Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/2/16

–  The Next Wave Of NBA Contenders  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Players’ 2016-17 Expectations  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
 Reshuffled Orlando Magic Roster (from Brett David Roberts, 3 Guard Rotation):
 Antonio Maceiras:  The Lakers’ European Eyes And Ears (from Rodrigo Azurmendi, Lakers.com):
–  The Triangle Is Alive And Well (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Russell Westbrook Interview  (from Graham Bensinger):
–  Has Vivek Matured As Kings’ Owner? (from Omer Khan, Sactown Royalty):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Robert Covington/Jeff Withey/K.J.McDaniels  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):  https://theringer.com/the-next-kent-bazemore-8653fd7e9226#.28btgzryw
 Steph Curry/Shaun Livngston (from Jason Lee,  Golden State Of Mind)):  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/9/1/12725384/nba-2016-stephen-curry-shaun-livingston-golden-state-warriors
R.J. Hunter  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/its-all-about-making-shots-celtics-rj-hunter
Juan Hernangomez (from Daniel Lewis, Denver Stiffs):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/9/1/12749266/how-juancho-can-create-points-by-passing
–  Nerlens Noel  (from Ian Levy, Fansided.com):  http://fansided.com/2016/09/01/nerlens-noel-bright-future/
–  Deyonta Davis  (from Ian Pierno, Beale Street Bears): http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/09/01/deyonta-davis-contribute-rookie/
Josh Smith  (from Tom West, Clipperholics.com):  http://clipperholics.com/2016/09/02/la-clippers-josh-smith-find-nba-team/
–  Gorgui Dieng  (from Dane Moore,  Canis Hoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/9/2/12697806/timberwolves-gorgui-dieng-preview
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/15/16

 Western Conference Playoff Preview  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Ilustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/15/2016-nba-playoffs-preview-western-conference-warriors-spurs

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/15/2016-nba-playoffs-preview-eastern-conference-lebron-james-cavaliers

–  Three Question Playoff Preview:  Cavs vs Pistons  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/241571/Three-Question-Playoff-Preview-Cavaliers-Vs-Pistons

Pacers Could Use A Hand (Or Not) Against Raptors  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/14/pacers-could-use-hand-not-against-toronto/83035602/

–  How Bob Myers Built The Dubs’ Juggernaut   (from Ann Killion,  SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/With-Curry-as-foundation-Bob-Myers-built-an-NBA-7250681.php

–  Why Brad Stevens Might Be The NBA’s Next Great Coach  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-brad-stevens-might-be-the-nba-s-next-great-coach-153911446.html

–   It’s A Point Guard’s Game  (from Jerry Brewer,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2016/04/15/its-a-point-guards-game/

–   No Nights Off For NBA Point Guards  (from  Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2016/04/15/there-are-no-nights-off-for-nba-point-guards/

Patrick Ewing Knows He’s Ready To Be An NBA Head Coach  (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701819-patrick-ewing-head-coach-hornets-knicks-rockets-wizards

–  Hawks Had To Adjust  (from Ray Giler, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/hawks/2016/04/14/hawks-kyle-korver-paul-millsap-al-horford-jeff-teague/82988280/

–  Hornets, Full Of Expiring Contracts, Are Pulling Together  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/14/hornets-full-of-expiring-contracts-pulling-together/

–  GM Tim Connelly’s  Breakdown Of The Current State Of The Nuggets  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://blogs.denverpost.com/nuggets/2016/04/14/tim-connelly-current-state-nuggets/14240/

–  Bucks Acknowledge Need For Outside Shooting Overhaul  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-leaders-acknowledge-need-for-outside-shooting-overhaul-b99706729z1-375794421.html

–  Alvin Gentry Still Sees Great Potential In Pelicans  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/349/alvin-gentry-still-sees-great-potential-in-pelicans-after-throwing-first-season-in-the-toilet

–  Pelicans Look To Future  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/latestsports/15492219-113/with-disappointing-season-in-the-books-pelicans-look-to-future

–  Wizards ‘Checked Out’ On Wittman A While Ago  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-wizards-checked-out-wittman-long-ago

Phil Jackson Says He Won’t Abandon System  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-prez-phil-jackson-won-abandon-system-article-1.2601683

–  Kings Fire Karl: 5 Things To Know  (from CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25554665/sacramento-kings-fire-coach-george-karl-5-things-to-know

Divac Must Convince Coaching Candidates That The Kings Won’t Continue Be Dysfunctional  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71822137.html

 Today, Media Members Decided Whether The Pelicans Will Pay Anthony Davis $24 Million  (from Kevin Draper, Deadspin):

Read it here:  http://deadspin.com/today-media-members-decided-whether-the-pelicans-will-1771009105

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Steph Curry  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/14/steph-curry-golden-state-warriors-all-time-great-lebron-james-nba-history/83051782/

–  Kobe Bryant  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/kobe-haters-are-stuck-in-2008/    and from Howard Beck,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2632803-kobes-unforgettable-finale-a-perfectly-drawn-portrait-of-a-unique-nba-career

–  Jae Crowder  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/04/jae_crowders_bumpy_rise_how_bo.html

Kyle Anderson/Boris Diaw  (from Jeff McDonald,  ExpressNews.com):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-notebook-Anderson-primed-for-playoff-role-7249291.php

–  Doug McDermott  (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-mcdermott-bulls-spt-0415-20160414-story.html

 

 

–  Trey Burke/Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):   http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3779722-155/utah-jazz-notes-a-onetime-lottery

–  Dante Exum  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652259/Will-Jazzs-quiet-man-become-The-Man.html

–  Andre Miller  (from Lorne Chan,  Spurs.com):  http://www.nba.com/spurs/andre-miller-still-learning

–  Thon Maker (from Derek Bodner,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/draft/2016/04/15/thon-maker-nba-draft/83079008/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/2/16

–  Blatt Likes Cavs’ Point Guard Flexibility  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1752/a-look-at-the-cavs-point-guard-situation

–  Three Underrated Analytical Metrics  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/three-underrated-analytical-metrics/

–  Warriors’ Luke Walton was the Right Man for the Job  (from Diamond Leung,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29333894/warriors-luke-walton-was-right-man-job

Miami Heat Flash Immense Upside and Other Friday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604279-miami-heat-flash-immense-upside-and-other-friday-nba-takeaways

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/1/10700338/nba-schedule-results-miami-heat-mavericks-sixers-lakers-kobe-bryant

–  Clippers:  Life Without Blake Griffin  (fromJeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/12/29/blake-griffin-injury-chris-paul-doc-rivers-paul-pierce-jamal-crawford-jj-redick-deandre-jordan/78038130/

 Samaki Walker on Being a Big Man in the Triangle Offense  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vCLU5VMAV90

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22750/bobby-portis-emergence-leaves-hoiberg-with-tough-choices

–  Khris Middleton  (from  Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-guard-khris-middleton-shooting-lights-out-in-past-6-games-b99644205z1-364007521.html

DeMarre Carroll  (from Eric Koreen,  National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-demarre-carroll-still-finding-his-place-on-the-team-as-he-battles-nagging-injuries

 Jeff Withey  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3366870-155/utah-jazz-notes-jeff-withey-providing

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/biyombo-gives-raptors-emotional-lift-in-win-over-former-team-1.416833

–  Devin Booker/TJ Warren  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/suns-start-youngest-wings-devin-booker-tj-warren/78195452/

–  Kawhi Leonard Shot 50-50-90 in December   (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):   http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/01/01/kawhi-leonard-hits-the-50-50-90-mark/

–  Brandon Jennings  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/12/pistons_brandon_jennings_takes_1.html

–  Taj Gibson  (from  KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-bits-bulls-spt-0102-20160101-story.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/19/15

–  How Will Teams Stop the Best 3-point Scorers?  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25418260/how-will-teams-stop-the-best-3-point-scorers-in-the-nba

–  Kawhi Leonard, Quiet Superstar  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14386491/san-antonio-spurs-kawhi-leonard-nba-quiet-new-superstar

–  Brad Stevens:   Always Seeking an Edge  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/12/17/celtics-found-right-man-brad-stevens/MLmGbthDRz6TQA92DNsRDO/story.html

–  Paul George’s Defense  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VnRYQx8AAOVqw5hF

–  Spurs’ Defense:  Blast from the Past (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/13413/

Luke Walton:  Warriors’ Unlikely Leader  (from Lee Jenkins,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/17/golden-state-warriors-stephen-curry-luke-walton-steve-kerr

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  James Johnson Helps Lead Raptors Past Heat  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/19/utilized-james-johnson-draws-start-help-leads-raptors-past-heat/

–  Eight Surprise Starters Who Have Caught On This Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2599467-8-surprise-starters-who-have-caught-on-this-season

–  Zach LaVine’s True Position  (from Gerald Bourguet,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/19/minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-thriving-true-position/

–  Jeff Green Cannot Play With Zach Randolph  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/12/18/10440742/friday-three-jeff-green-zach-randolph-memphis-grizzlies-problems?_ga=1.263042572.1018263438.1420308416

–  Jerian Grant Is Struggling in the Knicks’ Triangle  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jerian-grant-change-plays-article-1.2470803

–  Brandon Jennings’ Decision to Play in D-League May Change NBA’s Rehab Practice  (from Peter J. Wallner,  Grand Rapid Press):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/drive/2015/12/brandon_jennings_decision_to_p.html

–  Tony Parker Is Back to Being Key Cog for Spurs  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/12/19/even-with-new-parts-for-spurs-parker-remains-key-cog/

–  Jeremy Lin’s Revival  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/18/10575088/jeremy-lin-highlights-stats-hornets-helping

–  Decisions Nearing on Non-Guaranteed Players  (from  Eric Pincus,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/decisions-nearing-on-non-guaranteed-players/

–  Dario Saric Q & A  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, slamnroll):

Read it here:  http://www.slamnroll.com/content/dario-saric-how-i-feel-and-think-about-basketball-comes-first

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Lakers coach Byron Scott has definite ideas about 2015-16  (from  Bill Oram,  Orange County Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/scott-683390-season-lakers.html

 

–   Good Health, and Good Luck: How Oklahoma City can win a title this year  (from Ian Levy,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/cauldron/2015/09/16/oklahoma-city-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-nba-championship

 

–  The NBA goes back to school (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

” All across the nation, kids are heading back to school to start the new year. With that in mind, the Hardwood Paroxysm crew wanted to send some of the NBA’s best players, coaches and even owners some tips on what they need to learn before the season starts. “

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2015/09/18/hardwood-paroxysm-presents-nba-goes-back-school/

 

–  EuroBasket 2015, Spain vs. France final score: 3 things we learned from Pau Gasol’s domination  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/9/17/9347687/spain-france-results-score-eurobasket-2015-pau-gasol-40-points

 

–   The rise of Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-25–the-rise-of-rudy-gobert-and-the-utah-jazz-210208333.html

 

–   The NBA Is Leaning Toward Wearable Tech  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/from-bmi-to-tmi-the-nba-is-leaning-toward-wearable-tech/

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle lead injury-bit 2014 draftees who need bounceback seasons  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13677288/nba-aaron-gordon-julius-randle-lead-sophomores-need-bounceback-seasons

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Trail Blazer  C.J. McCollum is Ready for a Big Role (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-c-j-mccollum-is-ready-for-a-big-role/

 

–  Dirk Nowitzki  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-dirk-nowitzki/

 

–  Suns’ Mirza Teletovic rebounds from adversity  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/09/17/phoenix-suns-mirza-teletovic-rebounds-adversity/72362238/

 

–   Mirza Teletovic: Survivor of War, Sickness and Basketball  (from Matt Petersen,  suns.com):  http://www.nba.com/suns/news/mirza-teletovic-survivor-war-sickness-and-basketball

 

–  Sasha Vujacic open to teaching triangle  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/62965/vujacic-open-to-teaching-triangle

 

–   Film Room: Counting the Dribbles w/ Elfrid Payton  (frm Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-counting-dribbles-w/payton

 

–   Deron Williams’ curious demise, and where he goes from here  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25305521/the-curious-demise-of-deron-williams-and-where-he-goes-from-here

 

–   What Eurobasket Taught Us About Giannis Antetokounmpo  (from Adam McGee,  behindthebuckpass.com):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/09/17/what-eurobasket-taught-us-about-giannis-antetokounmpo/

 

–  Chandler Parsons (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-chandler-parsons/

 

–  Nemanja Bjelica Looking Like He’ll Be the Real Deal Upon NBA Arrival  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2568497-nemanja-bjelica-looking-like-hell-be-the-real-deal-upon-nba-arrival

 

–  Why Myles Turner is the Perfect Fit for the Indiana Pacers  (from Jordan Yant,  8points9seconds.com):   http://8points9seconds.com/2015/09/17/myles-turner-perfect-fit-for-indiana-pacers/

 

–   What Separates Damian Lillard From The NBA’s Best Point Guards?  (from Evans Clinchy,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/18/9350033/portland-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-top-nba-point-guards-2015-16

 

–  Aaron Harrison’s case for making the Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 roster  (from Austin Peters,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/18/9274749/aaron-harrison-Charlotte-Hornets-2015-2016-roster

 

–  Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 season previews: Aaron Harrison  (from Chris barnewall,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/18/9349663/charlotte-hornets-2015-2016-season-previews-aaron-harrison

 

–   How has Quincy Acy improved since his last stint with the Kings?  (from Aykis16,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/9/18/9350549/30q-how-has-quincy-acy-improved-since-his-last-stint-with-the-kings

 

–   Thunder Should Worry About Andre Roberson  (from Rucker Haringey, thunderousintentions.com):  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/09/18/oklahoma-city-thunder-worry-andre-roberson/

 

–  Jodie Meeks, healthy again, hopes a little stability sparks a comeback season for him, Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/meeks-healthy-again-hopes-little-stability-sparks-comeback-season-him-pistons

 

Clippers End of the Bench Comparisons  (from Larson Ishii and Caden Kinard,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/18/9350515/clip-chat-roster-dopplegangers-end-of-the-bench-clippers