Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/1/17

Is LeBron Playing Too Many Minutes?  (from Brandon Anderson, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/lebron-james-is-playing-way-too-many-minutes-a9d8849c5863#.i7uqocfap

–  Thunder Stay Disciplined With Westbrook’s Workload  (from Royce Young, ESPN):

Read it here; http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/2219/thunder-staying-disciplined-in-managing-russell-westbrooks-workload

–  Jeff Teague: What Paul George Needed  (from Jason Oliver, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/indiana-pacers-jeff-teague-upgrade/

–  Sachin Gupta: The Driving Force Behind Many Of Hinkie’s Trades  (from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com):

Read it here: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/01/31/sachin-gupta-trades-sam-hinkie/

Kevin Durant: Warriors’ Chief Shot Blocker  (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/31/durant-reaching-new-heights-as-warriors-chief-shot-blocker/

From Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/durants-work-defense-paying-warriors-see-room-improvement

–  Coach Malone On The Nuggets Without Jokic  (from Lou Ponsi, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/31/nuggets-danilo-gallinari-helping-with-nikola-jokic-out/

–  Why Pull-Up 3-Pointers Have Taken Over  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch t here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/01/pull-up-3-pointers-lowry-curry-harden/

–  Return Of The Dragon: How Dragic Is Spearheading The Heat  (from Spencer Lund, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/highlight/return-of-the-dragon-how-the-all-nba-goran-dragic-is-spearheading-miamis-winning-streak/

Myles Turner’s Post Defense Is Essential And A Work In Progress (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turners-blocks-give-pacers-something-build

Jason Kidd’s Juggling Act At PF  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: Power overload: Kidd faces juggling act at key position

Hoiberg, Bulls Searching For Answers (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/31/coaching-spin-hoiberg-bulls-searching-answers/

Crowder Cares About Winning, Not Stats (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Readit here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725117/jae-crowder-flirting-with-50-40-90-club-but-more-interested-in-wins

–  Tuesday Roundup, Featuring Wizards, Lowry, Kawhi  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2689053-tuesday-nba-roundup-washington-wizards-emerging-as-dark-horse-out-east

–  Monday’s Best Performances: Harrison Barnes/DeMarcus Cousins  (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-isnt-as-bad-as-you-think-he-is-2009ccc0ae2#.eq6ojh6h3

Unbreakable Bonds: The Player-Coach Relationship  (from Brian Witt, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/unbreakable-bonds-player-coach-relationship/

 Lucas Nogueira Q & A  (from Donnovan Bennett, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-nogueira-comes-raptors-defence-offers-advice-caboclo/

–  The Cavs And Korver Need Time (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/01/cavaliers-kyle-korver-need-time/

How Tarik Black Balanced Basketball And Books To Earn His Master’s Degree (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/tarik-black-lakers-masters-degree/

 Ian Clark: Not “Smoke And Mirrors”  (from George Kkndoleon, 16 Wins A ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/ian-clark-is-not-another-case-of-smoke-and-mirrors-a37124a96d7b#.ysiq2mpun

Alec Burks Is Getting Back To His Dynamic Ways  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/31/jazzs-alec-burks-getting-back-to-his-dynamic-ways/

Kings: The Importance Of Garrett Temple  (from Jordan Treske, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/sacramento-kings-garrett-temple/

Giannis: Most Improved Player?  (from Zack Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/giannis-antetokounmpo-mip/

–  Stephanie Ready: Life Lessons (from Jodie Valade, Charlotte Magazine):

Read it here:  http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/February-2017/Life-Lessons-Stephanie-Ready/

Frank Ntilikina Passes The Eye Test  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/french-nba-prospect-frank-ntilikina-passes-the-eye-test-2a9897ed8322#.o6xmcfx9x

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/26/16

–  Kevin Love Is Having His Best Season (from Duncan Smith, 16winsaring.com):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/kevin-love-is-having-his-best-season-deb6e0e533af#.7e528nh6i

–  Sunday Recap  (from SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/26/14079262/2016-nba-scores-kyrie-irving-cavaliers-warriors-christmas-day

From Dan Favale, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683074-christmas-day-nba-roundup-kyrie-irving-writes-another-chapter-in-growing-legend#

From Inside Hoops/AP:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml

–  Video Analysis: Russell And Mozgov Showed Their Value In Win Over Clippers  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/12/26/14080430/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-timofey-mozgov-win-over-la-clippers-highlights-stats-analysis-video-nba

–  36th Pick Malcolm Brogdon Is Exceeding Expectations (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/12/25/bucks-brogdon-shines-dull-looking-rookie-class/95767988/

–  How The Double High Screen Could Unleash Evan Fournier  (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/12/26/double-high-screen-unleash-evan-fournier/

–  Statistical Explanation Of Where The Knicks Must Improve  (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/12/26/new-york-knicks-statistics-struggles/

 The Timberwolves: This Will Take Time  (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/26/14080982/timberwolves-thunder-patience-karl-anthony-towns

Knicks Have Ordered Courtney Lee To Shoot More Contested Shots  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/12/26/courtney-lee-struggles-with-knicks-orders-to-shoot-more/

–  Earl Watson Saw Harden And Westbrook’s Star Potential Early On  (from Doug Haller,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/12/25/suns-watson-saw-harden-star-potential/95839448/

Jamal Crawford Is Dejounte Murray’s Mentor  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/12dayschristmas4/dejounte-murray-biggest-mentor-jamal-crawford

–  How The Ibaka Trade Sets Up Thunder’s Future  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683592-how-the-serge-ibaka-trade-set-up-oklahoma-citys-future

If The Jazz Can Get Healthy, They Can Finally Have That Great Bench  (from Randy Hollis, Deseret News):

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865669895/With-all-the-walking-wounded-what-wouldve-been-a-great-Jazz-bench-no-longer-exists.html

How Pat Riley Saved His Playing Career And Is Paying It Forward  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-pat-riley-s122516-story.html

–   Monday Memory: Knicks-Nets (2/12/78):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUO0Kb–Fro&app=desktop

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Typically around 1500!!

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/1/16

–  Ben Simmons’ Injury  (from Keith Pompey, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/76ers-rookie-Ben-Simmons-could-miss-8-weeks-with-broken-foot.html   and from Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/1/13129270/ben-simmons-broken-foot-sixers-surgery-joel-embiid-the-process-bryan-colangelo

  • Taj Gibson Is The Last Bull Standing From 2010-11 EC Finalists  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-bulls-training-camp-spt-1001-20160930-story.html

–  Celtics Need To Juice Their 3-Point Attack  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/30/boston-celtics-juice-three-point-attack/

–  Jeremy Lin’s Yearlong Jumper Overhaul Is Nearly Complete (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/01/jeremy-lins-yearlong-jumper-overhaul-is-nearly-complete/

–  How The Westbrook Solo Act Will Work  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17675910/how-russell-westbrook-solo-act-play-oklahoma-city-kevin-durant

–  Blazers Working Out Ways To Use NBA’s New Real-Time Video Rule  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/09/trail_blazers_ironing_out_ways_to_use_nbas_new_rea.html

–  Justin Anderson Q & A  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/justin-anderson-on-offseason-improvements-life-as-a-maverick/

–  Alex Len’s Maturation  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/30/alex-len-maturing-out-instable-phoenix-suns-years/91354314/

–  Stackhouse’s Love For The Game Is Vital To His Transition To D-League Coach  (from Jon Fawkes, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/jerry-stackhouse-transition-nba-star-head-coach-raptors-905/

–  The Metamorphosis Of Kevin Durant  (from Sai Mohan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/30/the-metamorphosis-of-kevin-durant/

–  The Young Wolves Reflect On KG’s Impact  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/what-kg-meant-to-me-the-young-wolves-reflect-on-kevin-garnetts-lasting-impact/

–  Defensive Upgrade Is Key To Pelicans’ Success (from Quentin Haynes, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/30/new-orleans-pelicans-defensive-upgrade-key-regular-season-success/

–  Top Ten Candidates For Exec Of The Year  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/nba-top-10-candidates-executive-year-award-2016-17/

–  Davis Bertans Is Hoping His Perseverance Pays Off (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/29/san-antonio-spurs-david-bertrans-rookie-feature/index.html

–  Jeff Green’s Heart Surgery Made Him Stronger  (from Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-jeff-green-brian-schmitz-1001-20160930-column.html

–  Lance Thomas/Marshall Plumlee Looking  To Help Knicks’ Revamped Front Line (from Adam Zagoria, sny.tv):

Read it here:  https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/duke-guys-thomas-plumlee-looking-to-help-knicks-revamped-front-line/204228180

–  The Training Camp Contract  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/front-office-insider-the-training-camp-contract-161058008.html

 Trying Out For Nets’ D-League Team Beats Playing In Mongolia  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/01/sports/basketball/why-try-out-for-nets-new-d-league-team-it-beats-playing-in-mongolia.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/6/16

Mike Malone Paves The Path Forward For The Nuggets (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and listen to it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/michael-malones-intensity-paves-the-best-path-forward-for-nuggets/

–  Suns’ Lottery Pick Big Men: Bender And Chriss (from IanThomsen, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/04/phoenix-suns-rookie-frontcourt-marquese-chriss-dragan-bender/index.html

–  SVG: Getting The Rotation Right  (from Keith Langlois,  Pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/camp-questions-quest-balance-will-svg-tinker-pistons-starters

 Film Study: Isaiah Thomas Without the Ball (from Jared Weiss, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/9/6/12789208/isaiah-thomas-boston-celtics-trade-star-breakdown

 Veterans Scramble To Stay In The Assn  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/09/02/nba-veterans-scramble-to-stay-in-league/

Heat Player Updates  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald);

Read it here:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/09/winslow-making-strides-working-with-specialist-heat-dolphins-canes-marlins-notes.html

–  What Is It Like To Play In The NBA?  (from Jim McIvaine):

Read it here:  http://jimmcilvaine.sportsblog.com/posts/25001945/what-is-it-like-to-play-in-the-nba–part-one.html

–  Evaluating Defense  (from Josh Clement,  canishoopus.com):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/9/6/12805948/tuesday-musings-evaluating-defense

Additional Player Notes, Profiles, Updates:

 Lavoy Allen  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/how-lavoy-allen-carved-out-his-nba-niche/

 Gerald Henderson  (from Alex Brubaker, the Sixer Sense);  http://thesixersense.com/2016/09/05/philadlephia-76ers-gerald-henderson-the-steal-of-the-offseason/

–  Russell Westbrook (from Vincent Askew, skews24-7sports.com):  http://skews24-7sports.com/rumble-young-man-rumble/

 Stanley Johnson  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/camp-questions-how-big-jump-can-stanley-johnson-take-year-two

–  Willie Reed  (from Wes Goldberg, allucanheat.com):  http://allucanheat.com/2016/09/06/miami-heat-willie-reed-opportunity/

 James Young (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/boston-celtics-ceiling-to-floor-profiles-james-young-days-may-be-numbered

Jakob Poeltl  (from Quinn Allen,  Raptors Rapture):  http://raptorsrapture.com/2016/09/05/what-raptors-fans-can-expect-from-first-round-pick-jakob-poeltl/

–  Jeff Teague  (from Ben Gibson,  8points9seconds.com):  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/09/05/jeff-teague-with-paul-george/

Joe Young (from Scott Agness, Vigilant Sports):  http://www.vigilantsports.com/2016/09/01/man-on-a-mission-joe-young-working-out-three-times-a-day/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/30/16

–  GSW/OKC Game 7:  Three Factors  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):
–  7  Questions That Could Shape Game 7  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  Game 7 Factors  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):
Durant  vs. Iguodala:  Professional Scorer Vs. Professional Defender  (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):
–  KD Should Feel No Shame If Thunder Loses  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):
–  Iguodala: Game Six Hidden Hero  (from Marcus Thompson, Mecury news):
  –  The Defensive Plays That Went Right For OKC In Game Six  (from Bobby Chancellor,  welcometoloudcity):
–  Roberson Has Become Indispensable For OKC  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
–  Klay Shot Dubs Into Game 7  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
–  Dubs Force Game 7  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):

 Thunder’s Stagnant Half-Court Offense In Crunch Time  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/30/11808248/thunder-clutch-offense-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook   and from Amin Elhassan, vimeo.com:  https://vimeo.com/168563166

–  Billy Donovan’s College-to-NBA Transition  (from Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News):
 Bulls Looking For Seasoned Assistant Coaches  (from Michael Rene Kanoy,  pippinainteasy.com):