Kurt Helin

Associated Press

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

2 Comments

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

Associated Press
Leave a comment

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.

UPDATED REPORT: Kevin Love will not be cleared to play in Game 3 Wednesday

13 Comments

Kevin Love was on the court for a portion of the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround Wednesday before a critical Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

But it was Richard Jefferson in a starter’s jersey at the end of practice. Channing Frye got some run with the first unit, too. It will be those two who will be asked to step up with Love out — he has been told he will not be cleared for Wednesday night’s game, reports Marc Stein of ESPN:

Love did go through part of shootaround with the team but was off the floor when the media was allowed in Wednesday, the team reported. He has been officially listed questionable for Game 3.

Love is going through the league’s concussion protocol after an inadvertent elbow to the head from Harrison Barnes late in the second quarter of Game 2. Love stayed in the game at the time, was evaluated at the half and passed the concussion test, but then felt dizzy when playing at the start of the third and soon was back in the locker room and out for the remainder of the game. He did travel with the team back to Cleveland but missed Tuesday’s practice.

Expect Jefferson to get the start and LeBron James will slide to the four. The Warriors have been comfortable attacking Love’s defense this series (although he played passably well defensively in Game 1), but then you could say that about almost ever Cavaliers player in those games. Jefferson was the Cavaliers’ second best player in Game 2, he played with real energy, but he also has some limitations defensively. Frye can shoot the three (when playing well) but he also has been exposed at points on defense.

Cleveland needs someone to step up and be a floor-spacing threat with Love out. That has not been LeBron James, who was 1-of-9 outside three feet from the rim in Game 2. He, Jefferson, J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving and others need to knock down threes Wednesday, or this is going to be a very short series.

Utah’s Alec Burks has arthroscopic surgery on left knee, ankle

Getty Images
3 Comments

Alec Burks played a significant role off the bench for Utah last season — scoring 13.3 points per game and shooting better than 40 percent from three, he was one of the better playmakers on the roster, and he drove the second unit. Well, he did until the December day when he suffered a broken leg. He eventually needed surgery to repair it, and that sidelined him for three months until almost the end of the season, where the injury-plagued Jazz just missed the playoffs.

Now Burks is having some clean up work done on his left leg done during the summer — he had arthroscopic surgery on left knee and ankle on Tuesday, the team announced.

Burks is expected to be ready for training camp.

This is the time of year to get these kinds of things done. Utah’s guard situation will be interesting this summer as they get Dante Exum back from injury and they will have options (which could mean a trade). Burks was a great fit with the second unit, and if the Jazz have better fortune on the injury front this year, they should be able to bounce into the playoffs next season.
,

Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant help promote new Ghostbuster’s movie

Getty Images
1 Comment

I have no idea if the new Ghostbuster’s movie is any good, but I’m certainly not going to get into the pathetic, over-the-top reaction to the reboot starring an all-female cast. If you don’t like the idea, my suggestion is to not pay money to see the film. Just a thought.

The NBA has partnered to help promote the film and brought in some star power — Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant (all guys who had no playoffs to interfere with a shooting schedule), Spike Lee and others are all suiting up in Ghostbusters “uniforms.” I kind of like the Knicks’ one.