What the NBA advocates for off the court matters just as much as what they're enforcing on it, and changing coaching styles contributes to accelerating the overall progression of the league in real time, literally on the clock.
The Magic are bucking the trend by cementing their foundation with bigs in Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Mohamed Bamba.
We spoke with veteran NBA referees Marc Davis, John Goble and Monty McCutchen to understand their process and work in a world filled with accusations of bias and conspiracy and the innate need to add a venal motive to a botched call.
Keith Smith emptied his notebook after speaking to players, coaches, front office personnel and agents with all 15 Western Conference teams.
Zion Williamson is a remarkable athlete who has shown glimpses of a very appealing skill-set as a shot creator from the perimeter. The question now becomes how exactly does he fit in a team that doesn't exist with the sole purpose of giving him the ball.