Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/25/16

–   Topics To Watch In Pacers’ Preseason  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/09/24/insider-eight-topics-watch-during-pacers-preseason/90911772/

–  Tom Thibodeau Q & A  (from Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/q-amp-a-with-new-timberwolves-coach-tom-thibodeau/394700291/

–  Oladipo Wants To Be More Than “3-and-D”:  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com_)

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-victor-oladipo-wants-to-be-more-than-the-thunders-3-and-d-answer/article/5519629

Julius Randle Needs To Make Quicker Decisions  (from Anthony Irwin, Forum Blue And Gold):

Read it here:  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2016/09/23/one-player-one-skill-julius-randles-quick-decisions/

–  Chase Budinger Is A Steal For The Nets  (from Manan Modi, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read and view it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/09/24/chase-budinger-steal-brooklyn-nets/

Acquiring Tyler Ennis Gives Rockets Another Distributor  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Raed it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Tyler-Ennis-trade-an-indication-of-direction-9240770.php

–  What Are The Kings’ Plans For Anthony Tolliver  (from Tony Xypteras, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/9/24/13030632/30q-why-did-the-kings-pay-anthony-tolliver-8-million-this-summer

–  Bulls’ Player Outlook: Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Michael Rene Knaoy, Pippen Ain’t Easy):

Read and View it here:  http://pippenainteasy.com/2016/09/25/bulls-player-outlooks-spencer-dinwiddie/

–  Hield Is Ready To Learn  (from Guerry Smith, New Orleans Advocate):

Read it here:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_f541d33a-829b-11e6-a005-7fbf90c40701.html

–  Keith Closs Shares His NBA Failures So Others Can Avoid Them  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/09/24/gary-washburn-keith-closs-shares-his-failures-others-can-avoid-them/OoqQNHPsPqXjtQtehGG9lL/story.html

–  Popovich Took His Stance Long Ago (from Buck Harvey, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Popovich-took-his-stance-long-ago-9279384.php

 

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

Draymond Takes On Starring Role  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/05/warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-stephen-curry-draymond-green-lebron-james

–  Cavs’ Gamble On Draymond Backfires  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/cavs-gamble-draymond-backfires-made-shots-our-face

 Warriors’ Domination Continues  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/06/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-video

–  LBJ Can’t Do This Alone, Or With Help  (from Marcus Thompson,  Mercury News):

Read iot here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29982328/thompson-lebron-cant-do-this-alone-or-help

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Out-Switch Cavs on Defense (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/6/6/11865322/warriors-vs-cavaliers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-out-switch-cavs-on-defense

–  Video Breakdown: Finals Game Two  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PNpxo3f_fxI

–  How LBJ’s Defense Has Hurt The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z0Eblu1Aaw

–  5 Reasons The Playoffs Aren’t Over Yet  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/6/11866130/nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers-not-over-yet

QOTD (from Tom Thibodeau on the Warriors, as reported by Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

    ” “Curry and Thompson command so much attention, I think it opens up the game for the other players. They all move so well without the ball that the one thing that I think tends to be overlooked is the passing ability of Draymond, Andre Igoudala, Shaun Livingston, that’s what makes them so good.

“They’ll pass up good shots for great shots. Then because of the way Curry moves without the ball they get a lot of great shots off of his screening. He’s a great screener and people tend to want to stay attached to him at all times and they get layups off of his screening or they end up getting open jump shots. But when he’s not shooting well, which is rarely, he creates so many easy scoring opportunities for his teammates because of the attention you have to pay to him, and Klay does as well.””

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/1/16

–  Hawks Trying To Figure Out How To Defend LBJ  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-still-trying-to-find-way-to-slow-lebron/nrFRP/

–  Preview: ATL/CLE  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/hawks-chance-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Ready For Redemption (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/1/11548292/hawks-vs-cavaliers-lebron-thabo-sefolosha-paul-millsap-sunday-shootaround

–  Haslem Finds His Time Is Now  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s043016-story.html

 Preview:  GSW/POR  (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/01/nba-playoff-preview-warriors-vs-blazers/  and from Zach Harper, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571821/blazers-bounce-clippers-now-look-ahead-to-warriors-7-things-to-watch

–  Curry’s Possible Quicker Than Expected Return  (from John Canzano, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2016/04/steph_currys_return_from_mcl_s.html

–  How Damian Lillard Used His Oakland Upbringing To Help Make Trail Blazers A Team (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-damian-lillard-used-his-oakland-upbringing-help-make-trail-blazers-team

–  Spurs’ Relentless Attack  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/30/nba-playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-kawhi-leonard-game-1-video

–  Spurs Staying Even-Keeled After Dominating Win  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/849/spurs-stay-even-keeled-after-dominating-win

–  OKC Wasn’t Ready  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25573686/in-game-1-of-maybe-the-most-pivotal-series-in-franchise-history-okc-wasnt-ready

–  Spurs: Beauty In Destruction  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/spurs/

–  Spurs Congest Paint In Game 1  (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and view it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/spurs-congest-paint-for-thunder-in-game-1.html

–  Thibodeau Wanted “A Chance To Grow” With T’Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-wanted-a-chance-to-grow-with-the-wolves/377706661/

–  Walton Ready To Change Lakers’ Losing Culture  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:   http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160430/luke-walton-ready-to-change-lakers-losing-culture

–  George Karl Reflective After Firing  (form Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article74937347.html

Additional Player Profile:

 

Metta World Peace  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/zone-metta-world-peace-finds-balance-peace-article-1.2619948

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/22/16

OKC 131, DAL 102  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562950/westbrook-durant-get-the-help-they-need-thunder-re-establish-dominance

Mavs Can’t Match Thunder’s Athleticism  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com.au/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706392/mavericks-cant-match-thunders-awesome-athleticism

–  TOR 101, IND 85  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/22/15480/

–  HOU 97, GSW 96  (from Rodger Sherman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  How The Heat Shut Down The Hornets’ Threes And Owned The Paint  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/shutting-supply

–  Heat’s Offense Making Historic Jump  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  Silver:  Eliminating Hack-a-Farce Could Happen In July  (from DeAntae Prince, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/21/adam-silver-hack-a-shaq-kiki-vandeweghe-nba-rules

–  What The Wolves Are Getting In Thibodeau  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/21/wolves-getting-thibodeau/

–  Thibodeau Assesses The Job Ahead  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/master-architect-new-wolves-boss-tom-thibodeau-assesses-the-job-ahead/376655621/

–  More On Thibs/Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-helped-train-future-nba-coaches/376650401/

–  Pacers’ Assistant Coach Dan Burke  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/21/indiana-pacers-assistant-dan-burke-sets-defensive-foundation-for-franchise/

–  Scott Brooks’ Hiring Has Nothing To Do With Durant  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25563019/what-does-scott-brooks-hiring-have-to-do-with-kevin-durant-nothing   and here (from Chris Mannix,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-wizards-fans-shouldn-t-count-on-scott-brooks-to-lure-kevin-durant-010418933.html

–  Meet New Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson  (from Mike Vaccaro,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/21/meet-nets-kenny-atkinson-who-fought-like-hell-for-this-spot/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Andre Drummond  (from Tom Haberstorh,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15292921/science-andre-drummond-explosive-athleticism

–  Justin Anderson  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706380/rookie-rarity-justin-anderson-earning-coach-rick-carlisles-trust

 

 Norman Powell  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562446

–  Jarell Martin  (from therealhrdlicka, grizzlyberblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/22/11481836/jarell-martin-deep-dive

–  Austin Rivers  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-713137-player-people.html

–  Dwyane Wade  (from Anthony Chiang,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/crafty-veteran-dwyane-wade-still-shows-flashes-of-/nq8xX/

Jeremy Lin (from Andrew Keh,  NY Times):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/sports/basketball/jeremy-lin-charlotte-hornets.html

 

–  Christian Wood  (from Jake Pavorsky,  libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/4/22/11467548/sixers-tinder-christian-wood-may-be-a-process-related-fatality

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/16

 

–  Hornets’ Coach Clifford On Film Review And Game Preparation (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18276/steve-clifford-emphasizes-his-belief-in-hornets-gameplan-preperation-in-postgame-sermon

–  Whiteside Is Destroying The Hornets’ Defense Without Touching The Ball (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/21/11476910/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-charlotte-hornets-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Hubie Brown Q & A On Grizzlies/Spurs And More  (from Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer.com):

Read it here:  http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2016/04/21/qanda-hubie-brown-on-grizzlies-spurs-memphis-and-whether-the-grizzlies-are-outdated

–  Tables Have Turned In Aldridge-Randolph Matchup  (from Jeff McDonald,  express-news.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Tables-have-turned-in-Aldridge-Randolph-matchup-7276040.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=88f4718e00

–  Spurs Repeatedly Victimized Vince Carter In Game 2  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/21/11477524/spurs-playbook-spurs-victimize-vince-carter-in-game-2

–  Why The Pistons Have An Issue When The Cavs Go Small  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25561143/heres-why-the-pistons-have-an-issue-when-the-cavs-go-small-with-love

–  Stanley Johnson Is Making An Impact In His 1st Playoffs  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18007/pistons-rookie-stanley-johnson-making-impact-in-first-playoff-opportunity

–  How Far The Clippers Go May Hinge Largely On Their Bench Play  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18289/how-far-the-clippers-go-may-hinge-largely-on-the-depth-of-their-bench

–  Klay Thompson:  More Than Just A Shooter  (from Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160419/warriors-klay-thompson-more-that-just-a-shooter/5

–  Moving Isaiah Thomas To Shooting Guard  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/21/11476866/boston-celtics-moving-isaiah-thomas-to-shooting-guard

–  Kyle Korver Is Trying To Connect The Dots On His Shot Again  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18259/kyle-korver-is-trying-to-connect-the-dots-on-his-shot-again

 Jonas Valanciunas Q & A  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18253/qa-with-raptors-jonas-valanciunas-im-not-going-to-relax

–  Wolves Hire Tom Thibodeau:  A New Era Begins  (from Jim Souhan,  startribune.com):

http://www.startribune.com/one-week-into-wolves-offseason-a-new-era-has-begun/376474961/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Steven Adams  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/20/steven-adams-thunder-defender-mustache-nba-playoffs/83307342/

–  Reggie Evans  (from Brian Rzeppa,  nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/04/21/reggie-evans-provides-hope-for-younger-generations/

–  Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160420/lakers-coach-byron-scott-tells-jordan-clarkson-to-improve-defense-or-lose-minutes

 Trey Lyles/Trevor Booker  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3799218-155/utah-jazz-trey-lyles-rise-makes

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Pearl Washington