It’s pretty awesome by any reasonable standard.
The Cavaliers and Raptors are getting chippy.
Kyrie Irving put a shoulder into Bismack Biyombo as he tried to fight through a screen. The Raptors called timeout, and Biyombo put his forearm on Irving’s chest. Of course, Irving didn’t like that and batted away Biyombo’s arm.
This wound up a double-technical on Irving and Biyombo.
Larry Bird said Frank Vogel begged to keep his job as Pacers coach.
Vogel might be glad Bird didn’t accede.
David Aldridge of NBA.com:
That’s a little higher than the approximate number reported for Terry Stotts – and good for both of them. Vogel and Stotts are quality coaches.
Money isn’t everything, and Vogel will surely miss Paul George. But Orlando has a deep cast of young talent – Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja and the No. 11 pick – and plenty of cap space. The Magic have potential. They just needed a coach after Scott Skiles’ resignation.
A willingness to spend got them a good one.
Now, New York is hiring Jeff Hornacek, who didn’t run the triangle while coaching the Suns.
Is Hornacek changing his scheme, or did Jackson relent?
An NBA source said Jackson has told Hornacek the full-blown triangle offense is optional with the Knicks, and there’s a chance it is blended with Hornacek’s ideals.
Smart move – if Jackson sticks to it. There is no way the Knicks could’ve turned a good hire into a bad one more quickly than forcing Hornacek to use a system he doesn’t know.
Hornacek can surely bend. He succeeded with the Suns coaching two point guards, because Phoenix had two good point guards. The Knicks don’t have one.
But many of the up-tempo and spread elements of Hornacek’s offense will translate anywhere. He knows how to implement those, which is not the case with the triangle.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with incorporating triangle elements (as pretty much every team does). Hornacek even had a head start on learning those.
Hornacek played four seasons on the Suns for Cotton Fitzsimmons from 1988-92, winning 54 games per year. Harvey Aaron of The New York Times:
“And guess which offense we ran way back then?” Colangelo said. “We ran the triangle.”
Fitzsimmons, he explained, had been an assistant in the mid-to-late 1960s (and head coach successor) at Kansas State to Tex Winter, widely considered to be the triangle offense architect and later Jackson’s mentor when they both were assistants to Doug Collins with the Bulls in Chicago.
Using Fitzsimmons’s triangle, the Suns rose in the West with 48- and 49-win seasons.
“We had the right personnel for it, especially a good passing center in Neal Walk and a really smart, physical power forward in Paul Silas,” Colangelo said. “That’s the key, the right personnel. I mean, if you have a Michael Jordan and a Scottie Pippen, it’s a great offense.”
Rockets star James Harden is facing a criminal investigation.
The LAPD is looking into allegations that James Harden roughed up a photog in L.A. on Tuesday night — allegedly breaking the guy’s finger in the process … TMZ Sports has learned.
It’s important to remember Harden has not been charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime.