Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/20/16

 

–  Valanciunas Proving To Be Big Problem For Pacers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560363/raptors-jonas-valanciunas-proving-to-be-one-big-problem-for-the-pacers

 Pacers Need To Limit Valanciunas  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/19/pacers-biggest-adjustment-need-limiting-jonas-valanciunas/83237908/

–  How The Pacers May Adjust To Valanciunas (From Blake Murphy,Raptors Republic):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/04/20/pacers-may-adjust-jonas-valanciunas/

–  Raptors:  Daring Others Than George To Beat Them  (from Doug Smith, Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/19/raptors-content-to-allow-paul-george-dominate-if-rest-of-pacers-kept-in-check.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Mavericks/Thunder Game 2  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=xrxSxhIQVgE

–  What Steve Clifford Says Erik Spoelstra Is Doing That Other Teams Aren’t  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/04/what-hornets-coach-steve-clifford-says-erik-spoelstra-is-doing-with-the-heat-that-other-teams-arent.html

–  The Whiteside Problem And Solution For The Hornets  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560654/the-hassan-whiteside-problem-and-solution-for-the-charlotte-hornets

–  Celtics’ Bizarro Game 1 Shooting  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560155/the-maddening-case-of-the-celtics-bizarro-game-1-shooting-vs-atlanta

–  The Celtics’ Synergy Can’t Handle Losing Avery Bradley  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15278135/the-celtics-out-loss-avery-bradley

–  Celtics Made Horrendous Decisions Defending Korver In Game 2  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560601/celtics-made-horrendous-decisions-defending-kyle-korver-in-game-2

–  Hawks Shut Down Isaiah Thomas By Ignoring The Other Celtics  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/20/11465440/isaiah-thomas-hawks-defense-shut-down

–  Isaiah Thomas:  The Best Players Figure It Out  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4722872/isaiah-thomas-the-best-players-figure-it-out

–  Blazers’ Game 2 Plan  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-trail-blazers-game-2-plan-might-have-formed-bus-ride-back-hotel

–  Time For Pistons To Counter  (from Shawn Windsor,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/20/detroit-pistons-cleveland-cavaliers-tweaks/83257640/

–   Grizzlies’ Grit And Grind: For Better And Worse  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15234297/how-grit-n-grind-defines-grizzlies-better-worse

–  Statistical Playoff Notes:  Teague, Harden, Raptors’ Rotations  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/19/nylon-notebook-jeff-teague-james-harden-and-more-playoff-notes/

–  Curry’s Foot  (from Marcus Thompson IOI,  mercurynews):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29786600/thompson-warriors-curry-not-worried-about-foot-injury

–  5 Things To Watch On Wednesday  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/20/five-things-to-watch-in-playoff-wednesday-kevin-love-at-center-clippers-trapping-damian-lillard/

 The Thunder’s Organizational Evolution  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-oklahoma-city-thunders-kids-grew-up-1461107114

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Kobe Bryant  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/15232286/former-lakers-star-kobe-bryant-left-nba-just-getting-started

Ramon Sessions  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/04/19/ramon-sessions-enters-free-agency-hoping-for-a-chance-as-starting-point-guard/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652532/After-slow-start-Trey-Lyles-made-huge-improvement-in-rookie-season-for-Jazz.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/14/16

 

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Bryant ‘s Last Show  (from Lee Jekins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/14/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-last-game-60-points-legacy

–  All Hail The Warriors  (from Bethlehem Shoals,  GQ.com):

Read it here:  http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-73-wins

 Tough Life Experiences Have Strengthened Raptors’ Head Coach Dwane Casey (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/13/life-experiences-strengthen-toronto-raptors-coach-dwane-casey/

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph’s 400th 3-pointer  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/14/11429042/warriors-vs-grizzlies-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-400th-three-pointer

 Spurs Playbook: How They Use A Bunch Formation  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/13/11422544/spurs-playbook-how-the-spurs-use-a-bunch-formation-to-trick-the

 Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot, Part II  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15198958/nba-awards-ballot-part-2

Miami Heat:  Life Without Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-chris-bosh-s041416-story.html

–  How Did The Thunder Change In Billy Donovan’s 1st Season  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/1433/how-did-the-thunder-change-in-billy-donovans-first-season

–  Quin Snyder Has Impressed Kobe Bryant  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3773895-155/utah-jazz-notes-brilliant-quin-snyder?fullpage=1

Pistons Owner Tom Gores On SVG Getting The Team To The Playoffs  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/tom-gores-svg-and-getting-pistons-playoffs-i-think-were-just-beginning

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Enes Kanter  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/13/after-winding-road-enes-kanter-finally-taking-control-at-least-offensively-on-the-court/

 

 

Tobias Harris  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/13/pistons-harris-happy-finally-playoffs/83010942/

Note: We will begin linking to the best playoff preview stories tomorrow

 

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

–  Draymond Green Is Redefining NBA Stardom  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Warriors’ GM Myers Evaluates First Half  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–   Never Underestimate Trade Deadline Chaos  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):    Lowe: Never underestimate trade deadline chaos
(Note:  This is the best story about potential trades that we’ve seen and one of the few that is actually worth reading.  And, as a bonus, it also includes interesting looks at Reggie Jackson’s and Nikola Vucevic’s offensive moves)
–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from 1500ESPN.com):
Wizards On The Brink At The Break  (from Kyle Wiedie,  Truth About It):
–  What’s Going Wrong In Houston  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Dirk Nowitzki: Still Loving The Ride  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Before The Knicks:  This Is How Porzingis Was In Spain (from Jorge Sierra,  Hoops Hype):
–  Lakers’ Bryant:  Young Players’ Development Hinges More On Mentors Than College   (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Blazers’  Assistant Coach Jay Triano  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):
–  Looking Back At Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Promising Yet Suddenly Halted Return  (from Reinis Lacis,  At The Hive):
–  Scouting Report On Potential NBA Signees Coming From China:  Jordan Crawford, Jabari Brown, Jamaal Franklin  (from Marco Catanzaro,  Sheridan Hoops):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Chris Paul  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-has-no-weakness
–  DeMar DeRozan (from Justin Rowan,  Hoops Habit):  Toronto Raptors Have Found A Star In DeMar Derozan

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/21/15

Breaking Down the Clippers 100 Seconds of Doom Against the Warriors  (from  Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14175382/los-angeles-clippers-100-seconds-doom-loss-golden-state-warriors

–  Explain One Play:  Busted Elevator = Draymond Green Beats the Clippers  (from Apricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/20/9768166/warriors-vs-clippers-2015-highlight-video-draymond-green-laup-elevator-doors

–  Draymond Green’s Importance  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/20/9768674/draymond-green-highlights-stats-breakdown-warriors-stephen-curry

–  Wizards’ Small Ball: Further Adjustments needed  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4661627-randy-wittman-washington-wizards-small-ball-kris-humphries-marcin-gortat-nene

The End of the Shooting Guard  (from Chris Herring, Wall Street Journal):

” In the NBA, the Traditional Spot-Up Shooter Is Going Extinct; Ray Allen: Last of a Kind?”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-end-of-the-shooting-guard-1402354437

–  Celtics Building an Identity  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/11/boston_celtics_brooklyn_nets_4.html

–  Does Utah Need Big Man Help?  (from my_lo,  slcdunk.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slcdunk.com/2015/11/21/9774940/the-downbeat-1778-jazz-need-big-man-help

–  Building the Magic’s Culture Part 3  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/21/building-the-orlando-magics-culture-part-3-playing-to-a-higher-standard/

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/20/9773358/nba-scheduled-results-warriors-bulls-rockets-grizzlies

–  A Tiny Gadget Could Make or Break The Wizards Season  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-key-player-for-the-wizards-stands-88-millimeters-tall/2015/11/20/a1e5c902-8ef0-11e5-acff-673ae92ddd2b_story.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Mario Chalmers’ Impact on the Grizzlies  (from Peter Edmiston,  commercialappleal.com):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Can-you-quantify-fun-In-Mario-Chalmers-case-absolutely-352306431.html

It’s Now a Mental Game for Dwyane Wade  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article45709071.html

–  Hassan Whiteside Emerges as Shot-Blocking King  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/miami-heats-hassan-whiteside-emerges-as-nbas-shot-/npSBk/

–  Heat’s Tyler Johnson Is Earning His Dream  (from Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel):  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/nba/article45736710.html

Nicolas Batum Breathing Life into Hornets’ Offense  (from Kenny Ducey,  Sports Illustrated):   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/20/nicolas-batum-charlotte-hornets-steve-clifford-blazers

Danny Green  Q & A  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/135/danny-green-ive-got-to-take-the-shot

Kemba Walker  Q & A (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14177081/kemba-walker-legacy-rookie-year-dunking-dancing-big-al-jeans

–  Kobe Bryant  Q & A   (from Joey Ramirez,  lakers.com):   http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/151120_kobebryant

David Lee:  Making a case for More Minutes  (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):   http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151120/SPORTS/151129828

Willie Cauley-Stein  (form Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article45711006.html

–  The Redemption of Jeremy Lin  (form Howard Megdal,  VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-redemption-of-jeremy-lin

–  Anderson Varejao:  Getting Used to New Role  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/11/anderson_varejao_getting_used.html

Jared Dudley (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-dudleys-impact-just-tip-iceberg-wizards

Markieff Morris’ Woeful Offense  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/11/21/9774330/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-offense-has-been-woeful-this-season-but

–  Michael Carter-Williams  (from Andrew Snyder,  behindthebuckspass):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/11/20/milwaukee-bucks-season-michael-carter-williams-breaks/

–  Jeff Ayres  Q & A   Part One  (from Nicholas Tozier,  hooptrends.com):   http://hooptrends.com/on-the-record-with-jeff-ayres-part-i/

–  Raptors Committed to Long-Term Growth of  Caboclo, Nogueira  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-committed-to-long-term-growth-of-caboclo-nogueira-1.397151

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Will the Clippers Make the Leap or Hit Reset?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-edge-of-glory-will-the-clippers-make-the-leap-or-hit-reset/

 

–   Lakers’ Byron Scott defends conditioning-heavy practices  (form Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151005/lakers-byron-scott-defends-conditioning-heavy-practices

 

–   Lakers, Kobe set to navigate this transition together  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/05/morning-tip-kobe-bryant-future-with-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks-look-to-build-on-success-qa-with-chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler/index.html

(Note:   DA’s weekly column also focuses on the Bucks and a Jimy Butler Q & A)

 

–   Celtics take science tests   (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

” Physiologist to track workout, diet habits”

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

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Goes Down  (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

” This will be the third consecutive season in which Kidd-Gilchrist misses more games than the last. In his first three seasons, he’s missed an average of 17 games a season. If you like to connect dots, you might find yourself, like I did, relating MKG’s string of unfortunate events to his stylistic forebear and fellow Charlotte basketball great. Gerald Wallace, in his six full seasons in Charlotte, averaged 14 missed games per season, with injuries from concussions to broken ribs to partially collapsed lungs. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Wallace’s distinct kind of brilliance had already been lost in the margins as a result of playing on awful teams in Charlotte. The succession of untimely injuries only added to his obscurity. Yet even though Wallace is widely considered to be the best player to play for the Charlotte franchise, he never had the monumental on/off impact that Kidd-Gilchrist has.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/dead-or-a-hive-michael-kidd-gilchrist-goes-down-and-the-hornets-go-with-him/

 

–  Five things to know about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulder injury  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328500/five-things-to-know-about-michael-kidd-gilchrists-shoulder-injury

 

–   Charlotte Hornets throw themselves into modern basketball with many 3s   (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328764/charlotte-hornets-throw-themselves-into-modern-basketball-with-many-3s

 

–   Orlando Magic displaying new offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/05/orlando-magic-displaying-new-offense/

 

–  Mirza Teletovic says “somebody’s gonna be open every time” in Phoenix Suns offense  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/6/9461425/mirza-teletovic-says-somebodys-gonna-be-open-every-time-in-phoenix

 

–   Who will — or should — the Grizzlies start on the wing?  (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Who-will—-or-should—-the-Grizzlies-start-on-the-wing-329726271.html

 

–  Ball-handling coach Johnny “Dribbles” Stephene adds new dimension during Mavs camp  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/ball-handling-coach-johnny-dribbles-stephene-adds-new-dimension-during-mavs-camp/

 

–  Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson’s Contract  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239417/Using-The-System-And-Drummond-To-Understand-Reggie-Jacksons-Contract

 

Why 3-pointers will matter for the Heat (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/three-years-of-threes-why-theyll-matter-for-heat.html

 

Celtics:  The “five quarterbacks” system  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/6/9421583/boston-celtics-read-and-react-five-quarterbacks

 

–  Huge opportunity, huge pressure for Donovan as OKC’s Billy Ball era begins  (form Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25329170/huge-opportunity-huge-pressure-for-donovan-as-billy-ball-era-starts-in-okc

 

–   How a Hawks regime fell  apart  (from Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13457071/nba-how-atlanta-hawks-regime-fell-apart

 

 Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2572072-why-this-may-have-been-final-nba-offseason-to-rebuild-through-free-agency

 

–  Players Who Can Veto Trades  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/players-who-can-veto-trades-2.html

 

–   Player Rankings Are Silly  (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/player-rankings-silly/

 

(NOTE:  We agree.  Player rankings are essentially a parlor game, at best triggering an opportunity to”chew the fat”.  From a serious analytic perspective, pretty much useless.  Of the multiplicity of “player rankings” that have been appearing recently, we have linked only to the ones from BBball Breakdown.  In that case, it wasn’t because of where players were “ranked” (who cares?) but because BBall Breakdown accompanied the rankings with well-informed analyses of each player’s games that are definitily worth reading.)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  The Difference Between Chris Paul and Everyone Else  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhPjyiIAACIAMwiW/the-difference-between-chris-paul-and-everyone-else

 

–  Beal: Goodbye long 2s; hello stepback 3s and All-Defense?  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/beal-goodbye-long-2s-hello-stepback-3s-and-all-defense

 

–  Players buzzing about Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope  (from  Vince Ellis,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/06/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope-improving/73419550/

More KCP (form Aaron McCann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_kentavious_caldwell-po_3.html

 

–  At age 35, Bulls forward Pau Gasol is still at the top of his game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/fine-wine

 

–   After a season of doing so much, Harden seeks more  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/10/06/james-harden-houston-rockets-ready-to-show-more-in-2015-16/index.html

 

–  Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola:  Raptors under-the-radar signings could make big impact  (from Josh Lewenburg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-under-the-radar-signings-could-make-big-impact-1.372203

–  Terrence Ross looking like a new man with Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/05/terrence-ross-looking-like-a-new-man-with-raptors

 

–  Quincy Pondexter helping mentor teammates while working to get back on court  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/quincy-pondexter-helping-mentor-teammates-while-working-get-back-court

 

–   Zach LaVine wants to prove he’s a shooter, too  (from Marcus R. Fuller,  twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_28926058/timberwolves-dunking-zach-lavine-wants-prove-hes-shooter

 

–   Rockets have more minutes in store for Capela  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-have-more-minutes-in-store-for-Capela-6552458.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=e276284c73438d9cbb

 

–  The Journey Back for Chris Bosh (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819384/chris-bosh-tough-journey-back

 

Could Kyrie Irving  stay healthy by making small changes to his game? (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-06/kyrie-irving-knee-injury-prevention-playoffs-cavaliers

–   Dragan Bender’s Rising NBA Draft Stock  (from Michael Scotto,  sheridanhoops.com):  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/05/scotto-dragan-benders-rising-nba-draft-stock/