Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/21/16

–  What To Know About Serbian Team In Final  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USAToday):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/20/four-things-to-know-serbia-usa-mens-basketball-gold-medal-game/89048716/

 Coach K In The Olympics  (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/17356879/olympics-2016-kobe-bryant-coach-k-brought-pride-being-american-back-team-usa

–  Meet Larry Coon: Yoda Of The Salary Cap  (from Dan Woike, ocregister.com):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coon-726484-nba-cba.html

–  Breaking The Warriors Down By Play Types:  Spot Ups  (from Andy Serbe, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here:  http://bluemanhoop.com/2016/08/20/breaking-warriors-play-type-spot-ups/

–  Balance Will Be The Key To The Celtics’ Offense  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/20/balance-will-be-key-to-bostons-offense/

 What Adrian Griffin Brings To The Thunder  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/what-adrian-griffin-brings-to-the-thunder/article/5514716

–  Team USA  Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins  (from Mark medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/events/20160820/syracuse-assistant-former-mater-dei-standout-mike-hopkins-overcomes-the-odds

–  Sixers’ Coach Brett Brown  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=17347896

 Al-Farouk Aminu At PF Can Fuel Blazers’ Improvement  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/19/12550328/portland-trail-blazers-al-farouq-aminu-power-forward-frontcourt

–  D-League RGV Vipers’ Assistant Coach Cody Toppert  (from Clevis Murray, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/14/nba-cody-toppert-summer-league/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Frank Kaminsky  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article96899607.html

Jeremy Lin:  http://www.jlin7.com/blogs/journal/off-season-training

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Zach Cronin,  Nothin’ But Nets):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/08/20/nba-sean-kilpatrick-brooklyn-nets/

Wesley Matthews  (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/08/21/dallas-mavericks-wesley-matthews-key-competing-west/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/30/16

–  Thank Spencer Haywood  (from William Rhoden, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/sports/basketball/spencer-haywood-rule-nba-draft-underclassmen.html

–  Phil Jackson, Jeff Hornacek  And The Triangle  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-prez-jax-reminds-no-escaping-triangle-article-1.2693012   from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2016/06/29/jeff-hornaceks-first-use-for-kurt-rambis-and-triangle-offense/   and from Scott Cacciola, NY Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/sports/basketball/knicks-look-to-young-blood-and-free-agency-to-patch-porous-roster.html

–  Russell Westbrook Is A Pure Point Guard  (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/why-russell-westbrook-is-a-pure-point-guard/article/5507194

Free Agency:

–   Under The Radar FAs: In Search Of The Next DeMarre Carroll  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16623391/in-addition-big-ticket-contracts-nba-teams-the-lookout-next-big-bargain

 Stu Jackson On Lakers & Free Agency  (from Mark Medina,  Inside SoCal):

Read it here:  http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2016/06/29/nba-free-agency-nba-tv-analyst-stu-jackson-weighs-impact-kobe-bryants-departure-will-have/

–  Dwight Howard  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/would-you-pay-dwight-howard-31-million/   and from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/29/12058324/dwight-howard-free-agent-rumors-bargain

–  Dwyane Wade  (from Greg Cote, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/greg-cote/article86671577.html

Celtics’ To-Do List  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it hre:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/06/bulpett_celtics_to_do_list_as_nba_free_agency_opens

–  Nets Take Realistic View  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/23715/nets-take-realistic-view-on-rebuilding-in-free-agency

–  Pistons Offseason Should Be Simple Thanks To SVG’s Planning  (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/pistons-salary-cap-free-agency-offseason-andre-drummond-offer-sheet/nwtabvm25zlb1duosxytdsgt0

–  Plan B Free Agents  (from Ben Leibowitz, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/30/nba-free-agency-kevin-durant-jeremy-lin-al-horford-hassan-whiteside

–  The Second Tier Free Agents  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-top-free-agents-of-summer-2016-part-2/

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/bazemore-due-for-a-big-raise-in-free-agency/nrprc/

–  Jared Dudley  (from Adam McGee,  behindthebuckpass.com):

Read it here:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2016/06/30/nba-free-agency-player-profile-jared-dudley/

–  Joesph Uchebo  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article86666532.html

–  Why Teams Are About To Sign So-So Players To Massive Contracts  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/30/12056030/nba-salary-cap-2016-details-free-agents-ridiculous

–  Free Agency And The CBA  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-free-agency-cheat-sheet-everything-you-need-to-know/

The Draft:

 

Denzel Valentine  (from CL Anthony,  SLAM):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/06/30/qa-denzel-valentine/

–  Brandon Ingram  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160620/nba-draft-brandon-ingram-earns-high-marks-for-selfless-work-ethic

 Draft Grades  (from Nick Restifo, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/06/30/2016-nba-objective-draft-grades/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Kristaps Porzingis  (from Ian Begley,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16450696/nba-new-york-knicks-kristaps-porzingis-journey-nba

Delon Wright (from Zarar Siddiqi, Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/06/30/misfit-delon-wright/

 Terrance Ferguson  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/2016-6-30-terrance-ferguson-arizona-australia-basketball/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/16

(NOTE:  Again today our links are limited by the effects of the all-star break and trade deadline.  The good news is that this is probably the last disclaimer we will need.  Our expectation is that we will be back to our “old normal” this weekend.)
–   Pick-And-Roll Perfected:  Draymond Green And Steph Curry  (from Jeff Siegel, fansided):
–  Lockdown Defense Keeping Celtics Among East Elite  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
SVG Explains Pistons’ Trade Process And How Little He Is Involved  (from Aaron McMann, mlive.com):
–  Bulls’ GM Gar Forman  Q & A  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  George Karl Should Not Go Out Like This  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):
–  Every Trade Completed During The 2-15-16 Season  (from SBNation):

–  Trade Deadline Recap  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):
The Key Deadline Deals  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  10 Questions Following The Trade Deadline  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):
–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  A Guide To The Buyout Season  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):
–  NBPA Mounting Crackdown On Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/02/19/brandon-jennings-ersan-ilyasova-know-the-work-ahead/
–  Dante Exum/Shelvin Mack  (from Dan Clayton,  Salt City Hoops):  http://saltcityhoops.com/sc7-basketballs-back-deadline-and-why-exums-still-central/
–  Channing Frye  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/02/19/channing-frye-strengthens-cavs-weaknesses/

–  Jon Horford  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside & Motor):  Jon Horford putting in the work to create his own path

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

Offensive Rebounding/Transition Defense (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14505051/transition-defense-left-offensive-rebounds-cutting-room-floor

–  Bulls Getting Contributions Throughout Roster During Win Streak  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rotation-depth-jimmy-butler-spt-0105-20160104-story.html

–  LBJ on Lack of Playing Time for Some  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/lebron_james_on_a_lack_of_minu.html

–  Can Heat Go From Good To Great?  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/04/dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-hassan-whiteside-erik-spoelstra-heat-lebron-james/78271386/

–  How the Clippers Are Doing It Without Blake Griffin;  Elfrid Payton Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/01/04/morning-tip-los-angeles-clippers-find-a-better-bench-chris-paul-blake-griffin-j-j-redick-austin-rivers-jamal-crawford-questions-for-2016-qa-with-orlando-magic-elfrid-payton/index.html

–  Brandon Jennings Busts Loose, Hopes to Stay With Pistons  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic/78249168/

–  This Season’s Most Improved Jump Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoquZR8AAPC2SV6Y

–  Kings’ Assistant Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive Motion Offense  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ialg8Wq7DO0

–  The Wizards’ Injury Woes  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/shorthanded-wizards-hope-to-heal-before-time-runs-out-on-their-plans/2016/01/04/5dcdd902-b327-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

–  Bucks’ Future Remains Bright  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/01/05/milwaukee-bucks-bright-future-in-lost-season-giannis-antetokounmpo-michael-carter-williams-greg-monroe-john-henson/index.html

–  Rajon Rondo Q & A Re: Days with the Mavs  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705961/rajon-rondo-i-have-nothing-but-love-for-mavericks

 The Case for Flip Saunders as Executive of the Year  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/01/why-flip-saunders-should-be-nba-executive-year

–  Pelicans Still Working on Picking Up the Pace  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14476252-128/pelicans-still-work-on-picking-up-the-pace

–  Tyreke Evans Having Difficulty Adjusting to Gentry’s Offensive System  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/tyreke_evans_1.html

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/4/10712540/nba-monday-pacers-hope-to-down-heat

–  Where Are They Now:  Amnestied Players  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/01/where-are-they-now-amnestied-players.html

And for those with access to ESPN insider:

–  What the Warriors are Teaching the Hornets (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14500756/the-charlotte-hornets-showing-how-teams-learn-golden-state-warriors-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Draymond Green  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/03/draymond-green-magic-johnson-warriors-draymagic/78237606/

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-deserves-more-credit-for-career-best-stretch-1.418150

–  TJ Warren/Devin Booker/Alex Len  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240329/Going-Back-To-McDonoughs-Original-Plan-In-The-Suns-Lost-Season

–  Jonathon Simmons  (from Tim McMahon,  Express-News):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Simmons-gives-Spurs-juice-to-blow-by-Bucks-6736840.php?t=871d385940927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/04/raptors-lose-carroll-for-game-in-cleveland–and-likely-for-some-time

–  Ish Smith (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/5/10715482/ish-smith-philadelphia-76ers-highlights-stats

–  Montrezl Harrell  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-rookie-montrezl-harrell-ready-to-play-with-donatas-motiejunas-out/

–  John Wall  (from Abdullah Sharif,  hoopdistrict.com):   http://hoopdistrict.net/how-john-wall-destroyed-december-in-spite-of-inadequate-supporting-cast/

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/5/10712886/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-nba-draft-2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html