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Nets to talk to Phil Jackson, Sloan, Shaw among others for coach


You get the impression that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov still wants a big name as coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

That was what they wanted a few years ago, so they went with Avery Johnson over top assistants at the time such as Tom Thibodeau. How’d that work out for them?

The first names that have come out in the Nets coaching search this time are the big ones — GM Billy King said he will gauge the interest of Phil Jackson, for one, as reported by the New York Daily News.

Phil Jackson wants a role where he can be Billy King’s boss, not his coach. With the Nets power structure pretty locked in, hard to see how that works out.

Another name that came up quickly was Jeff Van Gundy, but multiple reports have shot that down. There is some friction there.

Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan’s name came up and Nets point guard Deron Williams would be good with that, reports the New York Post.

Williams said he “would love” to play again for Jerry Sloan, his old coach in Utah, and when Phil Jackson’s name came up, Williams said, “Who wouldn’t want to play for Phil Jackson?”

Sloan, with his flex offense, seems a better fit to add some versatility to the predictable (and therefore defendable) Nets attack. But at 71 and a disciplinarian, will that work in New York?

After that there are other candidates including Pacers lead assistant Brian Shaw and Nate McMillan, who are apparently now mentioned with every coaching job opening and are likely to land one of them. Maybe the Nets after they strike out on big names (although McMillan is up there).

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.

Marc Gasol heads ball into basket after drawing foul (video)

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This was not Marc Gasol‘s first attempt to head in the ball after a whistle, but this time, he converted.

Here was his January try:


James Harden’s defense: Stop and point while opponent flies to rim (video)


As Rockets general manager Daryl Morey once noted, cherry-picking James Harden‘s worst defensive plays to create a video is unfair. Many players would look awful by that measure.

But Harden provides serious ammo for these worst-of videos.

This non-attempt to stop Lance Thomas is just brutal.

At least Houston buckled down to beat the Knicks, 116-111 in overtime. The Rockets have climbed to 26th in points allowed per possession.

Jerry Colangelo says Kobe Bryant could still make 2016 U.S. Olympic team

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So, Kobe Bryant‘s NBA career is officially going to come to an end after the 2015-16 season. That part he announced on Sunday.

What’s still up in the air is Bryant’s participation in one last Olympics. Bryant has been in consideration to make Team USA this summer at the games in Rio de Janeiro, and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo tells’s Marc Stein that he hasn’t ruled that out yet:

Kobe was asked about this at his post-game press conference Sunday and said it was not a goal, but if it was offered he’d consider it.

“I’d be honored if that was there, it would be fantastic to be around that group and spend kind of the last journey with them,” Bryant said. “That being said, it’s not something that I’m obsessing over.”

‘When Bryant made it known that he wanted to play in Rio, he made it clear to Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski that he wanted to earn a spot, not be given one as a lifetime achievement award. Watching him so far this season, it’s almost impossible to imagine him making the roster on merit.

But nobody should begrudge him if he wanted to extend the farewell tour just a little bit longer.