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 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/16

–  How The Hawks Are Recapturing Last Seasons’s Magic  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):
 Cavs Clean Up Their Defense  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  What Makes Terry Stotts A Great Coach (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  DET 92, MIL 91  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):
–  Video Breakdown: Steph, Draymond Punish Spurs-Style Switches  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
 –  Dubs Learn To Survive When Curry Sits  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):
–   AD’s Torn Labrum Explained  (from Trevor Magnotti, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 DWade To AD:  “Don’t Rush Back” (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

–  The Hornets: Blueprint, Building Block, Product  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2626457-michael-jordans-vision-for-charlotte-hornets-finally-paying-dividends

–  The Clippers Have Rebounding Issues  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/03/22/clippers-why-cant-you-make-more-effort-to-rebound/

–  D-League:  Underappreciated Point Guards  (from Chris Reichert,  upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/03/22/nba-d-league-rewind-point-guards-david-michael-stockton-josh-magette/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Dwight Howard  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/22/dwight-howard-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/82083178/

–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/21/blossoming-biyombo-has-given-raptors-double-threat-in-middle.html
–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton, magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-much-improved-3-point-shooter-20160321
–  Ty Lawson  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/lawson-spices-drab-victory

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/20/16

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  Heat 122, Cavs 101  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  Spurs 87, Dubs 79  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Spurs “Go Small”:  Diaw Replaces Duncan  (from Buck Harvey,  Express news):
–  How “Point-Giannis” Is Unlocking Jabari Parker  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):
–  Celtics & 76ers Rebuilds:  A Progress Report  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article67135347.html
–  Tim Hardaway, Jr.  (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/20/11271490/rockets-vs-hawks-recap-tim-hardaway-jr
–  Vince Carter/ Will Barton  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/03/19/vince-carter-has-lasted-adapting/IKw2HpDwRpkFOGCzvQgCVK/story.html
–  Tim Frazier  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://cache.nba.com/pelicans/news/ten-day-signee-tim-frazier-fast-start-pelicans

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/18/16

 Steph Sees Room For Improvement  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-sees-room-for-improvement-seriously.html

–  Miami’s Success Without Bosh  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/never-spo-down-on-miamis-success-without-chris-bosh/

–  Luke Walton On Coaching The Warriors  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1jyxCnTZE

–  Steph Curry Is Revolutionizing The Game  (from Henry Abbott, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15001418/how-stephen-curry-revolutionizing-basketball

–  Draymond Green And The Evolution Of Defense  (from Tom West,  FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/03/18/draymond-green-evolution-nba-defense/

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Thursday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625666-giannis-antetokounmpo-earning-greek-freak-nickname-and-thursday-nba-takeaways

–  Toronto 101, Indiana 94  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/bottom-line-pacers-foul-line

–  Hottest Shooters Of The Week  (from Will Laws,  Business2Comunity):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/sports/unlikely-sources-make-nbas-hottest-shooters-week-01488001#PX25J3ZjVOzfSE3m.97

–  Celtics:  How To Use The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11213032/boston-celtics-red-claws-jordan-mickey-avery-bradley-nba-d-league-model

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Luol Deng  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/heat/2016/03/17/luol-deng-chris-bosh-dwyane-wade-goran-dragic-lebron-james-heat-warriors-cavaliers/81916274/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/17/jrue-holidays-bounce-back-season-gives-pelicans-hope-future/

–  Lance Stephenson  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/3/18/11259148/lance-stephenson-memphis-grizzlies-analysis-free-agency-speculation

–  Devin Booker  (from Ian Levy,  Vice Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-devin-booker

–  Zach LaVine  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):  http://www.startribune.com/shooting-guard-suits-lavine/372510101/

–  Andre Miller  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/andre-miller-this-is-40/

–  Marreese Speights  (from CSNBayArea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-chronicles-speights-3-point-evolution-want-him-let-it-fly

 

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Shaun-Livingston-s-long-road-to-becoming-6921149.php

–  Serge Ibaka  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vuu1wCwAAKo_6g4b

–  Chris Kaman  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/in_trail_blazers_loss_to_san_antonio_spurs_chris_k.html

–  Akeem Richmond (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11217972/akeem-richmond-brings-defense-to-fast-paced-bighorns