Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/16

–  How The Hawks Are Recapturing Last Seasons’s Magic  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):
 Cavs Clean Up Their Defense  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  What Makes Terry Stotts A Great Coach (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  DET 92, MIL 91  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):
–  Video Breakdown: Steph, Draymond Punish Spurs-Style Switches  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
 –  Dubs Learn To Survive When Curry Sits  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):
–   AD’s Torn Labrum Explained  (from Trevor Magnotti, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 DWade To AD:  “Don’t Rush Back” (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

–  The Hornets: Blueprint, Building Block, Product  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2626457-michael-jordans-vision-for-charlotte-hornets-finally-paying-dividends

–  The Clippers Have Rebounding Issues  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/03/22/clippers-why-cant-you-make-more-effort-to-rebound/

–  D-League:  Underappreciated Point Guards  (from Chris Reichert,  upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/03/22/nba-d-league-rewind-point-guards-david-michael-stockton-josh-magette/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Dwight Howard  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/22/dwight-howard-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/82083178/

–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/21/blossoming-biyombo-has-given-raptors-double-threat-in-middle.html
–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton, magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-much-improved-3-point-shooter-20160321
–  Ty Lawson  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/lawson-spices-drab-victory

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/11/16

–  Brad Stevens’ Unique Form Of Motivation  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/celtics_insider/2016/03/celtics_praise_brad_stevens_unique_form_of_motivation

–  Taj Gibson: Small Ball Destroyer  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VuGtHikAAO8KeRfw

The Nuggets’ Culture Change  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25511509/nuggets-maxing-out-talent-culture-still-one-big-move-from-contention

–  Video Breakdown:  Curry To Bogut Alley-Oop Dunks  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/3/10/11191844/warriors-vs-jazz-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-to-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunks

Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Raptors 104, Hawks 96  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25512682/raptors-show-theyre-for-real-in-win-over-hawks-5-things-to-know

–  Injury Ends Joey Crawford’s Farewell Season Early  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/03/10/joey-crawford-done-officiating-in-nba-due-to-knee-injury/

Every Team Tries To Copy Spurs’ Model  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/03/10/peter-holts-patience-as-spurs-owner-created-a-dynasty/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Joel Embiid (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14938684/man-charged-healing-joel-embiid

–  Larry Sanders  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/qa-larry-sanders-explains-break-from-nba/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/10/11193108/trey-lyles-utah-jazz-breakdown-highlights-rudy-gobert-derrick-favors

–  Damian Lillard  (from Jason Quick,  Oregon Live):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/special-trip-why-oakland-homecoming-has-damian-lillard-excited

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Wesley Share, libertyballers.com):   http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/3/10/11189566/nba-rookie-week-richaun-holmes-under-the-radar-sixers-film-breakdown

Josh Richardson  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):   http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article65216707.html

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Aykis16, Sactown Royalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/3/10/11194274/nba-rookie-week-willie-cauley-stein-sacramento-kings

–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton,  Magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-continues-remain-positive-believes-team

–  Emanuel Mudiay/Nikola Jokic  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/10/11185410/emmanuel-mudiay-nikola-jokic-nuggets-mediocre-save

–  Andre Iguodala  (from Rusty Simmons,  SF Chronicle):  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Andre-Iguodala-a-key-cog-in-team-s-6883363.php

–  Patrick Beverley  (from Joel Birgham,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-beverleys-long-road-to-the-nba/

Nemanja Bjelica  (from Lucas Seehafer,  Canis Hoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/3/11/11196290/nba-rookie-week-breaking-down-bjelica

–  Salah Mejri (from Tim Cato,  mavsmoneyball.com):  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/3/10/11188528/salah-mejri-journey-nba-sets-him-apart-2015-rookie-class

–  Kevin Martin (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/551/kevin-martin-makes-spurs-debut

–  Andrew Goudelock  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/The-Mini-Mamba-Andrew-Goudelock-grows-up-for-6882536.php

–  Wesley Johnson (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160311-story.html

 

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

–  Film Breakdown: Lakers Found a Blueprint for Success on Offense  (from Drew Garrison,  silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/31/10695650/la-lakers-analysis-pick-and-roll-film-strategy-breakdown-cut

–  Karl-Anthony Towns is Already a Star  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/10695284/karl-anthony-towns-highlights-jazz-star-rookie

–  Time for Cousins, Kings to Shape Up  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52596430.html

–  Film Room:  Oladipo Playing Elite Defense  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-victor-oladipo-playing-elite-defense

Draymond Summarizes All  (from apricot/Jim Barnett,  goldenstateofmind):

Watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/1/10698150/warriors-vs-rockets-2015-highlight-video-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunk-from-andre-iguodala

Wolves GM Newton Looks to Solidify Team’s Foundation  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/wolves-general-manager-newton-charting-course/index.html

–  The Stupid Argument About the Most Fundamentally Sound Player Ruining the Game  (from Brian McCormick,  learntocoachbasketball.com):

Read it here:  http://learntocoachbasketball.com/the-stupid-argument-about-the-most-fundamental-player-in-the-nba-ruining-the-game-of-basketball

Recapping Wednesday/Thursday Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Heat Update  (from Ira Winderman,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article52588225.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jae Crowder  (from Brian Robb, Bleacher Report):

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604078-jae-crowder-emerging-as-a-promising-leader-for-boston-celtics

–  Tyson Chandler’s Return to Form  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/tyson-chandler-returns-form-suns-starting-lineup/78164842/

–  Chris Bosh  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):    http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/12/29/bosh-4/

–  Justise Winslow/Stanley Johnson  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoaoWR8AAGiXMUUw

–  Justise Winslow  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/31/fundamentals-justise-winslow-heat-duke-dwyane-wade-erik-spoelstra-chris-bosh

–  Bobby Portis/Kristaps Porzingis  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/01/01/comparing-kristaps-porzingis-new-york-knicks-and-bobby-portis-chicago-bulls/

–  Jonas Valanciunas  (from Arden Zwelling,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/how-lengthy-layoff-made-valanciunas-a-better-player/

–  Gerald Henderson Trying to Find His Way (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/struggle-gerald-henderson-veteran-trying-find-his-way-trail-blazers

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/01/01/tristan-thompson-starting-the-correct-decision/

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-have-no-regrets-drafting-dangelo-russell-over-jahlil-okafor

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-believes-he-could-eventually-become-a-stretch-four

–  Brandon Bass (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/new-purple-jersey-same-hard-working-bass

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/26/15

–  What Do The Warriors Mean When They Talk About “Confidence”?  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2593146-what-do-golden-state-warriors-really-mean-when-they-talk-about-confidence

–  How the Knicks are fast-Tracking Kristaps Porzingis’ Rise  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2592624-how-the-new-york-knicks-fast-tracked-the-rise-of-kristaps-porzingis

–  Dwane Casey’s Scouting Report on LBJ  (from Ryan McNeil,  hoopsaddict.com):

http://www.hoopsaddict.com/random/quotes/dwane-caseys-scouting-report-on-lebron-james/

–  The Lonely Burden of Jahlil Okafor  (from Robert Sanchez,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14172705/the-lonely-burden-sixers-jahlil-okafor

–  George Karl and His Many Disciples  (from Charles F. gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/george-karl-and-his-many-disciples-b99623043z1-354281271.html

Damian Lillard Evolving into One of NBA’s Best Facilitators  (from Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_damian_lillard_1.html

–  At 37, Dirk’s Burden Remains the Same  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705831/at-ripe-old-age-of-37-burden-remains-same-for-dirk-nowitzki

–  Five Takeways From Spurs’ Season So Far  (from Gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/11/26/san-antonio-spurs-5-early-season-takeaways/

–  Quantifying Rebounding Skill (from Adam Yudelman,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VlYWsx0AAD0EBzGG

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Pistons’ Greatest Satisfaction in Rout of Heat is Defense  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/long_bombs_aside_pistons_great.html

–  Extending Coach Clifford Is A Sign of a Bright Future for the Hornets  (from Russell Varner,  atthehive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Be Thankful For Your team’s Point Guard  (from Joshua Jonah Fischman,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vlc40B0AAM4CwpFf

Salary Cap Breakdowns by Team  (from Eddie Scarito,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/201516-salary-cap-breakdowns-by-team.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Jeremy Lamb Taking Full Advantage of Opportunity With Hornets (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/25/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lamb-putting-himself-in-discussion-for-sixth-man-and-most-improved/

Rajon Rondo  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article46568145.html

–  Victor Oladipo’s New Role (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

–  Thad Young Is Showcasing New Offensive Skills  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

Rockets’ Point Guards: Terry, Beverley, Lawson  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Beverley-hopes-to-return-Wednesday-vs-Grizzlies-6655621.php

–  Luis Scola  (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-could-be-raptors-x-factor-against-lebron-cavs/

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  Giving thanks for one of the NBA’s best teammates

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