The Philadelphia 76ers are the lone NBA team without a head coach at this relatively late stage of the offseason, but it appears as though the search is intensifying.
From Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
The Philadelphia 76ers have received permission to interview Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale for their head coach opening, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Fizdale has been with the Miami Heat the past five seasons, which has included three NBA Finals trips and two championships. His responsibilities with the Heat included scouting, player development and game preparation.
The former University of San Diego basketball player spent the previous five seasons as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks.
Fizdale will be the fourth NBA assistant coach recently added to the list of those in the running for the job in Philadelphia.
Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, along with Bulls assistants Ed Pinckney and Adrian Griffin, are all reportedly being considered.
The lack of big names or retreads on the list speaks to the state of things with the Sixers heading into next season. In a rebuilding situation, it makes sense to bring in a younger head coaching candidate that has the patience to teach and develop at the NBA level — a quality that is possessed by each of these candidates.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7
Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.