Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/9/16

Reggie Jackson Pivotal In Initiating Pistons’ Offense (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/08/pistons-will-miss-jacksons-starting-offense

–  Dirk Nowitzki Is The NBA’s Safe Place For Combo Guards  (from Jonny Auping,  Real GM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243545/Dirk-Nowitzki-Is-The-NBAs-Safe-Place-For-Combo-Guards

–  Joel Embiid: Off To A Strong Start (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-brett-brown-turning-76ers-over-to-joel-embiid/

–  Reggie Jackson Chooses Plasma Injection Treatment; Who Will Fill-In For Him? (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/10/08/pistons-jackson-chooses-plasma-injection-treat-knee/91789690/

–  In Ish We Trust?  (from Ashwin Ramnath,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/07/in-ish-we-trust/

–  Video: Steve Kerr Training Camp Interview (from NBA.com):

Watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/video/2016/10/08/20161008rtcgsw7

Trevor Booker Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/trevor-booker-helps-build-nets-foundation/

–  Undrafted Sheldon McLellan On Track To Make Wizards’ Roster  (from Candace Buckner, Washingtn Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/08/undrafted-rookie-sheldon-mcclellan-on-track-to-earning-wizards-roster-spot/ from Mike Knapp, Bullets Forever:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/8/13214334/sheldon-mcclellan-washington-wizards-roster-analysis

–  DJ Stephens: Ready For The Next Step  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/8/13210864/dj-stephens-nba-dleague-memphis-grizzlies

–  Ask Sam Smith  (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-1072016

–  5 Reasons Why Tony Parker Isn’t Finished Yet  (from Jose Cruz, The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/10/08/5-reasons-why-tony-parker-isnt-finished-yet/

–  Lakers Want D’Angelo Russelll To Be Aggressive  (from Jovan Buha, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/43365/lakers-want-dangelo-russell-to-trust-his-feel-be-aggressive

–  Celtics:  Crowder And Brown Key To Small Ball (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/10/07/boston-celtics-crowder-and-brown-key-to-small-ball/

–  The Clippers’ Biometric Program  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/redick-731457-data-clippers.html

–  Steven Adams Striving To Be Leader Of Thunder’s Defense  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-steven-adams-striving-to-be-the-new-leader-of-the-thunders-defense/article/5521657

–  Terrence Ross Could Be Raptors’ X-Factor  (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):

Read it here:  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/10/08/22673105.html

Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s 5 Observations (from cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/iman_shumperts_off-season_chan.html

JaVale McGee: Trying To Climb Into Warriors’ Rotation (from Monte Poole,  nbabayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/warriors/Eager_to_shed_reputation__McGee_trying_to_climb_into_Warriors__rotation-396422791.html

–  How Rick Carlisle Will Select Last Two Roster Players  (from Doyle Rader, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/10/9/13200660/dallas-mavericks-preseason-final-roster

–  Clippers’ Offense Looks Even Better With Increased Movement  (from Mohammed Dahkil, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/09/la-clippers-offense-better-new-movement/

–  Should The Knicks Use Hernangomez And Plumlee As A Duo?  (from Maurice Moton, Empire Writes Back):

Read and view it here:  http://empirewritesback.com/2016/10/09/new-york-knicks-use-willy-hernangomez-marshall-plumlee-as-a-duo/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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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/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Clippers and the Quest for Versatility  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/25/9399175/clippers-and-the-quest-for-versatility-media-day

 

–  With DeAndre Jordan back, Clippers must now learn to thrive without him  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

” Here’s a quick guide to make sure you’re up to speed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Out: rehashing the saga of how the Clippers retained DeAndre Jordan this summer.

In: talking about how the Clippers will fare without him this season.

Sure, the Clippers are counting on an even better version of Jordan than the one who was plus-11.8 per 100 possessions while on the court last season. But they’re also excited to see the options their improved depth and more versatile roster can provide when Jordan comes out of the game. In other words, they went to great lengths to keep their center while acknowledging the diminished importance of centers in today’s NBA.

“I do like the fact that we can stay big when we want to and we can stay small when we want to,” Doc Rivers said. “Staying small when we wanted to, we haven’t had that luxury since I’ve been here, and now we do.””

Read it here:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/deandre-jordan-back-clippers-now-learn-thrive/story?id=34055912

 

–  Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel: Can Brett Brown make it work? (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/jahlil-okafor-nerlens-noel-can-brett-brown-make-it-work

 

–   Isaiah Thomas studied Steve Nash this summer (from Tom Westerholm, celticshub.com):

” While he’s probably the best scorer on the team, a big part of his effectiveness lies in his role off the bench — Thomas dominates opposing second units, who can’t answer for his quickness and ability to score off the dribble in a variety of ways.

Thomas said he worked on expanding that variety this offseason.

“I worked on extending my range,” he said on Friday. “Trying to be able to shoot from wherever on the basketball court. Also, I watched Steve Nash film, trying to figure out different ways to finish not just around the rim, but extending to the 3-point line.”

Read it here:  http://www.celticshub.com/2015/09/26/isaiah-thomas-studied-steve-nash-doesnt-mind-sixth-man-role-boston-celtics/

 

–   For Better or Worse, These Knicks Belong to Phil Jackson  (from Scott Cacciola, New York Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/26/sports/basketball/for-better-or-worse-these-knicks-belong-to-phil-jackson.html

 

–  Celtics expect Lee, Johnson to provide necessary leadership  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/25/boston-celtics-media-day-2015-feature/index.html

 

Cavs:  all key players are returning  (form Terry Pluto, Cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/09/post_127.html

 

–  Nets’ Frontcourt Rotation (from Anthony Puccio,  netsdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/9/25/9396093/burning-hot-qs-depth-in-the-front-court

 

–   SVG Part V: Until Jennings’ return, Jackson and a mixed cast will bear brunt of carrying Pistons offense  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-v-until-jennings-return-jackson-and-mixed-cast-will-bear-brunt-carrying-pistons

 

–   The Timberwolves’ season of uncertainty  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  http://www.minnpost.com/sports/2015/09/timberwolves-season-uncertainty

 

–   Training Camp Protocol  (from Charley Rosen, todaysfastbreak.com):

”  (L)et’s take a look at the itineraries and goals that normally are in play from now until the preseason games begin.

” Once the season kicks off, practice sessions will be few and far between, so the next 7-10 days are extremely valuable. So critical that each practice session is planned to the minute with schedules often printed and distributed to the players beforehand.

While the specifics vary from team to team, every ball club hopes to reach several common goals during this period.”

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/rosen-2015-training-camp-protocol/

 

–  The four injury risks today’s young players face  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

” Many (health professionals in and out of the Association) say the injuries are indicative of four key issues players face in today’s NBA: poorer sleep, in part because of technology; weaker bones, in part because of low calcium and high sugar intake; an uptick in wear and tear, thanks largely to players specializing in basketball at a young age; and weaker muscles, as a result of shucking traditional weight training for more en-vogue methods.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13217004/the-four-injury-risks-today-young-nba-players-face

 

–  Jrue Holiday’s camp is determined to overcome his bad history with lower leg stress injuries  (from Oleh,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/9/25/9393647/jrue-holiday-pelicans-minutes-trainer-mike-management-fracture

 

–  “Playing Up” and Rebounding: Adjustments faced by a player moving from small forward to power forward (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/25/paul-george-playing-up-and-rebounding/

 

Nets’  Off-Season Report  (from netincome, nets daily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/9/26/9400489/netsdaily-off-season-report-no-22

 

–   Lauren Holtkamp preps for her second season as NBA ref  (from Christian Red, NYDailyNews):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/ref-lauren-holtkamp-opens-news-nba-season-article-1.2374437

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 6 Players – Passing  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscooop.com):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-6-players-passing/

(Note: This is Part 3 of a 9-part series)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player rankings:  DeMarcus Cousins, No. 9  (from Bryan Toporek):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/23/demarcus-cousins-no-9/

 

–  Festus Ezeli Has Battled His Way into Golden State’s Future  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2571519-always-a-warrior-festus-ezeli-has-battled-his-way-into-golden-states-future

 

–  Jared Sullinger  (from A Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/sullinger-reminded-trainer-what-hard-work

 

David Lee brings unselfish attitude to the Celtics  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/lee-brings-unselfish-attitude-celtics

 

–  Anderson Varejao Bounces Back from Last Year’s Injury  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/varejao-150925

 

–  Pistons’ Granger (knee) to miss start of training camp  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/09/25/detroit-pistons-danny-granger-rehab/72825524/

 

QOTD (from Steve Kerr on the Warriors adding Steve Nash as a player development consultant):  ” “I think Steve is the most innovative athlete I’ve ever seen, when it comes to pursuing greatness – whether it’s conditioning, basketball drills, whatever,” Kerr said. “He’s got an amazing feel for the game and an amazing mind. Steve was the most efficient player I’ve ever been around, and my hope is that he can make our guys more efficient.””