About a week ago, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Bucks narrowed their search for a general manager to three candidates: Arturas Karnisovas, Wes Wilcox and Justin Zanik.
It sure sounds as if the seams holding the Bucks together are tearing. Absent from Wojnarowski’s list of those supporting Zanik: Co-owner Wes Edens. Milwaukee’s structure already seemed strained enough with Coach Jason Kidd reportedly serving as de facto general manager. Having him remain in place while the team hires a new general manager only adds to the perception he’s in charge. Hiring in-house but bypassing Zanik, who outranked Horst, only adds another wrinkle.
I’m not sure who stitches the Bucks back together, but having Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker helps. This team is young and talented and positioned to win over the next several years, and nothing eases tension like winning.
The 2017 NBA Finals might have been Quick, but the Warriors and Cavaliers still found time to produce some incredible plays. Relive them here.
Klay Thompson can be a bit aloof.
That led to my favorite moment of the Warriors’ championship parade yesterday: Golden State general manager Bob Myers telling a fantastic story about Thompson.
There was a time a couple of years ago, I think, when Klay was in a slump. He was in a shooting slump, and I said maybe I’ll go over to Klay’s house and just talk to him and see what’s going on.
So, I went to his house, and he was sitting there, and I think Rocco was on his lap, and he was relaxing. And I said, “So what’s going on?” And he said, “I’m just not – I just wasn’t focused,” he said. “But I’m good now.” He said, “I’m locked back in.” He said, “Next game, you watch out because I’m ready to go.” And I said, “Alright, that’s great. Just got to get your focus back.” And he said, “Don’t worry. Don’t worry, Bob. I’m on it.”
And as I’m walking to the front door, he goes, “Hey.” I said, “What?” He said, “Hey, when do we play again?” And then I thought he was kidding. And then I said, “Tomorrow.” And then he said, “Who do we got?” And I said, “Klay, just – just keep shooting, I guess. I don’t know what to tell you.”
He’s the best.
Myers’ speech was excellent, and he provided insight into everyone on the roster. Watching it in full above is worth the time.
Chris Paul is reportedly intrigued by the Spurs.
But San Antonio isn’t the only team he wants to hear more from in free agency.
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
The Clippers have recently become “nervous” about the reports that San Antonio will make a big push to get Paul and that the point guard has interest in talking to and possibly joining the Spurs, said one executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Paul also has plans to talk with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets, one executive said.
The Rockets could near max cap space by trading Ryan Anderson or Eric Gordon and either Trevor Ariza and Lou Williams. Obviously, Paul would justify dumping any combination of those players. But James Harden played so well at point guard. There’d be diminishing returns with Paul, which should concern Paul if he’s seeking a better team.
The Nuggets would have max cap space if they let Danilo Gallinari walk. They have a promising young core led by Nikola Jokic that could break out at any time. Paul could arrive in Denver as the team is ascending anyway and receive outsized credit. But this is still an unproven team that, even with Paul, could be years from being ready to truly contend for a title.
The Spurs remain the primary threat to the Clippers, who surely hope Jerry West fortifies their bid to re-sign Paul and Blake Griffin. But San Antonio faces major hurdles in clearing max space, which would still mean offering Paul less than he can get in L.A.
If I were the Clippers, the Spurs in particular wouldn’t terrify me. The sheer volume of suitors and the possibility one emerges as desirable to Paul would strike fear, though.
After the Warriors cruised past the Cavaliers 4-1 – the shortest NBA Finals in the teams’ trilogy – Draymond Green wore a shirt that said “Quickie” with the “Q” stylized like Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena to Golden State’s championship parade.
LeBron James noticed:
Draymond Green fired back:
It would have been more fun for Green take another side of Michael Scott and go “boom, roasted” on the Cavs.
Remember when LeBron said this wasn’t a rivalry? Green just baited LeBron into proving Green right (even if these players are actually tight).