It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.”
When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“Until that time comes I’m not really worried about it,” Irving said. “To even imagine that, I’m not going down that road.
“I’m focused on finishing the season with him and that’s all that matters right now.”
Way to play the iron safely down the middle of the fairway and not pull out the driver, Kyrie. You can take that as him not wanting to come to his coach’s defense or him just trying to stay out of the way of the controversy, but it’s not a ringing endorsement either way.
Scott has not had much talent to work with in Cleveland, but it is fair to wonder if his old-school, long-practices, grinding style (and not calling timeouts during opponents runs) is really the best way to coach up a young team.
It’s the way of the NBA — coaches are easier to find than franchise players like Irving. Whatever happens, in three years Irving will still be the center of the Cavaliers, that is who they build around, not a coach.
The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.
Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.
Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.
His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.
He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka are healthy — just how good will the Thunder be?
The bold prediction in this PBT Extra preview with Jenna Corrado is that the Thunder will win 60 games, something they have not yet done. I wouldn’t bet on them hitting that number — with a new coach, and them making sure Durant and Westbrook get rest coming off injuries, plus the fact they’re in the deep West, that number may be high.
I think they have a better chance to come out of the West than win 60 games. I think they have a good shot to come out of the West.