Before you watch football (or really, instead of watching football) you should catch up on some reading about the NBA. We have lots of fresh content and are again sharing some other great words written about basketball. So check out today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
The old maxim, “defense wins championships” is repeated day-in, day-out by everyone from casual fans to experts. And that’s because in large part, it’s true. You need a good defense (or at least a serviceable one) to win a title. Over at Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward, Rob Mahoney takes a look at 5 teams (the Nets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, and Pelicans) who he expects to have much better seasons on the defensive end compared to last year.
Packing the strong side: the Grizzlies’ aggressive defensive scheme: By Kevin Yeung (@KevinHFY)
Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies had one of the best defenses in the league, featuring Mike Conley and Tony Allen on the perimeter and defensive player of the year, Marc Gasol directing traffic and taking care of business down low. Over at SB Nation’s Grizzly Bear Blues, Kevin Yeung explains the scheme behind making the Grizzlies such an overwhelming defensive force. And despite a new head coach, Yeung doesn’t expect much to change in the way of suffocating defense in Memphis.