Tom Thibodeau seems destined to finally join the head coaching ranks this summer after working for 19 years as an assistant. However, whether that opportunity will come with the Hornets or another team is still up in the air.
Although New Orleans is definitely interested in bringing Thibodeau in as their new head coach (particularly after Avery Johnson’s ambition to be a dual coach/manager ruined his chances) and were reported to have made a formal proposal to Thibodeau to be he next coach of the Hornets, Jeff Bower has refuted that claim. Via John Reid of the Times Picayune:
“The New Orleans Hornets have not made a formal offer to any
candidates involved in the process to hire a head coach,” Bower said
in a statement. “We have had discussions with many impressive
“We will issue an official update when we have concluded the process
and have reached an agreement. Any other information should be
considered rumor or unauthorized and unreliable information.”
Bower’s statement doesn’t change Thibodeau’s status as the front-runner for the Hornets job, and knowing the nature of these denials, the team could issue an offer very soon — later this week, even. For now though, New Orleans’ coaching search continues.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.
Argentina isn’t considered a medal contender heading into the Rio Olympics. Their golden generation — led by Manu Ginobili — has picked up a lot of speed on the downhill side of their careers at this point.
They didn’t provide much of a challenge for Team USA in an exhibition game Friday night in Las Vegas, one won by the USA 111-74. Kevin Durant impressed playing with his new teammates in dropping 23 points, Paul George had 18, and the Americans had their way in the game.
Which is what we’re going to see a lot of in Rio — the USA’s talent level is just steps above any other team in the tournament.