Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/15/16

  •  R.C.Buford Interview  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vertical-pod-with-woj–r-c–buford-162451176.html

–  Brett Brown Has Reason To Smile  (from Paul Hudrick,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/sixers-head-coach-brett-brown-has-reason-smile-legitimate-nba-roster

–  Wizards’ Scott Brooks Bonds With Young Players  (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-new-foundation-begins-with-scott-brookss-bond-with-young-players/2016/0

–  Kenny Atkinson Fast Breaks Into Coaching Nets Summer League Team (from Robert Horne, Newsday):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/kenny-atkinson-fast-breaks-into-coaching-nets-summer-league-team-1.12045225

–  Las Vegas Day 7 Player Grades  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17080616/nba-las-vegas-summer-league-grades-day-7

–  Does Summer League Success Matter?  (from Joel Brigham,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/does-nba-summer-league-success-matter/

–  Remaining Unsigned FAs  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/difference-making-free-agents-remain-unsigned/

–  Continuity At The Heart Of Raptors’ Off Season  (from Dave Zarum, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-extension-proves-continuity-heart-raptors-off-season/

–  Do The Clippers Need More Facilitator Balance?  (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/07/14/los-angeles-clippers-one-change-thatd-make-lac-true-contenders/

–  Is This The End Of Hack-A-Nonsense?  (from Matt Femrite, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/07/13/is-this-the-end-of-hack-a-shaq/

Mavs’ Off Season  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17080521/nba-dallas-mavericks-summer-league-buzz-harrison-barnes-front-center

–  What NBA Teams Want Changed In The Next CBA  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/07/15/nba-teams-appear-to-be-preparing-for-a-lockout-heres-what-they-want-changed/?

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 Towns/Wiggins  (from Jason Concepion, The Ringer):  https://theringer.com/brotherhood-of-the-wolf-e70e68b3889e#.ispiufel1

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Ryan Wolstat, National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/new-deal-done-demar-derozan-turns-his-attention-to-improving-his-game-and-taking-the-raptors-further

–  Buddy Hield  (from Renaldo Dorsett,  tribune242.com):  http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/jul/14/buddys-shot-target-nba-summer-league-play/

Jose Calderon  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/07/14/calderons-knicks-reflection-ive-needed-lesser-role-for-years/

–  Ramon Sessions  (from Ben Mehic,  wizofawes.com):  http://wizofawes.com/2016/07/14/washington-wizards-remembering-the-departing-free-agents-ramon-sessions/

Jared Sullinger (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/07/14/22651791.html

–  Dario Saric  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20160715_Cooney__Early_reviews_of_Saric_are_mixed.html

–  Jaylen Brown (from Brian Robb,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651069-jaylen-brown-is-ready-for-the-nbas-space-and-boston-celtics-expectations

–  Kay Felder  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/cavaliers-rookie-point-guard-kay-felder-still-betting-on-himself-1.697324

–  Dragan Bender/Marquese Chriss (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/dragan-bender-and-marquese-chriss-are-raising-the-ceiling-in-phoenix

–  Terry Rozier  (from Danielle Hobeika , Celticslife.com):  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/07/danny-ainge-terry-rozier-winning-spot.html

 Terrence Ross (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/terrence-ross-working-hard-to-maximize-potential/

–  Cheick Diallo  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/7/14/12165282/summer-league-cheick-diallo-grade-chriss-maker-skal-poeltl-zubac

–  Georges Niang  (from Jared Wade,  8points9seconds.com):  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/07/15/georges-niang-indiana-pacers-film-study-draymond-green/

Richaun Holmes  (from Christopher Kline, thesixersense.com):  http://thesixersense.com/2016/07/14/richaun-holmes-winner-christian-wood-departure/

–  Tyus Jones (from John Meyer and David Naylor,  canishoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/7/14/12193930/mr-survive-and-advance-tyus-jones-leads-wolves-to-quarterfinals-in

–  Larry Nance, Jr.  (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-larry-nance-hand-injury-20160714-snap-story.html

–  Christian Wood  (from Eric Laboisonniere,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/14/12190844/christian-wood-nba-summer-league-charlotte-hornets

–  Kyle Kuric/Timothe Luwawu (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651944-international-nba-notebook-a-summer-league-ballers-showdown-with-death

–  Thon Maker  (from Jeff Siegel,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/07/15/thon-maker-bucks-summer-league-youtube-learning-quickly-raw/

–  Cody Zeller  (from Luke Spencer, swarmandsting.com):  http://swarmandsting.com/2016/07/15/charlotte-hornets-underappreciated-work-of-cody-zeller/

–  Troy Daniels  (from Mac Trammell, Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/7/15/12188554/troy-daniels-memphis-grizzlies-free-agency-nba

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Leighton Chappell,  pisotnpowered.com):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/07/15/stanley-johnson-right-guy-detroit-pistons/

–  Tyler Ulis  (from Kyle Fleeger,  Valley Of The Suns):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2016/07/15/short-look-tyler-ulis-big-potential/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis Part One – 7/13/16

 Tim Duncan Departs, Brilliantly, Without Fanfare  (from Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal):
–  Pete Newell, The Basketball Guru Who Dared To Compare Duncan To Michael Jordan – in 1999  (from Mitch Lawrence, Forbes.com):
–  Tim Duncan’s Influence  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

–  Pop On Duncan  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17024510/nba-popovich-duncan-retirement-transcript

–  Brad Stevens Is Happy With Celtics’ Offseason  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald);
–  Dwight Howard Interview  (from Marc Stein, ESPN):
–  Pacers Expect To Defend Well Despite Small Backcourt  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):
–  Al Horford Q & A  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  Free Agency Winners And Losers  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):
–  The NBA Needed To Kill Intentional Fouling But It Didn’t Do It  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

 Jazz Ready To Make The Leap  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/utah-jazz-next-thunder-gordon-hayward-52b0879ed3b2#.tcwc97k9q

Summer League:
–  DeAndre’ Bembry  (from Chris Vivamore,  myajc.com):
–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):
Kyle Kuric  (from Paul Coro, USA Today):
–  Thon Maker  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
 T.J. McConnell  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):
–  Norman Powell (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Jaylen Brown  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
–  Bobby Portis  (from K. C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):;
–  Andrew Harrison/Wade Baldwin  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Willie Cauley-Stein (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

–  Cheick Diallo  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/07/cheick_diallo.html

–  Gary Payton II  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/2729/gary-payton-ii-tries-to-fit-like-a-glove

 Isaia Cordinier  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
Tyler Ulis  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
–  Pat Connaughton  (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
–  Jake Layman  (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Timothe Luwawu  (from Keith Pompey, Philly.com):
–  Kay Felder  (from Jamyson Frierson, Hoops Habit):
–  3 Things We’ve Learned From Grizzlies’ Summer League  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Cavs’ Summer League Grades So Far  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fear The Sword):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is in two parts because we are playing catch-up.  We did not publish yesterday – we were in Las Vegas for Pro Scout School  and NBA Summer League.  Part Two will be published this afternoon and should bring us fully up to date.
A word about Pro Scout School.  Pete Philo, Fran Fraschilla and the rest of the folks at TPG once again delivered a wonderful experience.  This was my 3rd annual attendance – I always learn something and the networking is great.  The quality of the NBA scouts, team execs and coaches on the panels is consistently outstanding as is Fran’s MC work.  I recommend PSS to all of you unqualifiedly, whether you have any intention or desire to get into scouting or not.

 

Tim Duncan Retires (Corrected)

  •  The Basketball Guru Who Dared Compare Duncan To Michael Jordan – in 1999  (from Mitch Lawrence, Forbes.com):

Read it here:    http://www.forbes.com/sites/mitchlawrence/2016/07/11/the-basketball-guru-who-dared-to-compare-tim-duncan-to-michael-jordan-way-back-in-1999/#2db12c99571d

 

NOTE:  Basketball Intelligence is in Las Vegas for Pro Scout School and NBA Summer League today.  We will resume our normal publication on Wednesday, July 13.  At that time we will also catch up on today’s best reporting and analysis

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/7/16

–  CLE 121, ATL 108 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580027/cavaliers-outclass-hawks-again-in-game-3-four-things-to-know    and from Kacy Sager, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/07/hawks-change-everything-but-the-outcome/

–  Channing Frye: Cavs’ Missing Piece?  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today:

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/05/07/channing-frye-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-kevin-love-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-cavaliers-hawks-playoffs/84060442/

–  Tyronn Lue Has Thrust Cavs Into Company Of Warriors, Spurs  (from Chris Haynes.  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lues_messages_demeanor.html#incart_river_mobile_index

–  Raptors Could Benefit From Sharing The Ball (from Bruce Arthur, the star.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/raptors-might-need-to-embrace-a-pass-time-arthur.html

–  Valunciunas’ Growth   (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/the-growth-of-raptors-valanciunas-comes-game-by-game.html

–  How Bosh’s Absence Has Impacted The Heat (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2638459-how-chris-boshs-absence-has-impacted-and-will-continue-to-impact-miami-heat

–  Blazers Need To Limit Draymond’s Impact  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/trail_blazers_react_to_stephen_currys_game_3_absen.html

–  Kawhi Lets HIs Game Do The Talking  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580158/kawhi-leonard-lets-his-game-and-crucial-rebound-do-all-the-talking

–  How The Spurs Put Away OKC In Game Three (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/-it-s-all-about-the-details—how-the-spurs-put-away-okc-in-game-3-065140365.html

–  Leonard And Aldridge Make The Spurs Look Different, But The Results Stay The Same  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/7/11614332/spurs-thunder-playoffs-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-different-look

–  Spurs’  Big Man Trio Is Complementing The Stars  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/07/playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-tim-duncan-game-3-video

–  Donovan, Thunder Depth Are Being Tested  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/okc-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-billy-donovan-defense-rotation

–  Ian Clark Helping Fill Warriors’ Void  (from Courtney Cronin,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29859867/no-stephen-curry-no-problem-ian-clark-helping

–  Should The Blazers Start Allen Crabbe?  (from McLayne Bertsch, ripcityproject.com):

Read it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/05/07/blazers-crabbe-start/

–  Grizzlies Fire Joerger  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources–grizzlies-fire-head-coach-dave-joerger-133415083.html

–  Q & A With Memphis GM Chris Wallace Re Coaching Change  (from grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grizzlies-q-a-chris-wallace-160507

–  Coaching Search Q & A With Headhunter Jed Hughes  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/06/sports/basketball/ap-bkn-search-firms.html

–  Rockets’ Fall Is No Reason To Bash Morey’s Anlaytics Focus  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/74347/whatever-daryl-moreys-fate-analytics-movements-foothold-strong-in-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Karl-Anthony Towns  (from Tom West, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/karl-anthony-towns-leading-the-nbas-new-generation-b601136723f2#.co4hwi1gn

–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Nikos Varlas, eurohoops.net):  http://www.eurohoops.net/interviews/238458/delaney-were-going-to-berlin-to-win-the-title

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/20/16

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  Heat 122, Cavs 101  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  Spurs 87, Dubs 79  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Spurs “Go Small”:  Diaw Replaces Duncan  (from Buck Harvey,  Express news):
–  How “Point-Giannis” Is Unlocking Jabari Parker  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):
–  Celtics & 76ers Rebuilds:  A Progress Report  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article67135347.html
–  Tim Hardaway, Jr.  (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/20/11271490/rockets-vs-hawks-recap-tim-hardaway-jr
–  Vince Carter/ Will Barton  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/03/19/vince-carter-has-lasted-adapting/IKw2HpDwRpkFOGCzvQgCVK/story.html
–  Tim Frazier  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://cache.nba.com/pelicans/news/ten-day-signee-tim-frazier-fast-start-pelicans