Hawks' coaching search rages on, the bottle spins back to Mark Jackson

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Supposedly the Hawks were set on Avery Johnson. Then they were set on Dwane Casey. Now the race appears to be wide open again, as Mark Jackson was brought in for a second interview. From Sam Amick of FanHouse:

The Atlanta Hawks will interview ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson for a second time for their head coaching job next week, a league source told FanHouse. Jackson — who is currently calling the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Boston — is a finalist along with former Minnesota coach Dwane Casey, former Dallas coach and ESPN analyst Avery Johnson and Hawks assistant Larry Drew.

Amick also notes that if finances end up taking center stage — as it always seems to with the Hawks — Larry Drew could hold the advantage. Otherwise, Casey still seems to be the frontrunner, but there is clear interest in both Johnson and Jackson as well.

It’s tough to say just how good of a coach Jackson could be. Former players haven’t had a lot of success as head coaches, but there are obviously some exceptions. Then, based on Jackson’s comments and telecasts, you wouldn’t expect him to be a great basketball mind. Then again, you could say the same of Jeff Van Gundy, who seems to have a persona for the booth and a persona for the bench. Maybe Jackson too can turn it all around in the blink of an eye…but I’ll hold onto my doubts. 

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.