Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/16

 

–  Hornets’ Coach Clifford On Film Review And Game Preparation (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18276/steve-clifford-emphasizes-his-belief-in-hornets-gameplan-preperation-in-postgame-sermon

–  Whiteside Is Destroying The Hornets’ Defense Without Touching The Ball (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/21/11476910/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-charlotte-hornets-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Hubie Brown Q & A On Grizzlies/Spurs And More  (from Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer.com):

Read it here:  http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2016/04/21/qanda-hubie-brown-on-grizzlies-spurs-memphis-and-whether-the-grizzlies-are-outdated

–  Tables Have Turned In Aldridge-Randolph Matchup  (from Jeff McDonald,  express-news.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Tables-have-turned-in-Aldridge-Randolph-matchup-7276040.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=88f4718e00

–  Spurs Repeatedly Victimized Vince Carter In Game 2  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/21/11477524/spurs-playbook-spurs-victimize-vince-carter-in-game-2

–  Why The Pistons Have An Issue When The Cavs Go Small  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25561143/heres-why-the-pistons-have-an-issue-when-the-cavs-go-small-with-love

–  Stanley Johnson Is Making An Impact In His 1st Playoffs  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18007/pistons-rookie-stanley-johnson-making-impact-in-first-playoff-opportunity

–  How Far The Clippers Go May Hinge Largely On Their Bench Play  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18289/how-far-the-clippers-go-may-hinge-largely-on-the-depth-of-their-bench

–  Klay Thompson:  More Than Just A Shooter  (from Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160419/warriors-klay-thompson-more-that-just-a-shooter/5

–  Moving Isaiah Thomas To Shooting Guard  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/21/11476866/boston-celtics-moving-isaiah-thomas-to-shooting-guard

–  Kyle Korver Is Trying To Connect The Dots On His Shot Again  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18259/kyle-korver-is-trying-to-connect-the-dots-on-his-shot-again

 Jonas Valanciunas Q & A  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18253/qa-with-raptors-jonas-valanciunas-im-not-going-to-relax

–  Wolves Hire Tom Thibodeau:  A New Era Begins  (from Jim Souhan,  startribune.com):

http://www.startribune.com/one-week-into-wolves-offseason-a-new-era-has-begun/376474961/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Steven Adams  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/20/steven-adams-thunder-defender-mustache-nba-playoffs/83307342/

–  Reggie Evans  (from Brian Rzeppa,  nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/04/21/reggie-evans-provides-hope-for-younger-generations/

–  Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160420/lakers-coach-byron-scott-tells-jordan-clarkson-to-improve-defense-or-lose-minutes

 Trey Lyles/Trevor Booker  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3799218-155/utah-jazz-trey-lyles-rise-makes

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Pearl Washington

Summer League, Free Agency, Griz, Shooting Guards

Las Vegas Summer League: Day 7 grades (from DJ Foster/Fred Katz, ESPN):

Read about ” Thirteen notable performances from Day 7 at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas” here: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/69874/las-vegas-summer-league-day-7-grades

– The seven best rookies at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

” Cleveland started with a matchup against Milwaukee that many earmarked. It featured the first two picks in the draft, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, facing each other as pros for the first time. The two players have been highlighted since the draft, but some other members of the draft class have overshadowed them here.”

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2014/07/the_seven_best_rookies_at_the.html

– Bruno Caboclo (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball):

” Bruno Caboclo’s stats though his first three games in Las Vegas don’t really jump off the page, but that’s not really what Summer League is about. Summer League is about getting rookies acclimated to more of an NBA-type atmosphere, giving them a first look at the philosophy and play calls of new their team and showing flashes of what they could do at the next level in a few years. From that perspective, Caboclo has been a revelation.”

Read it here: http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2014/07/bruno-caboclo.html

– The Grizzlies have a crowd of 2’s and 3’s (from Kevin Lipe, memphisflyer.com):

” Way too many wings for all of them to have a consistent spot in the rotation. Too many wings to not be at least considering trading some of them.

Let’s run through the list and see who can contribute what and how likely they are to be a part of the team’s future plans.”

Read it here: http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2014/07/16/grizzly-wild-wings-the-grizzlies-have-a-crowd-of-2s-and-3s

– NATALIE NAKASE (from Eric Patten, Clippers.com):

” There was no holding Natalie Nakase back.

Frankly, there never has been.

She was standing in the expansive loading dock inside Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. It was the third day of Summer League for the Clippers; the third day since Nakase, 34, had become the first female to sit amongst assistant coaches on an NBA bench.

The dream, or rather, the goal, was inching towards fruition. She was surrounded by a handful of reporters following the Clippers’ only win of the summer, a 91-85 victory over the Miami Heat. As she talked about her experience, working two years as a video intern with the Clippers before being assigned an assistant coach position for the two-week Summer League slate, Nakase was asked what the ultimate goal was. What was her endgame?

“To be a head coach in the NBA,” Nakase said with such confidence that it bordered on brash.”

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/clippers/talking-clips-natalie-nakase

– The Human Red Flag (from Jack Hamilton, Slate.com):

” Lance Stephenson is the most fascinatingly flawed player in the NBA.”

Read it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2014/07/lance_stephenson_hornets_was_charlotte_right_to_sign_the_nba_s_most_fascinatingly.html

– Pacers start life without Lance, Warriors bring back Rush, Lakers steal Davis (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/free-agent-roundup–pacers-start-life-without-lance–warriors-bring-back-rush–lakers-steal-davis-200427735.html

Where have all the shooting guards gone? (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2014-07-17/nba-shooting-guards-derek-anderson-steve-smith-michael-jordan-james-harden-dwyane-wade

– Life on the Fringe of the NBA: The Dwayne Jones Story (from Tully Corcoran, Bleacher Report):

” In every corner of the world today, there are basketball coaches looking for a few good men who can be relied upon to show up on time, get rebounds and go home without causing a scene.

The supply of these good men is extraordinarily low, and the demand is increasingly high. So for the last nine years, Dwayne Jones, a 6’11” son of a construction worker from just outside Philadelphia, has made a robust living by traveling the globe, grabbing rebounds and making more than half of his free throws.

He has been on five teams in the NBA and five in the NBA Developmental League. He has played in Turkey, China, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Lebanon, Bahrain and Qatar, but even he isn’t completely sure he could name all the teams that have held his rights since he entered professional basketball with the D-League’s Florida Flame as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005.”

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2131675-life-on-the-fringe-of-the-nba-the-dwayne-jones-story

– A More Mature James Johnson Returns To The Raptors (from Stephen Brotherston, Pro Bball Report):

Read it here: http://probballreport.com/a-more-mature-james-johnson-returns-to-the-raptors/

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

– Best, worst of Summer League (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11227086/doug-mcdermott-giannis-antetokounmpo-summer-league-superlatives-nba