Mar 08, 2014 12:07 PM EST
While Phil Jackson has been limited in his travel over the past few years, he would be open to coaching for a short period of time if it was necessary in a transition period for a franchise with championship hopes, according to a source.
Jackson is "ready to go back to work" after being out of the game since the 10-11 NBA season.
Jackson prefers a front office role similar to Pat Riley's with the Miami Heat.
Stephen A. Smith reported this week that Jackson met with Steve Mills, general manager of the New York Knicks, about joining the franchise as its next head coach.
A source confirmed to Ian Begley that the Knicks had offered Jackson a role in the front office. Jackson is expected to make a decision within the next week.
Mar 08, 2014 12:12 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers were blown out by the Houston Rockets on Friday on national television by a final score of 112-86.
When the two teams met on Dec. 20, the Pacers won by 33 points.
"We're just putting the emphasis on trying to get better," Roy Hibbert said. "Since the All-Star break, we haven't been playing the best basketball. We've been playing awful."
Frank Vogel is less concerned and believes the Pacers' struggles are a natural part of the season's flow.
"Every team I've ever been a part of has had a stretch like we're in right now," said Vogel. "And since I've been here, we've always worked our way out of it, so I'm sure we will. It stinks right now. It's not fun right now, but we've got a good team and we'll regroup."
Mar 07, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Mike D'Antoni met separately with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss regarding the state of the team after a 48-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
The Lakers plan to continue to assess the situation and are not inclined to make an in-season coaching change, according to sources.
Kupchak has maintained a strong working relationship with D'Antoni and has been pleased by the way the coach is keeping the team together as the losses mount.
The Lakers have planned to evaluate the coaching staff after the season.
Mar 08, 2014 12:21 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he discussed joining the Chicago Bulls with Joakim Noah during All-Star Weekend.
“No, not at all,” Anthony replied when asked if there was any truth to the report. “I can’t have that conversation.”
Anthony reportedly asked Noah what it is like to play for Tom Thibodeau.
Noah declined comment when asked on Friday.
“You want me to address that?” Noah said. “I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say about it.”
Mar 08, 2014 12:25 PM EST
With the Utah Jazz entering the final stretch of the season, they may give more playing time opportunities to Malcolm Thomas and Ian Clark.
"We will get a chance to look at some more things going forward," Ty Corbin said. "That’s not saying we’re doing anything other than continuing to try to develop this group of guys. But we want to see where guys are, see what we have, and see where we go from here."
Thomas has played just 17 total minutes over three games since joining the Jazz prior to Friday.
Clark hasn't had playing time since Feb. 1.
Mar 08, 2014 12:28 PM EST
Jabari Parker remains undecided about whether he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
Parker would almost certainly be one of the top-5 selections if he declares.
"If I feel like there are things I could improve on or things I left, like during the season, then I will probably come back," Parker said.
"A deciding factor is where I'm going to grow the most, whether it's in the NBA or even in college, the learning experiences that I need as far as [growing as] a basketball player."
Mar 07, 2014 6:28 PM EST
Vitor Faverani underwent left knee arthroscopy to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Faverani will not return this season.
Faverani appeared in 37 games in his rookie season for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.73 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game.
Mar 08, 2014 12:17 PM EST
Mark Cuban is in favor of the NBA expanding its draft beyond the current two rounds.
“I’d like to see four rounds so you can draft guys overseas, get more guys drafted that are your property so you can try to develop them,” Cuban said on Friday.
“Because once they get into the ‘I’m a free agent, I wasn’t drafted grind,’ ... you’ve got to realize that toward the bottom of the second round there are teams that pick for financial reasons, and that takes advantage of guys that might have otherwise been picked.
“Rather than me making a call, ‘Hey, so-and-so, you’re the 61st pick in the NBA draft,’ It would be better to have the draft [expanded], but again, it’s not my say.”
Mar 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony may benefit from delaying his free agency until 2015, both in terms of choosing his destination and financially.
The New York Knicks are scheduled to have cap space in 2015 to sign another max contract player, but re-signing this offseason would leave Anthony unsure of who may ultimately join him.
Anthony would earn an additional $4.27 million through 17-18 and be able to lock in an additional season if he were to opt-in for 14-15 and sign a new max deal in 2015.
"It really comes down to what the player truly wants because that is what matters, you will execute his decision," said one of the NBA's top agents, who does not represent Anthony. "But I would advise my star clients that 2015 is a better year to be a free agent if getting on to a championship contender is the top priority."
A source close to Anthony said that opting in with the Knicks for the 14-15 season is not an option he is considering now.
In delaying free agency, Anthony could join a free agency class that includes Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love.
Mar 08, 2014 12:03 PM EST
Zoran Dragic of Unicaja Malaga has been named Euroleague MVP of the Week for Top 16, Round 9.
Unicaja beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul by a final score of 83-75 to grab sole possession of third place in Top 16 Group E.
Dragic had 24 points, matching his Euroleague career high, while adding four steals, three assists and three rebounds for a performance index rating of 30, the highest this week and his best in two Euroleague seasons.
Doug McDermott is joined by four freshmen on the final Wooden Award list.
Jameel Warney of Stony Brook has been named America East Player of the Year.
Billy Baron of Canisius has been named MAAC Player of the Year.
Ersan Ilyasova will serve his suspension Friday.
Ty Corbin is in the final season of his contract.
Phil Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
The 76ers have lost 15 straight games by an average of 19.8 points and 25 of their past 28 games.
Seven veterans on the Suns are averaging career highs.
Dewayne Dedmon and Adonis Thomas both originally signed 10-day contracts on Feb. 25.
Joakim Noah has become one of the NBA's best passing big men and he's also improved his play in the pick-and-roll.
LeBron James has struggled with his shot in the two games since scoring 61 points on Monday.
Kobe Bryant believes Pau Gasol remains in the Lakers' plans.
Taylor Braun of North Dakota State has been named Summit League Player of the Year.
Several league executives and agents already believe the groundwork is being laid for another prolonged work stoppage.
Nate Robinson said he will "for sure" be healthy by training camp.
Drew Gooden's first 10-day contract will expire Friday.
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux discusses the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics conference with Ian Levy of Hickory-High.com and Hardwood Paroxysm, as well as Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com.
Sources say that it would be difficult for Carmelo Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.
Reggie Williams is averaging 21.1 points per game for the 66ers this season.
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