Scotty Robertson, first coach of New Orleans Jazz, dies

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Scotty Robertson, who coached nearly 300 NBA games and was an assistant for many more, has died at the age of 81 at his home in Louisiana. He lost a battle with cancer, reports the Detroit News.

Robertson coached the first 15 games the expansion New Orleans Jazz ever played in 1974. They went 1-14 and he was fired.

Robertson, who had a lot of success as the head man at Louisiana Tech, went on to coach 26 games for the Chicago Bulls for the 1978-79 season season and then three full seasons with the Detroit Pistons (1980-83). He went on to be an assistant coach with the Spurs and Suns.

He left a legacy, from the high school ranks on up to the NBA, as a teacher and as a friend.

“In professional sports, few coaches really relate to players as persons,” (Charles) Barkley said. “That’s just the way it is most of the time. But Scotty, he was always wanting to relate to a player and not just as a coach per se, or as one who strictly wanted to discuss basketball. He was concerned about you personally. I admired and respected him so much and loved playing for the Suns when he was there.”

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.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.