The Lakers, maybe more than any NBA team, value bridging their history with their present.
That’s part of the reason they hired former player Byron Scott as head coach.
And it explains why Robert Horry is an assistant-coaching candidate.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
Madsen played for the Lakers and is already on their staff. Pressey didn’t play for the Lakers, but he served as assistant under Scott in Cleveland.
Horry, the only player with more than seven championships since 1970, is the most intriguing name on the list.
Horry has no coaching experience, so his acumen is relatively unknown. But he is sanctimonious about the skill of other coaches and he didn’t win those titles by accident. Sure, luck played a role in Horry – a complementary player – joining so many championship teams, but he also showed a knack for making the right play.
He suffers from the same problem as Patrick Ewing. Big men, because they have a natural advantage on the court, aren’t perceived to be as smart of players. Horry’s 16-year career should give him a benefit of the doubt, though.
If he’s willing to do the work, Horry makes a solid assistant-coaching candidate. That he could learn the trade in a pace he’s already well-liked is only a bonus.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.
Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.
But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.
Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.
Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?