When Phil Jackson took over as president of basketball operations for the Knicks, his plan was to place people on the coaching staff who had a familiarity not only with his personal coaching style and philosophies, but also with the Triangle Offense.
Derek Fisher got the head coaching gig without any prior experience, but has been respected in every locker room he’s been a part of, and played under Jackson with the Lakers for several seasons. Kurt Rambis was named associate head coach, in large part due to the experience he had accumulated as an assistant with Jackson himself.
Now, we can add one more of Phil’s former confidants to this ever-expanding list.
From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
Former Lakers, Bucks assistant Jim Cleamons to join Knicks coach Derek Fisher’s staff, reunites with NY president Phil Jackson, sources.
Cleamons also worked with Jackson in Chicago, helping the Bulls win titles in 1991-93, and in 1996.
What Cleamons will bring to the Knicks is a vast amount of coaching experience, but more specifically, it’s his intricate working knowledge of the Triangle Offense — and how to implement it — that makes him such a desirable addition.
ProBasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin explains why he believes the Sacramento Kings have enough pieces to potentially make a run at the final playoff spot in the West.
A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.
Via Hoops Rumors:
“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”
The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.
“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”
It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.