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.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.