The Pelicans now have 13 players plus Norris Cole, who’s a restricted free agent. The other 12 besides Bryce Dejean-Jones have fully guaranteed salaries for this season, so additional signings could push Dejean-Jones down the pecking order. But as it stands, he’s in line to make the team.
Dejean-Jones played at USC, UNLV and Iowa State – feuding with teammates and coaching along the way. Perhaps, those problems and transfers contributed to him falling through the cracks.
The 6-foot-5 guard is comfortable with the ball in his hands – probably a little too comfortable. Dejean-Jones must adapt to a more-complementary role in the NBA.
He has some upside, though, and this is a decent bet by the Pelicans. If he works out, they’ll get a few cheap seasons from him. In the more likely event he doesn’t, he won’t cost much.
Considering the Pelicans don’t have their own D-League affiliate, they’re not signing him with the intention of waiving him and assigning his rights. They’re in it to help him become a sustainable NBA player.
Chris Paul on 2020 Olympics: My wife wants to go to Tokyo
Warning signs for Beilein could be traced to the Cavs’ Summer League schedule, when the rookie coach ran a collection of (mostly) G Leaguers and non-roster invites through extended practices, multiple times a day. This is precisely what Beilein would have done at Michigan, especially with an entirely new batch of players, this early in a season calendar. But players not only complained about the work, they also were drilled in games by opponents who were clearly well-rested. And this was in Summer League.
There was at least one player, though, involved in those early summer workouts under Beilein who was expecting to make a major contribution to the Cavs this season. Rookie Dylan Windler, a late first rounder, was supposed to compete with Cedi Osman for minutes on the wing. But he never played a game this season because of a stress injury in his left leg — which could be traced back at least in part to being overworked during the summer.
Would Windler have missed the season under a different coach? It’s impossible to say. Counterfactuals are complex.
But there was legitimate reason to be concerned with Beilein’s approach. Teams have learned the importance of rest. Fatigued players are more susceptible to injury.
Handling the grind of the NBA season was always going to be an adjustment for the long-time college coach. It probably got understated amid concern about him relating interpersonally to his players.
The Cavaliers needed practice time. They needed work to develop. That’s clearly what Beilein prioritized.
But they also needed to limit the physical toll, and it’s reasonable to question whether Beilein did enough there. Even if he was learning that the NBA is more marathon than sprint, the several months Beilein coaches the Cavs were enough to cause issues.
Bucks’ minor-league coach suspended two games for rant (video)
Chase Buford, who coaches the Bucks’ minor-league affiliate, went on an epic rant after the Wisconsin Herd’s latest loss. He singled out referee Matt Rafferty as a “f—ing clown” and said the officials were “bad and biased and unfair and illegal and cheating.”
Ryan Rodig of WFRV-TV:
Early candidate for coaching rant of the year! Wisconsin Herd Head Coach Chase Buford after his team saw a 21-point lead disappear in the 4th quarter vs. Grand Rapids. And because he asked: @nbagleaguepic.twitter.com/cw5t1lMSKI
Wisconsin Herd head coach Chase Buford has been suspended for two games without pay for a direct and extended public attack on the integrity and credibility of the game officials.
I can’t recall an NBA coach ever getting suspended for something he said during a press conference.
I also can’t recall an NBA coach ever saying something so inflammatory during a press conference.
In 2005, then-NBA commissioner David Stern threatened to ban Jeff Van Gundy from the NBA after the then-Rockets coach criticized officiating. That incident still led to just a $100,000 fine. Twice as large as any previous fine for a coach. But still just a fine, nonetheless.
Shaquille O’Neal recounting the time he told Kobe “There’s no I in team” and Kobe replying, “I know, but there is an M-E in that motherf—er”
But I can’t overstate how well done the entire event was, how heartfelt the speakers and performers were. If you missed it yesterday and are in the right headspace, it’s worth watching to get a more complete understanding of Kobe and Gianna.