July 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Jamahl Mosley Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Magic

Jul 11, 2021 11:00 AM

Jamahl Mosley has agreed to a four-year deal to become the next head coach of the Orlando Magic. 

Mosley will replace Steve Clifford, who mutually parted ways with the team during the offseason.

Mosley has a reputation in player development and an ability to build relationships and hold players accountable, which has resonated with the team. 

The 42-year-old's offensive philosophy has been shaped by Rick Carlisle and George Karl. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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ESPN's Hoop Streams Generates 1.6M Views For Game 1

Jul 10, 2021 4:36 PM

ESPN's Hoop Streams generated 1.6 million views for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The number is almost double from last year's Game 1, which generated 894,000 views.

The pre-game show also logged four million minutes watched this year, up from last year's 2.3 million minutes. 

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

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Pistons Offer Assistant GM Job To George David

Jul 10, 2021 12:01 PM

The Detroit Pistons have offered to hire George David as assistant general manager, sources told James Edwards III of The Athletic.

David was previously with the Pistons in various roles for almost two decades.

The Pistons currently have the top pick in the upcoming draft. 

James Edwards III/The Athletic

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Clippers Assistant Roy Rogers To Join Blazers Staff

Jul 10, 2021 11:58 AM

Clippers assistant Roy Rogers is set to join Chauncey Billups on the Portland Trail Blazers coaching staff, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rogers will be focused on coaching the defensive side of the team.

The Blazers also recently hired Scott Brooks as the team's lead assistant. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Damon Stoudamire Joins Celtics Staff As Assistant Coach

Jul 8, 2021 1:19 AM

Pacific head coach Damon Stoudamire has agreed to join the Boston Celtics staff as an assistant coach, reported Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Stoudamire grew up in Portland with Celtics head coach Ime Udoka.

Udoka hired Will Hardy from the Spurs last week. 

Jeff Goodman/Stadium

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Adam Silver: Still 'Unclear' Whether Raptors Will Play In Toronto Next Season

Jul 7, 2021 1:24 AM

Adam Silver said he was still unsure whether the Toronto Raptors would play in Toronto next season.

“It’s unclear yet,” Silver said Tuesday before the NBA Finals. “I know on behalf of Larry Tanenbaum, who’s the governor of the team and happens to be the chairman of the board of the NBA, he’s very hopeful that Ontario will open up and they’ll be able to have the team back in Toronto.”

The Raptors, who played the 2020-21 season in Tampa Bay, finished with a 27-45 record.

The NBA begins training camp on September 28, with the regular season starting on October 19.

Toronto FC of MLS are heading back to Toronto on Thursday with the hopes of playing matches at home in the near future. 

Shannon Coulter/Sportsnet

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Game 6 Of Western Conference Finals Draws 5.8M Viewers, Up 64% From Last Season

Jul 4, 2021 1:36 PM

Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday drew 5.8 million viewers, up 64% from last season.

The game featured the Suns clinching the series over the Clippers with a 130-103 win. 

ESPN won the night across all key demographics. 

The conference finals on ESPN and ABC averaged 5.3 million viewers, which is up 32% from the conference finals last year. 

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

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Will Hardy Added To Celtics Staff, Jay Larranaga & Jamie Young Will Not Return

Jul 3, 2021 1:35 AM

Boston Celtics assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young did not get their contracts renewed and will not return to the team next season.

Ime Udoka, who recently added Will Hardy from the Spurs to his staff, is also expected to keep Joe Mazzulla.

Jerome Allen left the Celtics staff earlier this offseason to join the Pistons.

Udoka is also reportedly looking to add Damon Stoudamire to his staff. 

Conor Roche/Boston.com

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Rick Carlisle Says Pacers Are 'My Kind Of Team'

Jul 1, 2021 1:32 AM

Rick Carlisle expressed his excitement over working with the Indiana Pacers roster during his introductory press conference on Wednesday.

"This is my kind of team. As I look at the roster and as I've talked to all these guys, I have an even greater feeling that it's a group of guys I will have a blast working with," said the 61-year-old. "I like the way they're talking. We're going to find a way to play better defense and we've got to get back to the playoffs."

Carlisle had already been with the Pacers on two prior occasions. He was first an assistant coach under Larry Brown, then was the head coach for four seasons starting in 2003.

Carlisle reached the Eastern Conference finals four times during his prior years with the Pacers.

Carlisle added that he looked forward to working with the Domantas Sabonis-Myles Turner pairing.  

"I think there are ways we can work with their individual games and help them mesh with other guys on the floor. I've talked to both of them about it, and they're open to it. Myles is such an elite rim protector and that's such an important part of the game if you're going to get better defensively. And Domas, as I mentioned earlier, can do so many things."


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