Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/12/16

Video Analysis: Advanced Curry/Durant Pick And Roll (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Phil Jackson, Kenny Atkinson On Coaching (from Charley Rosen, fanragsports):
–  Luke Walton Credits Unselfish Play For Bench Success (from Mark medina, LA Daily News):
–  Anthony Davis Has Been Great, The Pelicans Have Been Bad  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):
 Thunder Offense Takes Big Step Back  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
–  Thunder Playing Impressive Defense  (from Susan Bible, Basketball Insiders):
–  Clippers’ Defense Leads Them Atop The NBA  (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):
–  Spurs Still Offering Lessons To The Heat  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Terry Stotts: “Our Challenge Is To Play Well For Longer Periods”  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
–  Recapping Friday Night’s Games (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
–  Embiid Leads The Way As Sixers Win Their First Game (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
–  Embiid: Worth The Wait  (from The Jump Ball):
Brett Brown: Sports Science Has A Significant Voice That I Listen To  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
 CLE 104, WAS 95  (from Adam Rubin, Truth About It):
–  BOS 114, NY 85  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston herald):
–  Jabari Parker Has The Tools To Be An Elite Scorer  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Giannis, Jabari And Khris: The Bucks’ “Big Three” Master Plan  (from Jonny Auping, Real GM):
–  Pelicans Defense Might Be A Mirage  (from David Fisher, The Bird Writes):
–  Kings Look To Speed Up To Avoid Working Against The Shot Clock  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
 These Aren’t Your Same Old Sacramento Kings  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
–  Mavs’ Young Players Are Living Up To Expectations (from Cole Mentzel, Hoops Habit):
–  Jonathan Simmons’ Path To The NBA  (from Jenny Dial Creech, Huston Chronicle):
–  Weekend Dime Returns, Sort Of (from Marc Stein, ESPN):
–  Something Goes Right For The Lakers; In Two Words: Luke Walton  (from Mark Heisler, OC Reggister):
–  Zach LaVine And The Timberwolves’ Learning Curve  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):
–  Sixth Man Monta Ellis  (from William Furr, 8points9seconds.com):

 Kent Lacob Interview  (from Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/11/12/13601450/nba-2016-santa-cruz-warriors-kent-lacob-interview

Kirk Lacob Interview  (from Clevis Murray, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/11/01/golden-state-warriors-lacob-offseason/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/6/16

–  Warriors Present The Ultimate Quandary To Defenses (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury News):

–  Steve Nash Discusses The Warriors  (from Anthony Slater, mercurynews.com):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/05/qa-steve-nash-talks-kevin-durant-warriors-expectations-klay-thompson-and-more/

–  Defensive Guru Ron Adams has Ultimate Defensive Weapon In Kevin Durant  (from Erik Malinoski, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2667777-warriors-insider-defensive-guru-ron-adams-has-ultimate-weapon-in-kevin-durant

–  Steph Curry’s Shot Chart (R)evolution  (from Shane Sanders, Nylon Calculus):
–   Already In Game Shape, Saric May Be Sixers’ Best Player  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):
–  Kemba Walker Is Fearless (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Onserver):
–  Wolves’ Bench: Deep And Dangerous  (from Jace Frederick,  Pioneer Press):
–  Z-Bo’s Second Unit Role Creates Space For Fizdale’s Pace   (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
–  The Pacers’ New Tempo (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):
 –  Why Is Kawhi Leonard So Efficient?  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

–  How Handicapped Would Pistons Be Without Reggie Jackson?  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2667744-how-handicapped-would-detroit-pistons-be-without-reggie-jackson

–  Storylines To Watch This Season  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/03/morning-tip-seven-questions-2016-17-season

–  Porzingis’ Tantalizing Year Two Leap On Full Display  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/05/kristaps-porzingis-tantalizing-year-2-leap-on-full-display/

–  The Change In Dion Waiters  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

–  James Jones Q & A  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.co):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/artof-repeating-161004

–  Norman Powell Ready To Put In More Work To Impress Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

–  Early Days Of Luke Walton’s Laker Coaching Career Full Of Good Vibrations (from Bill Oram OC Register):

 

 

 

– Will Danny Green’s Offseason LASIK surgery help him regain 3-point shooting accuracy?  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

–  Anthony Bennett Q &A  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/anthony-bennett-on-joining-nets-ignoring-critics-and-more/

Jason Terry Ready For Whatever Role Bucks Need  (from Matt Velazquez, Journal Sentinel):

–  Andre Roberson Q & A  (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2016/10/05/andre-roberson-kd-departure-brings-a-good-opportunity-for-everybody/

–  Briante Weber Fights To Make Heat  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-briante-weber-fights-to-make-heat/

– Quincy Acy Q & A  (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):

Read it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2016/10/06/quincy-acy-on-his-role-boogie-more/

–  Bucks’ Season Preview  (from Mitchell Maurer, brewhoop.com):

Read it here: http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/10/5/12853054/milwaukee-bucks-16-17-season-preview

–  Grant Jerrett Hoping To Seize Opportunity With Blazers  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

  –  Will Brandon Paul Make The Sixers’ Opening Day Roster?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/5/13176564/brandon-paul-philadelphia-76ers-dleague  and from Keith Pompey, philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/sixers/Paul-may-make-it-hard-for-Sixers-to-cut-him.html

Best NBA Reporting And Analysis For The Week Of 9/19-9/25

1) Tom Thibodeau Q&A

Summary: Tom Thibodeau took a year off and is glad to be back (from Kent Youngblood). http://strib.mn/2cUe4bE

2) Keith Closs Shares His Failures So That Others Can Avoid Them

Summary: Keith Closs’ Career lasted just 130 games over three seasons (from Gary Washburn). http://bit.ly/2cwLZ7e

3) Mike Budenholzer Q&A

Summary: The Hawks will open their fourth season under Coach Budenholzer soon with significant changes (from Chris Vivlamore). http://bit.ly/2dmDaPd

4) Steph Curry Is The Strongest He’s Been

Summary: Interview with his trainer (from Sam Amick). http://usat.ly/2dmDOfB

5) Frank Vogel Q&A

Summary: Highly successful as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for 5 ½ seasons, Vogel surprisingly found himself out of work on May 5. He wasn’t unemployed long as the Magic worked feverishly to hire one of the NBA’s most respected head coaches.

Vogel, 43, had a host of choices, and he opted to become Orlando’s head coach on May 20. Landing Vogel allowed the franchise to score big in the offseason with a head coach who is highly regarded for his teaching abilities, game management and good-natured approach. (from John Denton) http://on.nba.com/2cFXjB8

6) Kevin Garnett’s Revolutionary Career

Summary: Nobody changed the NBA over the last 20 years like KG (from Zach Harper). http://cbsprt.co/2d42cVw

7) All-Star Paul Millsap Continues To Go Quietly About His Work

Summary: Millsap takes on leadership mantle as Hawks transition to next era. (from Ian Thomsen) http://on.nba.com/2desswG

8) Scheduled To Sit: When Resting Is Serious Business

Summary: DNP-Rest is on the rise (from Tom Haberstroh) http://es.pn/2d6ze8T

9) How Many Answers Do The Blazers Have?

Summary: Portland GM Neil Olshey claims the Trail Blazers “have a lot of answers.” What does he mean by that and is it true? (from Willy Raedy) http://bit.ly/2dlIDJP

10) What Happened To Robert Swift?

Summary: Out From The Darkness: Robert Swift’s road from NBA lottery pick to drug addict to…(from Chris Ballard) http://on.si.com/2cKxl2o

11) Film Room: Inside Aaron Gordon’s Defense

Summary: On-Ball, Off-Ball, Transition, Rebounding, Rim Protection, Post-Up (from Josh Cohen) http://on.nba.com/2d0WYMB

12) Brad Stevens Interview

Summary: Coaching in the NBA vs. college, Brandan Wright’s time with the Celtics, Marcus Smart’s career arc, success against the Warriors, efforts to recruit Kevin Durant and Al Horford in free agency, potential NBA rule changes, picking the brains of Popovich and Belichick, and the 3-point shot’s impact on positionless basketball. (from Bill Simmons). http://bit.ly/2cXzQeD

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

–  Moving On Without Bogut  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/warriors-move-nba-finals-without-anchor-bogut

–  What The Dubs Are Missing Without Bogut  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read and view it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/what-the-warriors-are-missing-without-andrew-bogut

–  LBJ:  “We Need Kev To Play Better”  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/06/lebron_james_on_kevin_love_we.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Why Steph Has Been Better At Shooting Guard In The Finals  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=M2BTIT00lHY

–  Video Breakdown:  LBJ’s Game 5  (from Troy Tauscher,  Today’s Fastbreak):

Read and view it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/cleveland-cavaliers/cavaliers-dynamic-duo-part-1-lebron-dominates-warriors/

–   Video Breakdown: Irving’s Game 5  (from Troy Tauscher, Today’s Fastbreak):

Read and view it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/cleveland-cavaliers/the-cavaliers-game-5-dynamic-duo-part-2-kyrie-irving/

–  Visualizing Kyrie & LBJ’s Game 5  (from Daniel Rowell,  Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/15/11942552/nba-finals-plots-a-tale-of-two-game-5s

–  Video Breakdown: The Dubs’ 1-2 Pick-and-Roll (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/16/warriors-1-2-pick-and-roll-klay-thompson-stephen-curry-cavaliers-nba-finals/

–  Cavs Are Targeting Steph’s Defense  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/15/stephen-curry-defense-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals

 Can Iguodala Win A 2nd Straight MVP?  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/16/andre-iguodala-churning-toward-second-straight-finals-mvp/

–  Tristan Thompson Has Been Quietly Great  (from Ryan Wolstat, nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/canadian-tristan-thompson-has-been-quietly-great-for-cleveland-cavaliers-in-nba-finals

–  Ainge Faces Numbers Crunch Entering Draft  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/06/bulpett_with_assets_aplenty_ainge_faces_numbers_crunch_entering_nba_draft

Additional Player Notes,Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 Dragan Bender  (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/15/dragan-bender-draft-prospect-croatia-maccabi-tel-aviv-five-things-know

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/