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Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Report: Rockets interview Lawrence Frank again

The Houston Rockets interviewed Lawrence Frank for their coaching position for the second time and Brian Shaw is no longer a candidate. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Are the Houston Rockets moving towards naming their next head coach? 

MyFoxHouston.com reports that the Rockets, who have been without a coach for a month now after parting ways with Rick Adelman, had a second interview with Lawrence Frank, one of three finalists, on Monday.
NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was in Houston Monday for a second round of interviews with Rockets officials as the team searches for a new head coach.

He is one of three finalists to become the Rockets next head coach. The other two are Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey and former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kevin McHale.
Meanwhile, the Orange County Register reports that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is officially out of the running, confirming that the Rockets are interested only in previous head coaches. 
That's why Shaw won't be going to the Houston Rockets, who were granted permission by the Lakers to pursue Shaw to be their head coach. Shaw has pulled out of that job search upon determining the Rockets preferred someone who has been a head coach. Shaw didn't want to stay in it if he wasn't likely to win it; he certainly doesn't need any more practice interviewing for top jobs. 
Frank makes a compelling base. Aside from having head coaching experience with the New Jersey Nets, he helped lead the Boston Celtics to the No. 2 defense in the NBA despite the departure of Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. If he was granted a second interview, though, the other finalists will likely be given the same treatment.

Casey's Mavericks begin the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Warriors short list: looking for a powerless hand

Warriors short list includes several former head coaches, but seeks to give them "minimal input" over personnel decisions. Huh?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Keith Smart ousted in Golden State, the search naturally begins for his replacement. The next coach will be inheriting a roster built for speed, with defensive liabilities at multiple positions and a lot of guys that like to shoot... well, a lot. So who's on the early short list? From the Contra-Costa Times' Marcus Thompson.
Riley said the Warriors havent contacted anyone yet and dont have a timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldnt hurt to have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23.

He declined to reveal whom the Warriors have on their shortlist, but multiple sources -- from the team and in NBA circles -- said they believe former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and assistant coaches Dwane Casey of Dallas, Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio and Lawrence Frank of Boston are on that list. Casey and Frank are also former NBA head coaches.

One team source said the Warriors have an eye on former Utah coach Jerry Sloan. But thats considered a long shot, as the legendary coach isnt expected to come out of retirement for a rebuilding franchise.
via Head coach Keith Smart is one and done with Golden State Warriors - ContraCostaTimes.com.

Those are all pretty standard choices, and the move towards a more grounded, defensive-centric coach is evident. Frank was brought in to replace Tom Thibodeau in Boston, Brown is known most notably for his defensive work. Perhaps most interesting, though, is this snippet from Kawakami later: 

Riley suggested that a new coach will have only minimal input over player personnel. He will be expected to significantly improve the defense and get into the 2012 playoffs.

 Riley has been the one splitting responsibilities with Don Nelson, and handed a new contract to David Lee. So for this to be a move towards more autonomy in decision making smells like a power grab in a vaccuum. Furthermore, how does that mesh with the pursuit of veteran coaches, most of whom are going to want significant influence over personnel? You can't hire a defensive coach, give him a bunch of defensive-liability offense-centric players and say "Go get 'em!" There's got to be some level of balance going forward. 
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Mike Brown, Dwane Casey contenders for Indy job?

Posted by Royce Young

For a time, it sounded like the Pacers weren't going to fire coach Jim O'Brien because they didn't feel there was a suitable interim replacement on the bench. Then they fired O'Brien anyway and promoted Frank Vogel, one of the league's youngest assistants , to the head spot.

Then, after Indiana started hot under Vogel and climbed its way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, it looked like Vogel might have a shot to have that interim tag removed. His Pacers were running with confidence, playing well, developing and most importantly, winning.

That fun appears to be coming to an end though. Indiana has lost five straight with punctuation coming from a 26-point loss at the hands of the Timberwolves. Vogel, who many didn't think was ready to handle an NBA roster, might be showing his inexperience. The team is down and he doesn't appear to know how to get them back.

So the Pacers are still looking at head coaching options with ESPN.com reporting that former Cavalier coach Mike Brown is the leading candidate along with current Laker assistant and Pacer legend Chuck Person and Dallas Maverick assistant Dwane Casey.

Casey is the interesting one of the bunch as he's seen his name come up a lot over the years. Before there was Tom Thibodeau, it was Casey who was the hot assistant. He had a short stint commanding the sideline in Minnesota, but was dismissed halfway through the 2006-07 season. He had interviews and discussions with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta, but hasn't landing that next job.

The Pacer job is an interesting one because whoever takes control there, has to battle the fact the roster probably isn't set up to win. There's some talented scattered throughout, but it's still in need of key, complementary pieces. Sometimes coaching isn't the answer.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:13 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Nowitzki out Tuesday with 'mildly sprained' knee

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will undergo an MRI on his "sore right knee" on Tuesday. Posted by Ben Golliverdirk-nowitzki-knee
Update (Tuesday, 10:54 AM): The Dallas Mavericks have informed the media that Nowitzki underwent his MRI and it revealed a "sprained right knee." He will not play Tuesday night and is listed as day-to-day. As noted in the wire report, Dallas Mavericks forward and MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzki left Monday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a knee injury during the second quarter, and did not return.
Nowitzki scored 13 points before leaving with 9:10 left in the second with what the Mavericks said was a sore right knee. Shawn Marion led the effort to replace him, scoring 20 points off the bench.
After the game, Nowitzki thanked his fans on Twitter and wrote, "I will be ok. Got an MRI [tomorrow morning]." Dallas's television play-by-play announcer chimed in on Twitter to say that the MRI is "precautionary" and that Mavericks coach Dwane Casey said the injury "doesn't sound serious" during his post-game remarks. DallasNews.com reports that Nowitzki was X-rayed in Oklahoma City and they showed "no structural damage" but that Nowitzki could miss some time. 
Nowitzki thought maybe it was a strain to one of the muscles behind the knee. We've seen Nowitzki make remarkable recoveries from his many ankle twists and sprains. This is a little different with the knee. It wouldn't be surprising at all if he missed some time.
Nowitzki has played in all of Dallas's games so far this season and has missed just two games total since the start of the 2008-2009 season.  With the win in Oklahoma City, the Mavericks improved to 24-5 on the season. They next play on Tuesday night at home against the Toronto Raptors.
 
 
 
 
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