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Report: Bucks holding firm offering second round picks for Kidd, Nets expected to cave


Jason Kidd broke the unwritten rule of the coaching fraternity — you don’t go after another man’s job. For example, have you noticed how over the years Jeff Van Gundy’s name comes up in a ton of coaching search lists but ask him about the jobs and he refuses to discuss it if said team has not yet fired their coach.

Jason Kidd cut Larry Drew off at the knees in Milwaukee (and since he got hired directly by ownership without consulting Bucks GM John Hammond about it at first, Hammond can’t feel too safe about his job either) and it seems the only question left is compensation.

The Bucks have offered second round picks, the Nets want a first. But they may want to just move on more, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Kidd will find Milwaukee a vastly different experience, and we’re not just talking about butter burgers and fried cheese curds here.

The Nets have spent big on veterans to win now (with limited success but the effort is there). The Bucks are small market and building that way — draft well, develop the talent you have, bring in a few mid-level free agents to round it out and grow all of that into a team over years. Kidd will have to turn a front line of Jabari Parker and John Henson into something over the next couple years, plus get Larry Sanders’ head screwed back on. Then you have the ultimate test of developing impressive raw talent in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

It’s about patience, teaching, and using the right scheme to showcase and grow these players. Kidd couldn’t meld the Nets roster into something that worked well with the best scoring center in the game in Brook Lopez, he only stumbled into lineups that worked when Lopez got hurt. Kidd seemed to grow as a coach as last season went on, that is now about to be put to a real test — the Bucks’ job is about some old-school coaching.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: No, Lakers are not playoff bound

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When you ask Lakers fans for bold predictions, you get the delusional to come out of the woodwork.

Most Lakers fans I know — remember, I’m a former Laker blogger living in So Cal, even my optometrist wants to talk Lakers during my eye exam — are realistic about where the team is in the rebuild process. Like me, they want to see a healthy season of Kobe Bryant where he can choose whether or not to continue his career on his terms, not Father Time’s.

But Lakers exceptionalism is a thing, and there are Lakers fans living in a fantasy land.

That’s what Jenna Corrado and I get to in the latest PBT Extra: There are Lakers fans that think they are playoff bound. And there are people who expect even more than that from this team this year — like Kobe Bryant to return to MVP form. Those people need to stop taking so much glaucoma medication.

Thabo Sefolosha’s lawyer: White police officer targeted black Hawks forward

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NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he’s black.

Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha on April 8.

Sefolosha was arrested while leaving a Manhattan nightclub following a stabbing. He subsequently suffered a season-ending leg fracture after a confrontation with police.

A prosecutor said in opening statements that Sefolosha called an officer who repeatedly told him and others to leave a “midget.”

Sefolosha pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. The Swiss citizen declined a plea deal from prosecutors.