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Brian Shaw to be Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana

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It probably wasn’t the job he was hoping to get when the off-season began, but long-time Laker assistant coach Brian Shaw will be Frank Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana, according to multiple sources.

When Phil Jackson retired after the Lakers were swept by the NBA champion Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs, some believed that Shaw’s knowledge of the Lakers’ personnel and offensive system would make him next in line for the Lakers’ head coaching job, and Shaw was endorsed by several Laker players. However, the Lakers ultimately decided to hire former Cavaliers head coach and 2009 Coach of the Year Mike Brown as their head coach, and former Cavalier assistant and Detroit head coach Jon Kuester will be Brown’s lead assistant in Los Angeles.

It’s unclear whether Shaw will try to install the legendary Triangle offense in Indiana, but it seems unlikely. While the Pacers do have an excellent young post-up player in Roy Hibbert, they had most of their success playing either drive-and-kick or run-and-gun basketball last season; they played at the 6th-fastest pace in the league, and the Nuggets were the only team to make it into the playoffs while playing at a faster pace than Indiana.

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.


Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.