Publicly, Doc Rivers has said he’s unsure whether he’d continue working for Donald Sterling after this season.
Privately, it sounds as if he’s made his decision.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Rivers will never return as president and coach under Sterling, sources told Yahoo Sports, and that’ll start the beginning of a player mutiny that could result with several top Clippers also demanding out of the franchise.
I can understand whatever Rivers decides.
From a basketball standpoint, this is a great job. Rivers makes $7 million per year, coaches a championship-caliber team and has front-office control. Why should he throw that away because a boss he doesn’t necessarily interact with frequently allegedly said racist things?
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On the other hand, why should Rivers help make money for that man? The proud Rivers doesn’t need to align himself with people like Sterling.
There is no easy answer here, and I’m sure Rivers grappled with his choice. I can’t imagine the difficulty of facing the dilemma.
As a curiosity, how would Rivers judge working for a Sterling-owned Clippers franchise if Sterling is suspended? If Sterling still owns the team but states an intention to sell? There are gray areas coming, and Rivers deciding not to work for Sterling is only a step before the coach must address other contingencies.
The New York Knicks couldn’t get out of their own way on Thursday night, even with a historic performance from Carmelo Anthony. With the Washington Wizards in town, it was John Wall‘s finishing ability that pushed the Wiz over New York, 113-110.
The final 45 seconds were hectic, as Wall took the lead for Washington with just 32 seconds left after drawing a foul on Carmelo.
Down by 1, Anthony then missed a jumper with 18 seconds left and the Knicks allowed Wall to do this:
Wall would go on to steal the final possession from the Knicks, and the Wizards left MSG with a win.
Gregg Popovich can be a fiesty dude, and sometimes he just wants to get his team pumped up. After news that Pau Gasol was going to be absent from the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, perhaps this was his way of doing that?
Late in the second quarter in Denver, Popovich was seen arguing with a baseline official as play continued on. Pop was hit with an initial tech, and as the officiating crew walked away he blasted ’em with the best dad insult I’ve heard in a long time.
“You’re a terrible referee!”
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Mudiay was more than happy to assist with the second technical and ejection portion of Popovich’s tirade.
Long Live Pop.
Kristaps Porzingis is “The Unicorn” perhaps in part because of his high basketball awareness on the offensive end of the floor. On Thursday night against the Washington Wizards, the New York Knicks big man had an incredible putback dunk that surprised even his teammates.
Thanks to a missed Courtney Lee 3-pointer, Porzingis was able to fly in from beyond the arc to slam home two points.
Yeah, that’s crazy.
There’s putback dunks and then there’s flying in from beyond the 3-point line like this one. Wild.
The San Antonio Spurs will have to make do without PF/C for a while Pau Gasol thanks to a recent fracture in his left ring finger.
That’s according to a press release from the team, who said Gasol fractured his fourth metacarpal — the bone that connects the ring finger down to the carpal bones in the wrist area — during warmups before a game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
No word yet from the team on recovery time, but estimates given similar recent NBA player injuries suggest anywhere from 4-8 weeks.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward missed the first month of the season after fracturing his finger in early October. Cleveland Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving missed around a month in 2012 with a similar injury.
Here’s hoping Gasol can make it back to the court quickly for the Spurs.