Jason Terry became so upset at a miscommunication on Friday night with J.J. Barea that he had a verbal confrontation with Barea and his coach during a timeout. The result was Rick Carlisle sending Terry to the end of the bench and keeping him there while the Mavericks made a comeback. On Saturday, they addressed the situation.
“I don’t think it became public at all,” Terry said. “Again, Coach made a decision, we all rolled with it, you seen me on the bench, I’m cheering on my guys to win the game whatever happens. I don’t think it was public at all. … Again, it happened, it’s over with and we’re moving forward.”
It’s playoff time. Emotions are going to be high at this time of the season,” Terry said. “The last couple of years we’ve kind of been real lax and kind of went through the emotions. But this year is totally different. As you can see these games are intense. Positively or negatively, something’s going to spark off and happen. And last night I let it become negative and so going forward it’s just not going to be that. It’s going to be all positive, but we’re going to channel our energies in the right direction. But as you know, again, these times now are very intense and it’s going to be like that for the next two or three months.”
via Jason Terry: Emotions are going to be high – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas.
Terry’s idea isn’t a bad one, as the Mavericks could us some element of toughness to them, a spark to get them out of the funk they’ve been in. But getting into shouting matches and causing disruptions in harmony doesn’t seem like the way to do it, nor does shoving bench players.
At the same time, Terry’s been up and down, dealing with a changing role in the offense as he gets older and Rodrigue Beaubois becomes more a part of the team’s plans for the future. Carlisle didn’t punish Terry for the incident, but if anything further happens, he had better have his eye out. There’s a fine line between letting players’ emotions spark them and getting run over by them.
With the cooler-than-I-expected solar eclipse on Monday came a lot of bad solar eclipse jokes on Twitter. Because that’s what Twitter does. Especially the NBA Twitterverse. We knew a lot of “where on the flat earth will Kyrie Irving watch the eclipse?” jokes were coming.
There were a couple of good ones, however.
Appropriately, the Phoenix Suns won the day.
One personal favorite here, an old meme that never goes out of style.
The NBA, at the Pacers’ request, is investigating whether the Lakers tampered by making impressible contact with Paul George.
Bob Kravitz of WTHR
In fact, there’s word that other small- and mid-market team officials have reached out to the Pacers and told them, “Good for you. Fight the good fight.”
Small-market teams whine too much about the disadvantages they face, but tampering isn’t really a market-size issue. Remember, under Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers were known as the only team that didn’t tamper.
The Lakers have advantages because George is from the area, and Los Angeles offers immense marketability. That’d be true whether or not they contacted George or his agent before he officially became a free agent.
I understand the desire to take down the big, bad Lakers – especially now that they appear poised to become truly big and bad again. But it’s hard to find a team that can cast a stone at them from anywhere other than a glass house.
The power dynamics within the Clippers are shifting, and the ground apparently hasn’t settled yet.
Doc Rivers has been stripped of his presidency. Jerry West became a consultant. Lawrence Frank now holds the most prestigious title in the front office, and newly hired Michael Winger will report to him. Also falling under Frank in the organizational chart? Trent Redden.
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:
Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers executive Trent Redden will join the LA Clippers’ front-office staff as assistant general manager, league sources said on Monday.
Redden was ousted in Cleveland with David Griffin. He’ll help the Clippers simply by providing another capable executive. They’ve long needed to add front-office employees (and pay for them).
But Redden also exacerbates the issue of Frank’s underlings having far more front-office experience than him. As the Clippers try to establish their new setup, we’ll see whether that creates complications.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has missed significant time the last two seasons due to complications from back surgery.
Could those issues derail his career?
Kerr, via Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”
On the most basic level, it’d be good if Kerr feels well enough to coach. The headaches sound miserable, regardless of his job.
But it’d also be ideal if the NBA didn’t lose one of its best coaches just as he’s getting started. The 51-year-old Kerr might wind up the greatest coach of all time. Obviously that’s a long way off, but he has that potential – health permitting.