Basketball Intelligence for 10/29/22
Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis
NBA labor peace might not be “a layup”
Marc Stein, The Stein Line
The two most daunting words in the realm of NBA labor relations are suddenly coming up with greater frequency than I’ve ever heard in my three decades covering #thisleague: Hard cap.
Coach Spins' Clipboard: The New Jazz Star, Depth in New Orleans, and Mobley's Next Steps
Adam Spinella, The Box And One
Last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Markkanen took 34 dribble jumpers in the half-court, accounting for only 11% of his jump shots and shooting only 30.6% on them. Thus far in Utah, Markkanen is letting it fly off the bounce: he’s already taken 12 through five games, where about a third of his jumpers come from.
BKN: Let’s Give Ben Simmons A Chance
Morten Jensen, Forbes
BOS: It’s official: There’s something wrong with the Celtics’ defense
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
DAL: Why Jason Kidd didn’t play Christian Wood in last 7 minutes of Mavs’ overtime win vs. Nets
Callie Caplan, Dallas Morning News
DAL: The Dallas Mavericks Are Different From Last Year. That Doesn’t Mean Worse.
Dorothy J. Gentry, FiveThirtyEight
GSW: ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF: Why James Wiseman Is Feeling Like Himself Again
Katie Heindl, Dime
“I’m a huge dreamer. I dream big, really big. I dream so big that sometimes I’ve got to let my expectations just die down a little bit,” Wiseman says, alluding to the balance he’s brokered out of his pain and hurt.