Basketball Intelligence for 7/12/23
Today's Best NBA Reporting and Analysis
BKN: Lonnie Walker IV opens up on why he signed with Nets as free agent
Brian Lewis, New York Post
BOS: Amile Jefferson’s new role as a Celtics assistant coach reunites him with an old friend: Jayson Tatum
Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe
CHI: Dalen Terry on Summer League: "I'm here to get reps."
Sam Smith, NBA.com
CLE: Cavs have no intention of breaking up ‘core four’
Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com
DET: Isaiah Stewart excited about Detroit Pistons rookies: 'Definitely got some dog in them'
Omari Sankofa II, Detroit Free Press
IND: On bait and switch tactics and how the Pacers are using them
Caitlin Cooper, Basketball, She Wrote
To a certain degree, that play is more than just an innovative wrinkle, revealing the way in which offenses can stay ahead by looking like something else until the very last second; it's also somewhat of a microcosm for what Summer League turned out to be for Andrew Nembhard and perhaps should've been for Bennedict Mathurin -- at least with greater frequency.
After all, Nembhard suddenly flips from playing a role as the middle man to coming to the fore at the center of options, all while exuding an air of calm, whereas Mathurin, who was oftentimes too eager to score and didn't fully seem to understand his optimal use in this type of setting, can be seen playing within the team-context, making himself appear dangerous for the sake of his teammates.