Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/24/16

–  Teams Trying To Follow The Warriors’ Blueprint For Building  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/scary-promising-wolves-blazers-among-teams-following-warriors-blueprint/

 Towns, Porzingis, Jokic:  What To Expect  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/08/23/towns-porzingis-jokic-expectations-rookies/

–  Jim Barnett Podcast  (from linsyn.com):

Listen to it here:  http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/4614291

Nets’ Offseason Report  (from Net Income,  netsdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/8/21/12573280/netsdaily-off-season-report-no-19

–  Mental Skills Coaching:  Jaylen Brown/Coach Graham Betchart (from Biran Robb, Boston.com):

Read it here:  https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/08/23/how-jaylen-brown-is-making-sure-his-mind-is-ready-for-start-of-nba-journey

–  Brad Stevens  (from Gregg Doyel,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2016/08/24/doyel-on-brad-stevens/89204312/

The Hawks’ Fresh Direction: GM Wes Wilcox interview  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Watch and listen to it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vertical-vid-the-hawks-fresh-direction-135512889.html

–  Cavs’ GM David Griffin  (from Chris DeSilva, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/08/24/david-griffin-underrated-general-manager/

–  D-League Expansion Draft  (from Chris Reichert, Upside And Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/08/24/nba-d-league-2016-expansion-draft/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  John Wall/Bradley Beal  (from J. Michael, csnne.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/wizards-john-wall-bradley-beal-must-put-aside-tendency-dislike-each-other-court

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from T.J. McBride, bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/3-ways-emmanuel-mudiay-can-take-his-game-and-the-nuggets-to-the-next-level/

–  Dario Saric  (from Josh Wilson,  The Sixer Sense):  http://thesixersense.com/2016/08/24/makes-dario-saric-special-philadelphia-76ers/

–  R.J. Hunter  (from Adam Himmelbach, Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/08/23/hunter-motivated-competition-for-last-roster-spot/HoF01hI2jzHEqD0FedMiaI/story.html

Jordan Mickey  (from Jeremy Karll, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/24/boston-celtics-freejordanmickey-part-2/

–  Kelly Olynyk  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/make-or-break-season-ahead-kelly-olynyk

–  Sergio Rodriguez  (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/wizards-john-wall-bradley-beal-must-put-aside-tendency-dislike-each-other-court

–  Jared Sullinger  (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/08/24/jared-sullinger-scouting-report/

–  Shane Dawson  (from Brendon Kleen, pelicansdebrief.com):  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/08/24/new-orleans-pelicans-interview-camp-signee-shawn-dawson/

Isaiah Cousins (from Rafe Wong, aroyalpain.com):  http://aroyalpain.com/2016/08/24/isaiah-cousins-should-get-early-opportunity-to-shine/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/11/16

–  Pistons GM Jeff Bower Interview  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Scott Brooks’ Style Catches Some Wizards Off-Guard  (from J. Michael, csnmiodatlantic):
–  Nets: In Sean Marks We Trust  (from Darnell Gilet, Nothin’ But Nets):
–  Sixers: Pace, Space And Pass (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
–  Olympic Recap  (from Satchel Price, BNation):
Read it here:

How Australia Found A Hoops Culture  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/olympics/2016/08/10/australia-basketball-rio-olympics-boomers-andrew-bogut-patty-mills

–  Meet The American-Born Nomad Who Coaches The Nigerian Team  (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
–  How Old is Too Old For A Team To Contend?  (from Robert Attenweiler, cavstheblog.com  ):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
 Tyler Johnson  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald);  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article94945627.html
–  Domantas Sabonis  (from Bobby Chancellor, Welcome To Loud City):   http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/8/10/12417258/scouting-domantas-sabonis-oklahoma-city-thunder
 Johnny O’Bryant  (from Gery Woelfel, Woelfel’s Press Box):  http://www.woelfelspressbox.com/blog-entry/39/job-patiently-awaits-the-call

 Tony Snell (from Tyler Pleiss,  blogabull.com):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/8/11/12438612/three-reasons-tony-snell-can-still-be-a-factor-next-season

–  Donte Greene  (from Brian Rzeppa, D-League Digest):  http://dleaguedigest.com/2016/08/10/donte-greene-looks-one-nba-opportunity/
–  Frank Nkilitina  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/10/12415676/is-frank-ntilikina-the-future-of-french-basketball
Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of John Saunders.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/6/16

 The Knicks’ Offseason  (from Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/64978/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-from-knicks-busy-offseason

–  Predicting The Best Defensive Teams For 2016-17 ( from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/predicting-the-best-defensive-teams-in-the-nba-for-2016-17-season/

–  Trail Blazers:  Optimism For 2016-17  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/5/12385060/portland-trail-blazers-2016-17-optimism

–  Suns’ D-League Coach Ty Ellis (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/08/05/phoenix-suns-d-league-coach-ty-ellis/88284562/

 The Drew  (from Ian Blair, The New Yorker):

Read it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/summer-basketball-in-the-motherland

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  CJ McCollum  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/08/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_pledges_to_continue_to_s.html

–  Noah Vonleh  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/08/04/trail-blazers-noah-vonleh-more-than-ready-to-take-next-step/index.html

 Alex Abrines  (from Bobby Chancellor, welcometoloudcity.com):  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/8/5/12373068/scouting-alex-abrines

 Amir Johnson  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):   http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/05/amir-johnson-looks-celtics-unsung-hero/

–  Reggie Jackson  (from Brandon Marlow, pistonpowered.com):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/08/05/will-reggie-jacksons-conditioning-impact-pistons/

–  Brandon Bass (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com);  http://www.nba.com/clippers/gallery/new-additions-brandon-bass/

 Abdel Nader  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/08/05/adbel-nader-too-good-for-nba-league/6a3QLpKgL6LpiybSxpQaJN/story.html

–  Brian Roberts  (from Nicolas Piotrowicz, bcsn.tv):  http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/676700

–  Jeff Teague  (from Evan Morris, indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/8/6/12383182/assessing-new-indiana-pacers-jeff-teague

–  Randy Foye  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/randy-foye-ready-build-new-culture-nets-article-1.2740876

QOTD (from Blazers’ GM Neil Olshey):
 
“We want guys to know that when they come here, when they perform, that when they buy into our culture, that they are valued. And we want to make sure that we keep the guys that want to be here. We’ve talked about that all summer. CJ wanted to be here. When Dame (signed an extension), Dame wanted to be here. That’s why you see the chemistry on the floor. We don’t have mercenaries here. We have guys that choose to be here, buy into Terry’s system, buy into our culture and how we do things. It’s why we’re very selective with the kind of guys we bring in, whether it’s via trade, draft or free agency. Because we do have a culture that we really think is imperative to success. We have one of the youngest teams in the league still. We were the youngest team in the playoffs last summer. We didn’t get any older this year. We need guys that, when they come in, they know that if they do the right things, we’re going to do right by them.
 
“Also, look, strategically, you want to know you have consistency. We don’t want guys playing in contract years if they don’t have to. I don’t want that hanging over anybody’s head. I want it to be pure and about winning basketball games and competing at the highest level and for the good of the team. We talk about this all the time; we’re a players-first organization. As evidence by things we do for our players. But in turn, the quid pro quo is, they become team-first guys. And I think if you ask Dame and you ask CJ, who are the leaders of this team, we don’t have any non team-first guys in the organization. If we did, they’d be gone. Because that’s the culture we’re building, it’s why we overachieved last year and it’s why we’ll probably overachieve relative to expectations this year.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/15/16

  •  R.C.Buford Interview  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vertical-pod-with-woj–r-c–buford-162451176.html

–  Brett Brown Has Reason To Smile  (from Paul Hudrick,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/sixers-head-coach-brett-brown-has-reason-smile-legitimate-nba-roster

–  Wizards’ Scott Brooks Bonds With Young Players  (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-new-foundation-begins-with-scott-brookss-bond-with-young-players/2016/0

–  Kenny Atkinson Fast Breaks Into Coaching Nets Summer League Team (from Robert Horne, Newsday):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/kenny-atkinson-fast-breaks-into-coaching-nets-summer-league-team-1.12045225

–  Las Vegas Day 7 Player Grades  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17080616/nba-las-vegas-summer-league-grades-day-7

–  Does Summer League Success Matter?  (from Joel Brigham,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/does-nba-summer-league-success-matter/

–  Remaining Unsigned FAs  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/difference-making-free-agents-remain-unsigned/

–  Continuity At The Heart Of Raptors’ Off Season  (from Dave Zarum, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-extension-proves-continuity-heart-raptors-off-season/

–  Do The Clippers Need More Facilitator Balance?  (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/07/14/los-angeles-clippers-one-change-thatd-make-lac-true-contenders/

–  Is This The End Of Hack-A-Nonsense?  (from Matt Femrite, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/07/13/is-this-the-end-of-hack-a-shaq/

Mavs’ Off Season  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17080521/nba-dallas-mavericks-summer-league-buzz-harrison-barnes-front-center

–  What NBA Teams Want Changed In The Next CBA  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/07/15/nba-teams-appear-to-be-preparing-for-a-lockout-heres-what-they-want-changed/?

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 Towns/Wiggins  (from Jason Concepion, The Ringer):  https://theringer.com/brotherhood-of-the-wolf-e70e68b3889e#.ispiufel1

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Ryan Wolstat, National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/new-deal-done-demar-derozan-turns-his-attention-to-improving-his-game-and-taking-the-raptors-further

–  Buddy Hield  (from Renaldo Dorsett,  tribune242.com):  http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/jul/14/buddys-shot-target-nba-summer-league-play/

Jose Calderon  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/07/14/calderons-knicks-reflection-ive-needed-lesser-role-for-years/

–  Ramon Sessions  (from Ben Mehic,  wizofawes.com):  http://wizofawes.com/2016/07/14/washington-wizards-remembering-the-departing-free-agents-ramon-sessions/

Jared Sullinger (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/07/14/22651791.html

–  Dario Saric  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20160715_Cooney__Early_reviews_of_Saric_are_mixed.html

–  Jaylen Brown (from Brian Robb,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651069-jaylen-brown-is-ready-for-the-nbas-space-and-boston-celtics-expectations

–  Kay Felder  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/cavaliers-rookie-point-guard-kay-felder-still-betting-on-himself-1.697324

–  Dragan Bender/Marquese Chriss (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/dragan-bender-and-marquese-chriss-are-raising-the-ceiling-in-phoenix

–  Terry Rozier  (from Danielle Hobeika , Celticslife.com):  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/07/danny-ainge-terry-rozier-winning-spot.html

 Terrence Ross (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/terrence-ross-working-hard-to-maximize-potential/

–  Cheick Diallo  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/7/14/12165282/summer-league-cheick-diallo-grade-chriss-maker-skal-poeltl-zubac

–  Georges Niang  (from Jared Wade,  8points9seconds.com):  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/07/15/georges-niang-indiana-pacers-film-study-draymond-green/

Richaun Holmes  (from Christopher Kline, thesixersense.com):  http://thesixersense.com/2016/07/14/richaun-holmes-winner-christian-wood-departure/

–  Tyus Jones (from John Meyer and David Naylor,  canishoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/7/14/12193930/mr-survive-and-advance-tyus-jones-leads-wolves-to-quarterfinals-in

–  Larry Nance, Jr.  (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-larry-nance-hand-injury-20160714-snap-story.html

–  Christian Wood  (from Eric Laboisonniere,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/14/12190844/christian-wood-nba-summer-league-charlotte-hornets

–  Kyle Kuric/Timothe Luwawu (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651944-international-nba-notebook-a-summer-league-ballers-showdown-with-death

–  Thon Maker  (from Jeff Siegel,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/07/15/thon-maker-bucks-summer-league-youtube-learning-quickly-raw/

–  Cody Zeller  (from Luke Spencer, swarmandsting.com):  http://swarmandsting.com/2016/07/15/charlotte-hornets-underappreciated-work-of-cody-zeller/

–  Troy Daniels  (from Mac Trammell, Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/7/15/12188554/troy-daniels-memphis-grizzlies-free-agency-nba

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Leighton Chappell,  pisotnpowered.com):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/07/15/stanley-johnson-right-guy-detroit-pistons/

–  Tyler Ulis  (from Kyle Fleeger,  Valley Of The Suns):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2016/07/15/short-look-tyler-ulis-big-potential/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/8/16

–  Nets’ Bold Moves  (from Net Income,  netsdaily.com):
–  Horford Certain To Make Big Impact With Celtics  (from Mark Murphy,  Boston Herald):
–  Ben Simmons: Point Guard?  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

–  Ben Simmons: Superstar?  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/16772698/philadelphia-76ers-ben-simmons-showing-signs-superstar-status-nba

–  Bulls GM Discusses Rondo And Team Plans  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.bulls.com/2016/07/bulls-gm-discusses-rondo-and-teams-plans/

–  Rondo Eager To Give Bulls Big Assist  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-rajon-rondo-bulls-20160707-story.html

–  The Bulls’ Unconventional Backcourt  (from Jeff Feyerer, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/07/08/chicago-bulls-backcourt-rajon-rondo-dwyane-wade/

–  Magic Will Emphasize Defense  (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magics-roster-2016-17-signifies-defensive-emphasis

–  Scott Brooks Likes Things Done “A Certain Way”   (from Gene Wang, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/07/07/coach-scott-brooks-i-like-things-done-a-certain-way/

–  Free Agency Day 7 Recap  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650725-2016-nba-free-agency-everything-you-need-to-know-from-day-7

–  Grizzlies: Free Agency Observations  (from Chris Herrington, Commercial Appeal):

http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-In-praise-of-Chris-Wallace-and-other-Grizzlies-free-agency-observations-385885341.html

–  Who Might Replace Sullinger?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/07/08/who-can-replace-jared-sullinger/

Summer League:

 

 

Lakers’ Summer League: 5 Things To Watch  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160707/lakers-summer-league-five-things-to-watch

–  Buddy Hield  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/07/buddy_hield.html   and from Brett Dawson (The Advocate):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/latestsports/16337383-86/buddy-hield-shows-early-glimpse-of-stardom-as-summer-league-debut-awaits

Rashad Vaughn  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-rashad-vaughn-sees-second-summer-league-as-chance-to-grow-b99757865z1-385948451.html

Brice Johnson  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160707/la-clippers-top-pick-brice-johnson-has-roy-williams-in-his-corner

–  Jazz Recap  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865657666/Jazz-happy-with-Trey-Lyles-Tibor-Pleiss-despite-going-winless-in-summer-league.html

–  Orlando Summer League Day 7 Takeaways  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650680-nba-summer-league-2016-top-takeaways-from-july-7-in-orlando

–  Utah Summer League: Day 3 Roundup  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/utah-summer-league-day-3-roundup/

–  8 Players To Watch In Las Vegas Summer League  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650385-8-players-to-watch-at-2016-nba-summer-league-in-las-vegas

–  Nick Minnerath  (from David Fisher, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/7/7/12117986/2016-summer-league-new-orleans-pelicans-larry-drew-ii-nick-minnerath

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Bismack Biyombo/Nikola Vucevic  (from Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel):

  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-rim-protectors-brian-schmitz-0708-20160707-column.html   and from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-orlando-magic-sign-bismack-biyombo-20160707-story.html

Boban Marjanovic  (from David Mayo,  MLive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/07/column_big_bobans_21m_deal_wou.html

–  Courtney Lee  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/courtney-lee-on-free-agency-knicks-expectations/

Roy Hibbert  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article88321462.html

–  Monta  Ellis/ Rodney Stuckey  (from samaobor, inducornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/7/8/12126366/pacers-must-pick-between-ellis-and-stuckey

–  Norm Powell (from Dave Zarum,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-powell-kobe-wade-nba-rivals-summer-league/

 

–  Matthew Dellavedova  (from Chris Manning,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/07/07/matthew-dellavedova-points-giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-cavaliers/

–  Evan Turner  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/new-trail-blazers-wing-evan-turner-versatile-and-unselfish

–  CJ Wilcox  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160707/opportunities-to-get-nba-foothold-hard-to-come-by-for-players-like-la-clippers-cj-wilcox

–  Ron Baker  (from Maxwell Ogden, dailyknicks.com):  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/07/08/new-york-knicks-ron-baker-is-worth-keeping-around/

–  Meyers Leonard  (from David Fisher, The Bird Writes):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/7/8/12125844/2016-free-agency-meyers-leonard-next-channing-frye-alvin-gentry-new-orleans-pelicans