Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/18

Each Team’s Greatest Flaw As Training Camps Open (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
10 Breakout Candidates (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
BKN:  How The Boomers Helped Mitch Creek Land An NBA Opportunity (from fiba.basketball):
BKN: New Net Alan Williams Has Service In His Blood (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Horford Welcomes His Role (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
BOS: A Reintroduction To Hayward (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
CHI: Portis Is Embracing His Sixth Man Role (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DAL:  Inside JJ Barea’s Unique Bond With Puerto Rico  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

DEN: The Nuggets Are Defined By Why They Play, Not Just How (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: A Statistical Analysis Of Why The Dubs Are The Golden Standard (from Jordan Wong, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Will Dubs’ Youth Movement Prevail? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Not Letting Contract Situation Affect Chemistry (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
MEM: A Note To Memphis (from Chandler Parsons, The Players Tribune):
MIA: How Much Does The Rotation Matter? (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):
MIL: Budenholzer Emphasizes Defensive Transition & Offensive Spacing (from Ben Steele, jsonline.com):
NYK: Finally Speaking With One Voice (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
PHO: What Kokoskov’s Offense Is All About  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
PHO: Ryan Anderson Lands In Ideal Situation For A Fresh Start (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
WAS: Wizards Begin Commitment To Spacing The Floor (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Brooks Wants Otto Porter To Shoot More (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
Whatever Happened To Big Country Reeves? (from Gerald Narciso, Bleacher Report):
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Checking In On Each Team’s Roster Count (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
QOTD (from PJ Tucker, responding to being asked if he cared about player rankings): “No, I could care less. Some guys care about that crap. But man, they could have me dead last. I really don’t care. What does it mean? If you’re 12, if you’re 15… It doesn’t change how many wins you’re gonna get, what you mean to your team. I’m sure somebody on Golden State isn’t even on the list, but he’s got a lot of rings. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/24/15

–  Blazers Offense: Looking to Claim an Identity  (from Joel Viss,  ripcityproject.com):

Read and view it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/10/23/blazers-offense-looking-claim-identity/

 

–  Trail Blazers forced to evolve without LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Wes Goldberg,  Hardwood Paroxusm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/24/portland-trail-blazers-forced-evolve-without-lamarcus-aldridge/

 

–  The Bulls’ complicated frontcourt puzzle has no clear solution  (from Tim Cato,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/23/9603266/the-bulls-complicated-front-court-puzzle-has-no-clear-solution

 

–  Rose Returns: Bulls close preseason 4-4 with last second win over Dallas  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.bulls.com/2015/10/bulls-close-preseason-4-4-with-last-second-win-over-dallas/

 

–  Derrick Rose can’t stop raving about the Bulls’ new offense under Fred Hoiberg  (from Ricky O’Donnell,  blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/10/24/9607458/derrick-rose-cant-stop-raving-about-the-bulls-new-offense-under-fred

 

–  The Thunder and the NBA are trying to be more careful about concussions  (form Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-the-thunder-and-the-nba-are-trying-to-be-more-careful-about-concussions/article/5455533/?page=2

 

–  NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year   (from Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/nba-tries-to-learn-from-painful-injury-lessons-of-last-year

 

–  Flip Saunders will not return to coach Wolves this season  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):

Read it here:   http://www.startribune.com/taylor-flip-saunders-will-not-return-to-coach-wolves-this-season/336494291/

 

–  Gregg Popovich to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball  (from Tim Cato, sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/10/23/9603622/gregg-popovich-mike-krzyzewski-team-usa-head-coach

 

–  The phone call that led to Gregg Popovich becoming Team USA’s coach  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-gregg-popovich-and-jerry-colangelo-ended-their-cold-war-to-make-spurs-legend-the-team-usa-coach-191052125.html

 

–  Every NBA Team’s Biggest Training-Camp Revelation so Far  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

” Training camp and preseason revelations do, in fact, have a place in the NBA.

Exhibition play is too often dismissed as meaningless, because the games do not count toward the standings and rotations league-wide are littered with players who won’t make the roster or get much regular-season burn.

But those caveats do not render the preseason worthless. To the contrary, the Assocation’s beta period is a time for learning, for figuring out what a team has to work with and for small- or large-scale epiphanies.

These realizations can be anything, on- or off-court related. Is a certain player prepared to make the leap? Does a rotation long shot now deserve regular-season playing time? Have any key team pieces fallen out of favor? Is one squad unexpectedly good at something? Is another shockingly bad at something else?

Nothing and no one is off-limits here, folks. Surprises, disappointments, random but meaningful observations and everything else you can possibly think of are all rolled into one as we search for what to watch ahead of opening night.”

Check out this slideshow here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2581127-every-nba-teams-biggest-training-camp-revelation-so-far

 

One player from each team who could break out in 2015  (from Scott Davis, businessinsider.com):

” In a sport that features shorter rotations and heavy minutes, it can be tough to have a breakout season in the NBA.

Nonetheless, every once in a while, an NBA coach puts their trust in a youngster and a hole in the rotation opens up just right to give a player a chance to shine.

Sometimes these are rookies who come into the NBA ready to play, sometimes they’re second-year players who are finally getting a crack, and sometimes they’re older players who are simply in a better position than in past seasons.

With the NBA season rapidly approaching, we broke down one player on each team who could have a breakout season in 2015.”

Read it here:   http://www.businessinsider.com/breakout-players-for-each-nba-team-2015-10

 

–  Hornets preseason play is encouraging  (from Chris barnewall,  atthehive.com):

Read it here:   http://www.atthehive.com/2015/10/24/9606358/charlotte-hornets-preseason-play-is-encouraging

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Monta Ellis: ‘Basketball was my escape. I really didn’t have a childhood’  (from Candace Buckner,  Indystar.com):    http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/24/monta-ellis-basketball-my-escape-really-didnt-have-childhood/74334400/

 

–  Isaiah Canaan learning a balancing act at point guard  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20151025_Isaiah_Canaan_learning_a_balancing_act_at_point_guard.html

 

Damian Lillard And Getting To The Line  (form Casey Holdahl,  trailblazers.com):  http://forwardcenter.net/training-camp-shorts-lillard-and-getting-to-the-line/

 

–  Stauskas’ Potential  (form Andy Jasner,  sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/stauskas-potential

 

–  Matt Barnes: At Home with the Grizzlies (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/shaun_powell/10/23/memphis-grizzlies-forward-matt-barnes-still-fighting-wants-to-prove-doc-rivers-wrong/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Billy Donovan’s defense: Limit opponents’ 3-point attempts  (form Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/675/donovans-defense-limit-opponents-3-point-attempts

 

–   Trail Blazers’ defense  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_defense_is_something_they_have_to_ta.html

 

–  10 observations about the Hornets after 2 exhibitions in China  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39297906.html

 

–  Jazz: Bench play could be a benchmark for team this season   (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3066850-155/utah-jazz-bench-play-could-be

 

–  The Chicago Bulls Offense Joins The Modern NBA  (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/the-chicago-bulls-offense-joins-the-modern-nba/

 

–  Warriors Vs. Thunder: The Ultimate Matchup Masterpiece  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239521/Why-Warriors-Thunder-Would-Be-The-Ultimate-Matchup-Masterpiece

 

 BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Early NBA Preseason Observations  (from BBallBreakdown staff):

Read it here:   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/bballbreakdowns-early-nba-preseason-observations/

 

–  Warriors’ Interim Coach Luke Walton attempts to maintain normalcy  (form Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

” Champs hope to keep continuity until Kerr recovers from surgery”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/10/16/golden-state-warriors-luke-walton-trying-to-keep-team-afloat-during-steve-kerr-absence/

 

–  The Celtics are making art (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

” Over the last two years, the Celtics have quietly developed from within and targeted players in the draft, free agency, and trade. Finally, the future is becoming a little clearer in Boston and it’s beautiful.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/16/9548607/the-boston-celtics-are-making-art

 

–  We Found Lopez in a Hopeless Place: Your 2015-16 Brooklyn Nets  (from Danny Chau,  Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/we-found-lopez-in-a-hopeless-place-your-2015-16-brooklyn-nets/

 

–   MindRight Pro: The Next Step in Performance Technology  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/mindright-pro-the-next-step-in-performance-technology/

 

–  TRUMEDIA NETWORKS HIRES DEAN OLIVER:

Read it here:  http://www.trumedianetworks.com/analytics-news/2015/10/14/trumedia-networks-hires-dean-oliver

 

–  Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks  (from Brian Pollack,  dukechronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2015/10/qa-boston-celtics-director-of-basketball-analytics-david-sparks

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Dirk Nowitzki fires on all cylinders  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13893319/how-dirk-nowitzki-prepares-fire-all-cylinders

 

–  Griz counting on Brandan Wright (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-counting-on-wright-dimension-paying-big-dividends-2212833d-6d1e-2661-e053-0100007fd58a-333121541.html

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay will be a turnover machine, and it’s no big deal  (form Zach harper,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25340273/emmanuel-mudiay-will-be-a-turnover-machine-and-its-no-big-deal

 

–   Wolves’ Dieng expanding his range with corner three  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-dieng-expanding-his-range-with-corner-three/333150001/

 

 Suns’ Sonny Weems fast in transition  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/15/phoenix-suns-sonny-weems-fast-transition/74022056/

–  JJ Redick Q & A (from Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/15/jj-redick-clippers-china-globa-games-deandre-jordan-chris-paul-blake-griffin

 

–  Mike Scott’s ball-handling development  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/scotts-ball-handling-development-included-trip-to-/nn38Q/

 

–  Hassan Whiteside’s return gives Heat a tantalizing taste of what could be  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article39372738.html

 

–  Jordan Clarkson And Julius Randle  (from Jabari A. Davis,  Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/sophomore-slumps-unlikely-for-jordan-clarkson-and-julius-randle/2015/10/15/

 

–  Kelly Oubre has plenty to learn, but his chance may come early (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/rookie-kelly-oubre-jr-has-plenty-to-learn-but-his-chance-may-come-early/2015/10/15/02b5d8ce-737d-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html

–  Amir Johnson Developing Offensive Repertoire  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/amir-johnson-developing-offensive-repertoire/

 

–   How John Jenkins is making his case for a Mavs’ rotation spot  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):   https://www.mavs.com/how-john-jenkins-is-making-his-case-for-a-rotation-spot/

 

–  Celtics want more form Olynyk (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/bulpett_celtics_want_more_from_kelly_olynyk

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Q&A: NBA legend Jerry West’s winning formula  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13844207/qa-nba-legend-jerry-west-winning-formula

 

–  Terry Stotts Discusses Blazers’ Moves  (from Sagar Trika,  blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/10/9/9490861/terry-stotts-jim-rome-show-portland-trail-blazers

 

–   The Transition Game in Minnesota: LaVine Gets the Nod While Martin Takes a Seat  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-transition-game-in-minnesota-lavine-gets-the-nod-while-martin-takes-a-seat/

 

–  Dwyane Wade schools Justise Winslow in art of the undersized post game  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/09/4960914_wade-schools-winslow-in-art-of.html

 

–   Billy Donovan’s Playbook: From University of Florida to Oklahoma City  (from Shawn Woods,  thunderousintentions.com):

Read and view it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/10/09/billy-donovans-playbook/

 

–  Can Billy Donovan or Fred Hoiberg repeat Steve Kerr’s success?  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

” Has any first-year NBA head coach ever walked into a more “win now” situation than Billy Donovan?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are have been considered title contenders ever since they stepped on the court in the 2012 Finals. However, they have yet to return to that stage due to a combination of personnel moves and injuries. Next summer their superstar Kevin Durant is a free agent and he’s the kind of franchise-changing player who will draw 29 other suitors. If OKC is going to keep him they have to prove to Durant he can win it all without having to change addresses. It’s a lot to ask of a rookie NBA coach.

Maybe the guy who can best relate is Fred Holberg, who was brought in from Iowa State to take over a Chicago Bulls team that has not lived up to expectations the past several seasons. He takes over for an innovative coach, but with with a mandate from management to rest guys more, modernize the offense, and lift a team known for physically breaking down up to challenge Cleveland.

That’s setting the bar ridiculously high.

Donovan and Hoiberg can thank Steve Kerr for that — he cleared that bar his rookie season.”

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/10/09/51q-can-billy-donovan-or-fred-hoiberg-repeat-steve-kerrs-success/

 

–   Look at these cool Thunder shot charts  (form Andrew Schlect,  dailythunder.com):

Read and view it here:  http://dailythunder.com/2015/10/look-at-these-cool-thunder-shot-charts/

 

–  Thunder Film Room: Steve Novak takes Russell Westbrook to next level  (from Marina Mangiaracina, welcometoloudcity.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/10/8/9482145/thunder-film-room-novak-takes-westbrook-to-next-level

 

–  ASK SAM | SAM SMITH OPENS HIS MAILBAG  (from Bulls.com):

Read Sam’s answers to readers questions about the Bulls here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/mailbag/ask-sam-sam-smith-opens-his-mailbag-10.9.2015

 

–   Grizzlies’ training camp invitees work to get noticed  (from  Ronald Tillery, commercialappeal.com):

”  Sampson Carter, just like the four other training camp invitees, realizes making the Grizzlies’ roster is a long shot. However, these outsiders don’t see themselves as just live bodies to be props for the players with guaranteed contracts. The training camp invitees are performing for their basketball livelihood, hoping they’ll get noticed and eventually paid for their performances in preseason games.

“They’ve stayed within their own games,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. “We’re not looking for anybody to come in and isolate them and feature them. All of those guys have been conscientious about doing the right thing and that makes camp better.”

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-training-camp-invitees-work-to-get-noticed-216232c1-1e7f-1eb6-e053-0100007ff006-331832551.html

 

–  Battle For Roster Spots: Northwest Division  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

”  Hoops Rumors will be taking a team-by-team look at the battles for regular season roster spots going on around the NBA this month, the last before rosters shrink from the offseason limit of 20 to the 15-man regular season maximum. First, we’ll check out the five Northwest Division franchises.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/battle-for-roster-spots-northwest-division.html

 

–  Wizards: Three Reasons They’ve Improved This Season  (from Osman Baig, wizofawes.com):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2015/10/10/washington-wizards-three-reasons-improvement-nba-rankings/

 

Raptors: GM Masai Ujiri’s  Master Plan(s)  (from Michael Holian,  raptorsrepublic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/10/best-of-both-worlds-featuring-masais-master-plans/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Jahlil Okafor still getting comfortable in the post  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151011_Jahlil_Okafor_still_getting_comfortable_in_the_post.html

–  Jahlil Okafor out to prove he can cash in on free throws  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/jahlil-okafor-out-prove-he-can-cash-free-throws

 

–  Bucks’ Jabari Parker patiently waits return to full-time duty  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/09/bucks-parker-being-patient-in-rehab-process/index.html

 

–  Shane Larkin finally has the chance to equal draft hype  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/09/shane-larkin-finally-has-the-chance-to-equal-draft-hype/

 

–   James Anderson quietly impresses Kings with steady play  (form Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article38550546.html

 

–  Former Wizard Kevin Seraphin found a ‘real opportunity’ in New York  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/former-wizard-kevin-seraphin-looked-for-and-found-a-real-opportunity-in-new-york/2015/10/09/b096fd98-6ed1-11e5-9bfe-e59f5e244f92_story.html

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury Opens Up Last-Ditch Chances for Jeremy Lamb and P. J. Hairston  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2577527-michael-kidd-gilchrist-injury-opens-up-last-ditch-chance-for-two-failed-nba-pros

 

–  Schroder sought counsel of Korver to improve jump shot  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/schroder-sought-counsel-of-korver-to-improve-jump-/nnxyz/?icmp=ajc_internallink_referralbox_free-to-premium-referral

 

–   Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey is waiting, teaching in preseason  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/09/pacers-guard-rodney-stuckey-waiting-teaching-preseason/73669236/

 

–  Less dribbling means more production for Avery Bradley  (from A Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/less-dribbling-means-more-production-for-boston-celtics-avery-bradley

 

–   George Karl says he likes Cauley-Stein next to Cousins  (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/10/9/9485943/george-karl-likes-cauley-stein-cousins

 

– Aaron Gordon is trying to be productive during his recovery  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-1010-20151009-story.html

 

Mavs:  Sharpshooter John Jenkins, first-round pick Justin Anderson see opportunity for growth during preseason  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/sharpshooter-john-jenkins-first-round-pick-justin-anderson-see-opportunity-for-growth-during-preseason/

 

–  Jared Sullinger improves body, mind  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/jared_sullinger_improves_body_mind

 

–  Alex Len’s 21-point game shows offseason improvement  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/10/alex-lens-21-point-game-shows-offseason-improvement/73721772/

 

–  Suns: Why Alex Len’s Breakout Season Could Come In A Bench Role  (from Gerald Bourguet,  valleyofthesuns):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/10/10/suns-alex-lens-breakout-season-come-bench-role/

 

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Will the Clippers Make the Leap or Hit Reset?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-edge-of-glory-will-the-clippers-make-the-leap-or-hit-reset/

 

–   Lakers’ Byron Scott defends conditioning-heavy practices  (form Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151005/lakers-byron-scott-defends-conditioning-heavy-practices

 

–   Lakers, Kobe set to navigate this transition together  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/05/morning-tip-kobe-bryant-future-with-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks-look-to-build-on-success-qa-with-chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler/index.html

(Note:   DA’s weekly column also focuses on the Bucks and a Jimy Butler Q & A)

 

–   Celtics take science tests   (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

” Physiologist to track workout, diet habits”

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_take_science_tests

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Goes Down  (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

” This will be the third consecutive season in which Kidd-Gilchrist misses more games than the last. In his first three seasons, he’s missed an average of 17 games a season. If you like to connect dots, you might find yourself, like I did, relating MKG’s string of unfortunate events to his stylistic forebear and fellow Charlotte basketball great. Gerald Wallace, in his six full seasons in Charlotte, averaged 14 missed games per season, with injuries from concussions to broken ribs to partially collapsed lungs. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Wallace’s distinct kind of brilliance had already been lost in the margins as a result of playing on awful teams in Charlotte. The succession of untimely injuries only added to his obscurity. Yet even though Wallace is widely considered to be the best player to play for the Charlotte franchise, he never had the monumental on/off impact that Kidd-Gilchrist has.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/dead-or-a-hive-michael-kidd-gilchrist-goes-down-and-the-hornets-go-with-him/

 

–  Five things to know about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulder injury  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328500/five-things-to-know-about-michael-kidd-gilchrists-shoulder-injury

 

–   Charlotte Hornets throw themselves into modern basketball with many 3s   (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328764/charlotte-hornets-throw-themselves-into-modern-basketball-with-many-3s

 

–   Orlando Magic displaying new offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/05/orlando-magic-displaying-new-offense/

 

–  Mirza Teletovic says “somebody’s gonna be open every time” in Phoenix Suns offense  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/6/9461425/mirza-teletovic-says-somebodys-gonna-be-open-every-time-in-phoenix

 

–   Who will — or should — the Grizzlies start on the wing?  (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Who-will—-or-should—-the-Grizzlies-start-on-the-wing-329726271.html

 

–  Ball-handling coach Johnny “Dribbles” Stephene adds new dimension during Mavs camp  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/ball-handling-coach-johnny-dribbles-stephene-adds-new-dimension-during-mavs-camp/

 

–  Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson’s Contract  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239417/Using-The-System-And-Drummond-To-Understand-Reggie-Jacksons-Contract

 

Why 3-pointers will matter for the Heat (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/three-years-of-threes-why-theyll-matter-for-heat.html

 

Celtics:  The “five quarterbacks” system  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/6/9421583/boston-celtics-read-and-react-five-quarterbacks

 

–  Huge opportunity, huge pressure for Donovan as OKC’s Billy Ball era begins  (form Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25329170/huge-opportunity-huge-pressure-for-donovan-as-billy-ball-era-starts-in-okc

 

–   How a Hawks regime fell  apart  (from Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13457071/nba-how-atlanta-hawks-regime-fell-apart

 

 Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2572072-why-this-may-have-been-final-nba-offseason-to-rebuild-through-free-agency

 

–  Players Who Can Veto Trades  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/players-who-can-veto-trades-2.html

 

–   Player Rankings Are Silly  (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/player-rankings-silly/

 

(NOTE:  We agree.  Player rankings are essentially a parlor game, at best triggering an opportunity to”chew the fat”.  From a serious analytic perspective, pretty much useless.  Of the multiplicity of “player rankings” that have been appearing recently, we have linked only to the ones from BBball Breakdown.  In that case, it wasn’t because of where players were “ranked” (who cares?) but because BBall Breakdown accompanied the rankings with well-informed analyses of each player’s games that are definitily worth reading.)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  The Difference Between Chris Paul and Everyone Else  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhPjyiIAACIAMwiW/the-difference-between-chris-paul-and-everyone-else

 

–  Beal: Goodbye long 2s; hello stepback 3s and All-Defense?  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/beal-goodbye-long-2s-hello-stepback-3s-and-all-defense

 

–  Players buzzing about Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope  (from  Vince Ellis,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/06/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope-improving/73419550/

More KCP (form Aaron McCann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_kentavious_caldwell-po_3.html

 

–  At age 35, Bulls forward Pau Gasol is still at the top of his game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/fine-wine

 

–   After a season of doing so much, Harden seeks more  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/10/06/james-harden-houston-rockets-ready-to-show-more-in-2015-16/index.html

 

–  Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola:  Raptors under-the-radar signings could make big impact  (from Josh Lewenburg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-under-the-radar-signings-could-make-big-impact-1.372203

–  Terrence Ross looking like a new man with Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/05/terrence-ross-looking-like-a-new-man-with-raptors

 

–  Quincy Pondexter helping mentor teammates while working to get back on court  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/quincy-pondexter-helping-mentor-teammates-while-working-get-back-court

 

–   Zach LaVine wants to prove he’s a shooter, too  (from Marcus R. Fuller,  twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_28926058/timberwolves-dunking-zach-lavine-wants-prove-hes-shooter

 

–   Rockets have more minutes in store for Capela  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-have-more-minutes-in-store-for-Capela-6552458.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=e276284c73438d9cbb

 

–  The Journey Back for Chris Bosh (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819384/chris-bosh-tough-journey-back

 

Could Kyrie Irving  stay healthy by making small changes to his game? (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-06/kyrie-irving-knee-injury-prevention-playoffs-cavaliers

–   Dragan Bender’s Rising NBA Draft Stock  (from Michael Scotto,  sheridanhoops.com):  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/05/scotto-dragan-benders-rising-nba-draft-stock/