Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Will the Clippers Make the Leap or Hit Reset?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-edge-of-glory-will-the-clippers-make-the-leap-or-hit-reset/

 

–   Lakers’ Byron Scott defends conditioning-heavy practices  (form Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151005/lakers-byron-scott-defends-conditioning-heavy-practices

 

–   Lakers, Kobe set to navigate this transition together  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/05/morning-tip-kobe-bryant-future-with-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks-look-to-build-on-success-qa-with-chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler/index.html

(Note:   DA’s weekly column also focuses on the Bucks and a Jimy Butler Q & A)

 

–   Celtics take science tests   (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

” Physiologist to track workout, diet habits”

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_take_science_tests

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Goes Down  (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

” This will be the third consecutive season in which Kidd-Gilchrist misses more games than the last. In his first three seasons, he’s missed an average of 17 games a season. If you like to connect dots, you might find yourself, like I did, relating MKG’s string of unfortunate events to his stylistic forebear and fellow Charlotte basketball great. Gerald Wallace, in his six full seasons in Charlotte, averaged 14 missed games per season, with injuries from concussions to broken ribs to partially collapsed lungs. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Wallace’s distinct kind of brilliance had already been lost in the margins as a result of playing on awful teams in Charlotte. The succession of untimely injuries only added to his obscurity. Yet even though Wallace is widely considered to be the best player to play for the Charlotte franchise, he never had the monumental on/off impact that Kidd-Gilchrist has.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/dead-or-a-hive-michael-kidd-gilchrist-goes-down-and-the-hornets-go-with-him/

 

–  Five things to know about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulder injury  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328500/five-things-to-know-about-michael-kidd-gilchrists-shoulder-injury

 

–   Charlotte Hornets throw themselves into modern basketball with many 3s   (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328764/charlotte-hornets-throw-themselves-into-modern-basketball-with-many-3s

 

–   Orlando Magic displaying new offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/05/orlando-magic-displaying-new-offense/

 

–  Mirza Teletovic says “somebody’s gonna be open every time” in Phoenix Suns offense  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/6/9461425/mirza-teletovic-says-somebodys-gonna-be-open-every-time-in-phoenix

 

–   Who will — or should — the Grizzlies start on the wing?  (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Who-will—-or-should—-the-Grizzlies-start-on-the-wing-329726271.html

 

–  Ball-handling coach Johnny “Dribbles” Stephene adds new dimension during Mavs camp  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/ball-handling-coach-johnny-dribbles-stephene-adds-new-dimension-during-mavs-camp/

 

–  Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson’s Contract  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239417/Using-The-System-And-Drummond-To-Understand-Reggie-Jacksons-Contract

 

Why 3-pointers will matter for the Heat (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/three-years-of-threes-why-theyll-matter-for-heat.html

 

Celtics:  The “five quarterbacks” system  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/6/9421583/boston-celtics-read-and-react-five-quarterbacks

 

–  Huge opportunity, huge pressure for Donovan as OKC’s Billy Ball era begins  (form Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25329170/huge-opportunity-huge-pressure-for-donovan-as-billy-ball-era-starts-in-okc

 

–   How a Hawks regime fell  apart  (from Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13457071/nba-how-atlanta-hawks-regime-fell-apart

 

 Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2572072-why-this-may-have-been-final-nba-offseason-to-rebuild-through-free-agency

 

–  Players Who Can Veto Trades  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/players-who-can-veto-trades-2.html

 

–   Player Rankings Are Silly  (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/player-rankings-silly/

 

(NOTE:  We agree.  Player rankings are essentially a parlor game, at best triggering an opportunity to”chew the fat”.  From a serious analytic perspective, pretty much useless.  Of the multiplicity of “player rankings” that have been appearing recently, we have linked only to the ones from BBball Breakdown.  In that case, it wasn’t because of where players were “ranked” (who cares?) but because BBall Breakdown accompanied the rankings with well-informed analyses of each player’s games that are definitily worth reading.)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  The Difference Between Chris Paul and Everyone Else  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhPjyiIAACIAMwiW/the-difference-between-chris-paul-and-everyone-else

 

–  Beal: Goodbye long 2s; hello stepback 3s and All-Defense?  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/beal-goodbye-long-2s-hello-stepback-3s-and-all-defense

 

–  Players buzzing about Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope  (from  Vince Ellis,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/06/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope-improving/73419550/

More KCP (form Aaron McCann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_kentavious_caldwell-po_3.html

 

–  At age 35, Bulls forward Pau Gasol is still at the top of his game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/fine-wine

 

–   After a season of doing so much, Harden seeks more  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/10/06/james-harden-houston-rockets-ready-to-show-more-in-2015-16/index.html

 

–  Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola:  Raptors under-the-radar signings could make big impact  (from Josh Lewenburg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-under-the-radar-signings-could-make-big-impact-1.372203

–  Terrence Ross looking like a new man with Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/05/terrence-ross-looking-like-a-new-man-with-raptors

 

–  Quincy Pondexter helping mentor teammates while working to get back on court  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/quincy-pondexter-helping-mentor-teammates-while-working-get-back-court

 

–   Zach LaVine wants to prove he’s a shooter, too  (from Marcus R. Fuller,  twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_28926058/timberwolves-dunking-zach-lavine-wants-prove-hes-shooter

 

–   Rockets have more minutes in store for Capela  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-have-more-minutes-in-store-for-Capela-6552458.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=e276284c73438d9cbb

 

–  The Journey Back for Chris Bosh (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819384/chris-bosh-tough-journey-back

 

Could Kyrie Irving  stay healthy by making small changes to his game? (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-06/kyrie-irving-knee-injury-prevention-playoffs-cavaliers

–   Dragan Bender’s Rising NBA Draft Stock  (from Michael Scotto,  sheridanhoops.com):  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/05/scotto-dragan-benders-rising-nba-draft-stock/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Kyle Korver and Steph Curry: Comparing NBA’s Most Elite 3-Point Snipers  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read  and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2562997-korver-or-curry-comparing-nbas-most-elite-3-point-snipers

 

–  The Curious Case of Markieff Morris  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-curious-case-of-markieff-morris/

 

–  Pacers buy D-League’s Mad Ants to enhance player development  (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/09/indiana-pacers-buy-d-leagues-fort-wayne-mad-ants/71928660/

 

–   11 NBA teams are stuck without a D-League affiliate.  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/9/9/9296055/pacers-purchase-fort-wayne-mad-ants-d-league-franchise-affiliation-nba

And from Chris Reichert, upsidemotor.com:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/09/10/indiana-pacers-mad-ants-d-league-nba-affiliate/

 

–   Q&A with Pacers strength coach Windle (from Jeff Kasler,  amicohoops.com):

Read it here: http://amicohoops.net/2015/09/pacer-power-qa-with-strength-coach-windle/

 

John Wall: Defensive Dynamo  (from Evan Gualberto):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w_dHsfCTKM

 

CBA Corner: Renegotiate and Extend  (from Nate Duncan,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/09/cba-corner-renegotiate-and-extend/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Film Room: Elfrid Payton/Victor Oladipo (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-developing-backcourt

 

–  Why Trevor Booker Could Be Utah’s Small-Ball Alternative  (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/why-trevor-booker-could-be-utahs-small-ball-alternative/

 

–  Danilo Gallinari has been roasting the competition in Germany this summer  (from Mike Olson, denverstiffs.com):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/9/10/9300029/danilo-gallinari-the-rooster-crows

 

–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope worked on ballhandling to diversify his offensive game over the summer  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/kentavious-caldwell-pope-worked-ballhandling-diversify-his-offensive-game-over-summer

 

–  Tarik Black is vying for a spot in the Lakers’ core  (from Apratim Ghosh,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/10/9286445/la-lakers-tarik-black-anaylsis

 

–   How we have to measure Jordan Clarkson’s growth  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/9/9275017/la-lakers-jordan-clarkson-analysis

 

–  Remaining 2015 free agents  (from Nick Borges,  ESPN):  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/basketball/post/_/id/6866/remaining-2015-free-agents

 

–   Each team’s roster changes since opening night of the last season (from RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/roster-turnover/2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Atlanta Hawks have no ready-made options to replace DeMarre Carroll  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/08/03/demarre-carroll-hawks-raptors-knicks-thabo-sefolosha-kent-bazemore-tim-hardaway

 

 

–  Why can’t NBA players make free throws?  (from David Nurse,  Hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/08/03/why-cant-nba-players-make-free-throws/

 

 

–  Missed three-pointers don’t always lead to NBA fast breaks  (from Seth Partnow,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/08/03/missed-three-pointers-dont-always-lead-to-nba-fast-breaks/

 

 

–  Threes and Transition Defense – A Follow Up  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” Yesterday at Fancy Stats, I looked into that old saw that too many threes lead to long rebounds, which in turn lead to fast breaks for the opposition. While the first part is true, long shots do lead to long rebounds, the other part? Not so much”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/08/04/threes-and-transition-defense-a-follow-up/

 

 

–  Adapt or Die: Today’s NBA Bigs  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2529752-adapt-or-die-why-todays-nba-bigs-must-be-like-towns-and-porzingis

 

 

–  The Re-Imagining Of The Indiana Pacers  (from Jordan Yant,  vavel.com):

” The breakdown of the 2015-2016 roster by position and what to expect from each player.”

Read it here:  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/521279-the-new-look-indiana-pacers.html

 

 

–  Welcome to Extensionville: The NBA’s Next Big-Money Community  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

” August has barely started, but teams are already bracing for the trickiest contract extension talks in league history. The 2012 draft class, now eligible for early extensions that would kick in after this season, has more leverage than any group of first-round picks since the league instituted rookie-scale salaries.

They have the good fortune of straddling a projected $20 million jump in the salary cap — from $70 million this season, the last year of their rookie deals, to a projected $89.5 million in 2016-17. The league will be swimming in cap space without enough veteran stars to soak it up. If someone doesn’t get the extension he wants before the October 31 deadline, he can enter restricted free agency next summer knowing that at least half of the league’s teams will be waiting with max-level cap room.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/welcome-to-extensionville-the-nbas-next-big-money-community/

 

 

The TBT/Nancy Lieberman Q & A/More  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/08/03/morning-tip-tbt-tournament-in-new-york-nba-africa-game-recap-qa-with-nancy-lieberman/index.html

 

 

The stretch run of Russian basketball powerhouse CSKA Moscow’s season  (from Tosten Burks/Jeremy Woo, Grantland):

” A behind-the-scenes trip to the Euroleague, with Andrei Kirilenko and U.S. imports Sonny Weems, Kyle Hines, Aaron Jackson, and Demetris Nichols, during the stretch run of Russian basketball powerhouse CSKA Moscow’s season.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/euroleague-basketball-cska-moscow-andrei-kirilenko-sonny-weems-kyle-hines-demetris-nichols/

 

 

Addiitional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Pau Gasol:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/8/4/9089835/fred-hoibergs-challenge-what-does-he-do-with-pau-gasol

 

Andrew Bogut:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/q-and-a-warriors-coach-ron-adams-andrew-bogut-nba-finals/3v9vtmgw58u31oov81h8gpsfi

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2538154-evolving-in-the-matrix-aaron-gordon-should-follow-the-shawn-marion-blueprint

 

Corey Brewer:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25258371/qa-rockets-corey-brewer-talks-game-6-comeback-random-drug-test

 

Wesley Matthews:  http://www.mavs.com/wesley-matthews-looks-to-continue-defying-odds-with-mavs/

 

Langston Galloway:  http://www.businessinsider.com/langston-galloway-knicks-d-league-nba-2015-8

 

Stanley Johnson:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/stanley-johnsons-big-week-orlando-gives-svg-confidence-hell-compete-role-day-one

 

Ray McCallum:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/8/4/9093341/kings-expert-spurs-fans-expect-mccallum

 

Martell Webster/DeJuan Blair:  http://www.csnwashington.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/one-one-any-hope-webster-or-blair

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Educated Consumer’s Guide to Following the NBA Free Agency Rumor Madness  (from  Kyle Welch, waitingfornextyear.com):

Read it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/07/the-educated-consumers-guide-to-following-the-nba-free-agency-rumor-madness/

(NOTE: We would add: if you are offered a proposition over/under bet of 2% of free agency rumors proving out – take the under.)

 

 

–  Deeper look reveals dynamic under-the-radar free agents  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/06/29/under-the-radar-free-agents-2015/

 

 

– Sixers in tough spot with free agency, pending cap increase  (from John Gonzalez, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-tough-spot-free-agency-pending-cap-increase

 

 

Non-guaranteed contracts play a big role in trades (from  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/brendan-haywood-contract-trade-cleveland-cavaliers-non-guaranteed-deal-free-agencyl/10zcvzxosx0p218e033dz3n0uu

 

 

Thomas Robinson: Traveling Man  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/thomas-robinson-nba-free-agency-philadelphia-76ers-portland-trail-blazers-houston-rockets-sacramento-kings-kansas-jayhawks/

 

 

Celtics: Youth Movement & Patience  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/1/8865557/a-lesson-learned-before-free-agency

 

 

–  Five Questions: Los Angeles Clippers  (from Jesse Blanchard,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/30/five-questions-los-angeles-clippers/

 

 

–  Summer League Can Be Valuable Experience  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-summer-league-can-be-valuable-experience/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  2015 free-agent Big Board 2.0  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13170103/nba-2015-big-board-top-30-free-agents-20

 

 

 

Day 6 of our continuing coverage of 2015 draft selections:

 

3, Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150701_Sixers__Brett_Brown_envisions_big_things_for_draft_pick_Jahlil_Okafor.html

 

–  5, Orlando, Mario Hezonja:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/06/mario-hezonja-offers-the-orlando-magic-plenty-of-versatility-and-confidence/

 

16, Boston,  Terry Rozier:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/danny_ainge_compares_boston_ce.html

 

20, Toronto, Delon Wright:  http://probballreport.com/raptors-rookie-delon-wright-is-nba-ready-now/

 

23, Brooklyn,  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2511244-expectations-for-rondae-hollis-jeffersons-rookie-season-with-brooklyn-nets

 

38, Detroit, Darrun Hilliard:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-saw-something-hilliard-others-didnt-now-hes-out-prove-them-right

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Noah Vonleh:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/06/30/what-is-noah-vonleh-capable-of/

 

Al-Farouk Aminu:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/07/01/free-agent-al-farouq-aminu-portland-trail-blazers/

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/07/mason-plumlee-brings-a-new-facet-to-the-portland-trail-blazers/

 

James M ichael McAdoo:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/7/1/8875725/nba-and-d-league-champion-james-michael-mcadoo-discusses-keys-to-success

 

Enes Kanter:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/30/looking-enes-kanter-situation/

 

Dante Exum:  http://purpleandblues.com/2015/06/30/breakout-season-on-tap-for-dante-exum/

 

Nikola Jokic:  http://bsndenver.com/breaking-down-nikola-jokic-the-nuggets-newest-european-import/

 

Josh Selby:  https://www.thetournament.com/news/josh-selby-takes-another-shot-tbt

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  LeBron and his cast of Cavs  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

” Can a rotation of role players help the King beat the Warriors?”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/05/30/lebron-james-and-his-cast-of-cavaliers-characters/index.html

 

 

 

–  How the Warriors will try to contain LeBron James  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/01/how-the-warriors-will-try-to-contain-lebron-james/

 

 

 

–  Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have helped turn Cavaliers’ defense around, say they are ready for their next challenge  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/iman_shumpert_on_defending_ste.html

 

 

–   2015 NBA Finals matchup: Cavaliers vs. Warriors frontcourts  (from Matt Moore,  cbssports.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25201010/finals-matchup-the-frontcourt-battle

 

 

–  Harrison Barnes: How a Warrior bought in  (form J.A. Adande, ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12982443/2015-nba-playoffs-steve-kerr-wins-big-harrison-barnes

 

 

–  David Blatt finds success is worth sacrifices  (from Matthew Florjancic,  wkyc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/06/01/david-blatt-finds-success-is-worth-sacrifices/28290743/

 

 

 For the casual follower, newcomers and Cavaliers fans: 20 things you should know about the Warriors  (from Marcus Thompson, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/05/31/for-the-casual-follower-newcomers-and-cavaliers-fans-20-things-you-should-know-about-the-warriors/

 

 

–   For Warriors’ longtime voice Barnett, timing finally perfect (from Daniel Brown, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/06/01/3587133_for-warriors-longtime-voice-barnett.html

 

 

–  Nate Thurmond, a Golden State legend and Cleveland Cavaliers inspiration, finds new audience in NBA Finals 2015  (from Tom Reid,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/nate_thurmond_a_golden_state_l.html

 

 

Next step in contract negotiations will test Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade bond  (from Dan Le Batard, miamiherald.com):

–  The Dwyane Wade crisis is a prelude to the NBA superstars’ coming war  (from Tom Ziller, sbnation):
–  Why Fred Hoiberg for Bulls?  (from JoelBrigham,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Thibodeau Quick Thoughts  (from Halran Schreiber,   Hoops Analyst):
–  The weekend Bay Area trip that helped make LeBron James a star  (from Marc Spears,  Yahoo Sports):

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-james-jones-s060115-story.html

 

Otto Porter, Jr.:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/06/01/otto-porter-jr-season-review-second-year-player-solidifies-standing-with-breakout-postseason/

 

Tyler Hansbrough:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/6/1/8685451/toronto-raptors-player-reviews-tyler-psycho-t-hansbrough

 

Mitch McGary:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2481656-why-mitch-mcgary-can-be-the-oklahoma-city-thunders-next-breakout-player

 

Kemba Walker:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/6/1/8683887/2014-15-report-card-kemba-walker

 

Kristaps Porzingis:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/who-is-kristaps-porzingis/

 

Semaj Christon:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/6/1/8691435/exploring-the-rise-of-oklahoma-city-blue-guard-semaj-christon