Of the coaching carousel and crazed fans
Slow times, eh?
I have no idea how this keeps hitting the 1,000 level every day but you should count yourself lucky that it does. Really.
Well, the first domino has fallen.
No, LeBron didn’t say anything and Bosh didn’t tweet or whatever; Doug Collins took the Philly coaching gig on a four-year deal everyone in the world is reporting now. (Here’s one of the many stories out there about it).
What’s it mean?
Well, the first thing it does is take him out of the running for the Chicago job – and I’ve been told there certainly was some interest there – but there are other layers to the coaching situation around the league that are pretty interesting to me.
In conversations I’ve had with a few people this week, one thing’s become quite clear: LeBron’s having an impact on that end of things, too.
The consensus among people was that both the Bulls and Nets – each looking for coaches, each armed with significant money to spend on free agents like the Cleveland guy – are probably working back-channels to get some indication if James wants to go either place in some package deal with a hand-picked coach.
Quite aside from the fact I find that whole situation a bit distasteful – I think players often have a far too large sense of entitlement and allowing them say in who their boss is goes even further over the top – it could delay other hirings as well.
The Bulls don’t seem to be in any hurry to even start a long interview process; we haven’t heard a whiff of real coaching news out of Jersey in quite some time and that’s pretty much got the whole process at a stalemate.
You’re going to hear a lot of the same names for all of these jobs – Portland’s Monty Williams, Utah’s Tyrone Corbin and Houston’s Elston Turner seem to be the flavours of the month in the assistants department while Sam, Avery Johnson and Lawrence Frank lead the former head coaches list – but all of ‘em are probably going to have bide some time while the James chatter goes on.
And don’t for a second think there isn’t talk going on behind the scenes between intermediaries over the future of James and guys like Bosh, Wade, Dirk and Stoudemire.
Maybe it’s agents talking to agents, GMs having “representatives” have private chats with agents, friends talking to friends, but there is chatter going on out there.
Hmm, Shrek IV starts today?
Guess I need to block off a couple of weekend hours, eh?
So the NBA hits ref Joe DeRosa with a one-game suspension without pay for tossing the ball to the fan the other night at halftime of the Orlando-Boston game and I’m quite fine and entirely unsurprised by that.
And, judging by the look on Joe’s face when they showed him on the court right after the start of the third quarter, he knew something was coming as well.
But here’s my question:
Are we going to hear about the Magic being hit with a substantial fine for lax security that caused the situation to occur?
Now, if half-crazed fans want to act like nincompoops, I’m all right with that.
But there is no way any team in the NBA should let some half-crazed nincompoop walk in the area behind the scorers table, stop for a few seconds and look like he was going to climb over the table, so incensed was he.
Someone with a uniform and a sense of importance either has to stop the guy before he gets going, or move him along once he does. Not doing either makes a bad situation worse.
No way Joe should have tossed the ball the game, that’s going over the line and there are consequences.
But no way that guy should have been allowed to get that close for that long and act the way he did without someone interceding.
I’m figure a $50,000 donation from the Magic to the NBA’s charitable arm would be suitable.
Last call for mail this week by clicking here – and the usual flood hasn’t really started yet so get to it, ladies and gentlemen.
Oh, you were wondering what’s up with the local Heroes of the Hardcourt?
Not an awful lot, actually.
They watched some drills and conducted some interviews Thursday at the Chicago pre-draft came with some of the kids they might have interest in with the 13th pick in the coming draft and it’ll be more of the same there today.
Now, because this is the age of disinformation for the most part – and because this team here likes to keep its draft plans pretty close to the vest – getting a definitive list of who they spoke with and what they learned in those discussions is going to be pretty difficult to obtain.
Things will come out in dribs and drabs but the real process of weeding out potential picks really starts tomorrow.
I’m sure Bryan and The Henchmen (I tell you, that would have been a great name for a 60s band, wouldn’t it have?) will return here tomorrow and really start figuring out who they want to bring in and who they want to go see.
I’m told they’ll probably get to a list of eight or 10 guys with a legitimate shot at being the 13th pick and the workouts for them should start in a week or 10 days.
Great. That means I have to start paying attention.
Quick scheduling note for those who care, and even those who don’t.
Got some things to do Saturday and since they hold the possibility of decks and barbecues and celebrations, I can’t say for sure I’d be around for an in-game blog thingy of the Magic-Celtics.
So I think we’ll bag that one and be back Sunday night to see if the Suns can put some juice in their series with the Lakers.
Sound fair? Good.
And now, it seems to be another glorious day out there, I am going to go enjoy it. You should, too.