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Report: John Kuester leading candidate to become 76ers’ No. 1 assistant coach

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Before becoming a hilariously bad coach with the Pistons(sadly, “hilarious” is how his players found his tenure) and demoted with the Lakers, John Kuester was a good assistant under Larry Brown in Detroit and Mike Brown in Cleveland.

Kuester does not have the personality to be a good head coach, but the world learning that doesn’t mean he suddenly lost his basketball knowledge and ability to help from farther down the bench. Brett Brown and the 76ers realize that, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Kuester was the Cavaliers’ offensive coordinator, but his background is really on the defensive end. He’s competent enough in both that Philadelphia doesn’t need to pigeonhole him, and he’d help the team in any role.

Plus, the 76ers are young enough and without the cache to disrespect him at every turn. So, I’m sure Kuester would appreciate that, and apparently, he’s comfortable working for Browns.

The latest Brown boss, Brett, also would get himself a little more job security (not that he lacked it entering his first season of a four-year contract), because there’s no way Philadelphia would fire him mid-season if it meant promoting Kuester to head coach.

Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years

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Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.

He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”

“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.

The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.

Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.

Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.