Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/23/18

Yelled At, Spit On & Insulted: Inside The Life Of An NBA Referee (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Bucks: How The New Coaching Staff Can Help Thon Maker (from Bob Polglaze, Behind The Buck Pass):
Bucks: How Brook Lopez Will Help Defensive Rebounding (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
Nets: What Jarrett Allen Needs To Do To Take The Next Step (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Republic):
Nets: Lurking Future EC Power (from Adam Spinella, Clutch Points):
Cavs: Give Osman The Pick-And-Roll Keys  (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
Shooting Volume Versus Efficiency: Which Players Deserve More Shots?  (from Scott LaForest, Nylon Calculus):
Suns: Which Version Of DeAndre Ayton Is Best? (from Luke Swiatek, Hoops Habit):
How Much Will DMC Help The Dubs?  (from Brady Klopfer, Golden State Of Mind):
Sixers: Bold Predictions For Mike Muscala  (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Will Davon Reed Break Out Or Fade Out Ths Season? (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Q & A: Josh Okogie (from Kyle Ratke,
Lakers: Scouting The 2018 Draft With Jesse Buss (from Mike Trudell,
Harrison Barnes And Wife Brittany Don’t Fit The NBA Stereotype (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):
This Is What Chicago Means (from Jabari Parker, The Players’ Tribune):
Jah Okafor Looks To Rebound His Career, Life In New Orleans (from Ronald Glover, The Starting Five):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/11/16

–  Brad Stevens’ Unique Form Of Motivation  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

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–  Taj Gibson: Small Ball Destroyer  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):

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The Nuggets’ Culture Change  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Video Breakdown:  Curry To Bogut Alley-Oop Dunks  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

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Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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–  Raptors 104, Hawks 96  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

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–  Injury Ends Joey Crawford’s Farewell Season Early  (from Steve Aschburner,

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Every Team Tries To Copy Spurs’ Model  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Joel Embiid (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

–  Larry Sanders  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

–  Trey Lyles  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

–  Damian Lillard  (from Jason Quick,  Oregon Live):

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Wesley Share,

Josh Richardson  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Aykis16, Sactown Royalty):

–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton,

–  Emanuel Mudiay/Nikola Jokic  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

–  Andre Iguodala  (from Rusty Simmons,  SF Chronicle):

–  Patrick Beverley  (from Joel Birgham,  Basketball Insiders):

Nemanja Bjelica  (from Lucas Seehafer,  Canis Hoopus):

–  Salah Mejri (from Tim Cato,

–  Kevin Martin (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

–  Andrew Goudelock  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

–  Wesley Johnson (from LA Times):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Clippers and the Quest for Versatility  (from Justin Russo,

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–  With DeAndre Jordan back, Clippers must now learn to thrive without him  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

” Here’s a quick guide to make sure you’re up to speed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Out: rehashing the saga of how the Clippers retained DeAndre Jordan this summer.

In: talking about how the Clippers will fare without him this season.

Sure, the Clippers are counting on an even better version of Jordan than the one who was plus-11.8 per 100 possessions while on the court last season. But they’re also excited to see the options their improved depth and more versatile roster can provide when Jordan comes out of the game. In other words, they went to great lengths to keep their center while acknowledging the diminished importance of centers in today’s NBA.

“I do like the fact that we can stay big when we want to and we can stay small when we want to,” Doc Rivers said. “Staying small when we wanted to, we haven’t had that luxury since I’ve been here, and now we do.””

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–  Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel: Can Brett Brown make it work? (form John Finger,

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–   Isaiah Thomas studied Steve Nash this summer (from Tom Westerholm,

” While he’s probably the best scorer on the team, a big part of his effectiveness lies in his role off the bench — Thomas dominates opposing second units, who can’t answer for his quickness and ability to score off the dribble in a variety of ways.

Thomas said he worked on expanding that variety this offseason.

“I worked on extending my range,” he said on Friday. “Trying to be able to shoot from wherever on the basketball court. Also, I watched Steve Nash film, trying to figure out different ways to finish not just around the rim, but extending to the 3-point line.”

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–   For Better or Worse, These Knicks Belong to Phil Jackson  (from Scott Cacciola, New York Times):

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–  Celtics expect Lee, Johnson to provide necessary leadership  (from Ian Thomsen,

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Cavs:  all key players are returning  (form Terry Pluto,

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–  Nets’ Frontcourt Rotation (from Anthony Puccio,

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–   SVG Part V: Until Jennings’ return, Jackson and a mixed cast will bear brunt of carrying Pistons offense  (from Keith Langlois,

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–   The Timberwolves’ season of uncertainty  (from Britt Robson,

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–   Training Camp Protocol  (from Charley Rosen,

”  (L)et’s take a look at the itineraries and goals that normally are in play from now until the preseason games begin.

” Once the season kicks off, practice sessions will be few and far between, so the next 7-10 days are extremely valuable. So critical that each practice session is planned to the minute with schedules often printed and distributed to the players beforehand.

While the specifics vary from team to team, every ball club hopes to reach several common goals during this period.”

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–  The four injury risks today’s young players face  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

” Many (health professionals in and out of the Association) say the injuries are indicative of four key issues players face in today’s NBA: poorer sleep, in part because of technology; weaker bones, in part because of low calcium and high sugar intake; an uptick in wear and tear, thanks largely to players specializing in basketball at a young age; and weaker muscles, as a result of shucking traditional weight training for more en-vogue methods.”

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–  Jrue Holiday’s camp is determined to overcome his bad history with lower leg stress injuries  (from Oleh,

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–  “Playing Up” and Rebounding: Adjustments faced by a player moving from small forward to power forward (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

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Nets’  Off-Season Report  (from netincome, nets

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–   Lauren Holtkamp preps for her second season as NBA ref  (from Christian Red, NYDailyNews):

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–   NBA Player Stats: Top 6 Players – Passing  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,

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(Note: This is Part 3 of a 9-part series)


Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


BBall Breakdown Player rankings:  DeMarcus Cousins, No. 9  (from Bryan Toporek):


–  Festus Ezeli Has Battled His Way into Golden State’s Future  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):


–  Jared Sullinger  (from A Sherrod Blakely,


David Lee brings unselfish attitude to the Celtics  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,


–  Anderson Varejao Bounces Back from Last Year’s Injury  (from Joe Gabriele,


–  Pistons’ Granger (knee) to miss start of training camp  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):


QOTD (from Steve Kerr on the Warriors adding Steve Nash as a player development consultant):  ” “I think Steve is the most innovative athlete I’ve ever seen, when it comes to pursuing greatness – whether it’s conditioning, basketball drills, whatever,” Kerr said. “He’s got an amazing feel for the game and an amazing mind. Steve was the most efficient player I’ve ever been around, and my hope is that he can make our guys more efficient.””

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Can a Fred Hoiberg-Sized Paradigm Shift Save the Chicago Bulls?  (from Kelly Scaletta,

” It’s not often that a non-number can do so much to define a team’s season, but the Chicago Bulls have one that’ll stop you in your tracks. Their net rating with a lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah was — they didn’t have one. That lineup failed to play a single regular-season minute together.

And that encapsulates everything that went wrong for the Bulls last year, and to a point, the years around it as well. The injuries, the glut at the power-forward spot, the stubbornness of Tom Thibodeau, and his refusal to try new and intriguing lineups all coalesce on the simple fact that not for one second did the most obvious quintet of players evertake the court together.

The Bulls have shooters in Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Dunleavy. They have slashers in Butler and Rose. They have bigs who can pass in Gasol and Noah. They have bigs who can shoot in Portis and Mirotic. They have bigs who can post up in Gasol and Gibson.

In short, they already have the tools you need to generate a spread offense. What they lacked last year was imagination, creativity and a general  acknowledgment that it’s 2015.”

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–  Here are the key NBA players competing with their national teams this month  (from Satchel Price,

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–   Checking in on Kentucky’s historic draft class — from top pick Karl-Anthony Towns to undrafted Aaron Harrison — during the summer before their first NBA seasons  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland):

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–  Karl-Anthony Towns Season Preview  (from UMN_Shazzy,

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–  Raptors: Rebirth of a system  (from Deighton Goode,

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 ‘Iron man’ Bavetta known for fun-loving attitude, rapport  (from Steve Aschburner,

HOF Class of 2015: ” Official never missed an assignment in 39-year career”

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Kyle O’Quinn is set to bust out  (from Jonathan Schulman,


–  BLAZERS ROSTER BREAKDOWN – CLIFF ALEXANDER (from  Bryant Knox & Jared Wright,


–  Ryan Anderson is poised for a breakout season (from Oleh,


Player to Watch: Rodney Hood  (from David J Smith,


– Rookie Wrap-up: Langston Galloway  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):–langston-galloway


 Rookie Wrap-up: Jusuf Nurkic  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):


–   Phoenix Suns roster spot is Henry Sims’ target  (from Paul Coro,


 JJ Redick: The Forgotten Man  (from Robert Flom,


–   Ed Davis’ streamlined offense could benefit Portland Trail Blazers  (from David Mackay,


–  Clint Capela is ready to prove playoff breakout is no fluke  (from Ethan Rothstein,


–  Terrico White Hoping for Big Break  (from Alex Kennedy.  Basketball Insiders):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis


OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan wants to make things easier for stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook  (from Darnell Mayberry,

”  At his introductory press conference, Thunder coach Billy Donovan briefly described the style of play he seeks to bring to Oklahoma City.

Its basic principles, he said, centered on player movement, ball movement and making the extra pass.

In other words, Donovan wants to bring more structure to what historically has been an isolation-heavy offense.

But achieving that goal and, more importantly, sustaining it could be a trying task without restricting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the best and most creative one-on-one offensive players in the game.

Donovan, however, has no intention to stifle his stars. In fact, he sees a revamped offensive system doing a lot to help them. ”

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–  Q&A with new Thunder coach Billy Donovan  (from Royce Young, ESPN):

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Blazers:  12 On-Court Dynamics to Consider For Next Year (from Willy Raedy,

”  Woah. What just happened.

If you’re like me, then you’re struggling just to get a feel for the new team. What will be their collective strengths? What are their weaknesses? Even something as simple as what style of basketball will they play?

We don’t have many answers at this point so let’s just try to get our bearings and preview some of the questions facing the team from a strategy standpoint. Obviously, the team is going to be very different and much worse but that comes with a whole new set of dynamics that should be fascinating to watch. Here’s twelve that I’ll be watching for over the summer and into training camp.”

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Pelicans:  Darren Erman’s  Detailed Defense  (from Graham McQueen,

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–  Not-yet NBA refs also under microscope during summer league  (from Kyle Hightower,  Associated Press):

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–   Hurt locker rooms: The four injury risks today’s young players face  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

” Many say the injuries are indicative of four key issues players face in today’s NBA: poorer sleep, in part because of technology; weaker bones, in part because of low calcium and high sugar intake; an uptick in wear and tear, thanks largely to players specializing in basketball at a young age; and weaker muscles, as a result of shucking traditional weight training for more en-vogue methods.”

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–  NBA seeks to improve ‘long-term health and wellness of players  (from Tom Habertsroh,  ESPN):

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– Magic assistant coach Mario Elie loves being back in the game (from Josh Robbins,

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–  The San Antonio Spurs Don’t Rebuild Because They Never Die  (from Jesse Blanchard,  Bball breakdown):

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–  YOU DON’T MESS WITH POPOVICH  (from Terence Moore,

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–  Stan Van Gundy Maximizing Chance to Put Stamp on Detroit Pistons Roster  (from Vytis Lasaitis, Bleacher Report):

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– The math behind basketball’s wildest moves (from Rajiv Maheswaran,



For those with access to ESPN Insider:


–  Long-term security, fear of injuries lead stars to grab multi-year deals  (from Tom Haberstroh):

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–  Best players, reclamation projects still available in free agency  (from Amin Elhassan):

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–  Aldridge a perfect companion, replacement for Duncan  (from David Thorpe):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Tyson Chandler:


Enes Kanter:


Rodney Hood:


Mitch McGary:


Royce White:


Pat Connaughton:


Alec Brown:


Mickey McConnell:


David Lee:   and


Alex Len:


Dion Waiters:


Greg Monroe:


Keith Appling:


Dario Saric:


Seth Curry:


Aaron Brooks:


Jerami Grant:


Jordan Clarkson:


Eric Moreland:


Monta Ellis:


Bruno Caboclo:


Denzel Livingston:


Khris Middleton: