Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/22/16

Popovich Will Lead Team He Was Left Off Of 4 decades Ago  (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17356380/introducing-team-usa-next-coach-gregg-popovich

–  Bench Crucial To USA Win (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/bench-play-from-kyle-lowry-paul-george-rest-of-bench-crucial-to-usa-gold-in-rio/

–  Journey To Gold  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/john_schuhmann/08/21/lessons-learned-gold-earned-for-team-usa/index.html

–  Jamal Crawford’s Long And Winding Road  (from Mike Wise, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/jamal-crawford-of-the-clippers-long-and-winding-road/

 Thabo Sefolosha  Q & A  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/q-and-a-with-thabo-sefolosha-we-have-a-different-d/nsKD8/

–  Earl Watson On The Good Side Of AAU Ball (from Dave King,  Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/8/22/12573540/aau-culture-ruining-basketball-suns-coach-earl-watson-would-argue-the-opposite

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Pau Gasol  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-the-pau-gasol-gamble/

Kevin Durant  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kd-team-usa-experience-therapy-000000944.html

–  Alex Abrines/Domantas Sabonis (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/three-things-we-learned-about-the-thunder-rookies-at-the-olympics/article/5514777

–  Dario Saric  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160822_Cooney__Additions_of_Sixers__Embiid__Saric_cause_for_excitement.html

 Semaj Christon  (from Dakota Schmidt, ridiculous upside.com):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/20/12568582/semaj-christon-nba-dleague-oklahoma-city-thunder

 Julius Randle  (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/julius-randle-will-prove-the-doubters-wrong/2016/08/21/

–  Tarik Black  (from Jared Zwerling,  NBPA.com):  http://nbpa.com/masters-degree-candidate-tarik-black-follows-in-fathers-real-estate-footsteps/

Wesley Matthews  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/wesley-matthews-says-work-mavs-can-better-defensive-team-2016-17/

 Andre Drummond/Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-eyes-across-board-gains-2-stand-out-most-growth-potential

Wade Baldwin/Brandan Wright  (from Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/08/19/wade-baldwin-iv-brandan-wright-grizzlies/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/21/16

–  What To Know About Serbian Team In Final  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USAToday):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/20/four-things-to-know-serbia-usa-mens-basketball-gold-medal-game/89048716/

 Coach K In The Olympics  (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/17356879/olympics-2016-kobe-bryant-coach-k-brought-pride-being-american-back-team-usa

–  Meet Larry Coon: Yoda Of The Salary Cap  (from Dan Woike, ocregister.com):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coon-726484-nba-cba.html

–  Breaking The Warriors Down By Play Types:  Spot Ups  (from Andy Serbe, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here:  http://bluemanhoop.com/2016/08/20/breaking-warriors-play-type-spot-ups/

–  Balance Will Be The Key To The Celtics’ Offense  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/20/balance-will-be-key-to-bostons-offense/

 What Adrian Griffin Brings To The Thunder  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/what-adrian-griffin-brings-to-the-thunder/article/5514716

–  Team USA  Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins  (from Mark medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/events/20160820/syracuse-assistant-former-mater-dei-standout-mike-hopkins-overcomes-the-odds

–  Sixers’ Coach Brett Brown  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=17347896

 Al-Farouk Aminu At PF Can Fuel Blazers’ Improvement  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/19/12550328/portland-trail-blazers-al-farouq-aminu-power-forward-frontcourt

–  D-League RGV Vipers’ Assistant Coach Cody Toppert  (from Clevis Murray, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/14/nba-cody-toppert-summer-league/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Frank Kaminsky  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article96899607.html

Jeremy Lin:  http://www.jlin7.com/blogs/journal/off-season-training

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Zach Cronin,  Nothin’ But Nets):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/08/20/nba-sean-kilpatrick-brooklyn-nets/

Wesley Matthews  (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/08/21/dallas-mavericks-wesley-matthews-key-competing-west/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/20/16

–  Serbia Advances To Olympic Final  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
 USA  Advances To Olympic Final  (from Marc Stein,  ESPN):
International Games: Players & Officials Communicate Past Language Barriers   (from Chris Hine, Chicago ribune):
–  Kelly Olynyk:  Brad Stevens Is A Basketball Genius (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
 Jordan Farmar On Luke Walton (from Serena Winters, Lakers Nation):
Getting To Know Grizzlies Assistant Bob Bender  (from Grizzlies.com):
Getting To Know Grizzlies Asst Coach Bob Thate  (from Grizzlies.com):
–  Differences In Offense And Defense Analytics  (from Andrew Johnson, Nylon Calculus):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Milos Teodosic  (from Greg Youncofski): https://twitter.com/CoachGregUC/status/766810430115237888
–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Zachary Diluzio, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243152/projecting-year-2-of-kristaps-porzingis
Will Barton  (from Nathan Beighle, Nugg Love):  http://nugglove.com/2016/08/20/important-denver-nuggets-will-barton/
Randy Foye  (from Cory Wright, nets.com):  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/08/19/randy-foye-looks-to-give-back
 Stephen Maxwell  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/19/12545758/stephen-maxwell-d-league-canada
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/19/16

–  Olympic Xs & Os  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
–  Blazers Struggle To Find Easy Points  (from Eric Griffith, Blazers Edge):
Lakers Promote Coach Casey Owens From D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
–  Can The Jazz Keep All Their Young Talent? (from Kincade Upstill, Deseret News):
Becoming A Head Coach  (from Marc D’Amico,  celtics.com):
 What The Cavs’ Offense Can Learn From The Title Run  (from Justin Rowan, Fear The Sword);
2015-16 No-D Team  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):
 Nuggets GM Tim Connelly Interview  (from Colorado Sports Guys):
–  The Suns’ Offseason (from Matt Petersen,  suns.com):
Former Players Coached At D-League Tryouts  (from Jasmine D Brown, Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Durant  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vintage-kd-emerges-just-time-000000214.html
– Isaiah Thomas (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/08/18/isaiah-thomas-celtics-layups-floaters/
 Mario Hezonja ( from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/08/18/mario-hezonja-excels-rio-despite-reduced-role/
–  Joffrey Lauvergne (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/18/joffrey-lauvergne-nuggets-evaluation/
Ivica Zubac  (from Gary Hester, Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/8/18/12405216/la-lakers-ranking-ivica-zubac

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/18/16

 Olympic Update  (from Kyle Neubeck and Harrison Faigen,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/18/12518816/olympic-basketball-scores-2016-usa-kevin-durant-paul-george-draymond-green

–  Paul George’s Defense Propels US Into Semifinals  (from JohnSchuhmann,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/john_schuhmann/08/17/paul-george-defensive-impact-propels-u-s-into-semifinals/

 Argentina’s End Of An Era  (from Marc Stein,  ESPN):

Read it here:   Manu, Argentina bid an emotional adieu

–  What Makes Team Australia So Good?  (from Miles Wray,  fansided.com):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/08/18/team-australia-basketball-rio-olympics/

–  Fringe Players Have Tough Decisions (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-fringe-players-have-tough-decision/

–  Symbiosis Of 76ers & 87ers  (from Bret Stuter,  The Sixer Sense0:

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/08/17/symbiosys-of-philadelphia-76ers-and-delaware-87ers/

–  Each Team’s Most Underappreciated Player  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2657893-the-most-underappreciated-player-on-every-nba-team

Position Counts In Determining Defensive Value  (from Abraham Budow,  Sir Charles IN Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/18/defense-nba-position-determines-value/

 The Clippers’ Offseason  (from James Polazzon,  Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/18/os-angeles-clippers-offseason-recap/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/node/598376

 Nikola Mirotic  (from George Eisner, BBall breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/08/17/nikola-mirotic-is-hoibergs-best-hope/

 Caris LeVert  (from Jay Siskin,  nothinbutnet.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/08/17/nba-brooklyn-nets-caris-levert/2/

–  Buddy Hield  (from Brett Dawson, theadvocate.com):  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_d5755244-47b7-11e6-b49a-2b3af8bab84a.html

–  Joe Harris (from Anthony Parisi,  Nets Daily):  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/8/18/12477468/who-is-joe-harris

–  Jon Leuer  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-sees-leuer-key-addition-pistons-roster-suddenly-deep-versatile-parts

–  Channing Frye/James Jones/Richard Jefferson  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/features/review-reserves-160818

 Xavier Henry  (from Joey Ramirez,  lakers.com):  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/160817xavierhenry-minicamp

–  Yi Jianlian  (from Chris Barnewall,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/08/18/yi-jianlian-lakers-bucks-cba/

–  Ra’Shad James  (from Gery Woelfel, woelfelspressbox.com):  http://www.woelfelspressbox.com/blog-entry/41/james-makes-marked-impression-on-bucks

 Eric Griffin  (from Chris Priczak,  Daily Knicks):  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/08/18/eric-griffin-fighting-dream/