The news is that lower level staff have almost got it set so some time in the next few weeks the key owners and players representatives are finally going to sit down in a room together and talk again. And this is supposed to make us happy?
That’s the report from Tom Ziller at SB Nation.
A National Basketball Players Association spokesman confirmed to SBNation.com that the union and NBA are hammering out details for the first bargaining session of the NBA lockout, to be held within the first two weeks of August.
Recent reports have suggested that neither the players nor owners have shown an inclination to get back to the bargaining table, given the vast gap said to separate the sides. But staff from each side have been communicating, and a bargaining session that includes NBA deputy director Adam Silver and members of the union’s board will be held in early August.
We’ve been saying this from the start and it needs to be repeated again — because even we get frustrated — these kinds of negotiations never really get serious until the threat of lost games nears reality. Which means things get serious in September.
Look at the NFL — 100 days of posturing then a deal got hammered out in a month. It’s the same with union negotiations involving teachers, police, longshoremen, and on down the line — it almost always comes down to the final days. There has to be real pressure on one or both sides before there is real compromise.
The concern with the NBA is that the owners and players are so far apart — much farther than their NFL brethren — that the time allotted will not be enough to reach a deal and save the full season. Maybe. But frankly until we get to September we’re not really going to know how bad things are.
Hey, but at least they’re almost meeting again. So everyone be happy.
For the second consecutive year, the Warriors have lost their lead assistant to another team. When the Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry during last year’s playoffs, Steve Kerr promoted Luke Walton to associate head coach and added former journeyman big man Jarron Collins to the bench. Now that Walton is headed to the Lakers as their next head coach, the Warriors will go outside the organization to find a replacement, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. And one name that will likely not be in the mix is David Blatt, who very nearly became an assistant under Kerr in 2014 before being offered the Cavaliers’ head job.
Given Walton’s success this season as interim head coach while Kerr recovered from back surgery, this will undoubtedly be the most attractive assistant job in the league.
In the last few years, NBA head coaching salaries have skyrocketed, and new Lakers coach Luke Walton is no exception. According to the Los Angeles Times‘ Mike Bresnahan, Walton is getting $25 million over five years, which is the same as Steve Kerr’s deal with the Warriors, now-former Knicks coach Derek Fisher’s deal in New York, and Fred Hoiberg’s deal with the Bulls.
This kind of money has become standard for head coaches who don’t also have front-office power. Tom Thibodeau and Stan Van Gundy both get between $7 and $8 million annually to do both jobs. Given how good Walton’s current situation with the Warriors is, the Lakers probably had to be on the high end of the coaching spectrum to get him to leave.
On Friday night, the Lakers announced that they’re hiring Luke Walton as their next head coach, effective as soon as the Warriors’ playoff run is over. It’s a good hire, but it’s especially interesting given Walton’s close relationship with Phil Jackson and the rumors that never seem to go away, that Jackson might be set up to return to the Lakers to run the team alongside fiancée Jeanie Buss after next season, when he has an opt-out in his contract with the Knicks.
But that doesn’t mean Walton will be running the triangle, as he said in his first comments to reporters since the news broke.
Via the Orange County Register‘s Bill Oram:
Regardless of whether Jackson eventually gets back in the picture in Los Angeles, Walton has been a successful assistant in Golden State and has the right temperament to lead the Lakers into the post-Kobe era.
Stephen Curry might be back sooner than expected. It’s been one week since he suffered the sprained MCL in his right knee that led the Warriors to rule him out for at least two weeks, but head coach Steve Kerr said Saturday that there’s at least an outside chance he could play Tuesday in Game 2 of Golden State’s second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Via ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
Obviously, the smart money is on Curry not playing this early in his timetable. But the fact that it’s even on the table would seem to indicate that, barring a setback, he’ll be back for at least some of the series, which tips off Sunday.