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76ers coach says Rooks had promising career before death

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) 76ers coach Brett Brown said Wednesday that Sean Rooks had promising prospects for his coaching career before his death.

The former NBA center and 76ers assistant coach died Tuesday at age 46, after interviewing earlier in the day for a job with the New York Knicks.

Brown said Rooks meant a lot to many people.

“Sean Rooks was a wonderful person with a kind soul who deserved to live longer than he did,” Brown said. “Sean was with me for two years and helped our young players and coaching staff by sharing his experiences in such an endearing way.”

Brown says he met with Rooks recently to help him prepare for an interview to become the head coach of an NBA developmental team.

“When he was offered the position just a few days later, we spoke of the challenges, growth and responsibility that would help him personally move his career forward as a head coach,” Brown said. “He was genuinely excited by this offer, as well as other job opportunities that were coming his way.”

The cause of Rooks’ death has not been disclosed.

Rooks had visited with Knicks President Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills for an assistant coaching position on Jeff Hornacek’s staff. He had spent the past two years on Brett Brown’s staff in Philadelphia.

Rooks played 12 seasons after being selected in the second round of the NBA draft by Dallas in 1992. He averaged 6.2 points in 749 games with seven teams.

Rooks’ son, Kameron, is a 7-footer playing for California. He also is survived by another child, Khayla, and his mother, Deborah Brown.

Report: Kevin Love “really frustrated” by decision not to let him play in Game 3

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Kevin Love wants to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night. He’s been lobbying for it with the team.

He’s not going to — he has not been cleared through the NBA’s concussion protocol. He will be in street clothes. And he is not happy about it, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Three thoughts:

First, he can be mad at the Cavaliers if he wants but this largely out of their hands. Tyronn Lue doesn’t get to make this call, GM David Griffin doesn’t get to make this call, nor should they. To play Love needs to go through a series of tests and physical activities without symptoms, then have the results of those approved by both the Cavaliers team doctor and a neutral, league-appointed neurologist. The Cavaliers do not have the final say here (team doctors can be influenced).

Second, the system is set up to eliminate (or come close to it) game-time decisions regarding concussions. Which is how it should be. We are talking about brain health here, we are talking about very competitive people being asked to self-report symptoms, this is not a sprained ankle that you can just tape up. More caution needs to be taken.

Third, Love is far from the first player frustrated by the system. Again, these are competitive players used to a mentality of playing through pain and injuries; that doesn’t mean they should be allowed to.

The most interesting question out of all of this to me: Are the Cavs better off with him out?

Andre Drummond swat’s a kid’s shot into the second row (VIDEO)

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Did Andre Drummond learn this from Kevin Durant?

KD shows no mercy to the cute youth excited to play with him, then who try to drive on him.

Now it’s Andre Drummond’s turn. This isn’t fair, nor is it cool the adult on the kid’s team high fives Drummond for the move. It’s kind of funny, though.

(Hat tip NBA Reddit)

Report: Danny Ferry to join Dell Demps’ Pelicans’ front office in advisory role

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Danny Ferry was the GM of the Atlanta Hawks who hired Mike Budenholzer and brought in much of the Spursian style team that has the Hawks winning games and getting to the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago. But after reading a rather racist portion of a scouting report on potential free agent Luol Deng during a conference call with minority owners, he was pushed out and eventually resigned his position.

Now Ferry has a new job, as an advisor in New Orleans with Dell Demps, reports Marc Spears of The Undefeated at ESPN (with Marc Stein adding some detail).

 

This should be a good hire, another smart voice in the front office is a good thing. Ferry is a smart basketball mind who comes out of the Spurs front office system. He also royally screwed up with that report in Atlanta, although to add context that thrust him into the position of a pawn between battling ownership groups that were fighting for organizational power at the time (all sides have since sold their interest in the team). An investigation of the situation found no malice on Ferry’s part.

The Pelicans’ front office has a lot of work to do. They have a cornerstone piece in Anthony Davis, and they have a good coach with a distinct style in Alvin Gentry, but the rest of the pieces are questionable fits or often injured (except Ryan Anderson, and they may struggle to keep him as a free agent). The Hornets have a few seasons to put a contender together around Davis, or it’s going to be very hard to keep him after this contract is up.

Report: Kurt Rambis in negotiations to stay with Knicks as assistant coach

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Phil Jackson is still going to have his man in the locker room.

Newly hired Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek met with Kurt Rambis and will add the Knicks former interim coach — the guy Jackson wanted to have Hornacek’s job — to his coaching staff. Ian Begley of ESPN has the details.

The New York Knicks are in negotiations with Kurt Rambis on a new contract for a position on Jeff Hornacek’s coaching staff, league sources told ESPN…

Sources say Hornacek ultimately made the decision to hire Rambis. “Nothing is being forced down Jeff’s neck,” one source with knowledge of the dynamic said, in reference to the idea that team president Phil Jackson would force Hornacek to hire Rambis. Sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Hornacek had initially discussed the job with Rambis a few weeks ago, but Rambis did not immediately accept, telling Hornacek he should take time to really think through his staff and what he needed before making this decision.

This hire is not entirely out of left field, Hornacek and Rambis were teammates on the Suns 25 years ago and have a long-standing relationship. And I have no doubt if Hornacek had pushed back Rambis would be either in another city or the Knicks front office with Jackson.

Still, it seems a bit of an awkward dynamic. Rambis preached the triangle for Jackson, and while Hornacek has said he will run principles of the offense, he is going to want to run and do different things as well. They seem to have different approaches to the game, but that can be a healthy dynamic on a staff if everyone stays in their lane.