Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/28/16

–  Nuggets’ Coach Malone Interview, Part Two  (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/7/28/12265088/alone-with-malone-more-with-denver-nuggets-coach-michael-malone

–  Earl Watson Goes After A Victory Close To His Heart  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Undefetaed):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/earl-watson-goes-after-a-victory-close-to-his-heart/

–  The Bulls’ Defense:  Three Concerns  (from Mark Karantzoulis,  Chicago Now):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bulls-confidential/2016/07/the-bulls-their-defense-and-three-concerns/

–  The 2nd Round Of The Draft Is Broken, But Not Beyond Repair  (from Sam Vecenie, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-second-round-of-the-nba-draft-is-broken-but-not-beyond-repair

 NBPA Will Improve Players’ Retirement Benefits  (from Zach Schonbrun,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/sports/basketball/nba-players-union-will-improve-retiree-benefits.html

Trail Blazers’ Offseason Review  (from Ian Levy, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/07/28/portland-trail-blazers-offseason-review/

–  David Griffin Learned From Bryan Colangelo  (from Sam Donnellon, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/Donnellon-Cavs-GM-David-Griffin-talks-about-Sixers-Bryan-Colangelo-.html

–  How Basketball In L.A. Helped Prepare Three USA Olympians  (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/how-basketball-la-helped-prepare-three-us-olympians

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Kevin Durant  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Undefetaed):  http://theundefeated.com/features/kevin-durants-debut-in-oracle-arena-was-a-slam-dunk/

–  Jaylen Brown  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics-jaylen-brown-nba-rookie-secret-weapon-graham-betchart-mental-skills-coach

 Flip Murray  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-ronald-flip-murray-attempting-comeback/

–  E’Twaun Moore  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/07/etwaun_moore_doesnt_plan_to_ch.html   and from Justin Verrier, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/499/pelicans-hope-etwaun-moores-hard-work-pays-off-in-new-orleans

–  Jared Dudley (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jared-dudley-suns-my-return-to-phoenix/

 

–  Bradley Beal  (from csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/4-major-factors-leading-bradley-beals-max-deal-wizards

–  Norman Powell (from Holly MacKenzie, Raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/powell-072716

–  DeAndre Bembry  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=bir4k-M77ZA

–  Kristaps Prozingis  (from Simeon Russell, Daily Knicks):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/07/28/kristaps-porzingis-the-role-of-his-teammates-in-his-development/

–  Markieff Morris  (from Alan Jenkins,  bulletsforever):  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/7/28/12284984/markieff-morris-washington-wizards-both-ends-offense-defense

–  Terrence Jones (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):  Pelicans pickup Terrence Jones still has upside, potential to improve at age 24 | New Orleans Pelicans

 A.J. Hammons  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2016/06/24/10-things-know-aj-hammons-connection-rajon-rondo-chad-ford-said-kept-lottery-pick?f=r

–  Danuel House  (from Ben Mehic, Wiz Of Awes):  http://wizofawes.com/2016/07/27/washington-wizards-danuel-house-has-unique-opportunity-to-earn-roster-spot/

–  Stephen Zimmerman  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/27/12299394/stephen-zimmerman-orlando-magic-erie-bayhawks-dleague

–  Taurean Prnce  (from Collin Huguley, Soaring Down South):  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2016/07/28/taurean-prince-next-demarre-carroll/

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/07/27/carmelo-anthony-usa-basketball-going-for-third-gold-medal/87586992/

 Seth Curry  (from Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-like-offensive-versatility-seth-curry-brings-dallas-backcourt/

Carl Landry  (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):  http://thesixersense.com/2016/07/28/3-reasons-for-philadelphia-76ers-to-keep-carl-landry/

–  Errick McCollum  (from Zach Drapkin, VAVEL):  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/674542-vavel-usa-exclusive-errick-mccollum-more-than-comfortable-as-epitome-of-overseas-elite.html

–  Mickell Gladness  (from Zach Drapkin, VAVEL):  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/674527-vavel-usa-exclusive-mickell-gladness-content-in-tbt-interview.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/16

(NOTE:  Again today our links are limited by the effects of the all-star break and trade deadline.  The good news is that this is probably the last disclaimer we will need.  Our expectation is that we will be back to our “old normal” this weekend.)
–   Pick-And-Roll Perfected:  Draymond Green And Steph Curry  (from Jeff Siegel, fansided):
–  Lockdown Defense Keeping Celtics Among East Elite  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
SVG Explains Pistons’ Trade Process And How Little He Is Involved  (from Aaron McMann, mlive.com):
–  Bulls’ GM Gar Forman  Q & A  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  George Karl Should Not Go Out Like This  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):
–  Every Trade Completed During The 2-15-16 Season  (from SBNation):

–  Trade Deadline Recap  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):
The Key Deadline Deals  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  10 Questions Following The Trade Deadline  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):
–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  A Guide To The Buyout Season  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):
–  NBPA Mounting Crackdown On Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/02/19/brandon-jennings-ersan-ilyasova-know-the-work-ahead/
–  Dante Exum/Shelvin Mack  (from Dan Clayton,  Salt City Hoops):  http://saltcityhoops.com/sc7-basketballs-back-deadline-and-why-exums-still-central/
–  Channing Frye  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/02/19/channing-frye-strengthens-cavs-weaknesses/

–  Jon Horford  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside & Motor):  Jon Horford putting in the work to create his own path

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   NBPA Organizes Offseason Camp  (from Alex Kennedy,  Basketball Insiders):

” Last week, nearly 30 NBA players traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the National Basketball Players Association’s first annual offseason training camp that was held at Impact Basketball.

The three-day event (Sept. 2-4) was designed to prepare players for their respective team’s training camp, and there was also an NBPA dinner so that players could bond and receive updates on union matters.

Among the NBA players in attendance were Paul Pierce (Clippers), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Rudy Gay (Kings), Amir Johnson (Celtics), Stanley Johnson (Pistons), Tayshaun Prince (Timberwolves), Kyle O’Quinn (Knicks), Marreese Speights (Warriors), Brian Roberts (Hornets), Brandon Rush (Warriors), James Anderson (Kings) and Jarrid Famous (Mavericks). Some injured players – like Brandon Jennings (Pistons) and Alan Anderson (Wizards) – showed up but their participation was limited due to their injuries.

Several veteran free agents were also among the players in attendance, including Jason Maxiell, Keith Bogans, Dahntay Jones, Hakim Warrick, Marcus Banks, Greg Smith, Patrick O’Bryant and Scotty Hopson. Team executives weren’t allowed in the gym during the camp so this wasn’t a tryout; it was just a way for these free agents to get in game shape and test themselves against NBA-caliber talent so they’re prepared if they receive a training camp invite or a team brings them in for a workout.”

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-nbpa-organizes-offseason-camp/

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Kristaps Porzingis’ Summer Training  (from Marc Berman,  New York Post):  http://nypost.com/2015/09/07/porzingis-gained-11-pounds-after-starting-weight-training-with-knicks/

 

–   Anthony Bennett anchors improving Canadian basketball team  (from Eric Koreen,  National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/anthony-bennett-anchors-improving-canadian-basketball-team

 

–   Miami Heat Rotation Spotlight: Can Josh McRoberts be the Missing Link?  (from Wes Goldberg, allucanheat.com):   http://allucanheat.com/2015/09/07/miami-heat-rotation-spotlight-can-josh-mcroberts-be-the-missing-link/

 

–   Phoenix Suns Film Study: Breaking down Sonny Weems  (from Samuel Cooper, brightsideofthesun.com):   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/7/9242789/sonny-weems-a-film-study

 

–   Atlanta Hawks Player Profile: Al Horford  (from Troy Tauscher,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/07/atlanta-hawks-player-profile-al-horford/

 

–  Timberwolves: Nemanja Bjelica  (from Aaron Mah,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/07/minnesota-timberwolves-aboard-nemanja-bjelica-hype-train/

 

–  A closer look at David West’s fit with the Spurs  (from Michael Erler/Jesus Gomez, poundingtherock.com and  Matthew Tynan, 48minutesofhell.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/7/9267183/david-west-fit-aldridge-diaw-duncan

 

–   Nicolas Batum’s ability to create offense key for Charlotte  (fro DB. Walker/Dwayne Cherry,  atthehive.com);: http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/7/9270003/nic-batums-ability-to-create-offense-key-for-charlotte

 

–   What Is Jerome Randle Doing Leading The Ukrainian National Team?  (from Patrick Redford,  deadspin.com):  http://deadspin.com/what-is-jerome-randle-doing-leading-the-ukrainian-natio-1727601870

 

–   Why George Hill will be the most intriguing Pacer to watch in 2015-16  (from C. Cooper,  indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/9/3/9254975/why-george-hill-will-be-the-most-intriguing-pacer-to-watch-in-2015-16

 

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting

–   The five favorites for Eurobasket  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/09/05/the-five-favorites-for-eurobasket/

 

–  When Good Shots Turn Bad and Bad Shots Turn Good  (from Kelly Scaletta, Vantage Sports):

” How tightly a shooter is guarded, whether the defender has his hands up, where the shot is from, and how much time is on the clock all influence whether a shot is going to go in or not. Lost in this analysis is often the most important factor of all, and that’s who is taking the shot.

You can only generalize shots so much. Ultimately, people take them, and like all things dealing with people, you can’t be too universal in you assessments. Some shots are generally better than others. Maybe some are even usually better than others. But there are times when you’d take a midrange jumper over a corner three or shot at the rim depending on who takes the shot.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vedm0SAAABNci3m9/when-good-shots-turn-bad-and-bad-shots-turn-good

 

–  Labor Peace in Our Time: How the NBA’s Money Train Could Keep Chugging  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/labor-peace-in-our-time-how-the-nbas-money-train-could-keep-chugging/

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Ty Lawson Helps the Rockets (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-ty-lawson-could-make-rockets-top-tier-contenders/

 

–   Clippers Preview: Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ykd2dGIQ1WY

 

–  DeShaun Thomas is testing the Spurs’ draft-and-stash system (from Jesus Gomez,  poundngtherock.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/5/9263581/deshaun-thomas-tender-offer-change-nba

 

–  Jordan Clarkson’s Mid-Range Jumper  (from Darius Soriano, forumblueandgold.com):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/04/one-player-one-skill-jordan-clarksons-mid-range-jumper/

 

–   Sizing up Henry Sims  (from Rollin J. Mason/Sean O’Connor,  birghtsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/5/9264881/sizing-up-henry-sims-liberty-ballers-offers-insight-to-the-phoenix

 

–   Carving Out An NBA Role For Nik Stauskas  (form Aaron Mah,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/05/stauskas-stauskas-carving-nba-role-nik-stauskas/