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

Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, NBA Defense
–  Tuesday’s Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Spurs’ Bench; Raptors; Pacers  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):
–  Spurs Rounding Into Playoff Mode  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Popovich:  Bag Shootarounds In Exchange For Short, Direct Film Sessions  (from  Dan Woike, ocregister.com):
–  Is C.J. McCollum A Good Defender?  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers Edge):
–  Have Wizards Found Short-term Or Long-term Fix?  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):
 Warriors Create Chaos After Responding To Draymond  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
Wolves’ Coach Mitchell Wants Bench To Do More Than Just Score  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):
–  Lack Of Focus Plagues Pistons’ Recent Starts  (from Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News):
–  Heat’s Player Development Program  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
Josh Richardson’s Turning Point As A 3-Point Shooter  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):
–  Tony Allen, Matt Barnes Evolving Into Point Forwards  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Jazz Lockdown Defense Returning  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):
Lakers Finally Making Progress With Advanced Stats  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
–  Screens And Defensive Activity  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):
–  The Sixers Plan To Get Joel Embiid Healthy  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Stackhouse Proving A Quick Study As Raptors’ Assistant  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jabari Parker  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated);  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/15/jabari-parker-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-jason-kidd
Thabo Sefolosha  (from Brad Rowland, Peachtree Hoops):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/15/11235568/thabo-sefolosha-atlanta-hawks-defensive-key
–  Marreese Speights  (from Jimmy Durkin,  Bay Area News Group):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29642343/warriors-get-spark-from-red-hot-marreese-speights
–  Jerryd Bayless  (from Alex Boeder,  bucks.com):  http://www.nba.com/bucks/features/boeder-the-new-threes-of-jerryd-bayless
–  LaMarcus Aldridge/Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/15/yours-mine-and-ours-the-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-duo/
–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Spencer Redmond,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/16/bismack-biyombo-proving-to-be-a-crucial-bargain/
–  Kyle Anderson  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/16/11210878/kyle-anderson-development-steady-slow-mo
–  Udonis Haslem  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s031516-story.html

 

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

–  Draymond Green Is Redefining NBA Stardom  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Warriors’ GM Myers Evaluates First Half  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–   Never Underestimate Trade Deadline Chaos  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):    Lowe: Never underestimate trade deadline chaos
(Note:  This is the best story about potential trades that we’ve seen and one of the few that is actually worth reading.  And, as a bonus, it also includes interesting looks at Reggie Jackson’s and Nikola Vucevic’s offensive moves)
–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from 1500ESPN.com):
Wizards On The Brink At The Break  (from Kyle Wiedie,  Truth About It):
–  What’s Going Wrong In Houston  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Dirk Nowitzki: Still Loving The Ride  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Before The Knicks:  This Is How Porzingis Was In Spain (from Jorge Sierra,  Hoops Hype):
–  Lakers’ Bryant:  Young Players’ Development Hinges More On Mentors Than College   (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Blazers’  Assistant Coach Jay Triano  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):
–  Looking Back At Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Promising Yet Suddenly Halted Return  (from Reinis Lacis,  At The Hive):
–  Scouting Report On Potential NBA Signees Coming From China:  Jordan Crawford, Jabari Brown, Jamaal Franklin  (from Marco Catanzaro,  Sheridan Hoops):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Chris Paul  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-has-no-weakness
–  DeMar DeRozan (from Justin Rowan,  Hoops Habit):  Toronto Raptors Have Found A Star In DeMar Derozan

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/3/16

–  Rodney Hood’s Decisions in the Pick-and-Roll Can Keep the Jazz Afloat  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25434886/rodney-hoods-decisions-in-the-pick-and-roll-can-keep-the-jazz-afloat

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games   (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/2/10702756/nba-schedule-results-cavaliers-magic-rockets-spurs

–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell’s Post Game Remarks  (from William Bohl,  awolfamongwolves.com):

Read it here: http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/01/candid-sam-mitchell-delivers-lengthy-postgame-remarks/

–  Jazz 92,  Grizzlies 87  (from David Locke,  Locked On Jazz):

Read it here:  http://weareutahjazz.com/lockedonjazz/2016/01/02/emptying-the-noggin-so-much-to-say-about-an-amazing-win/

–  Paul George Scores 21 Straight Pacers’ Points  (from ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14489038

–  Kings 142, Suns 119  (form Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/02/sacramento-kings-rout-defenseless-phoenix-suns/78216028/

–  Cavs’ Full Roster Means Cramped Rotations  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-full-roster-means-cramped-rotation-worthy-players-left-out-in-cold-for-cavs-1.651755#

Celtics’ Big Man Logjam  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):  http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4721563/brad-stevens-curious-about-rookie-jordan-mickey-but-cs-have-bigger-frontcourt-issues

–  Explain One Play: Iguodala’s Thunderous Dunk (from Eric Apricot,  goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/3/10703632/warriors-vs-nuggets-2016-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-thunderous-slam-dunk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jeremy Lamb Q & A  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-qa-former-guard-jeremy-lamb-reflects-on-his-days-in-okc-trade-to-hornets/article/5470277

–  JJ Redick’s Hot Shooting December  (form Jose DeLeon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/113031/decembers-shooting-star-j-j-redick-of-the-clippers

–  JJ Redick  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VolemB8AAL6OQYZx

–  Danny Green  (from Paul Garcia,  projectspurs.com):   http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/zooming-in-danny-greens-january-night-vs-the-rockets.html

–  Darrun Hilliard  (from, Keith Langlois, Pistons.com): http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/keen-observer-all-around-him-darrun-hilliard-learns-fast-he-bides-his-time-pistons-bench

–  Larry Nance/Julius Randle  (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-lakers-report-20160103-story.html

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/01/02/kelly-oubre-jr-has-become-key-contributor-for-wizards/

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr/ Otto Porter   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):   http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-wizards-figure-out-porter-oubre-combo-can-work

–  Luc Mbah a Moute  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=364045411

–  Solomon Hill/ Chase Budinger  (from Scott Agness,  Vigilant Sports):   http://vigilantsports.com/2016/01/02/budinger-odd-man-out-as-solomon-hill-earns-playing-time/

–  Richaun Holmes  (form Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-holmes-amidst-progress-ready-keep-grinding

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/15/15

–  Last Year’s Hawks Were Not a Fluke  (form Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/15/9734278/hawks-fluke-kyle-korver-kent-bazemore

Gregg Popovich on Brett Brown  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sixerville/Popovich-on-76ers-Brett-Brown-He-loves-coaching-that-team.html

–  The Jazz’ Three-wing alignment  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3174938-155/utah-jazz-team-going-on-a

–  Jazz’ Pace is Slow and That’s OK With Coach Snider  from Mike Sorensen,  Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865641558/Jazz-among-NBAs-slowest-teams-but-thats-OK-with-coach.html

–  Trey Burke’s Move to the Bench Has Jazz Moving in Positive Direction  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25372491/trey-burkes-move-to-bench-has-jazz-headed-in-promising-direction

Knicks Know They Have to Rely Less on Carmelo Late in Games  (form Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/newyork/knicks/post/_/id/63504/knicks-know-they-have-to-rely-less-on-carmelo-anthony-late-in-games

–  Pelicans: Ravaged by Injuries  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374000/ravaged-by-injuries-pelicans-look-for-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel

Rockets: Is it Time to Panic?  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/1387/rockets-lose-again-is-it-time-to-panic

How Are the New Guards Out West ( Rondo, Matthews, D. Williams, L. Williams, Lawson) Doing?  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vkgxsx4AAJVcIzQQ/how-are-the-new-guards-out-west-performing

Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/14/9736294/nba-scores-schedule-clippers-pistons-rockets-mavericks

Explaining the Play:  Iguodala’s Last Gasp 3 Saves the Dubs  (from EricApricot, goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:   http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/15/9737678/warriors-vs-nets-2015-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-three

New Pacers System Brings Out the Best in Paul George  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/11/14/insider-new-pacers-system-brings-out-best-paul-george/75712738/

–  The Blazers’ Rebounding Problems  (from Steven Dewald, ripcityproject.com):

Read and view it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/11/15/rebounding-dooms-blazers/

Thunder Reducing Their Turnovers  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-thunder-flipping-its-early-season-turnover-woes/article/5460523

Will Pau Gasol Thrive Under Coach Hoiberg?  (from K. C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/nba/article44941341.html

Intense Wizard Practices Yield Simplified Defense  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/11/15/intense-wizards-practices-yield-simplified-defense-win-over-magic-saturday/

Danny Ainge Develops D-League Strategy  (from Gary Washburn, Bosotn Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/11/15/danny-ainge-develops-strategy-for-nbadl/iwxgvbfo8G1GCmlOQDBlpN/story.html

Celtics’ Defense Earning Respect  (from Joshua Bateman,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/11/15/boston-celtics-defense-has-earned-respect/

Good News and Bad News from the Sixers’ Loss to Spurs  (from Sean O’Connor,  LibertyBallers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/11/15/9738164/sixers-spurs-92-83-tenth-loss

–  Sam Mitchell Says NBA’s New Scheduling Policy Is Working (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com ):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/mitchell-says-nba-schedule-policy-is-working/349222321/

What the NBA is Doing About the Nuggets’ Home Scheduling Advantage  (from Christopher Dempsey,   Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29118550/league-is-no-fan-nuggets-home-court-edge

Cavs, Heat Trending in Opposite Salary Directions  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-cavs-heat-trending-in-opposite-salary-directions-1.640579

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Rajon Rondo is Leading By Example  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/amid-chaos-rondo-leading-example-getting-kings-buy

Tyler Zeller (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720985/tyler-zeller-has-set-standard-for-bostons-overcrowded-frontcourt

Marco Belinelli Adapting to Life After Spurs  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article44970567.html

Valunciunas Is Growing into a Star  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/14/valanciunas-growing-into-a-star

–  Meyers Leonard’s Status/ Allen Crabbe’s Emergence  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_notes_meyers_leonards_status_allen_c.html

Nowitzki Is Silencing Doubters  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374162/dirk-nowitzki-silencing-doubters-on-pace-for-historic-37-year-old-season

The Mavs All Love Raymond Felton  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4705780/on-the-mavs-everybody-loves-raymond-felton

–  Pablo Prigioni  On Shooting  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=RBijs932Ito

–  The Situational Changes for D’Angelo Russell  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239860/The-Situatonal-Changes-For-DAngelo-Russell

–  Tyler Johnson  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article44217984.html

–  Lance Stephenson Plays Less Than 2 Minutes  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/losangeles/clippers/post/_/id/8042/lance-stephenson-limited-to-under-two-minutes-in-clippers-win

Varejao:  Expensive Insurance for Cavs (from Marla Ridenour,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/marla-ridenour-minutes-dwindling-anderson-varejao-becomes-expensive-insurance-for-cavs-1.639534

–  Pelicans’  Ish Smith Is Making the Most of His Opportunities  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/11/new_orleans_pelicans_guard_ish.html

Batum has Made Quick Impact With Hornets  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):  http://www.heraldonline.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article44900457.html

Suns’ Brandan Knight Shifts Defense to Off-Guards  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/11/14/suns-guard-brandon-knight-shifts-defense-off-guards/75805004/

Thabo Sefolosha Getting Back On Track  (form Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):   Gary Washburn | Sunday Basketball Notes: After ordeal with police, Thabo Sefolosha getting back on track – The Boston Globe

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/17/15

–  Terry Stotts and ‘Blazers Basketball’: Players’ actions, words form ringing endorsement  (from Jason Quick, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_stotts_and_blazers_basketball_players_action.html

 

–   Suns know that talking on defense is key to success  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/15/9497899/talk-talk-talk

 

–  Addition of Chandler helps, but Phoenix Suns defense has a ways to go to be elite  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/17/9559407/Phoenix-Suns-starting-lineup-defense-breakdown-chandler-bledsoe-tucker

 

–  Why the Knicks’ defense will be more fun to watch this season  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/17/why-the-knicks-defense-will-be-more-fun-to-watch-this-season/

 

–  Why Dirk Nowitzki’s value to the Mavericks still is clear as ever   (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):

Read it here:  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/10/16/dirk-nowitzkis-value-mavericks-still-clear-ever

 

Even with new players, Bucks hope defense will remain strong (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/even-with-new-players-bucks-hope-defense-will-remain-strong-b99598028z1-333409131.html

 

–  Bulls working to get defense up to level of past performance  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/16/4971053_bulls-working-to-get-defense-up.html

 

–  Hollins needs Nets to develop defense-first mentality  (form Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13894941/hollins-needs-nets-develop-defense-first-mentality

 

–  Brook Lopez, Nets addressing defensive issues  (from Roderick Boone,  newsday.com):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brook-lopez-nets-addressing-defensive-issues-1.10974658

 

–  Revisiting Boston’s top training camp storylines  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720615/revisiting-bostons-top-training-camp-storylines

 

–  Changing Miami’s Pick-and-Roll Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViEpqCEAAEUWNFcJ/changing-miamis-pick-and-roll-defense

 

–  Nuggets exhibiting a winning culture in 2015  (from Christopher dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28977168/nuggets-exhibiting-winning-culture

 

–  Sam Mitchell re-energized with young Timberwolves  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sam-mitchell-re-energized-with-young-timberwolves/

 

–  Beat Writer Vince Ellis On The Pistons  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

We at Hoops Rumors will be chatting with beat writers from around the league and sharing their responses to give you a better perspective on how and why teams make some of their most significant moves.

Today, we gain insight on the Pistons from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.”

Read it here:   http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-vince-ellis-pistons.html

 

–  Warriors’ GM Bob Myers – intensely competitive architect of the NBA champs  (from Marcus Thompson,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/10/16/warriors-gm-bob-myers-intensely-competitive-architect-of-the-nba-champs-returns-to-his-roots/

 

–  Missing Kidd-Gilchrist: How the Hornets Adjust their TeamSPACE  (from Matt D’Anna,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/teamspace-missing-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-adjust-lineup/

 

–  Q&A: Los Angeles Lakers Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson   (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/14/industry-qa-los-angeles-lakers-associate-director-of-analytics-aaron-danielson/

 

The Worst On/Off-Court Numbers from 2014/15  (form Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/worst-onoff-court-numbers-201415/

 

–  Exploring Lineups and Fit  (from Andrew Johnson,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/15/exploring-lineups-and-fit/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Greg Monroe came to choose the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-greg-monroe-came-to-choose-the-bucks-over-the-knicks-and-lakers-084520720.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  Shoot, Patrick, just shoot  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/16/22563192.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

Joe Johnson: passing down Penny Hardaway’s lessons to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/joe-johnson-passing-penny-hardaways-lessons-priority/

 

–  Bobby Portis’ Emergence Creating New Challenges for Chicago Bulls’ Frontcourt  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2579646-bobby-portis-emergence-creating-new-challenges-for-chicago-bulls-frontcourt

 

–  Joakim Noah’s California summer could make Bulls a contender  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25342065/how-joakim-noahs-california-summer-could-make-bulls-a-contender

 

–  Heat’s James Ennis playing to his strengths  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1017-20151016-story.html

 

–  Bruno Caboclo still long way from cracking Raptors lineup despite improvement  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/16/bruno-caboclo-still-long-way-from-cracking-raptors-lineup-despite-improvement.html

 

–  Meyers Leonard’s “Basketball Unicorn” Potential  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vh1kqB4AACEAS6R4/meyers-leonards-basketball-unicorn-potential

 

QOTD (from Gregg Popovich on Lamar Odom): ” “I don’t concentrate on what kind of player he is, I feel all the other things, because I know him as a person. Warm-hearted. Good-humored. Wonderful guy to be around. Who cares about how he played? It’s about who you are and he (is) a good person.”