NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who may have set a record for use of the word “marketplace” in his pre-finals press conference Thursday, allowed that he has “enormous levels of empathy” for coaches as successful as Budenholzer (.693 win percentage in Milwaukee) and Williams (.628 in four seasons in Phoenix) that nonetheless get the axe. But Silver said the number of firings … [Read more...] about
“We’re excited to partner with the city of Phoenix to engage the NBA and WNBA to bring both All-Star games to the Valley,” Suns and Mercury owner Mat Ishbia said in a statement on Thursday. “Phoenix is one of the great basketball cities in the world and the perfect place to bring together the players and fans to celebrate the sport. The Phoenix Suns and Mercury want to continue … [Read more...] about
The Phoenix City Council unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of supporting the bids from the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury to host future All-Star games. The meeting’s agenda stated the WNBA All-Star Game bid is for 2024 while the NBA All-Star Game bid will come for either 2025 or 2026. … [Read more...] about
Monty Williams wound up landing a six-year deal believed to be worth in excess of $75 million after league sources say he essentially passed on the job twice. … [Read more...] about
Some of the players started to believe Mazzulla prioritized the offense too much, according to team sources. Several veterans wondered why the coaching staff went away from Grant Williams, who had a significant role in slowing down Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bam Adebayo on the way to the Finals last season. Still, in early March, he received his first DNP-CD since … [Read more...] about
Darko Rajakovic in the mix for Raptors’ head coaching job?
Emiliano Carchia: Sources tell me another person under consideration for Raptors head coaching job is Darko Rajaković. Rajaković currently serves an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies and has spent time with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns. … [Read more...] about Darko Rajakovic in the mix for Raptors’ head coaching job?
Monty Williams, Pistons agree to deal for Williams to become team’s next head coach
Shams Charania: Breaking: Monty Williams and the Detroit Pistons have agreed in principle on a six-year, $72 million deal for Williams to become the franchise’s new head coach, sources tell me and @JLEdwardsIII . The deal is expected to be finalized in the coming days. … [Read more...] about Monty Williams, Pistons agree to deal for Williams to become team’s next head coach
During the initial conversations in which Williams told teams, including Detroit, that he was leaning toward taking next season off — Phoenix owes him roughly $21 million over the next three years — he did mention that the Pistons, along with another team, would be a job he’d consider taking if he were to come back to the sideline next season, per league sources. The heavy … [Read more...] about
He saw that quality in Brooklyn last season, where Bruce Brown adapted his game alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, morphing from a backcourt ball handler to a pick-and-roll partner for the Nets’ pair of All-Stars. Brown emerged as Brooklyn’s third-most important player, with a long dossier of floating finishes in the paint, “But I knew after the season, the way I played … [Read more...] about