Jason Kidd’s first game as coach of the Brooklyn Nets will not be Oct. 30 when the team tips off the season in Cleveland. Nor will it be against the Heat two nights later. It will now be in Orlando on Nov. 3.
We told you this was likely coming back in July but now the league has made it official — Kidd has been suspended two games after pleading guilty to a driving while intoxicated case. This is pretty much the standard DWI suspension from the league for players and coaches.
Lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank will coach the team for those two games.
Kidd retired as a player this summer and stepped in as the head coach of the Nets in a big gamble by an organization that brought in a lot of talent but has a very short — likely one year — championship window. Kidd will have his jersey retired by the Nets on Oct. 17.
Back in the July 2012 Kidd crashed his SUV into a tree in the Hamptons in New York and was arrested for driving under the influence. Nobody was hurt injured in the incident, which is fortunate. This summer Kidd pled guilty while his attorney said the future Hall of Famer had to own up to it.
All in all, Kidd gets off pretty lightly for something that could have been far worse and more serious.
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.
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.