Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/19/16

 SVG’s Pistons’ Championship Blueprint (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/stan-van-gundys-championship-blueprint-for-the-pistons/

Channing Frye And LeBron: The Perfect Marriage  (from Carter Rodriguez, Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/11/16/13638524/cavaliers-analysis-channing-frye-and-lebron-james-are-a-perfect-marriage

From Jeff Schudel, News-Herald:  http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20161118/channing-frye-is-a-scoring-machine-for-cleveland-cavaliers-off-the-bench

–  Hawks And Hornets Are Bringing The East Back To Life  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/11/19/13683104/2016-nba-scores-hawks-hornets-east-standings-best-teams

–  Andrew Wiggins Is Raising His Ceiling By Mastering 3-Point Shot  (from Kaleel Weatherly/Roey Hadar):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/11/18/13677016/andrew-wiggins-stats-highlights-3-point-shooting

–  Whiteside Is Earning Respect As His Game Evolves (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article115781403.html

–  Kings’ Coach Joerger: “I’ve Seen Enough, We’re Going To Play Small” (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article115872258.html

One Team, Three Stats: Sacramento Kings  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/11/18/one-team-three-stats-sacramento-kings-pace

–  Jrue Holiday’s Season Debut  (from James Varney, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/pelicans/2016/11/18/jrue-holiday-season-debut-pelicans/94106976/

From Justin Verrier, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/770/jrue-holiday-makes-instant-impact-on-pelicans-in-season-debut

The Keys To The Clippers Hot Start (from Coach Nick/Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGwD0SaTVjo&feature=youtu.be&a=

–  Brook Lopez, Stretch 5; Rockets’ Offense; Randle’s Passing  (from Adam Mares, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/surprising-stretch-fives-and-houstons-unstoppable-offense-adam-mares-nba-wraparound

–  Warriors: Titles Are All That Matter  (from J.A. Adanded, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18079474/golden-state-warriors-look-boston-celtics-lore-future-success

Durant Has Been Everything Warriors Hoped For  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2676925-kevin-durant-has-been-everything-the-golden-state-warriors-hoped-for

–  Magic: Buying In On Defense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich (Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/11/19/orlando-magics-defense-becoming-habit/

7 Players Who Are Seizing Their Opportunity  (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-players-seizing-their-opportunity/

–  E’Twaun Moore:  Happy To Be In New Orleans (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/etwaun-moore-happy-in-new-orleans/

–  Pelicans: Diallo And Galloway Improving Working With Trainer Drew Hanlen  (from Brendon Kleen, Pelican DeBrief):

Read and watch it here:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/11/19/new-orleans-pelicans-cheick-diallo-langston-galloway-working-improving-drew-hanlen/

–  Doc Rivers Praises Assistant Coach John Welch’s Work With Players  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nba-735992-clippers-rivers.html

–  How The Bucks Are Dealing With Their Three Centers  (from Joe Kiemens, dairylandexpress.com):

Read it here: http://dairylandexpress.com/2016/11/19/milwaukee-bucks-giant-moosestake/

 

 

–  Raptors Must Improve At PF  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Hait):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/11/19/toronto-raptors-must-improve-their-power-forward-position/

–  Karl-Anthony Towns And The Quest For Peak Efficiency  (from Dane Moore, canishoopus.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/11/19/13677472/karl-anthony-towns-wolves-efficiency-free-throws

–  Raptors Aim To Get Back To Basics On Defence  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/18/raptors-aim-to-get-back-to-basics-on-defence

–  Is Playing Time What Anthony Bennett Needs  (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/11/19/13685348/is-playing-time-what-anthony-bennett-needs

–  Kent Bazemore: From Undrafted to Critical Starter On A Contender  (from Howard Megdal, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/kent-bazemore-atlanta-hawks-interview/#fFBdRlf1uOesvOuu.97

–  Omri Casspi: Out Of The Kings’ Rotation (from Matt George, Cowbell Kingdom):

Read it here:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/omri-casspi-dave-joerger-havent-talked-since-preseason/

–  Coach Atkinson Has The Nets Playing Hard And With Pace  (from thejumpball.net):

Read and watch it here:  https://thejumpball.net/2016/11/13/the-brooklyn-nets-the-surprise-team-in-the-east/

–  Replacing Tim Duncan With Pau Gasol Is Complicated (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/11/17/for-the-spurs-replacing-tim-duncan-with-pau-gasol-is-a-complicated-equation/

–  Tony Parker Is Still Effective  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/1140/tony-parker-proves-hes-still-effective-in-win-over-lakers

Managing Luol Deng’s Role In An Otherwise Young Front Court Is A Challenge For Luke Walton  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/11/18/13684260/la-lakers-luol-deng-power-forward-small-forward-stats-analysis-video-highlights-julius-randle

–  Bulls’ Jerian Grant Shines After Early-Season Inactivity  (from Vincent Goodwill,  csnchicago.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/node/488521

–  D-League: Is Anthony Brown Turning Into A Point Forward?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/11/18/13636702/anthony-brown-dleague-erie-bayhawks

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/11/16

–  James Harden Is The Changing Face Of The Point Guard Position  (from Jonathan Tjarks, Real GM):

–  Joe Lacob, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala On Free Agency, Last Season’s Finals And More (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/11/kevin-durant-joe-lacob-shed-more-light-on-durants-free-agency-decision/

and from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/10/10/the-wait-was-worth-it-for-warriors-owner-joe-lacob/

–  The NBA’s Shot Doctors  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-shooting-coaches-kent-bazemore-kawhi-leonard-8660e9939680#.6koxlh1xi

–  The Blazers’ Home-Road Discrepancy  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/one-team-one-stat-portland-trail-blazers-home-road

The Grizzlies: Forcing Turnovers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/one-team-one-stat-grizzlies-turnovers-rebounds

D’Angelo Russell: Leading The Lakers To Their New Identity (from Drew Garrison, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/10/10/13225104/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-ontario-denver-nuggets

–  Blake Griffin’s Improved Shot Mechanics  (from Tom West, Clipperholics):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/07/la-clippers-blake-griffin-improved-shot-mechanics/

–  Glenn Robinson III: Fighting For Minutes (from Al Hamnik,  NWTimes.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/basketball/professional/pacers/glenn-robinson-iii-has-earned-pacers-respect/article_4964976c-cdda-5c54-90e2-2fea9c8ae844.html

Nurkic Could Win Comeback Player Award  (from Brandon Carney,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/11/jusuf-nurkic-could-win-comeback-player-of-the-year/

–  Thunder’s Offense Needs Massive Overhaul  (from Jon Hamm, Bleacher report))

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2668049-okc-thunders-offense-needs-massive-overhaul-without-kevin-durant

–  Thunder: Oladipo And Abrines Are Working On Their Post Games  (from Erik Horne):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/what-victor-oladipos-learned-from-russell-westbrooks-post-game/article/5521887

–  Kawhi Leonard:  Filling The Post-Duncan Leadership Void  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-becoming-the-voice-of-the-9961543.php?t=b406b5a746927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  Tyronn Lue Interview  (from the Jim Rome Show):

Read it here:  http://cavsnation.com/head-coach-tyronn-lue-opens-coaching-cavs-championship/

–  Heat Ready To Bounce Back After Summer Of Roster Change  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/morning-tip-miami-heat-erik-spoelstra-moves-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh

–  Jeremy Lin: Back From The Depths  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/23787/up-from-the-depths-how-jeremy-lin-got-back-on-point

–  Will Teams Double-Team Dwight Howard?  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/double-team-not-double-team-howard-that-the-question/mH0edlHSZi9LM1qqh1NB9K/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Offensive Style  (from Eric Nehm,  brewhoop.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/10/11/13155094/milwaukee-bucks-offensive-style

–  Hornacek “Overjoyed” With Chasson Randle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/knicks-young-point-guard-picks-up-two-major-endorsements/

–  How Assistant Coach Dan Burke Has Lasted 20 Years With The Pacers  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/10/10/insider-pacers-place-their-faith-defense-dan-burke/91847296/

Sergio Rodriguez Is Critical To Sixers’ Big Men’s Progress (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:   http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20161011_Cooney__Sixers__new_point_guard_critical_to_big_men_s_progress.html

–  Demetrius Jackson “Comes To Work Every Day”  (from Mark D’Amico, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-101016-jackson-is-learning-a-new-routine-as-an-nba-rook

–  How Will Evan Turner Fit With The Blazers Defensively?  (from Willy Raedy,  Blazers’ Edge)

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/10/11/13240252/portland-trail-blazers-evan-turner-2016-nba-free-agency-defense-analysis

Orlando Magic Film Room: 5 Keys To Increase FTAs (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-increase-free-throws-cohen-20161011

–  Hornets’ Season Preview  (from Nicklaus Denning, At TheHive):

Read it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/10/10/13219182/charlotte-hornets-2016-17-season-preview-nba-sbnation

Spurs’ Season Preview (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/10/10/13213016/san-antonio-spurs-2016-17-season-preview

Podcast: Alvin Gentry And Jason Lloyd Interviews (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/double-team-not-double-team-howard-that-the-question/mH0edlHSZi9LM1qqh1NB9K/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/20/16

Brad Stevens Interview (from Bill Simmons, The Ringer):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Timberwolves: The Roadmap To 50 Wins (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harden Looks To Continue Building Chemistry (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Film Room: Inside Aaron Gordon’s Defense (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pistons’ Shooting Guards (from Aaron McMann, MLive.com):
 
 
 
 
 Top Remaining Available Free Agents (from Marc Stein, ESPN):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nuggets’ Assistant Coach Chris Finch (from Reading Eagle):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Mario Hezonja (from Brett David Roberts, 3 Guard Rotation): http://3guardrotation.blogspot.com/2016/09/orlando-magic-mario-hezonja-represents.html
 
 
 
 
Andrew Bogut (from Luke Sicari, pickandroll.com.au):
 

 DeMar DeRozan  (from William Lou, The Defetaed):  https://medium.com/the-defeated/the-definitive-guide-to-arguing-about-demar-derozan-now-can-we-stop-doing-that-aaa81e2928f0

 
Brandon Ingram (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold): http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2016/09/19/one-player-one-skill-brandon-ingrams-playmaking/
 
Sergio Rodriguez (from Brian Seltzer. sixers.com): http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/meet-new-guys-sergio-rodriguez
 
 
Al Horford/Karl-Anthony Towns/LaMarcus Aldridge (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/nba-question-day-whos-most-fundamental-player
 
 
 
 
 
 Wayne Ellington  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article102824687.html
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Yogi Ferrell (from Jake Hyman, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/9/19/12727522/yogi-ferrell-brooklyn-nets-nba

–  Aaron Harrison  (from Chris Barnewall, At The Hive):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/9/20/12976586/2016-17-player-preview-aaron-harrison

New Book Recommendation:
Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend by Barry Martin
This outstanding biography of early NBA All-Star Bob Davies, one of the most creative playmakers in Assn history, can be ordered at ritpress.rit.edu
The author’s book tour continues on 9/23 at 4pm in the Seton Hall University Athletic Center team Film Room in South Orange, NJ

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/5/16

Breaking Down The Bucks’ Pick-and-Roll  (from Adam Coffman,  behindthebuckpass.com):

Read it here:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2016/09/04/milwaukee-bucks-breaking-bucks-pick-roll/

–  What To Expect From Nets’ Assistant Coach Chris Fleming’s Offense  (from Anthony Puccio,  netsdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/9/4/12790642/chris-fleming

 Celtics’ Scouting Reports/Analysis  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17408335/boston-celtics-player-profiles-al-horford-isaiah-thomas-more-nba   and from Brett David Roberts, 3guardrotation: http://3guardrotation.blogspot.com/2016/09/boston-celtics-al-horford-makes-boston.html

–  Kings’ Preview (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it  here;  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/with-a-new-coach-and-a-better-boogie-cousins-maybe-the-kings-wont-be-so-bad/

Additional NBA Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Marvin Williams  (from Jerry Stephens, swarmandsting.com):  http://swarmandsting.com/2016/09/04/charlotte-hornets-marvin-williams-great-rim-protector/

–  Gary Harris  (from T.J.McBride, bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/gary-harris-holds-the-key-to-his-own-development/

–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  (from Adam McGee, Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/05/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope/

–  Thon Maker (from Daniel O’Brien, Today’s Fastbreak): http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/milwaukee-bucks/step-step-plan-thon-makers-rise/

Although it appears that almost everyone else is taking Labor Day off, we were still able to find a few stories worth checking out.

Have a great holiday!  We’ll see you again tomorrow. 

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/