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Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 3:26 am
 

Rip Hamilton's messed up situation

The Pistons are imploding and at the center of it all is Rip Hamilton as reports continue to fly about the meltdown in Motor City. Yes, that is the best lede we could come up with.

Posted by Matt Moore


Following Ken Berger's report of the Pistons' decision to fine Chris Wilcox and Rip Hamilton, and not to fire John Kuester for the moment, we're starting to get a picture of a strangely torn and bizarre locker room, with Rip Hamilton at the center of it. Here's what we know, or at least, what we think we know. Bear with us, because at this point trying to figure out the Pistons is like spelunking in a sewer: 


  • Berger confirms a Yahoo! report that in January, Hamilton went on an "explitive-filled diatribe" in front of the locker room, alleging Kuester had done nothing in his time in Detroit, and that he was nothing more than a career assistant coach. Now, Yahoo! makes a leap and says that the younger players were shocked by the tirade.  Except that Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye probably fit in that model of young players and yet they were part of Hamilton's "cabal" or whatever you want to call it. In reality, it appears immensely more likely that the locker room was surprised at Hamilton going off, but agreed. 
  • If true, it certainly paints Hamilton in a clear light as the source of all this discontent. His tirade led to his benching, he's refused to communicate with his coach or GM, and now this boycott/protest/whatever it was. If Hamilton was offered an out and turned it down because of the $9 million.  Now, $9 million is a lot of money. But when you factor in the contract money he'd pull from another contender, the playoff revenue he'd pull in, and future earnings, the payoff may not make up the $9 million, but it makes it nearly negligible. It doesn't change the fact that the Pistons agreed to pay Hamilton the remaining $25 million when he signed the latest contract with them.  But it removes Hamilton's ground to stand on, since the Pistons have offered him a reasonable way out, especially considering their financial and ownership situation.  Instead, Hamilton seems to be waging a players' revolt against the organization to undermine the coach, regardless of whether ownership can afford to fire Kuester in this situation or not. 
  • Making it even more complicated is part of the ESPN report which claims that an earlier boycott was planned prior to All-Star weekend, but after management assurances Kuester would be fired over the weekend, they backed down. Until Friday. 

So now Hamilton is still trying to work a buyout, which Berger terms as "unlikely" while the Pistons are in complete disarray, the coaching staff has no control over its players, management can't make decisions because of an ownership situation in flux, and ownership can't get out fast enough, requesting an extension from the league to finally get the team passed to new ownership. 

Things are bad in Cleveland. They're bad in Sacramento. They're bad in New Orleans.

You could argue they're worse in Detroit. 

Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:25 am
 

Paul Silas to receive 1-year contract extension

Bobcats coach Paul Silas to receive one-year extension from Bobcats. Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

Apparently beating the defending champs on the fourth game in five nights on the second game of a back-to-back at home goes a long way. Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bobcats are "finalizing" a one-year contract extension with Paul Silas to coach the Bobcats through 2011-2012. Silas has helped the Cats to a 15-12 record under his watch and has brought them out of the offensive swamp they were mired in. 

At the same time, you have to wonder if Silas is a long-term answer. The Bobcats still need a substantial blow-up to start over and begin a true building process. But for a short term solution while Michael Jordan stabilizes the finances, he'll do. 
Update
The Charlotte Obesrver reports that the Bobcats are expected to announce Silas' extension during a Wednesday press conference.
The Bobcats have called a noon press conference today where they're expected to announce a contract extension for interim head coach Paul Silas. A source confirmed Tuesday night that the team and coach had been in discussions about taking the interim tag off and giving the 67-year old Silas a contract through the 2011-12 season. Since taking over for Larry Brown on Dec. 22, Silas has led the Bobcats to a 15-13 record..

Back in December, Silas was hired after former coach Larry Brown stepped down.

Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:13 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Ewing may be in talks for Bobcats coaching gig

Patrick Ewing hints at talks for Bobcats coaching gig.
Posted by Matt Moore


Patrick Ewing has hinted at discussions with Bobcats chairman and CEO Michael Jordan regarding the head coaching job. Interim coach Paul Silas is 2-0 since taking over the job, but there's an "interim" tag firmly attached to his title. Meanwhile, the New York Post asked Ewing if he had talked to Jordan about the gig.

Asked if Charlotte had called him, Ewing smiled and said, "They might have."
When pressed, Ewing said, "He might have been. I talk to Michael all the time. There definitely was a phone call. It depends on what we talked about."
via Ewing in mix to be Bobcats head coach - NYPOST.com .

Ewing has interviewed for several gigs but has never gotten far. There are a number of questions, not the least of which is why he has been unable to coach Dwight Howard into having the kind of post-game befitting a superstar of his stature.  Ewing's relationship with Jordan (the two are close friends despite the hurting Jordan routinely put on the Big Fella in the playoffs) may be what he needs to get a foot in the door. 

If I'm Ewing however, I'm thinking more about trying to aim for a gig that isn't loaded with huge longterm contracts on declining players, a poor history of drafting, no discernible superstar and a limited budget due to market restraints. But then I'm picky like that. 
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Welcome to the hot seat, John Kuester

Detroit coach may be on the hot seat. Posted by Matt Moore

It takes a while for coaches to make their mark on their team. Even in the ridiculously knee-jerk NBA, you've got some sort of window for getting your point across and bringing the team together.

That sound you hear is John Kuester's window shutting while somoene behind him packs his bags.

It's not just the 0-5 start. Or the -9.2 scoring differential (third worst in the league). It's not the discomobulation, the wins per dollar amount, the defensive breakdowns, or the lack of cohesion. It's all of the above and more. The latest example?

Rodney Stuckey, the promising young point guard of the future who's stock has plummeted like BP the past year, refusing to acknowledge his coach and getting benched (Via the Detroit Free Press ). This after Tayshaun Prince responded to Kuester's criticism of the team's leadership by questioning the same element from the coaching staff . Yikes.

Here's the thing. Once you lose a locker room? That's pretty much it. Your locker room can stray, it can meander, it can roam the countryside and graze among distant pastures of distraction. But once you've lost it, when it's out of sight? That's usually it. You never get it back. Scott Skiles has lost multiple locker rooms despite being a tremendous coach. Kuester, from all accounts, never seems to have had this one to begin with.

If we're looking at odds for first coach fired before Christmas? Kuester's just run to the top of the list and rung the bell.

The Pistons are on the books for over $65 million this season, which is just a ridiculously high salary for the kind of production they're seeing. What's even more baffling is their reluctance to move Tayshaun Pirnce or Rip Hamilton. They have young talent they're not investing in, and the veterans are not responding to Kuester's prodding. It's a steamy soup of badness in Detroit, and eventually, Joe Dumars may have to dump the pot out and start over.

(HT: PBT )
Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 8:45 pm
 

The Nellieball era is over, Don Nelson to resign

Winningest coach in NBA history to resign as head coach of the Warriors, assistant Keith Smart to take over. Posted by Matt Moore

Don Nelson has been involved in the NBA in some capacity nearly every single year since 1962. Somehow, despite eschewing every traditional basketball value (discipline, defense, poor sense of humor), he's managed to hang on year after year. But after turning 70 and with new ownership taking over in Golden State, talk had developed that his time may be done.

It would appear that talk was well founded. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed a report from Matt Stenimetz of CSN Bay Area reports that Don Nelson will announce his resignation as head coach of the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Keith Smart will take over as expected. Steinmetz also reports Calbert Cheaney will move from the front office to an assistant coaching position. 

Smart is unlikely to differentiate significantly from the system he's been under immediately, but changes may be made in the same vein as Alvin Gentry's changes to the Warriors. With a better team composed around David Lee inside, the Warriors present a young, versatile team led by Stephen Curry. Then again, Smart could completely switch it up and run what's called, what is it, what's the word? Oh, yeah, a system.

But it will still be strange to see an NBA without Nelson in it, assuming he elects not to pursue another position during the season. At 70 years old, he's hinted strongly at retiring and walking away finally, but with Nelson, you never can tell. During his time, Nelson managed to take the tile of winningest coach in NBA history with 1,333 wins in his career.

There had been thought new owner Joe Lacob might retain Nelson due to the awkward timing of the finalization of the sale, but it would appear that moves to take the franchise into the future are already being set in motion.

We'll keep you updated on how the situation in Golden State progresses.

Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 6:22 pm
 

Suns extend Gentry

Who's got two thumbs and an extension through 2012-2013? Suns extend head coach after return to playoffs despite roster turnover.
Posted by Matt Moore

The fast break will continue in Phoenix. The Suns today announced an extension for head coach Alvin Gentry. The Suns under Gentry improved considerably, returning to their running and gunning ways on the path to the Western Conference Finals. Despite the departure of Amar'e Stoudemire in free agency and the looming issue of Steve Nash's age, the Suns felt that Gentry's the guy, and extended him through 2012-2013.

The Suns are 72-41 under Gentry, which ain't too bad at all, especially given the dismal performance they suffered under head coach Terry Porter in their attempt to become more traditional in their approach. With the economy still sluggishly working its way out of the doldrums, extending Gentry is a wise move from owner Robert Sarver. Committing to Gentry may mean more money on salary, but it also means stability and a tried and true formula that may suffer from problems (eventually) in the playoffs, but does win lots and lots of games. Gentry also managed to make the most convincing case for a running team to be able to buckle down and play hard-nosed defense.

The deal may have been done sooner had the replacement GM and President of Basketball Ops jobs not taken so long to fill, before eventually Lon Babby and Lance Blanks were brought on board.


Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:10 pm
 

The Celtics are at a crossroads

You realize it was just three years ago that the Big 3 in Boston were formed? At the time, we knew that their window was short. All three were older, with only a few years left. After the first championship, it looked like they were destined for more. Then when the collapse in 2009 happened due to injury, we thought the window had slammed shut, and that carried through last season when they limped into the playoffs. Then they tore the East's head off and ate the remains, and going into the Finals it looked like everything was hunky-dorey. But even losing in the final minutes of a Game 7 aren't enough when the league moves as fast as the NBA does now.

And with the events of the past 48 hours, one thing is clear. The Celtics are at a crossroads.

Paul Pierce is opting out . Ray Allen is a free agent. And Doc Rivers is still trying to decide whether to come back or not. And all three of those decisions impact each other.

If Rivers comes back, he'll want to make sure he's contending for a title, not rebuilding. And Pierce and Allen will likely want to play for the coach that took them to the Finals, not Vinny Del Negro (no offense, Vinny).

So all sides have to come together to make another run at it, and then Danny Ainge has to decide exactly how much that run is worth. This is not an easy situation. You might say this is trickier than Amar'e Stoudemire in Phoenix or Dwyane Wade in Miami. The future in Boston is highly uncertain. They were unable to get to the summit with the squad as currently assembled. Do they believe they could get there with the same group a year older? Do they need home court advantage (read: should they actually try in the regular season?)? Do they have to upgrade? Are they willing to take a paycut to upgrade?

Rivers, to his credit, and unlike some other headline making coaches, is staying quiet . He's going to not say anything, make his decision, and live with it. Pierce is opting out, but there's no indication if he's doing so to make room for the team or to get the most he can or to explore his options elsewhere. After being dangled on the trade line, you can bet Ray Allen will be taking a good look around.

This team could be dramatically different next season, and that has impacts on Rajon Rondo, who would need to become the unquestioned leader of the team. For Kendrick Perkins, who will have surgery and won't be ready by the start of the season .

And where does that leave Kevin Garnett? All the Celtics have succeeded by one motto of staying together, playing together, fighting together. But the winds of change are at the door, and as a team, they have to decide what happens next.

Like I said, things move pretty quickly in the NBA. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss... wait. That's not right .
Posted on: June 29, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Report: Shaw hired as Cavs head coach

UPDATE 2: A person involved in the process told CBSSports.com's Ken Berger that Shaw and the Cavs have entered the negotiation phase, but that no deal has been reached.

UPDATE: Byron Scott's agent has issued a congratulatory email to Shaw and written to FanHouse concerning Scott's role in the search. This one appears to be a done deal, but has not been formally announced.

Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse is reporting that Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is finalizing a deal to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The report states that while a deal isn't finalized, talks have not advanced with the Cavs' other lead candidate, Byron Scott, who will now start sending Phil Jackson books on the perks of retirement. If the report is indeed true, it means a considerable shift in the Cavaliers' philosophy. Shaw has no head coaching experience and is more offensively minded. It's likely that if he were to take the position that the triangle offense may be installed, an offense which has not succeeded without Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant spearheading it, nor without Phil Jackson himself coaching it, in the last twenty years.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson is off in Montana recuperating from the season and deciding whether or not to return to pursue a 14th championship ring (his 12th as a head coach). There's no way to predict how this development could impact Jackson. On the one hand, he's losing his other key advisor after Kurt Rambis headed to Minnesota last year, and with Jackson refusing to travel were he to return, this would mean turning the keys of a championship team over to someone he may not trust as much. On the other, he may see this as his team needing another year with a steady hand at the wheel.

Either way, you know the question everyone's going to ask. What's LeBron think?

We'll keep you posted on this story throughout the day.

-Matt Moore








 
 
 
 
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