Report: Lakers interview Kurt Rambis as coaching search continues

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The next coaching hire the Lakers make is a critical one for the future of the franchise, after the last two choices in Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni didn’t work out, each for a variety of very specific reasons.

It makes sense, then, that L.A. would take its time with the search, and interview as many candidates as possible in order to make the right decision this time around.

Kurt Rambis was the latest to interview with the Lakers brain trust, with more meetings scheduled for later this week.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers continue interviewing players and coaches from their past, meeting with Kurt Rambis for their coaching vacancy.

Rambis, 56, was an assistant last season under Mike D’Antoni, who resigned from the team four weeks ago.

The Lakers have now interviewed Rambis, Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy, and plan to meet with Alvin Gentry on Wednesday and Lionel Hollins on Thursday.

The team remains on a slow march toward a replacement for D’Antoni and might eventually sit down with about 10 candidates.

Of the candidates listed, I don’t see Rambis or Scott as a fit at all. Each has proven to be stubborn during their previous head coaching opportunities, with Scott’s act having eventually worn thin with three separate teams and their respective best players.

Gentry strikes me as the best choice from this list, given his offensive credentials, as well as a relationship with Kobe Bryant that goes back many years. Hollins may be the best overall coach of the group, but he wouldn’t appear to have the right temperament to deal with the pressures associated with coaching in a major market like Los Angeles.

The fact that the team is looking at veteran head coaches to fill the vacancy is good news for Lakers fans, a sign that Mitch Kupchak likely is firm in his belief that the rebuilding process will happen quickly, with star talent coming either through trades or free agency that would require experienced leadership to produce the desired results.

If Kupchak fails in that effort, however, it will put whomever is hired in the very difficult position of trying to defend the job he’s doing, under the weight of impossibly high expectations.

Stephen Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.

Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.

James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.

Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

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The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)

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Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

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Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.