Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/24/17

CLE-BOS Trade Review (Day Two):
Rockets: Strengths & Weaknesses (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
CJ Miles’ Fit With The Raptors (from Justin Rowan, Real Ball Insiders):
Sixers’ Search For Firm Foundation Appears Over (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Dubs: How Much Run Should Jordan Bell Get?  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Hawks: What Does Quinn Cook Bring To The Table?  (from Graham Chapple, Soaring Down South:
Pistons: Ellenson Is Focused On Adding Strength, Playing “D”  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Magic: Fournier Found Right Role After All-Star Break  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
“45 GO” Ball Screening Action (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Mitchell Robinson’s Strange Recruiting Trip (from John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/23/17

CLE/BOS Trade:
Koby Altman: The GM Behind The Biggest Trade (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
Ingram, Winslow, Ingles: 3 SFs Who Reflect The NBA’s Positional Evolution (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Will Antetokounmpo Develop A Reliable Jumper?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Film Breakdown: Butler/Towns Pick-And-Roll, Part Two  (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Can DMC & AD Save The Pelicans? (from Brian Sampson, NBA Math):
Five Under The Radar Rookies (from Max Holm, Hoops Habit):
Offseason Moves Start Lakers’ Facelift  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
2018 Draft: Don’t Sleep On These Potential One-And-Done Freshmen  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
The Champions Basketball League (from Sam Rosen, The Ringer):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/28/17

What Will It Take To Get Irving?  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
EC Playoff Window: Never More Open (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Bargain FA: Tyreke Evans  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
 SVG: Kennard Must Change His Defensive Approach  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):
 SVG Ponders Lineup Options (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Larry Brown: “I Need To Be Involved In The NBA”  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):
Analyzing Myles Turner’s Offensive Pick-And-Roll Potential For Growth (from Grant Afseth, Indiana Sports Coverage):
Analyzing Furkan Korkmaz In FIBA  (from Daniel Stets, The Sixer Sense):
Eleven Teams With A Shot At The 2018 #1 Draft Pick (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
 The Pelicans Still Need More Three-Point Shooting (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
Pelicans Eager To Add Rondo’s IQ & Experience (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):
Dakari Johnson Ready To Join Thunder’s Developing Bigs (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
MKG: Past, Present, Future (from Evan Dyal, At The Hive):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/14/16

–  Game 5: LeBron’s Brilliance, Kyrie’s Emergence  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/14/nba-finals-warriors-cavs-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-game-5-video    from J.A. Adande,  ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/16190964/kyrie-lebron-show-warriors-3-point-not-quite-invincible   and from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/13/kyrie-irving-lebron-james-nba-finals-cavaliers-warriors-game-5

–  Irving Cooked Every Defender The Dubs Threw At Him  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/tough-shots-or-not-kyrie-irving-had-his-way-against-the-warriors-in-game-5/

–  Draymond’s Absence Showed His Importance  (from Jack Winter, Dime Magazine):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/nba-finals-draymond-green-game-5-cavs-win/

–  More Game 5  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/13/kyrie-irving-lebron-james-nba-finals-cavaliers-warriors-game-5

–  LBJ’s All-Time Greatness On Full Display In Game 5  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/14/lebron-james-time-greatness-full-display-game-5/

–  How Suspensions Have Affected Series  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-how-suspensions-affect-series/

NOTE:  BI did not publish on Sunday or Monday this week due to travel commitments and illness.  Below are some of the stories we would have linked to if we had been able to publish on those days.

 

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–  Thoughts On Playing Without Draymond Green  (from Andre Snellings,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/06/13/thoughts-on-game-5-without-draymond-green/

– In Defense Of LBJ  (from Ethan Stern,  nbafcpradio.com):

Read it here: http://nbafcpradio.com/2016/06/12/in-defense-of-lebron-james/

–  The Warriors Are More Than Just A Bunch Of Jump Shooters  (from ZachLowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16156434/2016-nba-finals-warriors-proven-more-just-shooters

–  The Warriors Are The Revolution  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/12/11911586/warriors-revolution-andre-iguodala-draymond-green-nba-finals-sunday-shootaround

–  Draymond Green Has Redefined Greatness  (form Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-draymond-green-redefines-greatness/

–  Inside The Glamor-Free Life Of NBA Draft Longshots  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2642781-inside-the-glamor-free-life-of-an-nba-draft-long-shot

–  Jeff Hornacek’s Offense (from Stephen Findley, Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  https://hoopshabit.com/2016/06/13/new-york-knicks-jeff-hornaceks-triangle/

–  Does The NBA Have The Right Mental Health Plan?  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/06/13/morning-tip-royce-white-mental-health-in-nba-segment-nobody-asked-me-but-hack-a-strategy-solutions/index.html

–  LBJ Could Again Lead The Finals In Points, Rebounds And Assists (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/06/13/lebron-james-could-again-lead-nba-finals-in-points-rebounds-assists/

–  Is Steph Changing Baskeball Or Just Owning It? (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/sports/basketball/is-stephen-curry-the-future-or-just-an-exception.html    and from Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/13/11876304/stephen-curry-youth-basketball-aa-mark-jackson-warriors

–  NBA Players Struggle With Their Diet  (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16080927/how-draymond-green-kevin-love-wage-war-their-weight

–  Why Traditional Big Men Are No Longer Prized In The Draft  (from Kevin O’Connor,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/13/11916952/jakob-poeltl-big-men-nba-draft-2016

–  The Drew League (from Henry Bushnell,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/how-lebron–kobe-and-durant-played-a-role-in-changing-drew-league-192254890-nba.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Joel Embiid  (from Bob Ford,  philly.com):

 http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160614_Ford__Ingram_works_out__Embiid_stands_out.html

–  Adonis Thomas  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-adonis-thomas-road-back-to-the-league/

–  Tiago Splitter  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/ahead-of-olympics-splitter-gets-schooled-in-broadc/nrfpY/

–  Jared Dudley  (from Ryan McDonald, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656128/Jared-Dudley-says-he-could-see-himself-with-the-Jazz-heres-why-he-would-be-a-good-fit.html

QOTD (from Tom Ziller, SBNation, on LBJ):

“Why can’t he always play like he did on Monday? Because the way he always plays is already better than just about anyone who has ever played basketball. When you average 28-9-7 at the highest levels of the sport, sometimes you’ll do better than that (see: Game 5) and sometimes you’ll do worse. If LeBron managed to average 41 for a series, people would find a way to criticize the loss in which he scored 30. There’s so little acknowledgment that what he’s already doing is almost unprecedented, and that leads to outsized expectations with no bearing in reality.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/