– Steph Curry takes his pregame routine pretty seriously (from Tim Kawakami, mercurynews.com):
” Curry put up 182 shots in the session I watched – made 120 – and within the structure of his work, you saw the essence of Curry’s offensive game.
“Five minutes of ball handling, just get warm, get your hands kind of used to the ball,” Curry said, describing how it all starts.
“Then … get some flip shots and runners, just to work on your touch. Hopefully, you start close to the basket; you see the ball going in a lot more.
“Then it’s just working around the arc in five spots – catch-and-shoot, off-the-dribble and then shooting 3s.”
Curry does almost the exact same routine before every game, for just over 15 minutes every time, and aims to make 31 3-pointers and about 80 2-pointers of various types, at different spots, using either hand for the close-in shots.
The mood is serious, the work is serious. Curry shared some laughs with Fraser and David Lee, who always works out at the same time, but a huge majority of the session, Curry looked like he was in the middle of a game.
“Once you step on the court for that 15-minute session, that kind of starts the game process,” Curry said.”
Read it here: http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/26/4671515_tim-kawakami-warriors-curry-takes.html
– Is Sam Presti’s plan in OKC misunderstood? (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Read it here: http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/411/is-sam-prestis-plan-in-okc-misunderstood
– The Post-Trade Deadline Bucks (from William Bohl, Hardwood Paroxysm):
” While the sharp downturn in the Bucks’ play has coincided with supplanting Brandon Knight with Michael Carter-Williams, it’d be far too simplistic to put it all on MCW’s shoulders. The bench, a tougher post-All Star Break schedule, poor injury luck, and attempting to cultivate chemistry with a new floor general on the fly has all contributed to Milwaukee’s recent swoon.”
Read it here: http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/03/26/the-bucks-stopped-there/
– Raptors exploited as the one-dimensional team they are in loss to Chicago Bulls (from Eric Koreen, National Post):
Read it here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/25/toronto-raptors-exploited-as-the-one-dimensional-team-they-are-in-loss-to-chicago-bulls/
– Steve Kerr’s Case for 2015 NBA Coach of the Year (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
” Divvy up the credit however you like, but be sure to acknowledge that Kerr is the principal difference between this Warriors masterpiece and the paint-by-numbers outfit we saw last season.
Kerr never just leaned on talent; he organized it, gave it purpose and direction.
With the help of lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Kerr got the Dubs moving all over the floor—cutting, flaring, diving, literally sprinting in circles around Bogut sometimes. The isolation sets and low-efficiency post-ups of 2013-14 are gone.
Critically, as Curry noted… Kerr didn’t “try to come in and be the hero and reinvent the wheel when it came to what we were good at.”
All he did was inflate the tire, disengage the parking brake and overhaul the suspension.”
Read and view it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2409473-steve-kerrs-undeniable-case-for-2015-nba-coach-of-the-year
– LeBron James, Cavaliers Avoid Hero-Ball (from Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report):
” I think the ball movement, there’s just this great karma to the game when you’re moving the ball and everyone is feeling great about it, and everyone knows they are going to be a recipient of a pass.
“Tonight the way we moved the ball, the way we shared the ball, it’s very key to our success. It’s very key to everyone feeling involved. And we can be a very dangerous team if we can continue to do that.”
Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2408328-lebron-cavaliers-fight-hero-ball-urges-in-major-test-vs-grizzlies
– FOR CHICAGO’S BIG MEN, SACRIFICE IS THE NAME OF THE GAME (from Adam Fluck, bulls.com):
Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/chicagos-big-men-sacrifice-name-game
– Q&A: Minnesota Timberwolves Analyst Jim Petersen (from Seth Partnow, nyloncalculus.com):
Read this outstanding interview here: http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/03/26/qa-minnesota-timberwolves-analyst-jim-petersen-on-analytics-broadcasting-and-coaching-in-the-wnba/
– Celtics coach Brad Stevens diagrams another late-game gem but Jae Crowder misses the layup (from Jay King, masslive.com)
Read and view it here: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/03/video_boston_celtics_coach_bra.html
– International scouting not a foreign idea to Denver Nuggets (from Paul Klee, gazette.com):
” Scouting overseas isn’t new or unique to the Nuggets, of course, or the rest of the NBA. If you’re not doing it, you’re roughly two decades behind.
But the Nuggets have made Europe and beyond a top priority. The foreign influence starts near the top with (assistant GM Arturas) Karnisovas and continues all the way to Ognjen Stojakovic, a Serbian video coordinator who also works in player development due to his coaching background and, in part, because he speaks the language and serves as a valuable liaison.
Karnisovas, with the thickest basketball resume at 1000 Chopper Circle, has been evaluating prospects in Europe this week. A two-time Olympic bronze medalist with his native Lithuania, Karnisovas was FIBA’s European Player of the Year in 1996.
“What doesn’t he bring? He brings everything. Arturas was a fantastic player, one of the best European players ever,” Connelly said. “Internationally, there’s such a respect for Arturas that we find open doors when otherwise they would be closed.”
Read it here: http://gazette.com/klee-international-scouting-not-a-foreign-idea-to-denver-nuggets/article/1548557
– Healed-up Spurs still working to scare up that Finals mojo (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):
” Those three games — Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals — when the Spurs systematically, beautifully and devastatingly dismantled …the Miami Heat to claim a fifth championship have since become a Sistine Chapel work of art. It has been dissected and studied by every coach at every basketball clinic, not to mention rerun on many HD TVs in many corners of Planet Hoops.
Trouble is, there’s always another ceiling to paint.
Which is what brings the Spurs to the final weeks of the regular season trying to throw a spill cloth down over some of their follow-up drippings.”
Read it here: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/03/26/san-antonio-spurs-trying-to-recapture-magic-from-2014-nba-finals-run/index.html
– Andre Iguodala: Providing The Warriors With … Offense? (from gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):
Read and view it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2015/03/26/andre-iguodala-providing-warriors-offense/
– Monta Ellis insists Rajon Rondo isn’t throwing off Mavericks’ chemistry (from Josh Planos, Sports Illustrated):
““There’s no problem (with Rondo),” Ellis says. “Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump.”
Read it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2015/03/25/monta-ellis-rajon-rondo-dallas-mavericks-rick-carlisle
– Can Monta Ellis Regain His Form? (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):
Read and view it here: http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VRHvmiUAAMVTpZBc/can-monta-ellis-regain-his-form-the-numbers-behind-his-second-half-struggles
– Q&A: EMMANUEL MUDIAY (from Evan Daniels, scout.com):
Read it here: http://collegebasketball.scout.com/story/1531265-q-a-emmanuel-mudiay
– Gregg Popovich And The Art Of War (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):
” Almost five years ago, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and his staff gathered at their annual coaching retreat. They were staring basketball mortality square in the face, in light of their sound defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals–the last quality iteration from the Steve Nash era.
Tim Duncan was still the cornerstone, of course. But leaning heavily on his individual brilliance was no longer an option given the pained, uneven gait he displayed in dragging a bad leg up and down the court all series. The Spurs’ formula for success was no longer viable.
Popovich therefore made a decision; to reconfigure the Spurs around the strengths of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, pushing the pace and freeing the movement around the pick-and-roll in a mirror of the same Suns team that had just defeated them. No longer would the team generate their offense through the sheer will of superstar players; instead, they would leverage those talents to organically generate shots in an equal opportunity offense.
It was the beginning of a process that would change the NBA, rejuvenating the Spurs (along with the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard) and giving rise to the beautiful game displayed in their 2014 NBA Championship.”
Read and view it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/03/24/gregg-popovich-and-the-art-of-war/
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– Brook Lopez: http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/3/26/8294399/lopez-feeling-as-good-as
– Dewayne Dedmon: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/03/26/dewayne-dedmons-return-signals-orlando-magics-return-to-defense/
– Glenn Robinson III: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150326_Glenn_Robinson_III_awaits_his_chance_with_Sixers.html
– Marvin Williams: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/when-will-the-marvin-williams-criticism-end/
– Tony Parker: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2409347-can-vintage-tony-parker-return-san-antonio-spurs-to-nba-playoffs-glory
– Nerlens Noel: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/150326-noel-roy
– Hassan Whiteside: http://www.telegram.com/article/20150325/NEWS/303269899/1009/sports
– Dorell Wright: http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/wright%E2%80%99s-leadership-helps-blazers-snap-skid-beat-jazz