Ira Winderman

Winderman: Lakers latest in trend to go with system regardless of personnel

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The system coaches used to be the minority, it is among the reasons opposing coaches marveled all those years at Jerry Sloan, how his teams did one thing well and did it over and over and over, even after Stockton and Malone left the building. The rest? They mostly adjusted. Oh, Phil Jackson was wedded [more]

Winderman: Granger news takes pressure of Rose return

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The upshot of Wednesday’s prime injury news is that the Bulls’ injury news no longer is nearly as grim. No sooner had the Pacers sent out their release about Danny Granger likely missing three months following a knee procedure, then Tom Thibodeau certainly would have been within his rights to call Derrick Rose and tell [more]

Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

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On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as [more]

Winderman: Replay officials in NBA — an idea whose time has come

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The comment came during one of those informal pregame chats NBA referees have been conducting with the media over the past month. “I think that replay is only going to be growing,” the veteran referee said. He wasn’t commenting on whether it was a good thing or otherwise, but rather that it was an inevitable [more]

Winderman: NBA fun police enter the building with handshake timer

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It is a curious thing, this NBA of ours. On one hand, it seemingly is all about the marketing, the highlight mixes, the creation of a cult of personality. On the other hand, there has to be structure, order, decorum. Or so the league now says, with the new edict that players must be ready [more]