Kevin Ollie has been linked to the Lakers and Knicks, and more teams at least have interest in the Connecticut coach.
That’s what happens when you play in the NBA for more than a decade, develop a great reputation for professionalism and then coach a mid-seeded team to the national title. At face value, Ollie has all the traits of a successful NBA head coach.
So, his phone must surely be ringing off the hook, right?
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Reading between the lines, this seems like a case of semantics and negotiating.
First of all, what defines “formal” contact? if the Lakers contact his agent to set up a meeting with Ollie, is that informal contact? Or is that even contact “with Ollie” at all?
Secondly, I wouldn’t read into this that Ollie lacks interest in coaching the NBA. I believe he also holds interest in coaching Connecticut, and this is a way to put a little pressure on the school to extend his contract.
If his personal deadline passes, hello NBA suitors. It’s an option Ollie can keep in his back pocket and then pull out whenever he wants.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.