Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/23/16 PART ONE

–  Tragedy Made Steve Kerr See The World Beyond The Court  (from John Branch, NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/sports/basketball/steve-kerr-golden-state-warriors.html

Warriors’ Ball Movement Is At Historic Levels  (from Shane Young, 16winsaring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/golden-state-warriors-ball-movement-at-historic-levels-231b3e12985#.bogmv890x

–  The Week In Review  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18334921/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-kyrie-irving-steven-adams-more-nba

Prospect Calibration:  Nikola Jokic’s Passing  (from Cole Zwicker, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/23/nikola-jokic-prospect-passing-nuggets/

–  Nuggets:  Mike Malone’s New Blueprint (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/denver-nuggets-nikola-jokic-ee030a895cd3#.ip2rctwc9

James Harden:  This Year’s Greatest Redemption Story  (from Duncan Smith, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/james-harden-is-this-years-greatest-redemption-story-698217ece175#.swor33x7e

Giannis Antetokuonmpo: Endless Ceiling  (from George Kondoleon, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/giannis-antetokounmpo-has-the-whole-world-in-his-hands-970e5354f4d5#.ax1ilvk4e

–  Video Breakdown: How The Warriors Stopped Brook Lopez In The Second Half  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/12/23/14067750/nba-2016-warriors-vs-nets-video-analysis-highlights-defense-lassos-brook-lopez

–  Marcin Gortat Is Beating Regression  (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/23/washington-wizards-gortat-regression/

–  The NBA Needs To Figure Out Flagrant Foul Calls  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/12/21/14036456/nba-needs-to-figure-out-flagrant-foul-calls-celtics-grizzlies-isaiah-randolph-boston-memphis

–  Healthy Celtics Have Rediscovered Their Identity (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724751/healthy-celtics-have-rediscovered-their-identity

–  Thursday’s Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683417-chris-paul-proving-invaluable-for-la-clippers-and-other-thursday-nba-takeaways

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/23/three-things-we-learned-thursday-no-blake-griffin-no-problem-for-clippers-yet/

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

 The Pistons’ Double-Edged Development Sword (from Brett Koremenos, Real GM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244360/Figuring-Out-Detroits-Reggie-Jackson-Problem

–  Injuries Have Played A Big Part In Lakers’ Regression  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/22/one-team-three-stats-los-angeles-lakers-lineups

Thursday’s Top Performer: Justise Winslow  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/justise-winslows-organizing-principle-f63def0edac9#.n5lhhpx25

From Manny Navarro, Miami Herald:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article122629314.html

This Year’s Rookies: There’s Embiid And Then There’s Everyone Else (from Byran Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/22/barring-injury-the-nbas-rookie-of-the-year-race-is-already-over-76ers-embiid/

–  No Easy Answers For Blazers’ Leaky Defense  (from Andrew Cutler, Bball Breakdown):

Read t here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/22/the-portland-trail-blazers/

Sam Dekker: What A Difference A Year Makes  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/smith/article/Tis-the-season-for-Sam-Dekker-to-celebrate-10813795.php

 Jerami Grant’s Versatility  (from Susan Bible, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/jerami-grants-versatility-ideal-for-okc-thunder/

–  Scouting Grizzlies’ Draft Pick Rade Zagorac In Europe  (from Parker Fleming, Beale Street Bears):

Read and watch it here:  http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/12/23/memphis-grizzlies-overseas-rade-zagorac/

NOTE:  Stay tuned for PART TWO of Today’s BI, which we will publish later today.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/15/16

–  Steve Kerr: Warriors Will Do More Experimenting This Season  (from J.A. Adande, ESPN):

–  Nets’ Biggest Strength Is The Play They Are Avoiding  (from Brian Lewis,NY Post):

Read it here;  http://nypost.com/2016/10/14/nets-biggest-strength-is-the-play-theyre-avoiding/

–  Denzel Valentine:  Perfect  Fit For Bulls  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

–  Brad Stevens: “Jaylen Brown Will Be Really Good”  (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/10/jaylen_brown_boston_celtics_ro.html

–  The Amir Johnson/Al Horford Fit  (from wjsy, Celtics Blog):

Read and view it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/15/13265872/like-a-glove-the-amir-johnson-al-horford-fit

–  Jordan Mickey Searches For Role  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/celtics_young_forward_jordan_mickey_searches_for_role

Schroder Ready To Shine For Hawks  (from Paul Newberry, AP):
  Marquese Chriss: Not Intimidated  (from Paul Coro, azcentral):

–  Dellavedova:  Perfect Fit For Bucks  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/matthew-dellavedova-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-point-guard-offense/1tvu873161amy1f11j8abyovw3

–  Damjan Rudez: Making Strong Case For Roster Spot (from Zach Oliver, Orlando Pinstriped Post):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2016/10/15/13291676/damjan-rudez-orlando-magic-roster-spot-earned

–  Video Breakdown: McCaw’s Two Buzzer Beaters  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/10/15/13292592/warriors-vs-nuggets-video-analysis-2016-2017-highlights-patrick-mccaw-buzzer-beaters

–  Evan Turner’s Blazers Acclimation (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/evan-turner-and-his-acclimation-trail-blazers-still-finding-his-way

Labissiere: Mind Over Matter  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
–  J.J. Barea: Work Ethic Leads To Success (from Carlos Nava, ESPN):
–  Orlando Johnson: Searching For An NBA Home (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):
Hawks’ Defense Shined Against The Top Offenses (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

 

The Bucks Were At Their Best With Antetokuonmpo At PG (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
–  Pelicans’ Season Preview  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
–  Will Winning Be The Heat’s Priority This Season?  (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

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 6/25/16

–  Pacers’ Takeaways After The Draft, Trades  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/06/24/insider-three-pacers-takeaways-after-trades-draft/86345770/

–  Kerr Would “Definitely Change” Some Game 7 Decisions  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-laments-game-7-loss-would-definitely-change-some-decisions

–  5 Undrafted Rookies Who Burst Onto The Scene In 2015-16  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Brekdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/24/5-undrafted-nba-rookies-burst-onto-scene-2015-16/

–  Sam Smith’s Mailbag  (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-sam-smith-opens-his-mailbag-6.24.2016

Draft:

 

Denzel Valentine  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-denzel-valentine-family-bulls-spt-0626-20160625-story.html

Jaylen Brown (from Keith Pearson, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/06/jaylen_brown_super_ready_to_prove_celtics_right

–  Buddy Hield  (from John Reid,   NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/06/buddy_hield_ready_to_showcase.html

–  A.J. Hammons  (from Dwain Price, star-telegram.com):  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article85857082.html    and from dallasnews.com:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2016/06/24/mavericks-gm-like-aj-hammons-lucky-draft

–  Malik Beasley  (from Malika Andrews, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/24/malik-beasley-comes-to-denver-with-mutant-work-ethic/

–  Jakob Poeltl  (from Rachel Brady,  theglobeandmail.com):  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/toronto-raptors-call-draft-pick-jakob-poeltl-an-insurance-policy/article30616877/  and  from Doug Smith,  thestar.com:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/06/24/raptors-poeltl-shunned-parents-game-fell-in-love-with-basketball-instead.html

–  Dejounte Murray  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/908/dejounte-murrays-youth-upside-could-ease-transition-into-future   and from Kaveh Jam, Hardwood paroxysm:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/24/dejounte-murray-san-antonio-spurs-tony-parker-point-guard-2016-nba-draft-popovich/

–  Henry Ellenson  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-grab-7-foot-frosh-ellenson-first-round-pick-topsy-turvy-draft

i- Giorgios Papagiannis  (from Pappaspost.com):  http://www.pappaspost.com/panathinaikos-basketball-player-georgios-papagiannis-joins-the-nba/

Isaiah Taylor  (from Aaron Reiss, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Extra-year-at-UT-helps-prepare-Isaiah-Taylor-for-8324299.php

–  Chinanu Onuaku  (from Aaron Reiss, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Underhanded-approach-by-Rockets-pick-a-victory-8324324.php

–  Cheick Diallo  (from Preston Ellis, pelicansdebrief.com):  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/06/25/cheick-diallo-meet-new-orleans-pelicans-pick/

–  Daniel Hamilton  (from Dom Amore, courant.com):  http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-mens-basketball/hc-daniel-hamilton-thunder-nba-0625-20160624-story.html

–  The Best Undrafted Players  (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/24/nba-draft-results-sleepers-best-undrafted-players-gary-payton-robert-carter

Trades:

 

 

–  Film Room: How Oladipo’s Game Fits With The Thunder  (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-breaking-down-victor-oladipos-game-and-his-fit-with-the-thunder/article/5506357   and here:  http://newsok.com/qa-indiana-coach-tom-crean-discusses-how-his-former-player-victor-oladipo-fits-with-the-thunder/article/5506469

Beware Of The Early Verdict In The Ibaka/Oladipo Trade  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16480955/breaking-other-side-ibaka-oladipo-trade

–  Ibaka/Oladipo   (from John Denton, Magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/adding-serge-ibaka-gives-magic-more-balance-and-defensive-intimidation-denton_20160624  and from Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-ibaka-oladipo-trade-brian-schmitz-0625-20160624-column.html

Free Agency:

 

 

–  Lakers’ Pitch To Focus More On Basketball Than Hollywood This Year  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160624/lakers-to-focus-more-on-basketball-than-hollywood-in-free-agent-pitches

–  Undrafted Free Agents  (from Chris Roling, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2648419-undrafted-nba-free-agents-2016-rumors-and-predictions-for-biggest-names

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Justin Anderson (from Tim Cato,  mavsmoneyball.com):  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/6/24/12025802/justin-anderson-cant-stop-talking-and-thats-why-the-mavericks-love-him

 

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/