Rockets assistant Turner to interview for head coaching gigs

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Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner recently told KRIV-TV in Houston (Hat tip to ESPN Chicago) that he will interview with the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls about a possible head coaching job. 

Turner is a former NBA player, and was a player-coach in the CBA after he left the NBA as a player. He later became an assistant coach in the NBA, and has been an assistant under Rick Adelman in both Sacramento and now Houston. Both the Suns and Timberwolves interviewed Turner for their head coaching positions recently, but neither team ended up giving him the job. If Turner does end up getting a head coaching job, it would be another example of a longtime assistant for a great coach getting the chance to go out on his own. 

Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

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MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.

Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.