Basketball Intelligence For 9/28/21

Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

- ATL: Hawks' Depth Could Provide Immense Value (from Zach Hood, Peachtree Hoops):  https://www.peachtreehoops.com/2021/9/27/22697012/atlanta-hawks-media-day-roster-depth-training-camp-schedule-preseason-trae-young-john-collins-nba

- BKN: Inside Nets' Media Day (from Alex Schiffer, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2852816/2021/09/27/kyrie-irvings-no-show-david-lettermans-cameo-and-lamarcus-aldridges-return-inside-nets-media-day/

- BOS: A New Era Of Celtics' Basketball Begins (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):  https://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/media-day-092721-after-offseason-change-new-era-celtics-basketball-set-begin

- BOS: Udoka Set To Toughen Up The Culture (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):  https://www.bostonherald.com/2021/09/27/0927-bh-s-celticsnotes-2/

- BOS: Marcus Smart On The Celtics Retooled Roster (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2853364/2021/09/28/marcus-smart-on-retooled-celtics-roster-were-ready-to-rock-and-roll/

- BOS: Media Day Takeaways (from Adam Himmelbach, Boston Globe):  https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/it-s-celtics-media-day-here-s-what-they-have-to-say-about-the-upcoming-season/ar-AAOSGIm

- CHI: DeRozan On The Upcoming Bulls Season (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):  https://www.nba.com/bulls/features/demar-derozan-upcoming-bulls-season-its-all-about-winning

- CHI: Karnisovas, Donovan Emphasize Team Chemistry (from KC Johnson, NBC Sports):  https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/bulls-arturas-karnisovas-billy-donovan-emphasize-team-chemistry-nba

From Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2853591/2021/09/27/the-bulls-changed-the-narrative-at-media-day-but-for-how-long/

- DAL: Kidd Seems To Have Changed His Approach To Coaching, Communication (from Callie Caplan, Morning News): https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/mavericks/2021/09/27/for-luka-doncic-kristaps-porzingis-the-different-pop-with-mavs-new-coaches-is-already-evident/

- DAL: What To Expect From KP This Season (from Brendan O'Sullivan, Hoops Habit):  https://hoopshabit.com/2021/09/28/mavericks-expect-kristaps-porzingis/

- DEN: Burning Questions Entering Training Camp (from Sean Carroll, Nugg Love):  https://nugglove.com/2021/09/28/denver-nuggets-questions-training-camp/

- DEN: Murray's Competitive Fire Still Burns During Rehab (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):  https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/27/nuggets-jamal-murray-acl-rehab/

- DET: Takeaways From Media Day (from Lauren Williams, MLive):  https://www.mlive.com/pistons/2021/09/detroit-pistons-expect-to-take-their-lumps-promise-competitive-basketball-every-night.html

From Omari Sankofa II, Free Press:  https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/the-detroit-pistons-hosted-their-media-day-on-monday-here-are-the-key-takeaways/ar-

- DET: Cunningham Is A Franchise-Changing Talent (from Matthew Miranda, The Step Back):  https://fansided.com/2021/09/28/25-under-25-cade-cunningham-detroit-pistons-18

- GSW: Media Day Takeaways (from Colin Ward-Heninnger, CBS Sports):  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/warriors-potential-resurgence-an-exercise-in-patience-and-frustration-with-gained-perspective-from-pandemic

- GSW: Iguodala's Leadership Already Being Felt (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):  https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/andre-iguodalas-leadership-already-being-felt-warriors-return

- HOU: Media Day Notebook (from Kelly Iko, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2852911/2021/09/28/on-jalen-greens-growing-maturity-john-walls-future-backcourt-looks-and-more-rockets-media-day-notebook/

From Coty Davis, SBNation: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/three-takeaways-from-rockets-media-day/ar-AAOUlDZ?ocid=BingNews

- HOU: Rockets & Wall Are Fine With His Role As A Non-Playing Mentor While Waiting To Be Traded (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/rockets/article/John-Wall-makes-some-sense-of-Rockets-plan-16491570.php

- HOU: Theis Aims To Be Rockets' Defensive Anchor (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/rockets/article/Rockets-Daniel-Theis-veteran-defensive-anchor-16492202.php

- IND: Media Day Takeaways (from Scott Agness, Fieldhouse Files): 

Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness
Pacers media day 2021: A sense of normalcy, two players in a boot and a push to be fully vaccinated
The Pacers practice facility was full of energy Monday, filled with more people than had been there at one time in about 19 months. It was the first official Pacers event since March 2020 that felt … normal. It was media day and unlike last season, it was conducted in person. It was the first time for head coac…
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- IND: Kevin Pritchard On Isaiah Jackson (from Akeem Glaspie, Indy Star):  https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2021/09/28/pacers-isaiah-jackson-embracing-role-multi-positional-defender/5893385001/

- LAC: Takeaways From Media Day (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):  https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/clippers-training-camp-5-takeaways-from-media-day

- LAC: PG-13 Is Ready For His Closeup Without Kawhi (from Mirjam Swanson, OC Register):  https://www.ocregister.com/2021/09/27/clippers-paul-george-ready-for-his-closeup-without-co-star-kawhi-leonard/

- LAL: Can Bazemore Be The Lakers' Most Important Role Player This Season? (from Nicole Ganglani, Silver Screen And Role):  https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2021/9/27/22679063/kent-bazemore-most-important-role-player-lakers-2021-season-preview

- LAL: Media Day Storylines (from Kyle Goon, OC Register): https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/lakers-training-camp-5-storylines-as-they-look-to-regain-title-form/ar-AAOT6gd?ocid=BingNews

- MIL: The Bucks Face The Ultimate Challenge: Winning Back-To-Back Titles (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):  https://www.nba.com/news/bucks-look-to-repeat-without-losing-their-edge

- MIL: Media Day Takeaways  (from Eric Nehm, The Athletic): https://theathletic.com/2853193/2021/09/27/giannis-antetokounmpos-health-donte-divincenzo-update-fighting-complacency-bucks-media-day-takeaways/

- MIN: Ben Falk On Sachin Gupta's Leadership (from Cleaning The Glass):  https://cleaningtheglass.com/leader-of-the-pack/

- NOP:  Understanding Zion's Foot Fracture (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):  https://instreetclothes.com/2021/09/27/understanding-zion-williamsons-foot-fracture/

- OKC: Media Day Themes (from Nick Crain, Forbes):  https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholascrain/2021/09/28/okc-thunder-media-day-themes-and-final-training-camp-roster/?sh=4598f02a2f3c

- ORL: Magic's Goals: Growth, Development & Learning (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  https://orlandomagicdaily.com/2021/09/28/orlando-magic-ready-work-build-promise-media-day-2021/

From Josh Cohen, magic.com: https://www.nba.com/magic/es/news/5-great-points-made-2021-magic-media-day-20210927

- PHI: Maxey Is Headed For A Bigger Role, With Or Without Ben (from Bryan Toporek, Forbes):  https://deadspin.com/the-narcissism-of-kyrie-irving-and-nba-anti-vaxxers-is-1847758434

From Ky Carlin, Yahoo Sports: https://news.yahoo.com/sixers-3-goals-tyrese-maxey-113036363.html

- PHI: The Simmons Situation:

    From Sam Amick, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2854156/2021/09/28/ben-simmons-believes-playing-with-joel-embiid-has-run-its-course-and-sixers-media-day-messages-fall-flat-with-him/

   From Noah Levick, NBC Sports: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/sixers/daryl-morey-doc-rivers-ben-simmons-holdout-sixers-media-day-press-conference

   From Gina Mizell, The Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/sixers/doc-rivers-ben-simmons-trade-20210927.html

- PHO: Young Suns Set To See Big Returns From Finals Experience (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):  https://arizonasports.com/story/2831894/young-suns-roster-set-to-see-big-returns-from-nba-finals-experience/

- POR: Billups Looks To 'Put An Address' On Player Accountability (from Casey Holdahl, blazers.com):  https://www.nba.com/blazers/forwardcenter/his-first-year-head-coach-billups-looks-put-address-accountability

- POR: Lillard Is Committed To Winning In Portland (from Aaron Fentress, Oregon Live):  https://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/2021/09/trail-blazers-damian-lillard-coming-off-an-eventful-offseason-enters-training-camp-fully-committed-to-winning-in-portland.html

From Jason Quick, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2853876/2021/09/28/living-with-the-price-of-being-damian-lillard-why-the-blazers-star-is-back-in-portland

- POR: Nurkic Excited For Expanded Role (from Aaron Fentress, Oregon Live ):  https://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/2021/09/trail-blazers-jusuf-nurkic-excited-for-expanded-role-under-new-coach-chauncey-billups.html

- SAC: Haliburton Can Do Whatever The Kings Need (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):  https://fansided.com/2021/09/28/25-under-25-2021-tyrese-haliburton-sacramento-kings-20/

- TOR: What We Learned From Media Day (from Scott Rafferty, NBA.com):  https://ca.nba.com/news/what-we-learned-from-toronto-raptors-media-day-entering-the-2021-22-nba-season/z5fkscriut8u17stl358gc373

- UTA: Takeaways From Media Day (from James Hansen, SLC Dunk):  https://www.slcdunk.com/2021/9/27/22697692/takeaways-from-utah-jazz-media-day-2021-22-nba-season-donovan-mitchell


- Biggest Training Camp Questions Facing Each Team (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):  https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/32256805/biggest-training-camp-questions-facing-all-30-nba-teams

- Predicting The NBA's Most Dangerous Lineups (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2948771-predicting-the-nbas-most-dangerous-offensive-lineups-this-season


VACCINATION STORIES


- Stop Giving The Few Anti-Vaxxers The Space To Be Loud And Wrong (from Vincent Goodwill, Yahoo Sports):  https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/nba-covid-19-vaccine-kyrie-irving-stop-giving-vocal-minority-space-loud-wrong-023626133.html

- Why Athletes Need To Lead The Drive To Vaccinate (from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, substack): 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Why Athletes Need to Lead the Drive to Vaccinate
A couple years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world the way the Chicxulub meteor collided with the Earth 66 million years ago, wiping out 75 percent of plant and animal life, including dinosaurs. If it were up to those contemporary dinosaurs refusing to get vaccines or denying the seriousness of the global pandemic, we’d lumber toward extinction lik…
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- Vaccinated NBA Staffers Concerned About Exposure To Unvaccinated Players (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN): https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32293462/vaccinated-nba-staffers-concerned-health-risks-being-exposed-unvaccinated-players-season-approaches

- The Narcissism Of The Anti-Vaxxers Is Inhumane (from Carron Phillips, Deadspin):  https://deadspin.com/the-narcissism-of-kyrie-irving-and-nba-anti-vaxxers-is-1847758434

- Anti-Vaxxers Are Getting Way Too Much Say In NBA COVID Protocols (from James Dator, SBNation):  https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2021/9/27/22696676/nba-covid-protocol-anti-vaxx-kyrie-irving

- NBA'S Vaxx Problem Could Be Overcome With Stars Doing Easy, Right Thing (from Dan Woike, LA Times):  https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-09-27/nba-covid-vaccinations-stars-kyrie-irving-need-to-get-the-shot

- BKN:

   From Net Income, Nets Daily: https://www.netsdaily.com/2021/9/28/22698066/national-commentators-slam-kyrie-irving-on-vaccine-stand-privacy-claim

- GSW:

   From Anthony Slater, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2852622/2021/09/27/andrew-wiggins-hasnt-committed-to-getting-vaccinated-so-the-warriors-waiting-game-continues/


FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY: from the BI archives:

http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/09/28/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-92817/


NOTE: Media Day presents a huge challenge because everyone writes a story.  We have linked to most of the best ones.  We will play catch-up tomorrow by trying to include any worthies that we may have missed.


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