Report: Cavaliers inquire about Mark Jackson

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With the pace of the Cavaliers’ coaching search, you’d almost think they’re slow-playing to let LeBron James make the decision.

Just when it appeared Cleveland might have narrowed the field – with Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue interviewing with Dan Gilbert – new names have begun to surface. Mark Price interviewed, and Nate McMillan was contacted.

Now, add Mark Jackson to the list of potential targets.

Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft:

Before the Warriors hired him, Jackson was notoriously choosy about accepting a job. Now that he actually has coaching experience – and a strong record of success, at that – I don’t see Jackson becoming any less selective. Like the situation a few years ago, Jackson has a cushy ESPN job that makes coaching a lower-rung franchise less appealing.

The Cavaliers will have the opportunity to hire a good coach, though it might take keen talent evaluation by Gilbert and general manager David Griffin. There are just too many quality candidates on the market for Cleveland, or any team, to get shut out (unless they needlessly limit their pool to only those with previous ties to the team, but that’s their own doing).

However, Cleveland might have more trouble than most.

John Calipari turned down a ton of money work for the Cavaliers, and other coaches must be turned off by the franchise’s dysfunction. It’s a hard sell at this point.

I don’t know whether Jackson is the best fit for the Cavaliers, but if they can convince him – with his high standards for jobs – to even consider them, that would be a victory. It might even urge other potential coaches to give Cleveland a second look.

Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48, biggest season-opening rout in NBA history

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Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him.

More than fine.

Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.

Here are the most lopsided season-openers in NBA history (openers for both teams appearing twice):

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The 48-point defeat is also the Suns’ worst lost in franchise history, topping a 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.

Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova scrap (video)

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Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova thrive on aggravating opponents, so when matched up, of course they aggravated each other.

Deduct points from Smart for pulling the hold-me-back charade behind a referee. Plus, Dellavedova’s Bucks beat Smart’s Celtics, 108-100.

Report: ‘Tremendous concern’ for Jeremy Lin’s knee injury

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The Nets’ projected record this season came under greater scrutiny when the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. After finishing third-to-last and last the previous two years, were the Nets poised to take a step forward, or would they convey a very high pick to the Cavs?

Jeremy Lin, who missed 46 games last season, getting healthy was a reason for optimism in Brooklyn and pessimism in Cleveland. But it appears the veteran guard could be out a while.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily:

If the injury is as bad as feared, what a bummer for Lin. He came to Brooklyn expecting to play a leading role on a developing team, and he just can’t stay healthy.

The Nets were probably more focused on developing their younger players, but – especially without their own draft picks – there was no harm in shooting for the playoffs. This appears to a blow to that (already unlikely) dream.

It’s a boon to the Cavaliers, though. And whenever something significantly affects LeBron James‘ team, it has ramifications into the entire power dynamic of the Eastern Conference. For an injury to a player on a team most expect to be bad, the medical developments here will be tracked closely around the league.

Aaron Gordon throws himself alley-oop off backboard (video)

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Remember when Aaron Gordon was a promising fun player?

The Magic sidetracked him by playing him at small forward most of last season. But back at power forward, Gordon showed how he could push the pace as a four in Orlando’s season-opening win over the Heat.

There’s obviously flair in passing to yourself off the backboard, but it’s a sound way to improve position. Gordon did that to fantastic effect.