The Milwaukee Bucks are taking the big risk here. They have some very nice young players in Jabari Parker, John Henson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Larry Sanders (if his off-the-court issues are behind him) but those players need to be developed. They need their skills molded and honed, they need to be put in a system that takes advantage of their skills.
Can Jason Kidd do that?
Larry Drew likely could but he has been told he’s been let go, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
Kidd was traded to the Bucks for 2015 and 2019 second round picks.
Drew was completely blindsided by this — at no point did ownership or management reach out to Drew about this possibility. Kidd was in touch with one of the two new Bucks owners — Marc Lasry, a former Nets minority owner who is close to Kidd and had financial dealings with him — and both Drew and GM John Hammond learned about the opening of talks in media reports.
Drew likely will have other coaching options, and he had two years left on this contract for which he will get paid.
Kidd ticked off the coaching community (and had a lot of people in front offices as well) by going after a job with a sitting coach in the seat. Kidd needs to make this work in Milwaukee because he’ll have a hard time getting invited into another organization because of it. He just made a power play move in Brooklyn, the organization that gave him a shot when nobody else would have.
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.