Even the Nuggets brass would probably admit Denver was well-coached last season. After all, the Nuggets won 57 games, and George Karl won Coach of the Year.
Karl’s problem was his ability to follow directions, and that’s why he was fired.
So, it might actually make sense for the Nuggets to promote an assistant coach to full-time head coach after firing the head coach of the same staff. But they could have competition from the 76ers, too.
John Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Hunt previously worked as an assistant for the Cavaliers, Lakers and Rockets. Prior, he was a video coordinator for Houston, which could boost his stock. Former video coordinators – like Erik Spoelstra, Frank Vogel and Mike Budenholzer – are all the rage right now.
If Philadelphia waits until after the draft to hire a new coach, Denver should have the inside track. The Nuggets already know Hunt, and he’s probably not in position to hold out for another offer if he gets one from Denver.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.