Dec 05, 2013 1:07 AM EST
Byron Scott coached Jason Kidd to two NBA Finals appearances with the then-New Jersey Nets in 2002 and 2003, when Lawrence Frank was on his coaching staff.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans coach was not surprised at all by Kidd's demotion of Frank to "daily reports," banning Frank's presence in practice and games.
“It does surprise me a little that it happened so quickly,” Scott said. “But it’s safe to say that I’m not [surprised] it happened at all because of the personalities involved.”
Scott was replaced by Frank as Nets' coach in the 2003-04 season.
“When I’m putting a staff together,” said Scott, “the key point of emphasis for me is, ‘I want you to be open and honest, I want your input but at the end of the day, I’m going to do what I think is best.’
“In Jason and Lawrence, I detect two very strong-willed people who don’t back down. I could easily see maybe Jason getting to the point where he felt Lawrence was over-stepping his bounds.”
Dec 04, 2013 1:07 PM EST
Timofey Mozgov is averaging 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds over the past two games as his numbers are up across the board in his third full season with the Denver Nuggets.
"He's getting an opportunity and he's making the most of it," Brian Shaw said.
"He puts you on the court. He trusts in you," Mozgov said of Shaw. "It's better. It's simple."
"He found out pretty quickly what we were asking him to do, and he's going out and doing it," Shaw said. "Set good screens, roll hard to the basket, rim-run on a miss; if you don't get the rebound, you should be the first one down getting good position. And we'll throw the ball inside to you if you do those things. Offensively he's put himself in the right positions to make the plays we need him to make, and defensively his size gives us a different dimension."
Dec 03, 2013 12:24 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers want to continue playing an uptempo style on offense in transition, but their issues on defense have become problematic.
"I want to persevere with this style of playing because with the group that we have, the talent base and the experience, we are not going to beat those teams that we have beaten playing any other way," Brett Brown said.
The 76ers are averaging 17.8 turnovers per game, which had led to a lot of easy baskets for opponents.
Dec 02, 2013 3:38 PM EST
Lou Williams tore his right ACL last season and returned on Nov. 18. The Atlanta Hawks' guard is still regaining confidence in his right knee and ability to drive to the basket when he plants it.
"My first step. Having the confidence to go left," Williams said of the final hurdles in his return. "Because when you go left, you're planting on that right leg, the one that I tore. Those are the things that I had relied on in my game. And being able to split [double teams] quick. Always just getting past guys, and creating contact.
"Those were the small details that I was trying to work through early on, and I feel like that's coming back now."
Williams is averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 assists in five games this season.
Dec 01, 2013 1:40 PM EST
Mike James played 13 minutes in the Chicago Bulls' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday and has surpassed Marquis Teague at backup point guard for now.
Tom Thibodeau said Kirk Hinrich will start and James will be his backup at this point.
Teague did not play on Friday.
Teague was reportedly shopped by the Bulls early in the season.
Dec 01, 2013 1:35 PM EST
Nate Robinson picked up his second technical foul in as many games on Friday and smirked when asked about the situation, saying he believes the referees dislike him.
“They hate me, they hate me,” Robinson said. “I don’t know why, but it is what it is. I already know I’ve got the target on my back, but I’ll play through it; I don’t care. I really don’t. It doesn’t bother me none. If I get a call, I get a call. If I don’t, I don’t. If I get a tech, hopefully it’s not in the fourth quarter. Hopefully I don’t get any more. But I know I will. It’s nothing new for me.”
Brian Shaw said he will sit down with Robinson to discuss how to better control his emotions.
“He’s always wound up,” Shaw said, with a grin that quickly faded away. “That’s what you get with Nate Robinson. So we just have to continue to keep working on him on that. I told him, let me deal with the referees, you just play the game. But that’s easier said than done.”
Dec 01, 2013 1:53 AM EST
Wesley Johnson revealed he declined more lucrative contract offers from the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks during the offseason.
Johnson said he chose signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in large part because of the team's system.
Johnson is averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds this season -- including a 27-point effort on nine of 11 shooting in the Lakers' last game.
Nov 30, 2013 4:14 PM EST
Jeremy Lamb was expected to receive approximately 15 minutes per game this season, but he has played over 20 minutes in each of the past six games.
“My teammates trust me, my coach trusts me,” Lamb said. “I have no choice but to get more comfortable and get more confident.”
“He's getting better,” Kevin Durant said of Lamb. “Experience is the best teacher. He's going to take his bumps and bruises, but he's a smart, smart player.”
Lamb is averaging 10.8 points in 22.4 minutes on 55 percent shooting from the field over the past five games.
Nov 29, 2013 11:32 AM EST
One of the biggest challenges of Brad Stevens first season in the NBA is dealing was a Boston Celtics' roster that is less than ideally balanced.
“It’s not a very balanced roster,” said Danny Ainge. “I like the players on the roster, but it’s not very balanced.
“I think that Brad has a challenge of just trying to sort of figure out who’s going to play where. You know, guys like Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace, Avery (Bradley) — those guys can play multiple positions, and Courtney (Lee) has done a little bit of that. So that’s going to be a challenge of trying to figure out how it fits. And it’s an opportunity for guys right now to step up and really separate themselves.”
Stevens sees his vision for the Celtics as similar to Ainge.
“I look at it day by day,’ Stevens said, “with the idea of a long-term, big-picture culture — you know, how we want to make sure we operate in practice, how we want to support each other. The team stuff is really important.
“(Culture) is a long-term thing as well as a short-term. You’re not going to get everything you want in the short term, but you’re not going to build anything worth a darn without it. Those things are important in both terms, but I’m looking more day to day than that.”
Nov 29, 2013 11:26 AM EST
Russell Westbrook is shooting just 38.8 percent through 10 games this season working his way back from knee surgery.
Westbrook had to sit out all basketball activities while rehabilitating his right knee.
“It's going to take time,” Westbrook said. “Your legs got to get stronger, your body, all your muscles got to get used to working and getting back going.”
Westbrook also shot just 38.8 percent through his first 10 games last season.
Tony Parker's current deal with the Spurs expires in 2015 and won't turn 32 until May.
The Heat have been able to have a fast start to the 13-14 season despite significant reductions in the minutes to LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
The Heat won 21 of 22 games after that meeting in Dallas.
Kobe Bryant is willing to allow his game to evolve as he enters the final phase of his career coming back from a torn Achilles.
John Wall has scored at least 30 points in three straight games.
The Grizzlies won 56 games last season as Lionel Hollins resisted changes from the front office, leading to the promotion of Dave Joerger.
Gar Forman believes Derrick Rose suffered a "freak injury" and he remains confident in building around the former MVP.
Anthony Davis is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and four blocks, putting up the type of numbers the NBA has only seen from Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson.
Russell Westbrook's knee is healed, but the Thunder saw an opportunity to get him five straight days of rest.
The Nets want to blame their string of poor third quarters for their embarrassing start to this season.
Jeff Green has gone through struggles this season but is still confident in his ability to lead the Celtics as their go-to guy.
Nick Young is averaging nearly 17 points in his last five games.
The Raptors are averaging just 17.1 assists on 35.3 made field goals per game this season, which ranks last in the NBA.
Brett Brown likes the idea of Spencer Hawes at the power forward position.
The Kings appear to be playing Jimmer Fredette due to their need for outside shooting -- not to showcase him as a potential trade candidate.
The sample size is small, but it would be the worst mark over the last 15 seasons if it holds.
After beginning the season with a 1-2 record, the Heat are now 9-3.
Reggie Bullock scored six points, hitting both of his three-point attempts.
Donnie Walsh and Rod Thorn believe Jason Kidd will eventually become a quality head coach.
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