Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/11/16

–  How Phil Jackson Molded Luke Walton’s Coaching Philosophies (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Giannis’ Hidden Talent  (from Brett Abramczyk, brewhoop.com):
Welcome To The Raptors’ Golden Age (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Can The Raptors Avoid The Treadmill?  (from William Lou, medium.com):
 Fizdale, Grizzlies “Fear No One”  (from Ronald Tillery, Commerical Appeal):
Saturday Recap (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
DeAndre Liggins Q & A (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
–  Mavs Enduring Unfamiliar Struggle  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

–  Knicks’ Bench Key In Recent Surge  (from Thomas O’Callaghan, Sports Quotient):

Read it here:  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/12/11/knicks-bench-key-in-recent-surge

–  Three Years Later: Trading Rudy Gay Continues To Pay Huge Dividends For Raptors  (From Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/12/10/raptors-rudy-gay-trade-continues-to-pay-huge-dividends-three-years-later

Lakers’ Defensive Struggles:  What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
Jazz GM Lindsey Feels His Players’ Pain  (from Gordon Monson, sltrib.com):
Leuer’s Output Prods SVG To Add Plays For Him  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
John Wall Interview  (from Adam Rubin, truthaboutit.net):
Ian Clark Continues To Impress (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):
Video Breakdown: Hammer Action  (from Mo Dakhil/Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

–  Shawn Long Shines In D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/10/13901208/shawn-long-delaware-87ers-dleague-nbadl

Devondrick Walker Continues Growth In D-League  (from Chris Priczack, dailyknicks.com):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/12/10/devondrick-walker-growth-westchester-knicks/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/22/16

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Norm Powell  (from Dave Zarum, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-norm-powell-pt-1-can-dominant-player/

Stanley Johnson  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/06/21/coach-says-s-summer-league-stanley-johnson/86189760/  and from Vince Ellis (Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/06/21/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson-summer-league/86211678/

–  Adam Morrison  (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/life-as-an-nba-draft-bust/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/1/16

–  Hawks Trying To Figure Out How To Defend LBJ  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-still-trying-to-find-way-to-slow-lebron/nrFRP/

–  Preview: ATL/CLE  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/hawks-chance-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Ready For Redemption (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/1/11548292/hawks-vs-cavaliers-lebron-thabo-sefolosha-paul-millsap-sunday-shootaround

–  Haslem Finds His Time Is Now  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s043016-story.html

 Preview:  GSW/POR  (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/01/nba-playoff-preview-warriors-vs-blazers/  and from Zach Harper, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571821/blazers-bounce-clippers-now-look-ahead-to-warriors-7-things-to-watch

–  Curry’s Possible Quicker Than Expected Return  (from John Canzano, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2016/04/steph_currys_return_from_mcl_s.html

–  How Damian Lillard Used His Oakland Upbringing To Help Make Trail Blazers A Team (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-damian-lillard-used-his-oakland-upbringing-help-make-trail-blazers-team

–  Spurs’ Relentless Attack  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/30/nba-playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-kawhi-leonard-game-1-video

–  Spurs Staying Even-Keeled After Dominating Win  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/849/spurs-stay-even-keeled-after-dominating-win

–  OKC Wasn’t Ready  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25573686/in-game-1-of-maybe-the-most-pivotal-series-in-franchise-history-okc-wasnt-ready

–  Spurs: Beauty In Destruction  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/spurs/

–  Spurs Congest Paint In Game 1  (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and view it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/spurs-congest-paint-for-thunder-in-game-1.html

–  Thibodeau Wanted “A Chance To Grow” With T’Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-wanted-a-chance-to-grow-with-the-wolves/377706661/

–  Walton Ready To Change Lakers’ Losing Culture  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:   http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160430/luke-walton-ready-to-change-lakers-losing-culture

–  George Karl Reflective After Firing  (form Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article74937347.html

Additional Player Profile:

 

Metta World Peace  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/zone-metta-world-peace-finds-balance-peace-article-1.2619948

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/30/16

–  IND 101, TOR 83  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers Will Face Warriors After Eliminating Clippers  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Ed Davis: Blazers “Have Nothing To Lose”  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
–  Blazers:  A Trail Of Wise Decisions  (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

–  Numbers Preview:  Warriors-Blazers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/30/numbers-preview-warriors-blazers/

–  Advice To The Clippers (from Amin Elhassan, ESPN):
” My advice (to the Clippers) is to get a real GM. But what I foresee: They’ll look for some also-ran players who once played for team president Doc Rivers or played well against him (or played in his driveway). That’s who they’ll target.
 
” If you look at the four-man combination of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they’ve consistently ranked among the top lineups in the league in plus-minus and net rating. The idea that the Clippers need massive changes is overblown. What they need is competent cap management, good free-agent signings, better minor league evaluation and better player development. In short, all the things you need to correctly fill out your supporting cast. “
 
 
 
 
 
–  Steph Curry Is Optimistic He Will Return Sooner Than Expected  (from Sam Amick,  USA  Today):
OKC-SAS Preview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

–  Spurs Need To Limit Thunder’s Role Players  (from Ian Smith, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2016/04/30/san-antonio-spurs-need-to-limit-okc-thunders-role-players/

–  Durant:  Spurs-Thunder Bears No Resemblance To 2014 Series  (from  Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25572639/kevin-durant-spurs-thunder-bears-no-resemblance-to-2014-playoff-series

–  Billy Donovan’s Transition From College To NBA  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

–  Celtics’ Bright Future Eases Sting Of Loss (From Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571192/six-things-that-must-happen-for-okc-to-pull-upset-over-the-spurs

 –  Inside A Brad Stevens Play  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
–  Walton Started Climb As U Of Memphis Assistant During NBA Lockout  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

–  Why Walton Chose The Lakers  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15433615/luke-walton-homecoming-move-dysfunctional-lakers

–  Wizards, Brooks Each Got What They Wanted (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-scott-brooks-both-got-what-they-wanted/2016/04/27/808c2034-0c00-11e6-8ab8-9ad050f76d7d_story.html

 Summer Agenda: Sacramento Kings  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):  NOTE: This is the 10th installment in Marks’ series which will eventually analyze every team’s summer agenda.  At the end of this installment, you can clink on the link to each of the teams covered so far.

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/summer-agenda–sacramento-kings-190612739.html

–  God Shammgod  Q & A  (from Josiah Turner, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/15424098/catching-one-only-god-shammgod-40th-birthday

–  The Birth of Hack-A-Farce  (from Andrew Keh,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/sports/basketball/the-birth-of-hack-a-shaq.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/04/30/terry-rozier-has-a-future-with-the-boston-celtics/
–  Solomon Hill (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/106321986/solomon-hill-indiana-pacers-coach-vogel
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/25/16

 

–  Marcus Smart Put On A Master Class In Defensive Versatility In Game 4  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):
–  Hawks Let Game 4 And Series Control Slip Away  (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):
–  After Curry Injury, Warriors Unleash Hell On Rockets  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Warriors Fight On Without Steph, And For Him, As Well (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):
–  What Steph’s Knee Injury Means (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Things Warriors Must Do To Remain Competitive If Steph Is Out (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Playoffs’ Lion Face, Lemon Face  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):
–  Raptors Relying On DeRozan and Lowry For Pivotal game 5  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
How The Trail Blazers Rebuilt On The Fly  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
–  What Will The Spurs Need From Tony Parker  (from Buck Harvey,  Expressnews.com):
–  Cavs Can Be Optimistic Despite Their Vulnerabilities  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
–  Charlotte’s Transition From Losing Bobcats To Playoff Hornets  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):
–  The “Difference” In The Playoffs Is Not All On The Officials  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
 Sean Marks’ And The Nets’ Focus  (from Miles Wray,  Hardwood Paroxysm):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Patty Mills (from Warren Yiu,  pickandroll.com.au):  http://pickandroll.com.au/speed-kills-patty-mills-slow/
–  Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka  (from Antony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5493926

 Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/nba-blog/article73673492.html