February 1, 2014 |
Picking himself up Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey , on his most controversial draft selection: "I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He's the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn't just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows that we swing for the fence. " Here to stay? Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving , on rumors he had been telling people he wants to leave his team: "It's not about me and it's not about this controversy - 'Do I privately want out when my contract is up?
January 13, 2014 |
Here's one thing Mike Brown doesn't miss about being the Lakers' coach: the commute. It was 43 miles from his home in Anaheim Hills to the team's practice facility in El Segundo. Driving time varied greatly depending on traffic and whether basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs came along, allowing them to use the carpool lane. "Literally, I could get stuck, especially going home sometimes without having him in the car with me and it would take me two, 21/2 hours," Brown, now coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, recalled Monday afternoon.
November 8, 2013 |
Charlotte Bobcats Coach Steve Clifford, a former Lakers assistant, was hospitalized on Thursday night, according to a statement from the Bobcats' president of basketball operations, Rod Higgins. Clifford "went to the hospital last night after not feeling well," Higgins said. Details of his condition weren't clear. Clifford was hired by then-Lakers coach Mike Brown last off-season and he remained as an assistant to Coach Mike D'Antoni when Brown was let go after the team's 1-4 start.
October 28, 2013 |
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. Miami 2012-13 finish: 66-16. Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden. Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard. The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt. 2. Indiana 2012-13 finish: 49-32. Coming: Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill.
August 15, 2013 |
The transition from Mike Brown to Mike D'Antoni as coach early last season was an awkward time for the Lakers. "Clumsy is not a bad characterization," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio . The Lakers fired Brown only five games into the season. After an interview with Phil Jackson, the team chose to go with D'Antoni. Kupchak informed Jackson late on Sunday, Nov. 11, by telephone, apparently waking the coach to deliver the news. "There was really no other way to get around it. In this business you don't make announcements until you have signed contracts," Kupchak said.
August 10, 2013 |
Recently hired as an assistant to Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, Johnny Davis hopes to help the Lakers become more of a bonded unit. "The key is that we really and truly and sincerely have to be a team," said Davis said to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com on Thursday. "Not just a collective of guys wearing the same color uniform, but truly a team so when you are practicing or doing anything, you don't want to let your teammate down. " Davis, who recently served as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, was added to the Lakers staff in late July. Davis also has head coaching experience with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers. He also won an NBA title in 1977 as a point guard with the Portland Trail Blazers.