Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis MEDIA DAY EDITION 9/25/18

ATL: Lloyd Pierce Is Ready To Work (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
BOS: Kyrie Excited For Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BKN: Ed Davis: Mature, Focused Winner (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
BKN: Jarrett Allen Adds Muscle, A Mentor & A Three-Point Shot (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
CHI: Bulls Will Only Go As Far As Defense Takes Them (from Mark Strotman, NBC Sports):
CHI: This Season Will Be Critical For Hoiberg (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
CLE: How JR Smith Bounced Back From Finals Game One (from Jesse Washington, The Undefeated):
CLE: Cavs’ New Era: “It’s About Wins And Lessons” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Can Trey Lyles Play SF? (from Duvalier Johnson, Mile High Sports):
DET: Stanley Johnson Looks To Fulfill Potential  (from John Niyo, Detroit News):
DET: Pistons Giving Drummond 3-Point Shot  Freedom (from Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Dubs Flip Switch Defensively In Playoffs (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
HOU: Q & A: PJ Tucker (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: D’Antoni Rates PJ Tucker As One Of NBA’s Best At His Position (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Oladipo: From Reject To Rolex (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
LAL: Lonzo Says His Shot Has Improved Due To Adding Muscle (from Ohn Youngmisuk, ESPN):
MIL: Is Budenholzer The Last Big Piece Of The Puzzle?(from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
MIN: KAT Talks Thibs, The Path Forward & More (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
MIN: Thibs Pitches Butler On Rejoining Wolves  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
MIN: What Are Wolves’ Options W/Butler? (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
NYK: Ntilikina Debuts New Body, Height And Position (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
NYK: Mills & Perry Have Helped Change How The Knicks Are Perceived (from Moke Hamilton, The Athletic):
OKC: The Centrality Of A Healthy Roberson To OKC’s Success (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
OKC: Nerlens Noel’s Media Day Takeaways  (from Ananth Pandian, 247 Sports):
ORL: Magic’s Goal: Develop An Identity & Stick With It (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Bamba & Isaac Are The Defensive Keys (from Zach Oliver, Orlando Pinstriped Post):
PHI: Notes From Training Camp, Day 3 (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
POR: Media Day Highlights (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
SAC: Kings Looking To Fox To Lead Faster Paced Offense (from Michael Wagaman, Associated Press):
SAS: Five Storylines To Monitor (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
TOR: Nick Nurse Is Ready For The Raptors’ New Era (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
UTA: Quin Snyder Assesses His Coaching Staff (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):
UTA: Favors Is Working To Adapt His Game (from Ryan Aston, The J Notes):
Around The Rim (from Josh Eberley & Guest Contributors, Hoop Magazine/NBA.com):
Age Variance Within NBA Rosters (from Nate Rattner, Nylon Calculus):

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):