New Orleans is leaving no stone unturned in their search for a new coach who can keep Chris Paul from bolting town in 2012.
That is job number one, don’t forget. Two seasons may seem like a long time away to worry about such things, but two more seasons like this last one will have Paul checking his options. So enter the new coach. Wins are a big part of it, but there has to be a confidence, a bond built.
To find the right man, the Hornets are looking everywhere.
Louisiana native Avery Johnson is up first today for an interview, followed by Dallas assistant Dwane Casey tomorrow, according to the Times Picayune. But that’s just the start of the list.
According to league sources, the Hornets are working on logistics to interview former NBA player Mark Jackson and former NBA coach Doug Collins, who interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers job Saturday…The Hornets also have contacted the Utah Jazz to request permission to interview assistant Ty Corbin and the Portland Trail Blazers to interview assistant Monty Williams….
The Hornets also have asked for permission to speak to Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, but they have not yet been granted permission by General Manager Danny Ainge.
That’s seven — that we know of. We can assume they are going to interview Bobcats coach Larry Brown because the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires he be contacted about every job opening. There are probably other coaches, both dead and alive, that will be interviewed.
Then they’ll settle on Avery.
LOS ANGELES – LeBron James‘ team trailed by 13 midway through the fourth quarter of the All-Star game, but he led a competitive comeback.
This shot put his team up 146-145 over Stephen Curry‘s team, and Team LeBron held on for a 148-145 win:
Great penetration by Russell Westbrook, and he and Kyrie Irving moved the ball well. LeBron made it count.
LOS ANGELES — The new format for the NBA All-Star game brought a little more defense to the first half of the annual showcase, but it didn’t do much to enliven the game. That said, the game has been better than the pre-game “entertainment.”
Midway through the second quarter, his team down 15, LeBron James decided to make it a game again and played with some energy. That included a three, and a couple impressive alley-oop finishes. The best came via Russell Westbrook.
There also was this one courtesy Kemba Walker.
Those may be the two best dunks of the first half.
LOS ANGELES – Anthony Davis often relies on his Pelicans teammates to set him up.
Tonight, he gave a nod to one of them.
Davis started the All-Star game wearing DeMarcus Cousins‘ No. 0 jersey. Cousins and Davis were both voted starters then drafted by LeBron James, but Cousins can’t play due to injury.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
Very cool gesture by Davis. He’s an excellent teammate.
The Internet got itself all in a huff on Saturday as they watched the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge. In particular, the matchup between Chicago Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen and Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid stirred up a bit of controversy.
Specifically, folks accused Embiid of cheating.
During the passing section of the obstacle course, Embiid didn’t actually make any of his passes into the ring. He then proceeded on the next section and was neck-and-neck with Markkanen as they tried to finish out the head-to-head competition. Markkanen won, but that didn’t stop folks from saying the 76ers All-Star had circumvented the rules.
We now know that’s not true.
According to the rules (provided on the NBA media site, page 47 of the 2018 NBA All-Star Media Guide) Embiid was allowed to move onto the next section even though he hadn’t completed any of his passes. A player only has to exhaust the rack, not complete a pass. It appears rules sort of assume that if a player stands there trying to complete a pass three times they’ll fall so far behind they won’t be able to catch up.
Re-watching the video, it appears Embiid knew this rule to the game and figured if he didn’t make the first one he would quickly try to blast the next two passes off the rack so he could then move onto the next section.
Embiid even took to Twitter to head off accusations that he had cheated.
Trust. The. Process.