Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/17

How Can George, Anthony & Westbrook Co-Exist On Offense? (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Top 10 ROY Candidates (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
How The Lakers Can Unleash Lonzo (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Dean Oliver On Balancing Stats And “Eye-Test” (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Storybook Ending? Can Melo Change His NBA Story With A Dose Of Humility? (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
The Raptors’ Key Bench Players  (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Nuggets: Gary Harris, Overlooked Weapon (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
Despite Roster Overhaul, Celtics’ Expectations Remain High (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Popovich: The NBA’s Most “Woke” Coach  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Bizarre Adventure Of Wiggins In The Pick-And-Roll (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Rested Reggie Jackson Returns With Renewed Joy For The Game (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Pistons: Numbers To Keep An Eye On  (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Bucks: The Benefits Of Continuity  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Vogel’s Return Gives Magic Continuity, Confidence (from Terrance Harris, AP):
How Jordan Crawford’s Two-Year NBA Exile Saved His Career  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Hawks To Prioritize Defense (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops):
Suns: Re-Signing TJ Warren Has Many Positives (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Suns):
Jamal Crawford: Thibs Is One Of A Kind  (from Jerry Zgoda, Startribune.com):
Warriors: Coach Kerr Is Emphasizing More Accurate Passing (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):
–  Grading The Pelicans’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Knicks’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Harrison Barnes Interview (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Meyers Leonard Talks Expectations (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):
Jazz Offense: The Rubio Effect (from Allen Schowengerdt, Salt City Hoops):
10 Players Who Should Fit In Great With Their New Teams (from Joe Romano, Fansided):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/25/17

Is Devin Booker Going To Be An Offensive Star? (from Brian Sampson, The Step Back):
An Appreciation Of Ryan Anderson (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
The Key To Making OKC’s “Big Three” Work (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How Paul George And Carmelo Anthony Can Help Steven Adams (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Carmelo Anthony & The Thunder’s Last Stand (from James Holas, Bball Breakdown):
Kanter Wants To Prove He Can Overcome Biggest Weakness (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Best Case, Worst Case: Cavaliers (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Six Players Who Must Adjust To New Roles (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News);
Raptors: The Story Is That There Is No Story (from Tim Chisholm, Raptors Republic):
Patrick Beverley Interview (from Shea Serrano, The Ringer):
Warriors’ Newcomers Get Up To Speed In Training Camp (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Film Room: How Bogut Fits With Lakers (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue And Gold):
Vander Blue Has One Goal: Stick With Lakers  (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
Warriors: Glad Iguodala & Livingston Are Back (from Viggy, Mercury News):
Free Agency Tracker (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/28/16

 

–  Sixers’ Season Preview  (from Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/27/13061464/2016-17-nba-season-preview-sixers-philadelphia-new-era-ben-simmons-joel-embiid

Suns’ Season Preview  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/9/27/13057182/phoenix-suns-preview-training-camp-knight-booker-bledsoe-bender-chriss

–  Steph Curry Wants To Be Better Than He Was Last Year  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steph-curry-i-want-to-be-better-than-i-was-last-year-031813304.html

–  How To Beat The Warriors  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and view it here:  https://theringer.com/how-to-beat-golden-state-warriors-4400ee13ee6c#.jqqvchi0y

–  Knicks’ Season Preview  (from Flynn,Shulman,Miranda and Osborn,Posting And Toasting):

Read it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/9/28/13059696/the-posting-and-toasting-2016-2017-knicks-season-preview

–  Saric Feels Ready  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/unlike-2-years-ago-dario-saric-feels-ready-nba

–  Sixers Hope For Development And Winning  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160928_Cooney__Sixers_undoubtedly_will_be_more_than_a_plain-vanilla_team.html

–  Fizdale’s 1st Practice As Grizzlies Coach  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/emphasis-on-effort-in-david-fizdales-first-practice-as-grizzlies-coach-3cf4494a-86eb-7ad2-e053-01000-395013381.html  and from Michael Wallace, ESPN: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17659083/nba-new-coach-david-fizdale-bringing-miami-heat-culture-grit-n-grind-memphis-grizzlies

–  Frank Vogel’s 1st Magic Practice  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-first-practices-0928-2-20160927-story.html

–  Scott Brooks Stresses Defense As Wizards Open Camp (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/09/27/scott-brooks-wastes-no-time-stressing-defense-as-wizards-open-training-camp/

–  Scott Brooks: “I Don’t Coach Age.  I Coach NBA Players” (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-arent-young-anymore-and-scott-brooks-wont-let-them-think-they-are/2016/09/27/0ecd6696-84dd-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html

–  The World According To Marcin Gortat  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/09/27/marcin-gortat-wizards-john-wall-bradley-beal-scott-brooks-media-day

–  Rondo’s Role  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-first-practice-rajon-rondo-bulls-spt-0928-20160927-story.html   from Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun Times:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/derrick-rose-inserts-foot-in-mouth-rajon-rondo-just-does-work/  and from Nick Friedell, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17654317/rajon-rondo-making-big-impact-early-chicago-bulls

–  Hibbert Seeks To Rebuild Career  (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article104426826.html

–  Gentry Hopes Pelicans’ Guards’ Versatility Will Help Offset Not Having Jrue Holiday (from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/09/pelicans_36.html

–  Inside The Making Of Stanley Johnson  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2664806-inside-the-making-of-stanley-johnson-detroit-pistons-superstar-in-waiting

Matt Barnes Is Still Ready For A Fight (from Chris Palmer, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/no-apologies/

–  Jared Sullinger Has Weight And Life Under Control  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/09/27/raptors-sullinger-has-weight-and-life-in-under-control

–  Alec Burks Is Almost Healthy  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4403386-155/utah-jazz-alec-burks-is-almost?fullpage=1

–  Noah Should Help Improve Knicks’ Defense  (from Michael Salfino, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/knicks-fans-have-reason-to-feel-bullish-about-joakim-noah-1475022781

Ronnie Price  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-ronnie-price-is-right-defender-to-push-russell-westbrook/article/5520013

Milt Newton’s Sights Are Still Set On NBA General Management  (from Marc Spears,  The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/milt-newton-nba-black-gms/

–  Suns’ Assistant Jay Triano Q & A  (from Craig Grialou, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/844048/getting-to-know-phoenix-suns-assistant-coach-jay-triano/

–  Richaun Holmes (from Jake Fischer, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/28/13086650/sixers-richaun-holmes-nerlens-noel-jahlil-okafor-bowling-green-2015-nba-draft

–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Kris Willis,  Peachtree Hoops):

Read it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/9/28/13071396/malcolm-delaney-atlanta-hawks-impact-training-camp

–  The Magic’s Foundation: Rim Protection  (from David Iwanowski, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/09/28/rim-protection-is-the-foundation-of-the-orlando-magic/

Paul George/DeMarcus Cousins/Anthony Davis: A Look At Their Past,Present and Future  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/life-without-a-second-star-paul-george-demarcus-cousins-and-anthony-davis/

–  15 D-League Alums To Watch  (from dleague.nba.com):

Read and view it here: http://dleague.nba.com/photo-gallery/nba-training-camps-2016-d-league-alums/

–  D-League Head Coach Coby Karl’s Two Legendary Mentors (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/65049/dad-and-the-zen-master-coby-karls-two-legendary-mentors

 

The Best NBA Media Day Reporting 9/27/16

Bulls Expect Growth From Hoiberg –  And So Does Hoiberg  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
 The Bulls’ New Culture  (from Mark Strotman,  CBS Chicago):
Rockets’ Assistant Jeff Bzdelik Preaches Defense  (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
–  Iguodala:  Durant Fills All Our Holes  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports): http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/iguodala-says-warriors-had-holes-but-durant-is-a-monster-to-fill-them-all/
–  Losing Middleton Will Make Everyone Else’s Job Tougher  (from John Hefferon,  behindthebuckpass.com):
–  How Joffrey Lauvergne Fits In OKC  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Jason Terry: Giannis Can Play Like Pippen  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):
–  What Isaiah Thomas Focused On This Summer (from Jay King,  MLive):
–  Pacers Believe Pieces In Place To Play Faster  (from Michael Marot,  AP):
–  Dwight Howard: Working His Way Into Leadership Role With Hawks  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  Media Day:  Top Things To Know About The Trail Blazers  (from Jason Quick, csnnw):
–  Kerr Wants To Stagger Warriors’ Lineups  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
–  Mike Brown Relishes Fresh Start With Warriors  (from Connor LeTourneau, sfchronicle.com):
–  KG: An Oral History (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

–  George Hill Brings Optimism And Confidence To Jazz (from Jared Woodcox,  purpleandblues.com):

Read it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/09/27/jazz-media-day-newcomer-hill-brings-optimism-confidence/

Georges Niang Adjusting To NBA Life  (from Brian Pelozi, thegazette.com):
–  Kris Dunn’s Defense  (from Andrew Ford, upsidemotor.com):
–  Chriss, Bender Add versatility To Suns’ Frontline  (from Sean Sullivan, Bright Side Of The Sun):
–  Very Quietly, The Raptors Had Their Best Offseason Ever (from Tim Chisholm,  Raptors republic):
Brandon Paul Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
–  Ty Lawson Hopes To Rebuild Career  (form Associated Press):
–  Scott Wood (from Joe Giglio, Charlotte Observer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/16

Nerlens Noel:  Sixers’ Three Starting-Center Situation Doesn’t Make Sense  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160926_Nerlens_Noel__Sixers_situation__doesn_t_make_any_sense_.html

–  Dante Exum Returns With More Fire  (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4394464-155/utah-jazz-fully-recovered-from-his?fullpage=1

–  Domantas Sabonis Is Driven To Improve  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-driven-to-improve-thunder-rookie-domantas-sabonis-is-his-own-harshest-critic/article/5519718

Malcolm Delaney’s Happiest Day Turned Into His Worst Night  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/the-happiest-day-in-malcolm-delaneys-life-turned-i/nsfKw/

–  Five Things To Watch In Hawks’ Training Camp  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Readit here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/five-things-to-watch-during-hawks-training-camp/nsfGH/

–  Nuggets Banking On Improved Youth  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/09/23/growth-spurt-nuggets-banking-on-improved-youth-for-wins-boost/

–  Ian Mahinmi Adds A Different Dynamic To Wizards  (from Matthew Hallett, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/26/washington-wizards-ian-mahinmi-dynamic/

–  Behind Knicks’ Plan To Relaunch Carmelo’s Game  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

http://nypost.com/2016/09/26/behind-knicks-plan-to-relaunch-carmelo-anthonys-game/

–  Bulls: 10 Questions Leading Into The Season  (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/preseason/1617/10-questions-heading-into-2016-17-season

–  Clint Capela  (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/26/the-proving-grounds-clint-capela/

How The Shifting Market Has Stifled The Bucks  (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.givemesport.com/878964-an-asset-is-an-asset-how-the-shifting-market-has-stifled-the-milwaukee-bucks-best-intentions

–  Questions Abound For Lakers (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-730158-season-walton.html

–  Areas For The Kings To Address (from Jason Jones, sacbee.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article104137966.html

–  Pelicans Putting Emphasis On Defense  (from Guerry Smith, New Orleans Advocate):

Read it here:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_04505dae-837f-11e6-aa17-6341f33e3c16.html

 Grizzlies’ Five Camp Questions  (from Chris Herrington, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Five-Grizzlies-camp-questions-the-teams-new-media-and-more-394758781.html

–  Grizzlies Player Preview:  Wade Baldwin (from Collin Huguley, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/9/26/13029002/memphis-grizzlies-2016-player-previews-wade-baldwin

–  Tom Thibodeau Q & A  (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):

Read it here:  http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/sports/basketball/4122974-thibodeau-era-set-tip-timberwolves

 The Case For Ben Bentil  (from Addisen Reboulet,  Celtics Life):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/09/the-case-for-ben-bentil.html

 Clippers Round Out Their Lagging Infrastructure  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-730156-clippers-team.html

KG: MVP Of His Generation  (from Andre Snellings, Nylon Calculus):

Read t here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/26/kevin-garnett-most-valuable-player-of-his-generation/

 Interpreting The Thunder Media Day Quotes  (from Alex Roig, Daily Thunder.com):

Read it here:  http://dailythunder.com/2016/09/the-interpreter-looking-at-the-quotes-from-media-day-and-finding-their-true-meaning/

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 today in Harrisburg, Pa. at Dauphin Co. Historical Society, 6:00-8:00