The Jazz aren’t getting just a new logo.
They’re getting a new uniform and court:
The pride uniform is the big addition, and I’ll wait to make a final determination until I see it on players . But I doubt that helps.
The horizontal stripes above the stomach definitely leave potential to make players look pudgy. Plus, the layout crams the number and musical note into too small a space. And sleeves gonna sleeve.
I like the colors, and the blue looks purple enough to give a Mardi Gras vibe with the green and yellow. I don’t know whether the Jazz intended to pay homage to their original city, New Orleans, but this uniform does.
The home, away and alternate uniforms are pretty similar to the previous versions. There are minor striping adjustments, and a basketball on the waistband.
That multi-colored basketball at center court just isn’t iconic enough to stand on its own as the center-court logo. Maybe eventually, but for now, it looks like it’s just missing the rest of the musical note.
Most of all, I love this gif of the logos:
I can’t stop watching.
The Trail Blazers haven’t even picked up Terry Stotts’ team option for next season.
What’s taking them so long?
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:
sources say management and Stotts’ representatives soon will explore a contract extension beyond 2016-17.
Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Stotts share an agent, so that made it easier for Stotts to trust a deal would come his way – and he has earned a raise.
Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting, and he would’ve gotten my first-place vote. He did a masterful job as Portland rebuilt around Damian Lillard on the fly, largely turning over the roster. Stotts instilled tremendous confidence in his players, giving them freedom to operate in a system well designed to create quality shots.
That he did all this without a long-term contract speaks volumes. It gets increasingly difficult for a coach to hold respect from the same players without job security.
Stotts shouldn’t – and probably won’t – have to face that challenge.
Scott Skiles resigned as Magic coach.
As Orlando guard Evan Fournier said:
Scott Skiles has resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” said Skiles. “Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.”
“I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision,” Skiles continued. “The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity.”
“While we understand it was a challenging season, we reluctantly have accepted Scott’s (Skiles) resignation,” said Hennigan. “We appreciate Scott instilling a culture of accountability and certainly wish him and his family well.”
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:
Skiles is notoriously headstrong. He’s the type to suddenly resign rather than compromise.
Elfrid Payton lost his starting job for a few games in March. Before reinserting Payton into the starting lineup, Skiles warned, via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:
“It’s imperative that we get away from just playing guys regardless of what they do. That’s a terrible mistake, in my opinion. I don’t think that’s how guys develop properly,” Skiles said.
The Magic also traded Tobias Harris and Channing Frye before the deadline essentially for cap space, taking away two of Skiles’ key players. I wouldn’t be surprised if Skiles – who, like most coaches, is focused on winning as quickly as possible – didn’t like those moves, either.
The Magic hired Scott Skiles before this season, and he guided Orlando to an underwhelming – though not unexpected – 35-47 record.
The Magic’s front office has been notoriously demanding. It was possible to see a season that fell short of the playoffs leaving the brass unsatisfied.
But this comes so far out of left field, I wonder what else is going on here – especially with Skiles resigning, not the team firing him.
Stephen Curry became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.
Apparently, that didn’t earn him a handshake from NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the trophy presentation.
You’re on Riley Curry’s watch list now, Adam.