As the Larry Brown coaching saga turns: Philadelphia will talk to him, Charlotte plans for change

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This is starting to make federal financial reform look simple.

The latest in the Larry Brown coaching saga is that the Philadelphia 76ers do want to talk to him, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. But only about being their coach, nothing more.

The 76ers are poised to contact Larry Brown about their coaching vacancy, but they apparently have little interest in offering Brown a front-office position overseeing player personnel decisions, an NBA source with knowledge of the Sixers’ thinking said on Tuesday.

“I’m not coaching for anybody but Michael,” Brown said after Monday night’s loss. When asked if he’d take an executive job, Brown left himself wiggle room, saying: “That’s hypothetical.”

Brown said he was going to return to Philadelphia and hunker down with his family. “I’m going to figure it out,” he said.

It’s family that complicates this. Brown’s wife and 15-year-old son live in Philly. While the family of any NBA coach is shortchanged, not living in the same city as them makes things especially hard. Throw in Brown’s notorious wanderlust for new coaching gigs, and you have yourself a situation. But Brown wants power beyond just what comes with the coach’s chair.

So it’s complicated. And nobody has any idea what Brown will do.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Charlotte thinks he is going to choose family and cheese steaks.

Charlotte considers the chances of Brown staying as “minimal at this point,” one league source said. “They’re proceeding like they’ll be looking for a new coach.”

The better coaching job with the better team in Charlotte, or more time with the family in Philly?  Like we said, it’s complicated. And Brown is unpredictable.

Let the roller coaster ride start.

Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.

These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.

The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).

Grizzlies’ Troy Williams hits falling, stumbling circus shot (VIDEO)

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Just like coach David Fizdale drew it up.

The shot of Tuesday night went to Troy Williams, the starting Memphis guard who didn’t have a great night in the Grizzlies win over the Sixers but did hit this stumbling, falling, one-handed shot.

By the way, the Grizzlies are now 4-1 since Mike Conley‘s injury with this win. Didn’t see that coming.

Zach Randolph receives standing ovation in first game back after mother’s passing

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Zach Randolph was away from the Memphis Grizzlies and its fans for seven games to deal with the passing of his mother, Mae. When he returned to the floor, something special was waiting for him.

During Z-Bo’s arrival against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, fans at FedEx Forum gave Randolph a standing ovation in support of his difficult time.

From ESPN NBA:

Randolph dropped 12 points, collected 14 rebounds, and added an assist as the Grizzlies beat the Sixers, 96-91, in a game that went down to the wire.

Teammates of Randolph — like Marc Gasol — were glad to have him back and let Randolph know he was being thought about during his absence.

Gasol even took to Twitter after the game in a heartwarming gesture:

Cavs’ J.R. Smith sidelined with hyperextended left knee

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CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least one game – and probably more – with a hyperextended left knee.

The Cavs said an MRI taken on Smith’s knee on Tuesday did not reveal any structural damage, but he will sit out Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks. Smith got hurt in the first quarter of Cleveland’s win in Toronto on Monday night.

While his teammates flew to New York, Smith returned to Cleveland to undergo tests. The team said he is day to day while he receives additional treatment.

Smith’s knee buckled after he dropped a short shot in the lane in a 116-112 win over the Raptors. He had been bothered by soreness in his knee for the past week, and that may have contributed to his slow start this season.

Smith, who did not report to training camp before signing a four-year, $57 million contract before the opener, is averaging just 7.8 points and shooting a career-worst 31 percent from the floor. He’s shooting only 19 percent (8 of 42) in his last six games.

It’s not clear who will take Smith’s spot while he’s out. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has several options, including veterans Mike Dunleavy and Richard Jefferson. On Monday, Lue gave more playing time to DeAndre Liggins, who scored five points as the Cavs beat the Raptors for the third time this season.