Gary Neal was one of those guys a lot of fans saying during the playoffs “where do the Spurs keep finding these guys?” He played a huge role for San Antonio in the NBA Finals.
Neal was a reserve guard (he did start 17 games for San Antonio last season) who averaged 9.5 points a game, mostly often knocking down threes but he could score off the bounce or the catch-and-shoot, and he played smart defense.
Neal was a restricted free agent and while the Spurs signing of Marco Belinelli meant they were not likely to match an offer for Neal, offers were slow to come in because the Spurs could threaten to match and force a sign-and-trade. Other teams were leery to make an offer.
That may be about to change because the Spurs may be about to pull their qualifying offer, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
He will not last long on the open market, a number of teams that could use a guard will jump into the mix. He is a nice sixth man, volume scorer kind of player (who has played a little point to, if a team needs that).
Only one person in NBA history has coached as many games as Brett Brown and had a worst winning percentage.
The 76ers coach, who sports a 37-127 record, is trumped by just Brian Winters. Winters went 36-148 with the expansion Grizzlies and during interim stint guiding the Warriors.
Brown is entering the third season of his four-year contract, and Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie has been mum about an extension.
76ers owner Josh Harris is taking a similar approach, but he also says a lot of nice things about Brown.
Harris, via John Finger of CSN Philly:
“It’s probably not appropriate for me to talk about specifics about what the negotiations are with him,” Harris said during a media conference on Thursday at the team’s training camp at Stockton College.
“I give Brett an A for the job he’s done,” Harris said. “He’s been an incredible player development person, which is what we need at this point in time. He’s a great person to be around. He’s enthusiastic and he’s a born coach and a leader of men. I’m very impressed with Brett and I hope and expect Brett to be around the team for a very long time.”
Brown has done a fantastic job keeping this team engaged through losing and developing its young players. It’s not his fault Philadelphia stinks. Tanking is an organizational decision.
But the 76ers aren’t tanking forever, and soon, they’ll require a different type of coaching.
Is Brown up for it? No idea. He hasn’t had any chance to prove it.
After all he’s done, though, he probably deserves a chance to find out.
Thabo Sefolosha clearly believed in his innocence.
The Hawks wing rejected a plea deal of only day of community service and six months probation. That probably would have been easier than a trial.
But Sefolosha opted to fight the charges – misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Today, he was vindicated.
Sefolosha, who missed the playoffs due to a leg injury that seemingly occurred during his arrest, has made his case clear: New York police targeted him because he’s black. Given everything else we know about policing habits, that’s certainly believable.
We’ve also seen video of multiple officers literally pulling Sefolosha in different directions and one striking him in the leg with a nightstick. We don’t know what preceded that video, but especially given the information revealed at trial, it’s difficult to justify that use of force.
This verdict probably sets up Sefolosha’ to sue the NYPD.