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Assistant coach notes: Tony Brown to Wizards; Mike Brown could land with Warriors

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The NBA coaches who got hired this summer are just starting to round out their coaching staffs. A few interesting tidbits came out on Saturday.

Tony Brown, the interim coach in Brooklyn last season after Lionel Hollins was fired mid-season, will be moving to our nation’s capital to join up with Scott Brooks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

That’s a solid hire by Brooks.

Arguably the most coveted lead assistant job in the league is the chair next to Steve Kerr with Golden State. The seat Luke Walton is vacating to take the Lakers’ job (Alvin Gentry had it the year before and is head coach of the Pelicans now). So who gets the seat after Walton? Don’t rule out former Lakers’ coach Mike Brown, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Just some names to watch as the music stops and all the chairs around the league get filled.

Man who ran on court near end of Game 4 in jail facing misdemeanor charges


This was just ridiculous.

A man — who I will not name because he did this seeking notoriety — ran onto the court during play with less than a minute in the game Friday night. He had his shirt off and “Trump Sucks” written on his chest, and “LeBron for president” on his back.

He was quickly tackled and taken off the court by security and Cleveland police before he could get near the players. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the details:

(The man) of Beverly Hills, California is charged with criminal trespass on a place of public amusement and resisting arrest. Both charges are first-degree misdemeanors that carry penalties ranging from a fine to six months in jail.

He is in the Cleveland City Jail awaiting his first court appearance, which has not yet been scheduled.

The perpetrator is a YouTube personality who has done other stunts then put the video up on his channel. He’s the guy that ran onto the pitch during the 2014 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina, trying to kiss a player.

I wish he had tried this during the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland this summer. If he thought getting tackled and charged by Cleveland police was bad, he should try tangling with the Secret Service. See how that goes.

Usher doesn’t get dap from LeBron, so he gets one from Curry instead


CLEVELAND — Usher was courtside for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. You probably didn’t notice because you were focused on the shockingly blond Andrew Bynum, but Usher was there.

After the game, Usher went to get a dap from LeBron James and…


You can’t blame LeBron here, he and the Cavaliers just dropped Game 4; he’s frustrated and tired, he’s not looking at the people around him as he walks off the court. Not even Usher.

Next, Usher chooses to find Stephen Curry coming off the court. That goes better.


Usher even got some love from Andre Iguodala when he came off the court. So it was a good night to be Usher. Then again, pretty much every night is a good night to be Usher.

Watch Warriors’ record 17 threes from Game 4 win

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CLEVELAND — Golden State rained threes on teams all season long, and it was just a matter of time before they did it on Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

But the Cavaliers brought some of this on themselves: Notice how many of those threes are uncontested. The Warriors’ ball movement forces opponents to stay sharp and keep rotating out to shooters, fall asleep for just a few seconds and they make you pay.

The Warriors made the Cavs pay 17 times in Game 4, on their way to a 108-97 win. If the Cavaliers don’t figure out a way to stay focused by Monday’s Game 5, it will be their final game this season.

Brooks Thompson, 1st-round NBA pick, dies at 45 in Texas


SAN ANTONIO (AP) —  Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men’s basketball coach, has died. He was 45.

A UTSA statement announced Thompson died Thursday. Sports information spokesman Jordan Korphage said Friday that Thompson died in San Antonio.

Korphage said Thompson had been ill in recent months. No cause of death was immediately released.

Orlando made Thompson the 27th pick of the 1994 draft. He also played for Utah, Denver, Phoenix and New York during four seasons in the NBA.

“Another sad day today in the NBA world….” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Game 4 of the NBA Finals. “Brooks played for Orlando. I was watching Classic Sports about a week ago and they showed our 1996 Eastern Conference Finals game against the Magic, and Brooks and I were guarding each other. The Magic had had some injuries and he played Game 4; had a great game. I had no idea he was ill. I read today online that he passed away, and I just want to give my condolences to his family. I just cannot believe the year it’s been for the NBA and for so many people in the NBA who have lost loved ones. Not just players, but coaches and family members, and I wish the Thompson family well.”

“He was an excellent shooter and very knowledgeable,” Richie Adubato, who coached Thompson as an assistant in Orlando, said on the team’s website. “He was instant offense for us. We would run screens for him. Great attitude. Really understood the game. He was a great person.”

Thompson appeared in 71 regular-season games in Orlando and averaged 3.6 points and shot 35 percent from 3-point range. His memorable performance with the Magic came when he scored 17 points in Game 4 of the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls.

“He was a great teammate,” former Magic player Jeff Turner said on the Magic website. “We had a lot of great conversations about the league. He worked hard. He would always do things for Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal), Horace (Grant) and the guys. Great spirit about him.”

The news came just two days after another former Magic player, Sean Rooks, passed away.

Thompson’s best season was in 1996-97, when he averaged 6.8 points and 2.8 assists for Denver, with six starts in 65 games.

Thompson played college ball at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. He earned back-to-back All-Big Eight selections at Oklahoma State in 1993 and 1994. His 15.8 points per game are 12th in school history and his 5.4 assists per game rank fourth. He’s second in school history in steals (2.7 average) and 3-point percentage (.431).

Following his NBA career, Thompson returned to Oklahoma State as an assistant coach on Eddie Sutton’s staff for the 1998-99 and 2001-02 seasons. He later served two seasons on Rob Evans’ staff at Arizona State before taking over the UTSA program.

Thompson later spent 10 seasons at UTSA, going 133-178. His squad claimed the Southland Conference Tournament championship in 2011 and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Roadrunners then defeated Alabama State in the First Four to claim the school’s first NCAA Tournament win in any sport.

He was fired in March following a 5-27 season.

“The UTSA family is very saddened to learn that Brooks Thompson passed away on Thursday,” Texas-San Antonio athletic director Lynn Hickey said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Michelle, his daughters, Ryan Michelle, Brooke and Addison, and the rest of his family in this difficult time.”

Thompson led Littleton, Colorado, to the 1989 Class 4A title and was the state’s player of the year.