Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/28/16

–   SVG Is Finding The Right Culture To Build On In Detroit  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  Mike Malone And Brad Stevens On The Celtics’ Defense  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
Lakers’ Coach Byron Scott  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):
–  Time To Move On From The Hack-a-Farce  (from Kevin Draper, Deadspin):

–  Cavs 115, Suns 93  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/cavs-115-suns-93-jason-lloyd-s-19-thoughts-on-ball-movement-new-assistant-and-lue-as-an-all-star-1.657958

 

 

Griz Finally Enjoying The Benefits Of Lineup Versatility  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-finally-enjoying-benefit-of-versatile-lineups-2a45a4b7-df23-6c11-e053-0100007ff43f-366784991.html

–  Why The Raptors Are Better This Year  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/27/five-reasons-why-these-raptors-are-better-than-last-year

–  Pacers Search For Lost 3-Point Touch (from Nate Taloyr,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/01/27/pacers-search-lost-3-point-touch/79428644/

–  Who Nets New Shooting Coach David Nurse Can Help The Most  (from Reed Wallach,  Nets Daily):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Isaiah Thomas  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):   http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/01/mike_malone_boston_celtics_gua.html
–  Justise Winslow  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-justise-winslow-s012716-story.html

 Tyus Jones  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):   http://www.startribune.com/tyus-jones-sitting-on-wolves-bench-but-improving-in-practices/366792151/

–  Kyle Korver  (from hawks.com):  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/korver-scraps-new-shooting-motion-effort-find-old-form

–  Nik Stauskas  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=366778221

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/18/15

 

–  Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone demands defense  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_28985765/malone-demands-defense

 

–  Sam Hinkie And The 76ers’ Numbers Game  (from RealGM):

Read it here:   http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239551/Sam-Hinkie-And-The-76ers-Numbers-Game

 

–  Amir Johnson: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has rare ability to draw up plays  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/amir_johnson_boston_celtics_co.html

 

–   Oubre’s Yin to Porter’s Yang — Washington at Philadelphia – Wizards Preseason  Game 4  (from Sean Fagan,  truthaboutit.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/10/wizards-at-sixers-dc-council-preseason-game-4.html

 

–  Knicks should keep focus on young talent (from Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/17/new-york-knicks-preseason/

 

–  Cameras, concussions and LeBron: The NBA’s ongoing effort to make courts safer  (from Jason Lloyd, Akron beacon Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/18/4973106_cameras-concussions-and-lebron.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 T. J.  McConnell slugging away in 76ers’ point guard competition  (from Matt Breen,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151018_McConnell_slugging_away_in_76ers__point_guard_competition.html

 

–  Newest Hornet Damien Wilkins: ‘I’m not going to try to be MKG’  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39608961.html

 

–   How J.J. Barea’s unlikely success story continues to defy odds  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/20151017-sefko-how-j.j.-barea-s-unlikely-success-story-continues-to-defy-odds.ece

 

 Gkenn  Robinson III Brings Intrigue to Pacers Roster  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/robinson-iii-brings-intrigue-pacers-roster

 

–  Biyombo should add defensive depth to Raptors  (form Ryan Wolstat,  Tornto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/17/biyombo-should-add-defensive-depth-to-raptors

 

Sessions Settling in with Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/backup-point-guard-ramon-sessions-settling-in-with-washington-wizards/2015/10/17/ae4d913a-74f5-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

– Doug McDermott ‘completely fine’ with coming off the bench for Bulls  (form K.C> Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/17/4972297_doug-mcdermott-completely-fine.html
–  Rookie Bobby Portis making a name for himself early  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/22381/rookie-bobby-portis-making-a-name-for-himself-early
–  Nerlens Noel developing mid-range game within offense’s flow  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/nerlens-noel-developing-mid-range-game-within-flow-offense
–  Soaring Confidence is Driving  Hunter’s Progression  (from Taylor C.Snow,  celtics.com):  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/101715-soaring-confidence-driving-Hunters-early-progression
–  DeJuan Blair predicts ‘great year’ ahead with Wizards  (from  J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/dejuan-blair-predicts-great-year-ahead-wizards
–  Cleanthony Early starting to find some success at NBA level  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/second-year-knick-starting-to-find-some-success-at-nba-level/
–  How I’m adjusting to life as an NBA player (from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/nets-rookie-how-im-adjusting-to-life-as-an-nba-player/
–  Terry Rozier outran a lot to get to the NBA (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/17/terry-rozier-long-outside-shot/ZUT39O5obcrdFC4aAAZjEP/story.html
–  Raptors’ James Johnson must adapt to survive  (from Doug Smith,  the star.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/17/raptors-james-johnson-must-adapt-to-survive.html
Channing  Frye Appears More Agile and Aggressive to Start This Season  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frye-appears-more-agile-and-aggressive-start-season

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/17/15

–  Terry Stotts and ‘Blazers Basketball’: Players’ actions, words form ringing endorsement  (from Jason Quick, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_stotts_and_blazers_basketball_players_action.html

 

–   Suns know that talking on defense is key to success  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/15/9497899/talk-talk-talk

 

–  Addition of Chandler helps, but Phoenix Suns defense has a ways to go to be elite  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/17/9559407/Phoenix-Suns-starting-lineup-defense-breakdown-chandler-bledsoe-tucker

 

–  Why the Knicks’ defense will be more fun to watch this season  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/17/why-the-knicks-defense-will-be-more-fun-to-watch-this-season/

 

–  Why Dirk Nowitzki’s value to the Mavericks still is clear as ever   (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):

Read it here:  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/10/16/dirk-nowitzkis-value-mavericks-still-clear-ever

 

Even with new players, Bucks hope defense will remain strong (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/even-with-new-players-bucks-hope-defense-will-remain-strong-b99598028z1-333409131.html

 

–  Bulls working to get defense up to level of past performance  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/16/4971053_bulls-working-to-get-defense-up.html

 

–  Hollins needs Nets to develop defense-first mentality  (form Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13894941/hollins-needs-nets-develop-defense-first-mentality

 

–  Brook Lopez, Nets addressing defensive issues  (from Roderick Boone,  newsday.com):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brook-lopez-nets-addressing-defensive-issues-1.10974658

 

–  Revisiting Boston’s top training camp storylines  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720615/revisiting-bostons-top-training-camp-storylines

 

–  Changing Miami’s Pick-and-Roll Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViEpqCEAAEUWNFcJ/changing-miamis-pick-and-roll-defense

 

–  Nuggets exhibiting a winning culture in 2015  (from Christopher dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28977168/nuggets-exhibiting-winning-culture

 

–  Sam Mitchell re-energized with young Timberwolves  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sam-mitchell-re-energized-with-young-timberwolves/

 

–  Beat Writer Vince Ellis On The Pistons  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

We at Hoops Rumors will be chatting with beat writers from around the league and sharing their responses to give you a better perspective on how and why teams make some of their most significant moves.

Today, we gain insight on the Pistons from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.”

Read it here:   http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-vince-ellis-pistons.html

 

–  Warriors’ GM Bob Myers – intensely competitive architect of the NBA champs  (from Marcus Thompson,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/10/16/warriors-gm-bob-myers-intensely-competitive-architect-of-the-nba-champs-returns-to-his-roots/

 

–  Missing Kidd-Gilchrist: How the Hornets Adjust their TeamSPACE  (from Matt D’Anna,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/teamspace-missing-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-adjust-lineup/

 

–  Q&A: Los Angeles Lakers Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson   (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/14/industry-qa-los-angeles-lakers-associate-director-of-analytics-aaron-danielson/

 

The Worst On/Off-Court Numbers from 2014/15  (form Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/worst-onoff-court-numbers-201415/

 

–  Exploring Lineups and Fit  (from Andrew Johnson,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/15/exploring-lineups-and-fit/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Greg Monroe came to choose the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-greg-monroe-came-to-choose-the-bucks-over-the-knicks-and-lakers-084520720.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  Shoot, Patrick, just shoot  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/16/22563192.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

Joe Johnson: passing down Penny Hardaway’s lessons to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/joe-johnson-passing-penny-hardaways-lessons-priority/

 

–  Bobby Portis’ Emergence Creating New Challenges for Chicago Bulls’ Frontcourt  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2579646-bobby-portis-emergence-creating-new-challenges-for-chicago-bulls-frontcourt

 

–  Joakim Noah’s California summer could make Bulls a contender  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25342065/how-joakim-noahs-california-summer-could-make-bulls-a-contender

 

–  Heat’s James Ennis playing to his strengths  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1017-20151016-story.html

 

–  Bruno Caboclo still long way from cracking Raptors lineup despite improvement  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/16/bruno-caboclo-still-long-way-from-cracking-raptors-lineup-despite-improvement.html

 

–  Meyers Leonard’s “Basketball Unicorn” Potential  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vh1kqB4AACEAS6R4/meyers-leonards-basketball-unicorn-potential

 

QOTD (from Gregg Popovich on Lamar Odom): ” “I don’t concentrate on what kind of player he is, I feel all the other things, because I know him as a person. Warm-hearted. Good-humored. Wonderful guy to be around. Who cares about how he played? It’s about who you are and he (is) a good person.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Michael Malone goes to great lengths to know his Nuggets players  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28917248/michael-malone-goes-great-lengths-know-his-nuggets

 

–   With Monroe gone, who will be Pistons’ low post threat?  (from Vince Ellis,  freep.com):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/03/detroit-pistons-low-post-options/73295472/

 

–  Raptors still have plenty to learn as training camp ends  (from Mike  Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/03/raptors-still-have-plenty-to-learn-as-training-camp-ends

 

–   Green says Warriors’ players will hold each other accountable during Kerr’s absence  (from Carl Steward,  Contra Costa Times):

Read it here:  http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_28917190/green-says-warriors-players-will-hold-each-other

 

–   Warriors say Year 2 in offensive system will be even better  (from Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-say-Year-2-in-offensive-system-will-be-6548866.php

 

–  Bucks have plenty of Point Guard options   (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-have-plenty-of-backcourt-options-b99588506z1-330546971.html

 

–   Orlando Magic get stern message as Scott Skiles pull starters  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/03/orlando-magic-get-stern-message-as-scott-skiles-pulls-starters/

 

–  Hinrich says Hoiberg has brought fast pace, calm demeanor to Bulls  (form Mike McGraw, dailyherald.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151003/sports/151009508/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Pierce fits in seamlessly with Clippers  (frm Dan Woike, ocregister.com):   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-686011-clippers-team.html

 

–  Hornet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates right shoulder; likely out for weeks (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article37711887.html

 

–  Kobe Bryant might be changing positions  (form Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25326139/kobe-bryant-may-move-to-small-forward-glad-to-play-off-ball

 

–  New-look Bogut turning heads at Warriors training camp  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/new-look-bogut-turning-heads-warriors-training-camp

 

–  Will Additions of Splitter, Tavares Help Hawks Offensively?  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/will-additions-splitter-tavares-help-hawks-offensively

 

–  Sasha Vujacic Offers Knicks Stability  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/sports/basketball/sasha-vujacicoffers-knicks-stability.html?ref=basketball&_r=1

 

–   Rehab work gives Chandler Parsons a different perspective  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151003-sefko-rehab-work-gives-chandler-parsons-a-different-perspective.ece

 

–   Deron Williams hopes to rejuvenate career with Mavericks  (from Dwain Price,  star-telegram.com):   http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article37663044.html

 

–   Paul George Looking To Find A Medium as a 3 and 4  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/paul-george-looking-find-medium

 

–  A breakout spring has Wizards thinking Porter’s time could be now   (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-breakout-spring-has-wizards-thinking-porters-time-could-be-now/2015/10/03/f63c9924-6a09-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

 

–   Crabbe looks to break out for Blazers  (from  Grant Lucas, bendbulletin.com):  http://www.bendbulletin.com/sports/3563569-151/back-to-his-old-ways

 

–  Gortat rolling with Wizards move toward small ball  (from Ben Standig, csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/gortat-rolling-wizards-move-toward-small-ball

 

–   Rajon Rondo: The King Of Sacramento’s Playoff Hopes  (from Brad Winter,  Vavel.com):  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/548838-rajon-rondo-the-king-of-sacramentos-playoff-hopes.html

 

–   Blazers Player Review: Noah Vonleh  (from Joel Viss,  ripcityproject):   http://ripcityproject.com/2015/10/03/blazers-player-review-noah-vonleh/

 

–   Blazers’ Gerald Henderson remains sidelined, but surgically-repaired hip is improving ‘every day’  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_gerald_henderson_remains_sidelined_b.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Phil Jackson:  “How Phil Became Phil” (from Charley Rosen,  today’sfastbreak.com):

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/rosen-how-phil-became-phil/

 

–   Training camp a test of endurance – for Pistons players and coaches both   (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/training-camp-test-endurance-pistons-players-and-coaches-both

 

–   Notes from the Milwaukee Bucks Media Day  (from Will Gottlieb,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/01/notes-milwaukee-bucks-media-day/

 

–  Derek Fisher has new approach that Carmelo Anthony agrees with  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/09/29/derek-fisher-reveals-new-approach-and-where-phil-fits-in/

 

–   The Wizards might finally embrace an efficient offense  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25325323/the-wizards-might-fix-how-stupid-their-offense-has-been

 

–  Mike D’Antoni Q&A: Nash-Curry, small ball and the future of NBA basketball  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/02/mike-dantoni-stephen-curry-steve-nash-warriors-steve-kerr-alvin-gentry

 

–   Brad Stevens says lineups in Europe mean little  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/celtics_insider/2015/10/celtics_notes_brad_stevens_says_lineups_in_europe_mean

 

–  Heat’s added depth likely means playing time at a premium  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article37403718.html

 

–   Pistons hope their new schemes improve defense  (from Vince Ellis, freep.com):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/02/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy/73202904/

 

–   Twin Towers Redux? Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah Aim to Turn Back Clock in Chicago  (from  Kevin Ding,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2574806-twin-towers-redux-pau-gasol-joakim-noah-aim-to-turn-back-clock-in-chicago

 

–   Warriors player consultant Nash makes big impact right away  (from Rusty Simmons.  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-player-consultant-Nash-makes-big-impact-6547178.php

 

–  Michele Roberts, the first woman head of the NBA Players Association, talks growing up poor and defying the odds (from Durga Chew-Bose, Cosmopolitan Magazine):

Read it here:  http://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a47144/the-lenny-interview-michele-roberts/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Ranking:  Kevin Durant #2 (from Jesse Blanchard):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/02/kevin-durant-no-2/

 

–   Tristan Thompson Continues His Poker Game With Cleveland  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/tristan-thompson-continues-his-poker-game-with-cleveland/

 

–   Larry Bird has that feeling so pay attention to Glenn Robinson III  (form Gregg Doyel,  Indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2015/10/02/doyel-larry-bird-has-feeling-again/73145182/

 

–  Jimmy Butler looking “dominant” in training camp  (form Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/butler-emerging-second-star

 

–   Jordan Hill Sheds Lottery Pressure  (from Joel Brigham, basketballinsiders.com):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-jordan-hill-sheds-lottery-pressure/

 

–  For energy, Grizzlies will go Green — as in JaMychal  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/for-energy-grizzlies-will-go-green–as-in-jamychal-20c5f184-5df3-663a-e053-0100007fe1c4-330440311.html

 

–  Raul Neto thrust into prominent point guard role  (from Tony Jones, sltrib.com):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3017057-155/utah-jazz-raul-neto-thrust-into

 

–   DeMarre Carroll knows his story has given him strength  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/02/demarre-carroll-knows-his-story-has-given-him-strength.html

 

–  Cory Joseph getting used to new Raptors systems (from Mike Ganter, Tornto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/02/cory-joseph-getting-used-to-new-raptors-systems

 

–   For Wizards’ DeJuan Blair, it’s nothing but lighter days ahead  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-dejuan-blair-its-nothing-but-lighter-days-ahead/2015/10/02/0f6c7c12-6937-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

 

–   Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine To Start At The 2?  (from Aaron Mah, hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/03/minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-start-2/

 

–   Answering Some Questions About Paul George Playing Power Forward  (form Andrew Sharp, Grantland):  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/answering-some-questions-about-paul-george-playing-power-forward/

 

–   Shabazz Napier  (from S.W. Guest, orlandomagicdaily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/03/shabazz-napier-everything-play/

 

–   MIKE MALONE: CHRIS PAUL BEST LEADER I’VE EVER BEEN AROUND  (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/malone-chris-paul-best-leader-ever-been-around

 

Celtics’  Big man David Lee given freedom to handle the ball in transition  (from Jay King, masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/boston_celtics_practice_notes_11.html

 

–   Isaiah Thomas: ‘I’m Ken Griffey (Jr.) in his prime’  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720487/isaiah-thomas-im-ken-griffey-jr-in-his-prime

 

–   Tim Hardaway Jr: ‘Coming to Hawks is a new beginning for me’  (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops.com):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/10/3/9429507/tim-hardaway-jr-atlanta-hawks-new-beginning

 

–   The Truth about Bismack Biyombo’s offense  (from Joshua Priemski,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/03/the-truth-about-bismack-biyombos-offense/

 

–  Kings’ Kosta Koufos ready to make big impact by doing little things  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):   http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article37429038.html

 

–  Sixers’  Jerami Grant, JaKarr Sampson expected to be key defensive players (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151004_Jerami_Grant__JaKarr_Sampson_expected_to_be_key_defensive_players.html

–  Steph Curry Says He Wants To Create More Space And Be More Explosive  (from letsgowarriors.com):  http://letsgowarriors.com/stephen-curry-says-he-wants-to-create-more-space-and-be-more-explosive/2015/10/02/