The Golden State Warriors’ apparent No. 1 choice to replace Mark Jackson was Steve Kerr, but then they were convinced he was going to the Knicks.
So, they moved to their apparent No. 2 choice, Stan Van Gundy. But the Pistons swooped in and stole Van Gundy from Golden State.
So, now the Warriors are on their No. 3 No. 1 choice.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
New York had been pursuing a shorter length deal than has been available to Kerr elsewhere, league sources said, and that’s believed to have re-opened Kerr’s mind to the possibility of the Warriors job again.
The Warriors management group lost out on Stan Van Gundy to a $35 million deal to run the Detroit Pistons, and flew to Oklahoma City on Tuesday to meet with Kerr. The Warriors left more convinced of Kerr’s readiness to coach the franchise, league sources said, and Kerr had a chance to further familiarize himself with the entire Warriors front office.
This could be a negotiating tactic by Kerr, or it could be the total truth. Most likely, it falls some between.
If Kerr wants to coach the Knicks, the Warriors could help him leverage a better contract. If he wants to coach the Warriors, he’s getting more info on the team.
Either way, by waiting and taking advantage of his demand – as curious as that demand might be for someone with no coaching experience – Kerr is giving himself better options.
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.
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.