
–  Recapping Saturday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Saturday Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Warriors Assistant Jarron Collins Interview  (from Matt Steinmetz):
–  Video Breakdown:  Thunder At Spurs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  The Thunder Need Strong Play From Ibaka  (from James Holas,  BBall Breakdown):
–  The State Of The Bulls  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  How Marreese Speights Got His Buckets  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Individual Statistics: Interesting Outliers  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/cj-mccollum-portland-trailblazers-why-journalism-matters/

–  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Brian Lewis,  NY Post):   http://nypost.com/2016/03/12/nets-hollis-jefferson-inches-closer-to-a-mystery-return-date/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Spurs will evolve, as their coach has before  (from Buck Harvey,  expressnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Spurs-will-evolve-as-their-coach-has-before-6532427.php?t=c3ae3824bfebaa2aab&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

–   Grizzlies face challenges as camp nears  (from Ronald Tillery,  commercialappeal.com):

” Despite the recurring theme of the need for long-range shooting, the Griz return with more versatility, the same expectation of winning 50-plus games and a place among the elite in the Western Conference.

There will, however, be challenges to work through during camp if the Griz are going to make good on their promise to contend”

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-face-challenges-as-camp-nears-2099ce00-072f-0e0a-e053-0100007f0786-329657811.html

 

–  Pelicans lineup options  (from David Fisher,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/9/28/9407015/new-orleans-pelicans-lineup-options-2015-16

 

 Lakers take different approach into season with eye on development  (from Bill Oram,  ocregister.com):

” Asked what would make for a successful year, Kupchak mentioned neither a championship nor the playoffs.

“I’d like to stay healthy,” he said. “I’d like for Kobe to have a great year. I’d like our young players to prosper and show promise so we can develop a core going forward, something to more than build on.”

“We want to exceed whatever the expectations may be,” Kupchak said. “And we want our core to develop so that the blueprint can follow the next step, which is to add more talent next year.”

The organization’s dueling objectives, however, are impossible to ignore.

Bryant is in the twilight of his career, and they want to send him out on a high note. But as long as he is in the locker room, the Lakers cannot fully commit to building around young stars, as other rebuilding teams – think Utah, Minnesota and Phoenix – have done.

Further, Bryant can be a terribly inefficient player, and Kupchak said it’s likely that when he is on the court, he will still be the first option on offense.

To what extent does Bryant’s presence, in a season that should be all about development, delay the progression of future stars?

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-684939-bryant-year.html

 

–   Who will replace Marco Belinelli in the Spurs’ rotation?  (from Jesus Gomez,  poundingtherock.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/27/9312325/spurs-rotation-kyle-anderson-jonathon-simmons-jimmer-fredette

 

–  10 QUESTIONS FOR THE BULLS HEADING INTO 2015-16   (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/10-questions-bulls-heading-2015-16

 

–   10 big questions for the Thunder  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/629/10-big-questions-for-the-thunder

 

–  NBA Player Stats: Top 5 Players – Catch and Shoot  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/30/nba-player-stats-top-5-players-catch-and-shoot

(Note: This is Part 7 of a 9-part series)

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  BBall Breakdown Player Rankings: Russell Westbrook # 7  (from James Holas):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/24/russell-westbrook-no-7/

 

Amir Johnson receives praise from Stevens early in training camp (from A. Sherrod Blaekely,  csbnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/johnson-receives-praise-stevens-early-training-camp

 

–  Avery Bradley ready to change speeds to get to the line  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  cnsne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/bradley-ready-change-speeds-get-line

 

–  Comparing  Ed Davis and Tristan Thompson  (from erastus25, blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/27/9403951/portland-trail-blazers-ed-davis-tristan-thompson-comparison

 

–  Aaron Gordon hopes he hasn’t lost the momentum he gained in summer league  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-0928-20150927-story.html

 

–   More Free Throws Key to Vucevic’s Development  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/more-free-throws-key-vucevics-development

 

–  Damian Lillard sends a message,signaling a new age of Blazers leadership (fromJasonQuick,oregonlive.com): http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/09/damian_lillard_sends_a_message_a_dawning_of_a_new.html

 

–   Nikoloz Tskitishvili feels ready (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/former-top-5-pick-feels-ready-after-worldwide-ride

 

–   Clippers Player Profile: Branden Dawson  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/28/9396383/2015-2016-clippers-player-profile-branden-dawson

 

–  Klay Thompson already working with, learning finer points from Steve Nash  (from Diamond Leung,  mercurynews.com):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_28877533/warriors-klay-thompson-already-working-learning-finer-points

 

–  Hornets offer Jeremy Lamb chance for fresh start (from Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver.com):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article36809142.html

 

–  Breaking Down Jusuf Nurkic Ahead of 2015-16 Season  (from Garrett Kroeger,  nugglove.com):   http://nugglove.com/2015/09/27/jusuf-nurkic-nuggets-projected-starting-center-2015-16/

 

–  C.J.  Miles is a 10-Year Vet, But Still Eager to Improve  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/miles-go-he-sleeps

 

–   Clifford says Nicolas Batum will be ‘2nd or 1st option’ in Hornets offense  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25318578

 

–  Stauskas: Analyzing His Team Canada Play  (from C. Smith, Philadunkia.com):   http://philadunkia.com/?p=14143&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stauskas-analyzing-his-team-canada-play

 

–  Andrew Harrison To Sign In D-League  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/09/andrew-harrison-to-ink-with-grizzlies-d-league-team.html