Mike Fratello wants to coach next season

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It’s been a good couple of months for former NBA coaches who became TV analysts. Doug Collins was given the head coaching job in Philadelphia. Avery Johnson’s hiring was announced by the Nets today. Multiple teams have all but begged former Rockets coach and current beloved curmudgeon Jeff Van Gundy to coach their teams next season. Byron Scott’s name is apparently in the mix for some head coaching spots. 

Apparently, all of this has left former Grizzlies head coach and current TNT/YES analyst Mike Fratello feeling left out. On his Twitter page (Mike Fratello has a twitter page,) the “czar of the telestrator” tweeted the following: “If I were coaching somewhere next season I would be a happy person.” This tweet came in response to several people expressing that they wished Fratello, who broadcasts Nets games for the YES network, had been given the Nets job instead of Avery Johnson. 
In 16 NBA seasons, Fratello was 667-552 in the regular season and 20-42 in the playoffs. Fratello’s most recent head coaching job was with the Memphis Grizzlies. After taking the Grizzlies to the playoffs in  2005 and 2006, Fratello went 6-24 during the 2006-07 season before leaving the team. Fratello started his NBA coaching career as an assistant under Hubie Brown, who is now also a TV analyst. 

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.