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"Embiid's the other great big. And Embiid doesn't even have to play four quarters. He exits after three quarters. He gets a triple double. So this guy's supposed to be like, I picked him to be the defense player here at the beginning of the season. Anthony Davis, yet he allows Jokic, he allows Embiid both to record triple doubles and severely outplay him. It's massively disappointing. And the other way you look at it is like LeBron like basically handpicked him to be his guy, right? Can you imagine if he handpicked Embiid, if he handpicked Jokic to be his guy? He'd have multiple championships out there in Los Angeles. And that should tell you the difference between like Jokic and Anthony Davis and Embiid and Anthony Davis and Giannis and Anthony Davis. A couple of years ago, I think Rich Paul said, well, if Anthony Davis played on the 2019 Bucks, they would have won the NBA championship. Anthony Davis not capable of being the best player on the team. The guy gets to be the sidekick of arguably the greatest player of all time. And he's still like frustrates you immensely. Imagine if he had to be the guy or imagine he was the sidekick to like somebody that wasn't LeBron, it would be even worse. So, yeah, I think that ship is kind of so what do you think? I think it's sailed. Yeah, it sailed for me a while ago. And there's always a lot of a lot of hype that comes with this is going to be the year or this is his moment. It just feels like we're doing this year after year after year. The durability thing, he hasn't really gotten hurt this year. I remember the pivotal in the finals. It seemed like he was having his moment against my against Miami in the bubble, and he had that huge game. I can't remember it was game three or game four. And there was a couple of days off or a day off or whatever it was. And it was all the Anthony Davis stuff. And I remember doing it on my podcast. I was like, it's happened. He's here. This is it. This is our next great big guy. He's having his moment. He's putting his he's putting his stamp down. And this is where we are headed going forward. It's the Anthony Davis era. And then the next game, he sucked. Do you remember that? I think it was game five. Yeah. And it was like we just spent two days being like, this is it. This is happening. And then he just kind of no showed the next game. They ended up winning anyway. I think the game after. But I remember thinking, that's not a good sign. You know, where is it? Like compared to Giannis heading into game six of the twenty one finals. It's like, oh, Giannis, can you can can you do it? Can you get in place the greatest game of his life? It just feels like every time there's been a chance for Davis to have that moment, right, to have his Oscar movie, to have his great season, something's always gotten in the way. And at some point, you are who you are. It's going to be 31 later in the season. And I just I don't know if he has the competitive intensity that the great, great, great guys have. I even think Embiid has it way more than Davis does. Like once that hard and trade got settled, Embiid is the most locked in. He's more locked in than he was last season. I love the way he's playing, you know. Yeah, this is the best he's looked right entire career, like he's playing, like he's playing like Jokic, like the style. Right. Yeah. You see, like he had what? Eleven assists through three quarters yesterday. He's averaging over six a game. Like I think it's a combination of, hey, I don't have to play with Ben Simmons who needed the ball. We need to play with James Harden. We're now running the no more soap operas, no more moodiness. Exactly. And a little bit of the Nick Nurse system as well. Like so all that coming into play at the same time and like Maxie emerging. It's led to him being the best of his career. But like on the Anthony Davis thing, you have to be consistent. And I wouldn't like get on his case if he didn't have the talent and we wouldn't get on his case if they weren't hyping him up. Like LeBron earlier this year, Bill said, well, he's one of the great Laker bigs. Well, if you're one of the great Laker bigs. Exactly. No, he's not, because if you are, that means you're in Shaq's category, you're in Wilt's category, you're in Kareem's, you're in Mikan's. And he clearly doesn't belong in that conversation. And then like you got Darvin Hamil after a game, I think he calls him Wilt Davis every now and again. So like you're the reason we're getting on his case, because you're comparing him to Wilt, you're comparing the Mike and you're comparing them to, you know, Shaq. And if you're going to compare him to those guys and you're there, then I from the outside, you from the outside can go like, well, you're not living up to what everybody is saying you are. And I don't want to play center. Even the stuff he was saying this year about, well, we got Christian Wood. Now I don't have to spend as much time getting switched on the guards. And it's like, hey, but nobody else complains like this about being a seven foot guy in a league that's like that's the biggest advantage if you're athletic that possibly anybody has. But yeah, it's it's frustrating because I thought the Lakers are going to be really good and I'm not ready to write them off by any means. I still think they're going to get there. They'll figure it out. You know, they're going to make a big trade. They have a lot of different pieces. They can you know, they have a couple of rookies that I think people like. They still have a pick. They have some contracts they can put together. Whether it's a Zach LaVine type of trade. I think that would be a major mistake, like just to go get somebody else who has we have no idea if the guy can come through in a playoff series. But there's like, could they be the Caruso team? It's going to be them or Philly. I would say it would be probably the two biggest candidates who have stuff to trade. I think the ship has sailed for me to answer my own question. Oh, my next sports writer argument. Would you trade for Zach LaVine? Well, I hope the Lakers do. As somebody that's not rooting for a LeBron. Somebody who's not like. Yeah, exactly. Same thing with like Philadelphia. If you're rooting against Philadelphia, I want them to trade for him because like think about Philadelphia, the way the ball is moving, the offensive hierarchy where, you know, Embiid your number one guy. That is clear. You know that Tyrese Maxie is your number two guy. That is clear. You know, Tobias Harris is your number three guy. That is clear. And it kind of all, you know, trickles down from there. You bring in Zach LaVine. Do you think Zach LaVine is going to think that? No, he's not going to think he's Embiid. But do you think Zach LaVine is going to say, I need to take a backseat to Tyrese Maxie? I don't think like he would necessarily. They're not going to do that. I don't see them doing it. Exactly. So I don't see them doing that. And I don't think that they should do that. And by the way, what is the Zach LaVine team? I was going through all the rosters. Yeah, well, what do you think about Orlando, for example, where they're going to do it? Orlando's Orlando's made their bones on defense. And we haven't seen that guy play defense to me. It's a team. It's like a Charlotte, right? Where they have the Hayward expiring. And maybe you wouldn't have to give up that much. Maybe it's like a Bradley Beal type trade where the other team just wants to get out of the contract and you can kind of throw them with LaMelo and see what it looks like. But you go through all the rosters and it's, you know, could Utah be a potential team? I don't know where that gets them. You know, it's just so funny when like Zach LaVine trade, where is it going to be? And I always anytime I hear somebody say that, I'm like, have you gone through all the rosters? Because somebody's got to have the 40 million or so to give back. They have to have the pick. It's got to make sense for them. It's got to be a team that's willing to take a chance on a guy who's never been in a winning situation ever, who doesn't seem like he wants to play defense, who seems so unhappy tonight. That Bulls team was the most unhappy. I had a couple of friends in that game. They were like, oh, my God, this Bulls team was like miserable. So you're trading for somebody who's in a miserable situation. Why? You're the best player on the team. Why is your team miserable? I would. That's a stay away from me. No, I agree. Like DeRozan, LaVine and Caruso, he's the guy that's going to be the hardest to move. You'll get the least probably four because of the contract, because of the knees, because of the defense. And, you know, he's got that that tunnel vision, right? Where he doesn't make anybody better. We're talking about Jokic is the best player in the sport. Why? Well, not only because he can get his own, he makes everybody better. Why is Curry, you know, one of the great players of all time? Not only because he can get his own, he makes everybody better. You know, Zach LaVine doesn't make anybody better. Now, in fairness, like if he was in Miami, if he was in, you know, Boston, if he was in Golden State, would he have been developed differently? Would he play differently? Would he be viewed differently? Yeah, probably to some extent he probably could win there. But, you know, he doesn't make anybody better. That to me is not a winning player, especially at that money. Plus the no defense. So I wouldn't take a shot on Zach LaVine, no. Heat culture? They're being interested in testing the heat culture. They could turn him around, you guarantee. But again, they're going to ask for him for free because you're not allowed to. They don't have to give anything up. Right. Hey, we'll take Damian Lillard. You have to give him to us, but we're not going to give you anything in return as long as you understand that. Well, remember that Jovic was a big prize for them in the Dave Lowert sweepstakes. By the way, he hasn't been seen since. You can watch him in the G-League. He was one of their big prizes. All right. Last one. Will Hal Burton become the best pacer ever? I'm putting this on a platter for you because I treated that out a couple. Like you look at like so, you know, Mel Daniels, if you want to go back to like the ABA days, right. He's got a couple of these kind of championships. So if you want to include that, like you can certainly make the argument for Mel Daniels. I don't know how you view the the ABA stuff and whether that should count. Like, so you want to count him. Maybe you can make the argument. No, I think it's not the most like it's not like he's playing for the Lakers, not like he's playing for the Celtics, not like he's playing for like the Heat of the Sixers. His competition's Reggie Miller. So you tell me, can Tyrese Haliburton be Reggie Miller? What, four or five All-Star games? Reggie Miller never made a second team All-NBA. Haliburton could make a second team All-NBA this year. So like if you think he can be Reggie Miller, which I think he can be, then I think he's got a chance to be the greatest pacer of all time. If he if he sticks around. What do you think? I did a book, a basketball pot on Reggie, and I pulled out some of the stuff I did. Yeah. Third team All-NBA three times in the middle 90s, which was probably one of the weaker talent stretches in the league. Twenty five thousand points, five All-Star games. His three year peak was twenty two points, three rebounds, three assists a game. Now, slower pace, all that stuff. Two year playoff peak was twenty four points. He was a fifty forty ninety guy twice. Statistically, it looks pretty good for the era. And he was way ahead of his time with the threes. But the fact that he never made even a second team All-NBA. Is pretty alarming if you're talking big picture stuff, and that was why I always had Ray Allen ahead of him, because I always felt like Ray Allen's best season was just better than Reggie Miller's best season. Like if you go to the 05 Sonics or the 01 Bucks, he just had a higher ceiling. And then he was able to reinvent himself the second part of his career. To me, I'm like Ray Allen over Reggie in that I think Reggie's still top 75 to me. I don't think it's going to take much for Halbert. And if he if he stays there 10 years, he stays healthy. He could make first team All-NBA this year. He's another guy whose hat's in the ring. And I think he's a guy bringing it back to the end season that he could. That could be a really special week for him. You know, like if they beat the Celtics on Tuesday, you're in the semifinals. There's a lot of people, you know, we all watch we watch all these games, but the normal sports fans have not watched a lot of Pacers this year. They have one nationally televised game. So it should be more and that'll give them that like they're already going to have another one because they're going to be in this midseason tournament. They're going to play a nationally televised game and they get to go to Las Vegas. They'll play more of them. And like on the on the Reggie thing, like you always get the comparison, not just to Ray Allen, but the clay. I think Reggie's, you know, the third guy on that on that ladder behind clay and behind behind Ray Allen. I think he's third. And then you also talk about like, well, I'll tell you the thing with Reggie. This is what we talked about in the book, a basketball pot, his and why he's why I would defend Reggie, even though I didn't seem like I was just now. His superpower was he carried himself like he was as good as whoever the best guy was in the other team. And he carried himself like that, whether it was Jordan, whether it was Kobe. Pick a guy if Reggie was on the other side, Reggie is like, I'm as good as that guy. And he really believed it. And that's how he played. And that's how he carried himself. And it was effective. And you look at some of those Pacers teams, they kind of overachieved. You know, they had big wins, big upset wins. And part of it was how he carried himself, especially at the end of the games. And that's something that doesn't if you're looking at basketball reference, it's just not going to come up there. You know, you kind of had to watch it and see it. And I that's a really special quality. So that so I would defend him on that. But I just think like if you're never a top 10 guy in the league, that's a tough one. Yeah. Well, speaking of like basketball reference, that's what I was going to say, too. It's like I like the idea like you had to be there because it's the same thing with like Russell and Wilt. If you just look at basketball reference, you're going to go, oh, well, Wilt over Russell. And you did a pretty good job in your book as to explaining why. And then you get the guys like Bob Ryan who were around to see it. And they can go more in depth with that. But like someday we're going to look at basketball reference. We're going to see like, oh, well, Russell only made like what? For first team, all NBA's, I believe. And the reason for that is because they could only have one center. I don't like the idea that they're changing this thing up. And that has to do with Halliburton as well. Like so Halliburton now, you know, he could make first team or second team. But does that necessarily mean he's like the, you know, the third best guard? It doesn't necessarily mean that. So it's we had that with a member of the forwards in the 2000s. We had this issue where there was KG and Dirk and Duncan. Yeah. You just look at the guards right now and then we'll end on this. But. Curry, is Luca a guard? I always forget. Is he a guard or a forward? I guess he counts as a guard in the NBA, right? Yeah, he's dribbling the ball nonstop. So he's a guard. So Curry, Luca, SGA, Booker. Anthony Edwards and and Halliburton are are all in the mix. Exactly. So like you could like so they're going to be a higher seed, maybe, or a higher like vote on the all NBA just because there's no guards or, you know, it's just we're going to we're not going to have like any centers and we're not going to have any forwards like it just it messes it all up. I like the idea of Fox. That's the other one. So Fox deserves to be in that conversation. I just like to be able to say like, you know what? Bob Cusi was the best guard or one of the two best guards 10 times in his career. Chris Paul only did it four or five times. You can't do that anymore moving forward. So I guess we started build the podcast with me saying I like this new initiative. By the NBA, right with the mid-season tournament. But then I'll go back into curmudgeon for him and say, I hate that change that the NBA made with the way we're going to vote on all NBA teams. Well, our guy Shangun really loses because he's behind Jokic and Embiid and maybe even Bam Adebayo. He might not even get all NBA and he's the best part in the league. Well, I don't know how that happens. Yeah, we could put all centers in the top five, you know, first team, all centers. Did you see the stat that Joe Mazzola is one of the only two coaches ever after 100 games to have a 70 percent winning percentage? Somebody sent that. Somebody sent that to me and I had to call a time out because it shocked me so much. So I called a little time out. Joe Mazz, 71 and 29, lifetime.
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Valid one time per day. Excludes $1 to $3 menu. It's the crossover. Sports Illustrated's NBA show. Breaking down the latest news, rumors, and everything in between. Here's your host, Chris Mannix and Rohan Nadkarni. This is the Crossover NBA Podcast. I'm Chris Mannix joined this week by my colleague at Sports Illustrated, Rohan Nadkarni. And Rohan, it's always good when we have some breaking news on the podcast. We are recording this on the day the NBA returns. Tuesday night, double header, Warriors Suns, Lakers Nuggets. That's going to be a lot of fun to watch on Tuesday. But the big story over the weekend was Giannis Atentecumpo once again saying, Milwaukee, you are my home. Giannis agreeing to a three -year, $186 million contract extension. We'll get into kind of the nuances of why this extension makes sense financially right now. And why he would do it now. And what kind of contracts he can sign in the future. But this was something I think that Bucs fans and the Bucs front office was optimistic about in the aftermath of Milwaukee acquiring Damian Lillard. But now, here we are with Damian Lillard under contract for the next four seasons. Giannis Atentecumpo under contract for, I believe, three of the next four seasons. I'll get the numbers right. But the last year's a player option of that deal. But he's under contract at least until his early 30s, putting him through his prime years in Milwaukee. Your reaction to this deal getting done at the 11th hour before the start of the season? Pretty surprised only because Giannis himself kind of mentioned early this summer why financially it wouldn't make the most sense for him to do it now. As you alluded to, there is some kind of not quite complicated math, but a series of steps that Giannis can undergo to kind of maximize the financial impact of taking this deal now. So he's still coming out ahead money -wise. I mean, I wrote when the Damian Lillard trade went down, I should say, that this was a huge win and it only becomes a bigger win for Milwaukee if Giannis signs. And that's what happened. And I think, listen, this team, the expectations still win a title, all those things. But for the city of Milwaukee, for the franchise, even if they don't win a title now, if you get another three or four years of Giannis at Centecumpo, you get his entire prime in Milwaukee. You put off the conversation, at least for a couple years, about whether he's leaving, etc. That's a huge win. It makes the Lillard trade a win already. It's really incredible work by their franchise. I mean, we sat here, Chris, I'd say at the beginning of the summer, kind of wondering aloud what moves are on the table for the Bucks because they looked a little bit boxed in at the start of the summer in terms of what they could do to improve the roster around Giannis. To go around and get Damian Lillard and then sign Giannis to an extension the same summer, when no one was expecting either of those moves, it's an unequivocal, unqualified, total home run for the Bucks. No, I tweeted this in the immediate aftermath. This was an executive of the year stretch for John Horst. Not only does he get Damian Lillard into the fold, which makes the Bucks better in the short term, he ensures long -term viability by getting Giannis' name on a contract. Just to clear up the math here and sort of explain what kind of deal Giannis has signed. He is under contract now for the next four years. This year's age 28 season, he's going to make $45 .6 million. Next year, he'll make $45 .8 million. The new deal kicks in in the 25 -26 season, which will put Giannis at $57 .6 million that year, $62 .2 million in 26 -27. He has a player option for 22 -28, which would be year five of this new deal that he's operating under, which is worth $66 .8 million. The reason that he signs this contract right now, and I want to give credit to Bobby Marks, the ESPN front office insider, because he's been able to explain this in a way even idiots like you and me can't understand. It's mutually beneficial for the two sides to do a deal like this right now. Because of that over 38 rule that exists, Giannis could sign a short -term extension again with Milwaukee in 2026, and then a four -year extension with the Bucks in 2028. What this deal is effectively doing, or the message it's sending, is that Giannis is a buck for life. He's going to be alongside Damian Lillard for the next four seasons. That's a guy we've talked about a lot. He likes Damian Lillard, and he wants to play with Damian Lillard. Not only is Giannis getting himself financially set up for the short term by signing this three -year extension, he is putting the dominoes in place to make the max possible amount of money over the next 10 years of his playing career. Anyone that might have been wondering if Giannis is going to be a buck over the long term, it sure looks right now that Giannis is going to be playing in Milwaukee for the entirety of his NBA career. I think we're looking, Rohan, at another Dirk Nowitzki. I think this is kind of a Dirk -like situation where the Bucks have shown Giannis enough. They've shown Giannis enough that he is willing to commit to this team long term. Absolutely. And I'll just leave a little bit of room. Our old friend Howard Beck wrote about it today for The Ringer that everything is great right now. Up until things change, if this flames out, whatever, we've seen stars request trades, etc. I'll leave a little room for that, but I'm with you. And I think it's great for the NBA. I really do. I want to see Jokic in Denver for his entire career. I want to see Giannis in Milwaukee for his entire career. We've kind of lost that the last few years with guys moving around teams so much. There's been this conversation this week, should Kevin Durant have his jersey retired in Golden State? I think it'll happen and I think it's fine, but it's just not the same. It's not the same as a guy like Giannis staying in one place for his entire career. It's refreshing to see. I think it's just so good for the league. I'm excited, man. I'm excited to see him battle with the Celtics this year. I miss the days when it felt like you could think these two teams are going to have to get through each other for the next few years. We're setting up for that with Giannis and Tatum for the next few years. As a basketball fan, I'm just really excited. I think you hit the nail on the head. I think he's going to be kind of remembered as this generation's Dirk for just how synonymous he is with Milwaukee. The fact that Giannis said the things he said earlier this summer, he said he wants to play for a winner, and backed it up, I just think says a lot about the kind of person he is. That was not just posturing or whatever. Milwaukee made some good faith moves, and he signed a good faith extension in return. To contrast this with Lillard's situation in Portland, Lillard committed to the Blazers, but he didn't demand action out of them before he committed to them. Giannis came out this offseason in multiple interviews and said, I'm paraphrasing, of course. You've got to make sure that you have a championship roster around me. He put a lot of pressure on the Bucs to get something done. To the Bucs credit, for the second time in three years, they pulled off a deal that made Giannis happy. Drew Holiday, his acquisition a few years ago, that made Giannis happy. Now, Damian Lillard bringing him in, that makes Giannis happy. He was able to use his status with the team to push them to go all in for a championship. Once they did, he committed. He was true to his word, and said he would commit to the Milwaukee Bucs. I do think that's commendable for Giannis as well. I think, short term, if you're looking for questions about the Bucs, there are a couple of them. Chris Middleton is the most glaring. I have no idea what to expect from Chris Middleton this year. He missed half the season last year. Then there's that weird, vague pre -season talk for me. Well, I'm going to get to that. I'm going to get to that. I like the coaching stuff. Chris Middleton, his status is a big variable here. I think with a healthy Chris Middleton, the Bucs are the number one team in the East. It's still close, because I think Boston is really good, obviously. But with Middleton, I think they're number one. Without him, I think they're number two. I'm anxious to see how healthy he is at the start of the season, and how healthy he can be throughout the season. The other part of it is coaching. This Terry Stotts story has kind of gone away over the last couple of days. Frankly, who really cares about an assistant coaching change on an NBA team? This is a real thing. Terry Stotts was given a hands -on role to effectively be the architect of this Bucs offense. We know this, because Damian Lillard came out last week and said, Look, this is the same offense I ran in Portland. The guys that are veterans on the Milwaukee team were coming to him and saying, Well, what about this? What about that? What's the right way to run this particular play? Terry Stotts was not just a sage voice on Adrian Griffin's bench. He was someone that was intimately involved and integrally involved in what this team does offensively. We've seen the reporting that there was some kind of public blow up at a shoot around or a practice between Terry Stotts and Adrian Griffin. I had not heard about that. I had heard in the hours after Stotts decided to leave the team that he just wasn't comfortable being Adrian Griffin's assistant coach. That's kind of what it came down to. Terry Stotts has been head coach in the NBA for a long time. He has had some levels of success as a head coach. Adrian Griffin came in and Adrian Griffin, people have told me he rides his assistants out there. He makes them work pretty hard. Adrian Griffin worked under Scott Skiles for a while, worked under a number of different coaches in different situations. Adrian Griffin had high expectations and demanded a lot from his assistant coaches. The way I was explained to me was Terry Stotts just wasn't comfortable with the dynamic, didn't like the dynamic with Adrian Griffin. Maybe that dust up in practice was the straw that broke the camel's back, but it felt like the people I talked to that it was coming. I don't think this is inconsequential. I really don't because now everybody else on that Bucs staff gets bumped up a seat. Now you don't necessarily have the guy on the bench with that kind of gravitas is the right word, but certainly experience that Terry Stotts brought to the table. I don't think we can dismiss his exit as nothing because I do think it's something. Yeah, not to mention his relationship with Damian Lillard, right? I mean, that's something that I think was probably providing Dame some level of comfort. He obviously posted a photo of them together on Instagram after. Take that for what it's worth. I mean Terry Stotts and Damian Lillard will always have a great relationship. Terry Stotts empowered Damian Lillard over nine years. Like took him on as a rookie and helped develop him into the player he became. So I can understand the loyalty between Lillard and Stotts. The one interesting thing about the Bucs and Celtics, I'd say, is the questions around their coaching staffs. You know, Missoula had to deal with it a lot last year, especially during the playoffs. Now listen, at the end of the day, he came within a game seven and Jason Tatum maybe not turned his ankle of making it to the finals. So maybe that stuff was overblown. But, you know, there's been a lot of talk about the assistance the Celtics added this summer and the reasons they needed to do that. Bringing in a guy like Jeff Van Gundy, for example, to consult with them. And the importance of that experience that it's a lot of pressure on Adrian Griffin in his first year to deliver a team with title expectations. And now he's losing his most experienced assistant coach. It's going to be very interesting. I think that's a serious variable for the Bucs. We've seen it cut both ways. I mean, we've seen Nick Nurse have a lot of success. We've seen Emei Yudoka have a lot of success. Other times it doesn't go as well. So I think it's going to be very interesting keeping an eye on just how the coaching staff in both Milwaukee and Boston ultimately affects what those teams do. I think one of the undercurrents of the Celtics summer, for example, was maybe moving on from some of the guys that didn't fully buy in with Missoula. Guys who necessarily didn't have the best relationship with him. So I don't know that it's going to make a huge impact because they're just so much more talented than the rest of the conference. But I'm interested to see how that plays out. Yeah, it certainly adds a wrinkle to what Milwaukee's trying to do this season. I think with such a slim margin between the Celtics and the Bucs, anything can make a difference. So that's worth keeping an eye on this year.
76ers hire former Raptors coach Nick Nurse, AP source says
"The Philadelphia 76ers have hired coach Nick nurse, weeks after he was fired by the Toronto Raptors, according to AP's sources, nurse led the raptors to the 2019 NBA championship after they beat the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Nurse will replace Doc Rivers, who was fired after he led the 76ers to their second straight 50 win season behind NBA MVP Joel embiid, but again failed to lead them to the Eastern Conference Finals. I'm geffen coolbaugh.
AP Sports SummaryBrief at 5:21 p.m. EDT
"The Toronto Raptors fired Nick nurse on Friday, parting ways with the coach who led Toronto to its first and only NBA title for seasons ago. Nurse guided the raptors to a 41 and 41 record this season, good enough for a spot in the NBA's play in tournament. However, the 9th seeded raptors were dispatched by the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors president Masai ujiri. It's been very disappointing for us. And we want to gain momentum back. Nurse finishes with a two 27 and one 63 record, including a 25 and 16 record in the postseason. I'm get cool ball.
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Here we see one show. What can we get with THT and Kendrick nunn's salaries combined in trades? I'm laughing at some of the other comments that are on here. What can you get to achieve Kendrick nun salaries combined in trades? So THC and Kendrick nunn together, you're talking about about 15 million in salary, depending on who your trading with, let's assume they're above this salary cap. You can probably take back, what would that be? Like 18 ish that you could bring back off the top of my head. So, yeah, I mean, maybe you can get to 19. You'd be close. You're looking for anybody in that salary range, a lot of players you wouldn't be able to get to, some of the guys that you would think of. Like a buddy heel deal. That doesn't work. THC and Kendrick done, they don't make quite enough. But there's some names out there. I mean, miles Turner would be interesting at 18 million. That's a guy that you could get to. There's a few players out there. The question is who's on the block, who actually becomes available and then with the Lakers add to it because right now, THT, most teams don't see them as having a lot of positive value, if any, and then Kendrick Don didn't play last season, so he's just going to be salary. So you're essentially just sending out contracts, 15 ish million interested contracts, what can you do to get talent for that to get value for that? You're going to have to attach picks and things to it. So that's where it becomes a big question mark. What are you willing to add to THT and Kendrick nunn to get a guy that you think is going to help you? And before the chat starts mentioning, we should get miles Turner. I don't think that's going to happen. Especially because they traded sabonis at the deadline in a deal which they absolutely ripped off the kings. But I don't think that's going to happen, but miles Turner would be an ideal. We were talking about this earlier, miles Turner would be an ideal fit next to Anthony Davis because he can stretch the floor and knock down three as well. Also protect the rim on the defensive end as well. So that's kind of the mold of player if you want 80 at the four to slot next to Anthony Davis unless he fixes that jump shot which is. Somebody said Dudley for a head coach. I like Jared Dudley a lot. I don't know if he's maybe he's spent a season as an assistant coach in Dallas, but I don't know if that's the last I talked to Jared Dudley. He was going back and forth. There was a couple of years ago. He was going back and forth between coaching and being in a front office. He knew he wanted to be involved in basketball once he was done playing, but he wasn't sure which path he wanted to go down yet. So it's not like rondo I feel like has been locked in on being a coach for years now. I mean, not decades. A Jared Dudley has kind of been floating between ideas more. But I would be opposed to him at some point being the head coach. I don't know. And he would be better to answer this, but I don't know if he's if he feels like he's quite there yet. Yeah, and I honestly think. Oh my gosh, we could pluck Jared Dudley as an assistant next year. I would love that as well. A head coach, I'm not sure yet. For the reasons you mentioned. Yeah. All right, let's do one more, and then we will call it an afternoon. We will head off to the weekend..
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Wen Yan Dwight and mellow coming off the bench for you. What do you think about that? Really quickly, unfortunately, I don't think Rashad, I'm not Rashad homes. Robert Covington, I don't think that's happening. Because the owner of his team is Steve balls. Uber wealthy kids. He finds $1000 bands and his couch cushions. But he's not buying Twitter, so yeah, man. Yeah, that's kind of a problem. It'd be emailing. Actually, I think Matt says not to like this. Maybe Elaine by the way. We were joking about that, but I don't think that's happened. That's not happening. In terms of the lineups and stuff like that, I would slot either buddy or Porter autoport or junior office that Michael Porter junior autoport junior to the bench and put in brogden. Well, actually never mind 'cause he traded on. Okay, I don't necessarily have a problem with that like it. I think you're maximizing that. If that's the roster, I feel really confident honey into next season. If that's the roster, you get the head coaching decision, right? Unfortunately, I don't think Robert Covington said, but all the poor junior, you've been on his train now. I think that's a realistic possibility. And I think that's what I like about this. Is this is a best case scenario without falling outside the realm of reality. This is fairly realistic. Now, are there teams like with the king say, give us a pick? We want to pick plus none plus THD for rashawn Holmes. Maybe they would. Maybe the way we know the kings aren't going to be super excited about training with the Lakers. You know the pacers would be saying, we want both your first if we're going to give you brogden and buddy because they don't even really want Russ. They just want the contract, right? So they're going to want first. So there's complicating factors in here, but still this is close enough to where you could say this could be somewhat realistic. And if that's the case, I think you'd have to feel pretty happy with this roster if you're the Lakers heading into next season. No, for sure. And again, you get the head coaching decision, right? Out of Porter junior should demand around a taxpayer level, which is what the Lakers will be able to offer them. And I think you get some more length and versatility in terms of your wings and also this is my one pushback. I think I might have said this on our Lakers station podcast. Twitter space is actually there we go. AD, if you want to put him back to the four, he has to rediscover that jump shot. He has to because if you are slotting him at the fore and he's shooting 18% from three, you're spacing is awful. Yeah. And nobody healed, no auto port of junior or LeBron who shot good from three this year could save that because of 80s on the perimeter and you have rashawn homes at the 5. Just get a sag off of AD to let him shoot all the threes in the world. So you're spacings messed up unless AD rediscovers.
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Or they could bet the over on John morant's corn, 'cause you and keep Smith from the front office show will be doing the play by play for that game tonight as well. That's right. We will indeed be doing the play by play for grizzlies versus wolves. We'll be doing that for the NBA front office show. So if you listen to the NBA front office show, you can find that link is over on the YouTube channel there. I put it in our most recent video. We're gonna record another one in just a bit here. But that links out there, you can also find it on my Twitter account. I tweeted that out to the room for grizzlies versus wolves, Kate Smith, and I will be doing the play by play would be cool. If everybody came by and joined. All right, let's see what else we've got going on here with our super chats. Oh, I've got one question. Do you think the Lakers can attract someone like Nick nurse by offering him a role in the front office? That is not something the Lakers would typically do. Correct. I would love it. I think I've said recently, especially that I think head coaches should have at least a say in roster decisions and personnel choices because we saw this here. The roster does not work out in the coach can't get those players to fit their scheme. The coach is going to get blamed. So personally, I think the code should have some hand in making some of those decisions. But especially like a front office role, it's well, that's not something the Lakers typically do. Yeah. If they did it, I'd love to see it. But I don't think they will. Agreed. It is not something the Lakers typically do. And I don't think they will, especially when this is the organization that's been criticized for picking the assistant coaches for their for their head coach. They're not going to give the head coach that kind of control. But they could. Here's the thing. You can't give a player that. You can't tell a player, hey, we're going to make you part owner of the team if you sign up with us. Because teams would totally do that, right? Like LeBron, Kevin Durant, getting these guys on board, they'd say, hey, here's your contract plus here's 5% of the team. Something of that effect. That would happen. That's against the rules though. It can't happen. Coaches don't fall under those rules. There is no. There is no salary cap for coaches. You can pay whatever you want. You can make the role whatever you want it to be, they can be a coach slash GM. So with Doc Rivers. Yeah, with all that being the case, you could, if you decided, this coach is going to make the difference for us, you could do it. But again, I don't think the Lakers will do it, especially given what we've seen from this franchise historically. Bob and battalion, my mom and mentality with the $20 super chat. As a trade offer here, Lakers trade Russ for brogden and healed, okay? There's part one. Lakers sign auto Porter junior or Robert Covington with the taxpayer mid level. So far so good, I'm down with that. Lakers trade none in THT for rashawn Holmes. Then your lineup is LeBron buddy healed autoport junior or Robert Covington AD rashawn Holmes with Brogdon Reeves,.
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"I've seen fans saying trade it, then he Davis for him. I personally wouldn't do that, but I've been seeing Lakers fans who have said that. I know he's been held in high regard by Lakers fans for a while, UCLA guys, there's part of it there. But yeah, I don't see a path to doing that though. I mean, look, it would be great if they got Zach lavine. I don't see any realistic way to make that happen. Last time Lakers fans wanted a UCLA guy, we picked him over a guy from duke. So that's fun. It's a Jayson Tatum reference there for everybody who's unclear, talking about the Lonzo Ball pick over Jason Tatum. That would still still stings. One pick before Jason, right? The right before, right before. And in fact, the Celtics because it was such a lock that the Lakers were taking Lonzo that they traded back to three. They trained it back. Knowing they could get Tatum because they knew the Lakers would never take them. Oh my God. Mistakes were made, mistakes were made. Harvey holliman said the impact of the vocal firing is overblown. It might be. And I hope it is. I hope this is something that, at first, ruffles some feathers, but as time goes by, maybe it doesn't matter as much. So I hope you're right about that, Harvey. Until Frank Vogel comes out with a documentary and then we all have to relive what happened on that baby. I don't think Frank vocals come back coming out with a documentary, but rumors and things like that could leak and then off you go. All right, we do need to take a quick break so I can talk about one of our sponsors. That is prize picks. If you ever heard about prize picks, it's daily fantasy made easy. I.
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"On off ball. I would like to see that. I think quin Snyder leads to that. But that can also be pretty taxing on whoever you're primarily primary ball handlers. You know, we've seen a lot of the discourse around the jazz being that Donovan Mitchell kind of burned out. People questioning whether or not it was effort, but other people would bring up the point like that could be running quin Snyder system all sees a long acting as kind of both the initiator and the score can be pretty taxing. And that got me thinking about LeBron, I mean, he's kind of both for the Lakers right now. Is that really so there's some things that I think that would need to be tweaked if there's some truth to that. Yeah. Speaking of the jazz, oh boy, here we go. So last night, after the jazz got eliminated, dawn of a Mitchell was asked, are you do you want to stay? Put the Utah Jazz or are you going to ask for a trade? What fans of that particular team what jazz fans wanted to hear was, no, reports that I might want to leave are crazy. I'm staying. I don't want to go anywhere. I want to be here. I love it here. I want to spend my whole career here. That's what they want to hear. That's not what he said. That's not what he said at all. He said, I need like a week to think about it. Now, he was explaining that in the moment having just lost the game, that hurts, that's what's on his mind. He's not thinking about the future. That kind of stuff. He was more diplomatic than just saying, oh, I need some time to think about whether or not my ass for a trade. But still, he had the opportunity to kind of buy in again to Utah and he did not do that. Maybe in a week, he comes back and says, oh, okay, I cleared my head. I'm good. No, I don't want to go anywhere. Maybe. But there have been rumblings around the NBA for a while now that Donovan Mitchell could be asking for a trade from the Utah Jazz. Rudy Gobert. Another name that could likely end up on the trade block, maybe Rudy Gobert is dealt in order to placate Donovan Mitchell. We'll see. But the jazz being a team that could make some major moves, the Lakers could potentially get in on some of those deals. I don't think the Lakers have the pieces to go get Donovan Mitchell. I think someone else would outbid them. But maybe acting as a third team, that could be a good thing for the Lakers. Another team trying to make big moves because I think you're going to need pieces out there on the market in order for the Lakers to get stuff done. No, for sure. And even if it's helping in also by the way, the jazz would have to implode in that team. Like something has to change in Utah. Just the constant trial and error. And this is why I do started to keep going back to Quinton. I do feel bad for going to a certain extent. That roster is not the best constructed roster. Your second highest paid player is not Kimberly contribute that much offensively. I also have maybe a few lobs and offensive rebounding..
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"I've got a lot of people that are commenting on these potential hires. Look, here's the thing. I've got people saying, our Jackson should be getting an interview, all these other people. Look, and I know a lot of people think different ways about Mark Jackson, but yes, give them an interview. You leave no stone unturned. Whether it's whether you see Marc Jackson as a real candidate or not, depending on how much credit you give him for the warriors teams or was that Steve Kerr coming in. Look, you give him an interview. Again, if you are the Lakers, you cast a wide net and I'm expecting, look, we're just hearing. Just hear it. Darvin ham's name pops up, right? We've heard quin Snyder. We've heard Nick nurse. There have been a few other names that have been connected. Steve Clifford. We've heard Mike Brown, but I think we're going to hear a lot more names connected to the Lakers. This is not going to be solved overnight. It's not like tomorrow, watch now it'll probably happen. It's not like tomorrow. They're going to pop up and announce who their new head coaches. So I think this is going to be a long process. There's going to be a lot of people that are mentioned in connection to this job. In number one, because it's the Lakers, but number two, because I think that it's a good thing. If they leave no stone unturned, you interview a lot of people and you have to consider all options because the most important thing this off season is that regardless of what you do, you get it right. You have to bat a thousand this off season. I've said it a bunch of times, and that includes the coaching higher decision. In addition to the personnel moves, you have to get this right. Where does Mark Jackson rank for you amongst potential Lakers hires? Assuming Nick nurse is out of the picture. Assuming that we're with Mark Jackson right for you. I mean, it depends is dock in there. All these other coaches that were kind of waiting to see if they ultimately get let go. He's on my short list of guys that I'm interested in talking to. Is he number one on that list? No, I think there was enough smoke behind problems within the warriors organization when Mark Jackson was there that you got to be a little bit concerned about that. Now LeBron, there have been some rumors that he might be, you know, kind of pushing for Marc Jackson. Okay, maybe that gives it a little bit more credibility there. I'm not dismissing it out of hand. I'm not just saying no, this just no way it's not happening. I do question why, if he's been going after head coaching jobs, why would he have been passed upon so many times already? That leads you to wonder if there's something else there. But again, if I'm the Lakers, I'm not just dismissing anybody really. I'd like to bring them in, give them an interview and see what's there and find out. What would he do with this team and move forward from there? And again, get that kind of input. I think whoever the Lakers hire, I'm going to try to give them the benefit of the doubt. Obviously I've got my favorites, but I think I want to try to give them the benefit of the doubt.
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Defensive coach and they gave me a bunch of dudes are 33 and up who can't guard worth anything. Yep, I want that job. Why would he want that? So I do think it's more. I'm sure the Lakers want them. I think Quinn's a good head coach, but like you mentioned, does Quinn want the Lakers job, especially seeing how they handled the Frank Vogel firing. And he could always go back to Utah like you mentioned. It's more his decision at this point. And then the rumors about San Antonio, Greg Popovich has been retired officially yet, but that's on the table. It pops as I'll go one more year. Quinn, he could just take a year off if he really wanted to. So obviously the Lakers want Quinn. I think that would be a smart move. And I think it's like a coach, but like I mentioned, why would Quinn honestly after how they handled the Frank Vogel situation want the Lakers job? And I think it's different than Darwin, 'cause darvin ham hasn't had, he's not a head coach yet. He's never been a head coach. So for him, this is shiny new toy. I could be the Lakers head coach. Instead of being an assistant. So I think it's different. I agree with you that it's two different things. If you're looking at the Lakers situation, though, from the perspective of a head coach or I'm sorry, I'm an assistant coach, somebody who doesn't have a head coaching job in the league right now. We know that jazz want to keep quin Snyder. If he wants to be a head coach in the NBA next season, he's going to be a head coach in the NBA next season. The question is, which team does he want to coach for? The same is not true of darvin ham. If he wants to be a head coach, there's only a few possibilities. That's Sacramento, Charlotte, and the Lakers. Maybe the jazz of Quinn Snyder decides he's going to leave. That's it. Those are your options..
"nick nurse" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"I'm just excited. I've been around the darvin ham train since January, I feel so kind of celebrating even though it's just an interview, but heck yeah, man. I mean, this has been the one that you've been in. You've been from day one. The second the Lakers coaching job opened up, you've been saying DARPin ham, this has been your guy, why is this such a big deal and why do you have him? I'm assuming Nick nurse is ahead of him on your list, right? Okay. But we also consider Nick nurse to probably be not that realistic. So aside from Nick nurse, why is darvid Hampton at the top of your list and port that we talk about this? Now that the Lakers are actually requesting to interview him. Yeah, man darvin ham is he's been Mike Boone holder's right hand man since he was with him in Atlanta, but he actually followed head coach Ben holzer some Milwaukee. He's just been instrumental..
"nick nurse" Discussed on Celtics Beat
"I mean, they need to come up with David's strategies at this point, right? I mean, they do. They get to try everything. You mentioned Nick nurse, now she's going to do something creative. They haven't tried Durant's center lineups at all. Maybe they're just scared of the pounding, but Durant with like, I mean, they got a bunch of them. Munchkins like 6 foot one guy. I don't know who would be. Jordan even mentioned after the game. He's like, usually we have like two guards out there that are 6 one or 6 two. So I mean, I guess that would be the only thing is try to go all offense because I don't see how they get enough stops defensively. All over left and right and they still put up like a one 30 offensive rating and the second half. The thing the thing is they cut James Johnson right before the playoffs. And like anybody with a brain, I mean look, he might not be an offense player, but at least James Johnson go out there and defend somebody on the wing. Like at least he would be, at least make it hard for Brown and Tatum, but they don't have anybody on the team that can really do that. So again, I think maybe we're both a little too high this, but it's just what we see. What do you want me to do? I do want to wrap up a little quickly here, because I do want to get to two things. Number one, I am enjoying how salty some of the national media is over Marcus smart's defensive player of the year award winner. I don't understand why so many people are so upset that smart one defensive player of the year. I just don't understand it. Like, well, we really go bears. Great. And I'm like, I'm not trying to take anything away from Gobert. My point is always we do not value perimeter defense. The same way we value rim defense. And I understand why because you get block shots, the rim, Gobert, deters people from driving in the lane, like whatever, whatever. But they also, that team Utah is a mess defensively when he's on the floor because of what they're able to do when they get Gobert on the perimeter. But like, we just don't value point of attack defense enough. And what I'm really enjoying is watching smart go out there and just make life really hell for Kyrie Irving. Because it's like, yeah, kairi's just otherworldly score, but if you look at game two, smart.
"nick nurse" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Like, where it's just like, okay, we're going to give you the runway. You come in, you meet a big at the rim, and we're not going to fail you. And you got to finish over a contest. That's what you're going to do. Can you do it? There's two things that are, this is such a good series, Mike. This is why I'm so excited for the playoffs to begin. So first of all, you've hardened who you've never been more comfortable with at this point in his career, guarding one on one, right? You know, Hardin was always targeting isos, et cetera. You know, he puts guys on an island as a defense you've never been more comfortable with it than you are now because he's not blowing by guys like you. You remember hard enough even two years ago, he'd get someone on a switch and immediately blow by them and he finished with that nasty left hand dunked in the lane. Like he wasn't underrated dunker with how good he was at that blow by. He doesn't have that anymore. We haven't seen him do that in a long time. So Toronto can be switchy and they can say, let's go one on one with Hardin. And if you're Toronto, I think every time Hardin goes and one on one and every time embiid doesn't post up, it's a win win. It's a win. It's a win win. That's what I'm so fascinated. I'm already thinking of my opening up my notebook for that game one and just writing down how many times embiid posts up in a quarter because to me, every time he doesn't post up against Toronto, it's a win for Philly. I'm with you. And I think that switch and swarm thing can be effective. An interesting aspect, though, with the tie ball being out for the games in Toronto, the sixers theoretically going to replace him with the shooter, I mean, I know Danny Green is not 2013 NBA Finals, Danny Green. You still respect him on the perimeter way more than you respect Matisse. That makes the doubling, I think, a little bit more difficult. It's just going to be very interesting because Toronto is going to want to play fast. They're going to play me play switchy. They're going to throw junk defenses at the sixers. The sixers are going to be at their best when they're two best players are able to slow it down in the half court. Man, it's going to be fascinating. I'm just really excited to see how many times indeed actually posts up. In game one, because every time he doesn't, I think it's a huge one for Toronto. Yeah, it's a great point about Matisse because in that last game in Toronto, he was not able to play in because he refuses to get vaccinated against a disease that's killed millions of people. But Mike hundreds of athletes are dropping dead on the field because of the vaccine according to famed scientist John Stockton. It's true. Yeah. Important point to bring up and mention. They put siakam on Danny Green, and he was still very aggressive in Danny Green. He had like 6 threes in that game. He did, and that's a bet that I think Nick nurse. To take. I think that the matchup is fascinating. I'm picking raptors and 6. And I'm pretty confident that they will win this series. I do not. I do not have faith in the supporting cast, Joel embiid supporting cast. I like maxi, I think Tobias Harris actually played okay and gotten more comfortable in his role. I wrote about this a little bit earlier this week, but Philadelphia just has questions and their rotation that a great piece that's an important bringing up because I mentioned this as well and something I wrote recently, but they've been really bad in their stars quote unquote solo minutes. Like they haven't been good with just some beat on the floor. They only go just hard on the floor. Those guys are gonna have to play a heavy load this entire run. I just kind of think, I think Philly is a year away from being a true title contender. I just came back to embiid has been at worst the third best player in the NBA this season. And I know it's become kind of in Vogue to pick Toronto and there are good reasons to pick the raptors in this series. I think we're both really excited about them, but I think I'm going Philly in 6. 1 billion 6. Oh. Oh wow. Or maybe I picked Philly in 7. I think they're gonna win game 7 at home. Okay. It's like almost flabbergasted as to someone picking Philly and maybe I don't mean to be disrespectful in all honesty. Philadelphia has a guy who will finish probably second for MVP. That's what I'm saying. And I do think as much as I'm like, it is possible that they are able to grind the game down with them be like they can throw him in the post and foul out like three players in the raptors front court. I think that is also a strong possibility. And I feel like we're downplaying that a little bit. As much as Toronto has a great defense, they're well connected. They're going to swarm. They're going to switch. They still have nobody who can guard and be. So one quick step, the raptors finished 20th and defensive free throw rate. I wonder if they can defend without fouling. And they've also forced a ton of turnovers. I think they led the NBA in force turnovers. So when you are doubling embiid, can you do so, can you frustrate him without fouling? I think is a really interesting little battle within the war. For Toronto and whether or not they can prevail, but I think it's going to be a competitive side. I think it's going to be fantastic series. And I don't think picking Toronto is crazy. I just am, you know, I just want this whole season being like no team has an answer for embiid and to me the idea that a team with a particularly small frontline, it's I'm not saying it's impossible for them to knock them out. They've been really good and they're their record when OG and an OB plays is crazy. Yeah, I think in bead is going to put his imprint on this series. I mean, he bet he has to, that's the only way they're going to win. 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"nick nurse" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"I really liked the story and I really liked kind of the supposition it made at the end or even towards the top was just the idea that the grizzlies play so slow relative to everyone else in the league that win games slow down the grizzlies are already used to it. So it's not really the game changing for them. It's just like a continuation of what they already do. There's a lot of that in these raptors from a playoff standpoint just from I use this phrase when I tweeted about the raptors a couple of games I was watching and there's last week. They're beautifully weird. They're just such an odd thing. There's limbs everywhere. I guess I shouldn't say that. There are arms everywhere and made it sound like we were talking about like a war or something. Anyway, it's arms everywhere. It's just a long team, which I mean obviously that's not news to anyone, but particularly I think you see it even more. At least yesterday they had malachi Flynn playing, but most nights where they don't have been like, okay, so they're not using a point guard at all. Instead, they're just rolling out there with a bunch of dudes that are 6 9, like basically all of them. In games where they don't have Malcolm Flint or Fred van bleed, everybody in their lineup is 6 5 or taller. And then beyond that, I think after Gary Trent, everyone is like 6, 8 or taller. So it's just a team of everybody has length. Everybody's got a 7 foot wingspan. It's impossible to get around them easily. It's hard to shoot over them. And because they're forced into it between Scottie Barnes and siakam. And other guys, everybody, you know, that you've got guys that are handling the ball that are all like LeBron sized as well. Which just creates like they could see over everybody. Had a couple triple doubles in the last few weeks, which, you know, before last week he'd had one in his career, he had two in the last week. So there's just a lot that I would not look forward to about them playing against them. Guys are starting to seemingly be more comfortable. Is hitting threes and has the confidence to hit them defensively their nightmare. Nick nurse, part of what I was saying before about the Memphis example, the idea that they seem prepared for the playoffs, the playoffs are responding to kind of like the situation you're in as far as what the other team is doing as far as an injury happening as far as foul trouble. This team has kind of had to experiment all year just because injuries because Nick nurse enjoys coaching a weird team that Masai ujiri is put together because Nick nurse is going to kind of throw the kitchen singing you from his own standpoint in the middle of the game in the middle of a quarter..
"nick nurse" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Yes, I was born ready. How about the 76ers of Philadelphia? I guess the raptors of Toronto. Love it. Tell me more. I like whatever Nick nurse is cooking up there. Is it even legal to bring whatever he's cooking up there across the border? I'm not sure. The raptors essentially what I want to see as if the raptors go small, place yakum or precious at the 5, switch everything and just drive the 76ers nuts. I think that would actually be a really interesting series. I'm obviously picking Philly, but I think the raptors could really push for 6 or so they're limit. Why is it obvious? That you would pick Philly. I just think it's, did I say obvious? I think I don't think you could pick against hard and indeed in the first round and raptors because I did have the two best players in that series. And embiid is going to get 20 to 20 times a night. Can I just say, are we sure that James Harden's better than Pascal siakam? Are we sure? Are we sure? It's closer than it's ever been. It's closer than it's ever been, but I'm giving hard in the edge. Yeah, I just think it would be a really fun series and I want to see what Nick nurse would do given all that time to prepare and focus on just Philly. You know, what kind of defense is he coming up with, et cetera? And stylistically, they're just so different. So I think it would be a fascinating clash of styles. And I think it would be a real kind of test for embiid's dominance. And one that I think he's capable of passing, but I just think it would be really interesting. I'm with you. This would be, this would be great..
"nick nurse" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"I don't know if he's ever going to average more than fifteen or sixteen seventeen point the name tops Know he's not like guy who's wired to score but again you dropped him because you keep them be really really good. Everything else and toronto is gonna unique position because they are then you know more or less. A playoff team with the playoff roster. They had a bad year. They looked out and jump to four and they were in a position to take someone who wasn't necessarily escort who can enhance the other guy. So it's a really good fit for barnes because he's going to be able to what he's comfortable doing And they won't have to rush him to be a scorer anything right so Do you understand why you're toronto You know why you would really think about that direction. But for me again in a vacuum for me i don't i'm not rappaport team i would take But that sort of how. I would write it down. It's interesting you bring up. Toronto is a playoff team trials. It's still really good. They had by far the hardest season in the nba. Last year. They played all their games in tampa. I mean every single game on the road. I don't know how that offers against a judge that team and they're interesting seizure siachen pop up in all the trade rumors and obviously the game of the contract. He maybe has a little bit of a strange relationship with nick nurse. But i'm with you. I think toronto is really good. I think they're a piece or two away from being me not title contender but wouldn't shock me. The raptors are back in the eastern conference finals in a year or two van bleeds proven performer. Siachen can be really good Anna nobis really good player. They have gary trent now. They have a lot of interesting pieces on. I'm fascinated sees especially what they do with siachen because i. I think that they are right on the verge of building. Another perennial playoff team. They're you're ready to get back into yoga. See order the essentials an onslaught matt.
"When the olympics start will be the most talented team in tokyo. Hands down no question. Most talented team in tokyo with the roster that they have but this is like a five alarm fire right now howard. This loss to nigeria. I don't care if they win the rest of these pre olympic games which will take place through next sunday. This has to make you nervous if you're a fan of the team because not only is it this. The loss to nigeria. But you go back two years ago at the world championships where you had a us team. That was good. Didn't have probably better team now than they were back in two thousand nineteen but all nba players. They finished seventh. They've been seventh at the world championships. You have the seventh-place finish the loss of nigeria. How concerned are you howard beck about. Usa basketball. It's just an exhibition game. Chris oh no no. It's not just an exhibition game. Stop this team was thrown together over the last however many weeks they had what like three practices. I think i'll ever. Us team is thrown together. What are you talking about. There's no team. There's no no mid season practices for usa basketball. No but the nigerian team has been practicing. What i'm saying is some of the play in the nba though wants win the nba nba. A few of them play in the nba but that team has had time together more so than the team. Sorry brown coaching. that team. That i missed was that a facsimile of mike brown on the bench all season long. What what are we talking about. The warriors have been out for like two months kris k. Okay so two months. that's what matters. That's that's the number three three practices. Also they're still missing. I believe at least three guys because they're playing in the finals right now. Booker middleton chris paul get it. Yes not chris. Ball's not playing a holiday with the the what holland is your holiday. Those those guys will matter especially given that middleton and holiday are to the better perimeter defenders that that team. Usa has and if you look at the rest of team usa's roster. I don't see a ton of great defenders. There there are a few. I think those three guys by the way are going to be exhausted by the time they get to. They may well be. They may will be so. We're going to judge them. Judging when their whole judge when the games matter to strange to me like we don't judge nba teams based on the preseason but we judge team usa based on these exhibition games. That they do going into international competition. I feel like it's thirty. One point favorites. Why why is there betting line on a freaking exhibition better training but a little league baseball. Now country degenerates damn right. I didn't mean chris i'm with. Let's go monday. Nigeria money line. I just. I can't get too excited about this. If they lose the rest of the exhibitions does that mean something. Yeah that might be alarming if they're if they're still struggling to find some cohesion. That could be alarming. But i mean the talent is obviously their talent alone doesn't win on the international stage in style of game is different team ball matters. Shooting matters like yeah. There's a bunch of budget stuff that comes into play. But i i find the panic over this loss or at least the outcry to be a little bit much. So you don't take into account the seventh-place finish in two thousand nineteen. I mean that to me. It's the it's not just as game. The totality of it right. Like and i don't know howard like so in the early two thousands the world kind of caught up to the us ninety to ninety six thousand us. Gold maps then comes the two thousand two world championships in indianapolis and that's seven. The place finish was one of the worst worst outcomes in at least recent usa history. They got it together after that. They hired jerry colangelo. They bringing mike chef ski. They get their act together. Two thousand six two thousand eight then. They run off. Three consecutive years are three consecutive cycles of gold. Medals is argon. Made that like the world's caught up again that somewhere along the way and the last four or five years. The rest of the world has once again caught up usa basketball. I'm trying to understand this. I mean that's close games in those olympics cycles. No question about it. But i can't imagine the oh eight. Twelve or sixteen team losing nigeria. I can't exhibition or otherwise. I can't see it happening. No team and the and the one that followed it were built around like lebron koby. Carmelo enjoying wait. I mean that that groups at another level like as good as this group is that we're seeing right now as talented as they are after k. D. tatum's really good damian. Lillard is great. I mean come arbit- tatum. Bill lillard auto bio levin. Draymond dream ends up there in years but one has won some things. Jeremy grant jeremy grant zach living out of like. These are guys who have done anything in the nba yet. But they're all stars most they're they're also but are they to level of lebron kobe now but do you think is that what you're saying then is that what you're saying to be at the level you need to have like i'm saying the crop to win. I'm saying that if we're going to start comparing the twenty twenty one team to the twenty eight a two thousand eight two thousand twelve teams there is. There is not an equivalent right now. Lebron kobe laurent cobaine weight. And plus what we what. We called olympic. Mellow like carmelo. Didn't have the success in the nba. That some of his teammates did but carmelo in terms of talent level and certainly has resume like that group was at a whole other level. That group is a different level than jason. Tatum bam outta bios. Zach levine. Okay so not saying that you necessarily should have to have that level of time firepower to win an exhibition game against nigeria. Or anybody else. But i am saying comparing usa to itself different iterations of team usa. This one is not that one. This is not as dominant group as the ones we saw in eight and two thousand twelve. It just isn't what do you do like. What's the solution here. Like i mean i jerry. Colangelo deserves an enormous amount of credit for rebuilding that program when it was at. Its nadir mitra chefs. He comes in enormous amount of credit for what they did. But as we sit here in twenty twenty one like it's almost to me howard like the usa basketball rebuilding. The program became cool. Like lebron wanted to do it. Chris paul like dwayne wade. These guys wanted to do it and then they did it. And i think playing for usa basketball didn't become quite as cool as it was fifteen years ago. Like is that what has to happen like does not need to have like a fifth place finish in tokyo for all of a sudden the next generation of a-list stars wherever that may be in two thousand twenty four to come back into the mix and is that the only way this team can win. I mean i think we need to pay attention to the overall context like obviously one. These olympics were supposed to happen a year ago. They're delayed a year because of covid got durant out of it though like that right. It's questionable whether these the olympic should be happening at all still but along the way because of these back to back brutal seasons and everything else like team. Usa doesn't have james harden right now. Doesn't have anthony davis because of the injury doesn't have steph curry doesn't have kyrie irving doesn't have lebron kawai again. If your argument is that the second or third tier it sounds like sounds like insulting. Somehow but if you're saying that the next wave believe after those guys should still be good enough to dominate on the world stage. Maybe but if the point is that the team as best are they still. Are they still able to win. Gold fairly easily. Your probably but a bunch of them aren't on this team right now because of injuries and just the stress of the last year or two so this this is not necessarily representative of the best of the best right now. It just isn't and yes. They should still be good enough to win. Yes the world has caught up to some extent. No the the group that at nigeria's put it put out there last week. Does not leap off the page improbably. Us should've still want it. But again i exhibition game after like three practices. Let's see what happens with the rest of this. This schedule out brought mellow back. I mean he's not what he was four years ago. Eight years ago twelve years ago but the guy knows how to play international basketball. He might have sat. maybe. I guess. I didn't really. I assume that he just want to keep. He didn't kind of like four formerly re retire from the olympics. But it'd be pretty much says like i'm done like lebron kinda did to get talked into it. I feel like. I don't know if i was if i was the usa team would try really hard to get carmelo blake because his style. Whatever it is to the nba is perfect for the national basketball. He's a really good or national basketball player. On this subject damian lillard. He spoke for the first time. Since the hiring of chauncey billips. Only listen to what little had to say about his future in portland. I'm prepared to go in and do my job every year. Like hopefully we make strides over direction and could become a better team a new coach notice. That's where i am. What soured it sounds like. Lillard is at least nominally on board with going back to the blazers. But if i'm a team out there with assets. I don't listen to that response and say well it's over damian. Lillard is back on the same page with the portland trailblazers. If i'm a team with assets i hold onto those assets because it feels to me like the blazers might be one like sixteen to start from blowing that whole thing up with louis mccollum on the way out the door so get the sense now. That seems more likely than not that damian lillard at blazers training camp. He's in ablaze uniform. He starts the season with the portland trailblazers. But if it doesn't work with chauncey billips early and you get close that trade deadline. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see portland decide. Look we've got a. We've got to do something here and opened the door for damian lillard trade. What do you think. I think that nothing has changed. I think that his remarks last week because he sounded a little bit lukewarm. Or just you know you hear one of two things. Well you want to hear one thing if you're a portland trail blazers fan or if you're just looking for any indication that lillard is all in your you want to hear him say listen. I know things are rough right now. But i'm all in you know this is. This is where. I want to be you to repeat all the usual talking points that you hear from players in his position and that we've heard from bradley beal that we used to hear from james harden houston. Which is a win in phil in city fill in the blank with the city. I want to win here. I don't wanna go somewhere else. You know we're going to get this right blah blah. He didn't go down the usual list. And so i think it left open. Some interpretation but getting has changed like the disappointment was clear when the season ended. Some of the things have happened since including obviously the the the train wreck away they went about the the coaching search and lillard. Being caught in the crossfire. There at feeling heat from fans about chauncey billips being selected and so. I don't think we should expect he's going to be rah. Rah right now The trailblazers have a lot of work to do. But we also have not even hit the summer yet. Like there's the draft hasn't happened yet. Free agency hasn't happened yet. There's there's a lot of work to be done. And i think if you're damian lillard which you're probably doing is internally saying here's what i need to see happen externally saying you know what let's let's wait and see i mean you see. He can't he can't say publicly the same things that he's telling say neal o'shea right about what the the state of the roster i i would think that there are some very impassioned debates or discussions being held behind closed doors about what they need to get this thing right and if they can't get it right the he might shift is his stance about staying there long term. But that hasn't happened yet that we know of. What do you think the most interesting potential conversation is amongst players over these next four weeks like i'm kind of curious what jason tatum bradley beal talk about. Tatum and beal close friends dating back to their highschool days both went to the same high school bill with something of a mentor to jason. Tatum actually got him involved with his trainer. Drew hanlin which helped. Tatum elevate his his personal skills and they've talked about how happy they are to be playing together. Played the all star game together for the first time beal last year of his contract. Like you know we've seen these conversations yield real tangible conversation. You'd like to be a fly on the wall on for any of these guys in the next couple of weeks. Yeah i mean look we. We have a history now going back over a decade. If we're to believe that the that the heels were formed in part through team usa activities. You know which is true which is true. That's that's yielded an extra things guy. You know guys who you mentioned. Tatum and bill because they were already friends but guys also become friends through this experience right and then they start getting the ideas about playing together. Like oh hey. This is a lot of fun. Let's do this again in the nba. So there's i'm i'm sure some of that is is happening. It always does. Who else in that group. I mean man. If any of these guys that'd be trying to recruit bam out a bio but he's too early in his in his contract with miami to pry him loose from there And you know the heater still a pretty potent team but you know jimmy butler is up there in miles and outta bios future won't necessarily be there forever. That's the way it goes in the nba. I think tatum has the potential to be like the biggest recruiter. They're like he's about to start the first year of his max level extension. He can recruit bill. But like you can also does damian lillard like. It's great to play in boston. I love it here. Answer some questions of my have a playing on the east coast for the first time. Like i think data might be boston's best asset at this point. Yeah again some of this comes down to bradley. Beal's coming up to that point where he has the leverage to task out because of his contract lillard under contract for several more years and so he's not in that position. So what if it says. Like i need to go like. I don't foresee the blazers being no finish your contract. Just don't see it. i think right. And they would work with him on a deal to sure but directing it is harder so beal can use the leverage of his free agency to say well if you send me to team x. I'm not gonna resign there. Which then blows up that deal and he can direct himself to the team he really wants to be at lillard would have a harder time to doing that. Because he doesn't have free agency looming two to play that card. Yeah well i encourage any reporter. That's in tokyo tatum. Beal and lillard talking to each other. Just take a picture and then let the internet go wild crazy because it will unquestionably last thing for you. Howard the breaking news. This week in the coaching ranks. Is that jamal moseley is headed to orlando moseley of course last with dallas. A really well respected assistant coach there. Who was a candidate for that. Maverick job before. It went to jason kidd my immediate reaction to that higher howard beyond i think being an excellent choice for orlando is that we're gonna look at at moseley and jason kidd on parallel tracks. The next couple of years moseley. There was a strong case to be made that he should have been elevated to that head. Coaching job he'd been considered for other head coaching jobs. Before most recently in new york he had by all accounts a great relationship with luka doncic i understand bringing kit in he's got a history with dallas and as riccar lau said publicly having a player that played the game like kid and having a player that plays the game like don-shik make some sense to pair those two guys together. But there's always going to be as i watched these two situations unfold. I'm gonna wonder you know. Did the mavericks make the right choice. Leading jamaa moseley go and bringing jason kidd in and there's so many variables in this the first being at orlando's in step one or maybe even steps zero of a massive rebuild right there in the negatives right now. I think there's still maybe more fat to trim on that roster before they really bottom out. Yeah and you know you talk about trying to build around. You know markelle foltz. And and jonathan isaac jonathan isaac for so long. They're getting hurt and he's a great player but they've loved writing in a weird way john stays healthy. He's still more of a complementary store right like he's he's a potentially defensive player of the year at some point. He's not a guy who you're building an offense around though and marquel foltz okay. He he got himself back on track in orlando. He has a career now where he didn't have one but he's not a foundational building block. Come on like that's crazy so the roster doesn't have much talent jamal. Moseley's is coming into a situation. Which a lot of first time head coach is committed to which is all right. There's a lot of work to do so You're gonna have to do a lot of development. You're going to have to take a lotta lumps in the win loss column. It's gonna be rough going for the first year or two or maybe three. Let's see how they can get things going. But you know as it has been a certain other like kenny. Atkinson came to look a completely hopeless situation in brooklyn but was known as development coach in atlanta. And sure enough. Everybody who went there. Joe harris spencer. Dinwiddie jared allen versus lower. First round picks. Guys who were you know whether they were reclamation projects whether they were low picks everybody seems to get better the second they went to brooklyn and play kenny atkinson and his staff congenial. Moseley have the kind of effect in orlando can the front office. Get him to kind of guys. That will thrive in that in that kind of environment and carve out careers from cells and carbon identities. Jamal moseley has a lot going for him. And we've heard like many great things about it but we often hear great things about assistant coaches who don't end up panning out so i always. We have to caution ourselves on these things. Because i thought. Brian shaw was gonna be a great head coach and he was. Everybody loved him all the players sung as praises when he was associate head coach under frank. Vogel indiana he goes to denver probably just the wrong guy at the wrong time but he hasn't had another shot since then but that went really badly. Brett brown was really great in in some respects for the for the early years of the process and then suddenly. It seemed like they'd hit some sort of ceiling. Eager kokoschka of had been talked about for years is a great assistant. Coach didn't work out. Swells head coach in phoenix. David dale bumpy ride in memphis and then disastrous in new york. We just don't know like luke walton. Another example like there are plenty of coaches who as their when their assistance. We hear and see the best of them and then you know some of them be go on it and have great success coaches. I mean tyler has been fantastic. Mike malone has been fantastic money williams. Nick nurse dwayne casey a lotta longtime assistance. Get their shot and then you know it. It works out in a dozen. It's all contextual. It's all just the opportunity you have the thing for dallas is. They went with a guy who has experienced jason kit. That experience was not necessarily good experience. Like i think most people around the would look at what he did in milwaukee in brooklyn and say. I'm going to steer clear. Maybe you'd rather have the the unproven. Jamal moseley versus the somewhat proven jason kidd but. I don't think we'll know what the right choice was there for a while yet. Because it's it's gonna take some time before we can evaluate moseley as head coach. I maybe jason kidd learned something in two years as an assistant. I mean that happens. You know working with lebron for entire for two entire seasons working under frank vogel maybe picked up some things that'll be useful to him as a head coach. Moseley to me. The key is giving him time. Like you've got to be committed to moseley for a minimum. I think of three years and more likely five years. And then you see what you have in head coach. You mentioned gore. I mean it's worked out for phoenix. Absolutely but i do think he got hosed out there i mean he only had one year on the job and that year was without deandra aiden chris. Paul had devon booker of course but that was not a good team that he was coaching. There i gotta get moses the because you want to see what the guy can do when you put that team in a position to win a great example to me is james breglio in charlotte. I mean berea. Was one of those guys assistant coach elevated to head coaching position in charlotte. Not great first couple of years there but when he was given players and chance to win he did pretty well. I mean up until lamelo ball went out the horns were really good team and i think they will be a good team. Going forward in part because of the borrego is a pretty good coach. I want to see this magic team. Invest heavily in jamal. The you're the guy developed these guys and we'll keep you around no matter what the won loss record says until you get a chance to win then you judge like brett brown six or seven days since brett brown left but i can see the for letting go of brett brown. I mean they had a talented team and to a degree the underachieved. But you've got to let the coach get a roster on that level before you really make any decisions about whether they can coach. Yeah well and that's the thing about. This is what set up says apart. I think the good organizations from the bad ones is that you you decide when you choose a guy. Especially if he's a longtime assistant not a guy with head coaching experience. And you've said we believe in this guy. This is somebody who's got a great trekker record as an assistant. We're going to first opportunity. It's your obligation to when you say investment. Yeah it's time investment. It's a give them all the tools to succeed. Give him the time to succeed. You've decided you believe in him. So stand behind that have the conviction to stand behind that and take some bumps along the way you know maybe maybe memphis and or the knicks should have stuck with david physed longer. You know we had heard nothing but great things about fiscal coming out of miami. Initially we may yet you know. Find out that he. He can be great head coach in the right situation. Maybe those worth rights situations. He might be one of those guys though. I love physios and assist one of those guys. Though the just the temperament is always important. Like the government like memphis yet. Some battles with market assault didn't work out your plus new york. You just might be one of those guys that doesn't have the right temperament to be is based on what we've seen a memphis in new york might be better suited for these ranks but if he succeeds in l. a. I think he'll get another chance right. Maybe i think the point being though that if you as an organization have identified a guy instead he we believe in him then. Okay then believe in him. Stick with them and make sure you've given them enough tools to succeed Is it a pulling the plug at the first sign of of struggle and that's what happens in the nba. too often. is that seems panic. You know the fans turn. There's some minor flare up. Oh the coach and player got into it. Whatever it may good teams that can happen on as well. And it's it's just. It's the way franchises. React so you have to know whether or not the guy is is is right and then stick with them. And so yeah. Let's jomo's should get a nice long here. She got a ton of latitude in orlando given where they are as an organization given the state of that roster. Yeah i agree. Howard enjoy milwaukee looking forward to hearing the conversation with the lazarus on friday. You can check podcast. Right here on the crossover feet again. Make sure you listen to howard's interview. Spencer dinwiddie from last week. It was really really strong. Enjoy -joy the mid west our. We'll talk when you're back on the northeast always a pleasure. My friend the newest player in the pre nba basketball landscape is overtime. Elite elite will begin playing sometime in the fall. And we'll be headlined by some of the top now. Former high school players in the country players would be paid minimum one hundred thousand dollars with some making north of that and have access to high level facilities training as well as educational programs to help. Get a better grasp on that. I'm joined by brandon williams the head of basketball operations for overtime. Elite and kevin ollie the former. Nba guard uconn. Coach was the head coach and director of player development bread. And i want to start here with you. Just kind of give me the ten thousand foot view overtime elite. What are the objectives. What what what was behind the formation of this league. I think any of us. Chris who've been around for a long time i've actually seen Sort of the downside of young players who entered into professional ranks to this point. It's been the nba Who are not ready. And so what does that mean you know not not ready to form and be stars or is it just not ready to be great teammates or is it not ready to be good partners. is sort of all that you know the idea that the work day is much longer than they know. And that there's more responsibility to be in a professional athlete The responsibilities to families and communities we just have to do a better job preparing them and here was an opportunity to be part of a program that wanted to address all that. It's not just about being a good player. It's like we wanna address the whole athlete. Hope so on. Three levels were hitting basketball. Easiest thing understand. I think businesses in our world is education And then there's brand you know. These young people now are moving at a speed that we aren't as older folks and they want to build things An earlier age particularly off the court so building a brand is important something that can last well beyond their tread on tire so we're hitting it in basketball business brand. That's that's that's really thirty thousand foot view. Kevin what attracted you to this job. Just like his dad is the whole person being able coach them from a mind body and soul Experience and understanding the mindfulness athlete I've seen it from a pro level. Got up tune into play thirteen years with twelve different teams so i understand like the different trials and tribulations you go through with a player not saying that these players are gonna go through that but is getting them more prepared if they do come into some certain situations where it's not typically going the right way. How can they manage that situation. So what they do today can echo into tomorrow and having the ability to kana paint on a black blank. Canvas is what a really attracted to me to to this you know. Ot league program we can take the player really shape the curriculum you not with teaching them about subjects. But we're really teaching them about themselves as well from media training From mental health issues. All the different things that come involved because we all know chris is stress. You know from success is a lot of pressures is a lot of people pulling at you. It's a lot of people won't certain things. But how do you deal with that from a player's standpoint where you can play when you get on the basketball court and half clear and not be caught up in the distractions of off the court issues. Um as desks desks were really kind of vocal. Spirit to give back in it and how these kids you know. Have these players be available at the moment of truth to make the right decisions and that was very important to me. Kevin as you mentioned you played in the nba brand. You played in the nba. As well i wanna ask both of you guys and kevin. I'll start with you like if this was available to you as sixteen. seventeen year. Old looking back. Would you have founded attractive with a definitely founded attractive You know i kind of thought the box anyway. I was from chris. Shaw from from from south central and i chose connecticut. So you places that. I didn't even know nothing about growing up. You always thought out the box and never wanted to go down a path that everybody was going down So i was always curious. And i think that's how my mom especially my mom. My dad raised me. So i definitely been curious of this situation. No no speaking now without you know took it. I'm not sure. But i think it really gave me another option to look at it and this is what we're trying to do not saying that the ncaa is wrong overtime. Leaders wrong or right. It's not about that. It's about if you really care about the student. Athletes you give them as much options as possible. And i think this gives the lee student athlete. Another option and i think you know it's a very Great option for them to have and if they choose overtime league we're going to give our whole heart to make sure they're developed on and off the basketball court chris i- jumping after coach It would have been interesting. Chris but i certainly would not have been a candidate i would. Let's just get that right. What what things that's important. We sit down going through just grassroots community and we spent months just talking to people educating about. You know what we're about who we are. Each of us has a reputation in some other space. Not here The this program isn't for everybody is not the right fit for everybody. We are cherry picking and a lot of ways. These are players that feel like they are destined for professional basketball. There are a lot of sixteen year olds. That don't know that yet and their parents aren't convinced that yet in people that support them. Don't don't feel that confidence yet. They may be another year away or two years away but this is not. This is not the right path for everyone. Twenty four athletes roughly twelve per class. We're looking at juniors and seniors and the truth is at this age. What was really funny about scouting them is everybody's skinny and like a lanky and underdeveloped and still has like a mountain of upside to you know to to get through before you can really see who they're going to be but you know if you have a young player like brand williams who's just dreaming of being an nba player but does not much certainty. That's even realistic We gotta be very careful about this approach In taking because there there are risks but for those that that have already established in this deke. They've established a day of separated from their class. You know jaylen. Lewis has an example the most recent example. He's he's he's elevated in separate. The draft isn't tomorrow though so there's still a lot of work to do but he's already in front running physician and it gives everyone low confidence that this is the kind of investment and the kind of pet that would make a ton of sense for players like that. Let me follow up on that brandon. Because you're you're entering. What suddenly become a fairly crowded space in terms of leagues like this. You know the g. league ignite is one season in but they've had a measure of success. We've seen jalen green probably a top pick. Jonathan kamenga top five or six. Then you have the ncw with this. Recent ruling allowing top players to make money off their name image and likeness. How does how does the elite separate itself from that group. Why think i is. We start a little bit sooner so the g. league zone a great job with what we call it a year the prep year that year. That a recent graduates would be going to college and they've already been hacking the system you know going to italy or china So so there's a market for those players and we want an alternative to college for for for us though. Our players are seeking an alternative to high school so we are a school but we think about the resources that were bringing to the table first of which being an nba like environment You know start coach. Ali coach lehto in a robust set of staff. I mean scouting staff a high performance staff administrative team. Our goal was to simulate an nba organization for for young athletes at sixteen seventeen eighteen. Th there there is no other environment. Like that. And i think the big way that we separate with high school athletes Is that both domestically and internationally. We're able to put twenty four of them together in a building. So what we're selling is the best competition for these guys starts at home. I mean every day in line coaches don't minister drills administer competition aspects of practice and getting ready for games but when you look to the right and left and i noticed as a player. There's no weak link. I mean everywhere you look. There's somebody that's doing what you're doing and possibly doing more. Because they they are not just dreamed about the into the league or to the high level. They're on their way there That's where we've been able to. I think create a little separation from others that have tried or looked at something. Like this kevin. How do you approach this job. Do you do it in a similar mindset and you had at uconn where you have young players you also you know yukon. You had to keep them academically eligible you to follow that pretty closely. I mean is there is it a similar mindset or do you take a different tact. I think you just let it be you know. Similar is not. It's just whatever comes you say yes to it and you cultivate hope from it I never coached high school players. They was always you know graduated from high school. And now they're freshman's This situation is a little different in in was recruiting for two to three years. This situation is a little different. But you know from me. Chris i love the unknown about it. And that's the space i live in. Not just wanna make sure that. I have the space incorporate something in these players that they can just think about it can build from a have a foundation so when they make the transition they have every tool in the toolbox to say okay. Oh that's a problem Assess it let me be able to correct it. Let me obsessed. Let me be aware of it and i think that's the difference between you know coaching a high school kid in in the college. Kid i mean you get able to mold them a little bit better and then you have to understand where they at. Now you know back then. I didn't have social media. We didn't have social media now. These kids these players are building their brand a little bit earlier and now you just meet them where they are. And i can't wait to get them up on campus get them up until atlanta just continue to build a great relationship. Welcome spend time with the one on one in. This situation is going to provide us to do a lot more skill development that i didn't have a really good opportunity and it had not one say good opportunity. I didn't have the best opportunity. Because there's so many things we own a row recruiting You own a row fundraising these different things. Brandon's taken care of in. Dan porter is taken care of. I can just really coach the player and work on his skill development on and off the basketball court. So it's really given me my own lane. So i can really perform my job. Mama job is really breaking down and relationships it starts. Relationship is start with trust. Stars will hold is spending time with the the young student athletes on and off the basketball court and pushed them to greatness and the competition is not on. our side of competition is with him. You know can you beat your previous best bestself. Can you be better than today you know. Can you be better tomorrow than you were date. And that's what i'm coaching. And that's what i love to do. And i think we're going to have some great young man as open as biden has going to be vulnerable going to try to reach for the sky. In the sky is going to be ob- you is not going to be limits. I can't wait to get up to atlanta. We've been having some many camps. Chris has been wonderful to get back on the court with the guys. And i'm looking forward to the next mini camp and dan looking forward to getting them up to atlanta. So we really can go to work. You know when. I was was talking to brian. shaw a couple of months ago. Kevin about how he was coaching. The ignite you know it was a lot of pro stop. He was trying to bring to that team. Are you taking that same. Approach you trying to coach them like their nba players or something different. No it's nothing different is just. I'm building pro. Habits in every situation is going to be different. Chris this is going to be some guys. Come in you know. Say for instance like a. John montero will we got him and he you know is a little bit more advanced than some other players because he's been a pro- already and then it's going to be another situation where we gotta talented guy might not be able to get quick but these opportunities we can go at our own pace we can sit down and talk to them but we're really teaching and building pro habits and those habits is going to translate over to them being great pros when that opportunity come invest in the nba are the euro league so every day you know we are building like a practice plan like more of a college practice plan nba practice bandwidth doing drills. That i got from my numerous stops in the nba. You know we're doing sets in the nba. Then we gotta understand that sixteen years old as well you know and maybe sometimes you gotta you know kinda doubt it down a little bit. But i'm gonna let com. I'm going to let that go. i'm not going to focus on one of it. I'm not gonna say oh. We're doing this process. Each and every day every day is different. And that's what i love about the unknown. And i'm gonna treat it like that and we just gonna continue to bill because i think we got great mas and organization that really want to coach the whole person. And that's what i'm really excited about. You decided to upgrade your outdoor deck. So you ordered the essentials. Power washer said a patio chairs and a shiny new grill. And you use your bank of america. Customized cash rewards credit card choosing to earn three percent cashback online shopping and up to five point. 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Divers inventors patent and unleash economic opportunity. Find out at invent together dot org learn more and take action today brandon not to continue to compare this team to the ignite but when i talked to sharieff abderrahim about that i mean. I had asked him about the sustainability of that team. Given how much. Money was being poured in to pay some of the players. And he bobbed and weaved floyd mayweather trying to answer that question. Because it's it's hard to commit to it without say a television contract more sponsorships and things like that when you can you speak to kind of the sustainability of this because we've seen startups with an influx of cash. Get get in big the first year. But then peter out. I mean what needs to happen. Four overtime elite to become a long term successful program while has got to answers. I think you know a concept. I mean we're we're selling on the ability to develop young players and have a more more pro ready right. So this is. This is the path we are offering basketball development. Call it professional Business development And we are also like leveraging. What is an incredible media platform that again. The things that we like to call a distinguishing factors. That's a huge one. So not to bob and weave one. We gotta be good ass. You know that. That's how have long deputy spurs the spurs. They were good for really long time. And so we've got the that there were good at this note. No pressure on kale right The the the second piece though is you know and this comes from my my time in the nba. It just wasn't that long ago where it out of chicago. Pre-draft combine interview. If i said. I wanna build my brand. Everybody in the room was like smirking and like you know what. What are we talking about like. It's about basketball basketball basketball And you know if you are young team developing and not winning a lot of games truth is you can't sell just basketball because your basketball isn't great you got to sell personalities and stories in that there's something that people can invest in in fall in love with other than like the final score like otherwise. The sixers had no chance right any any development team yet to buy into a story and for us. I think we have a chance to create stories but we get a chance to show those stories because we have a platform. So it's it doesn't take much. I mean i'm not a social media guru. But when i got recruited for this job haven't been around the block a little bit certainly from an nba perspective. I heard a couple of things. I really got my attention. One was fifty million followers That's eyeballs and we all know that that Business follows the eyeballs in whatever in whatever respect. The other was which is unfair. Because i think that number changes month over month but it started at one point four and not set maybe one point eight or one point nine billion with a b. billion views of content a month that overtime in some ways has found a way to the heart. The mind of young people It is being communicated and solid as you know the generation z. sort media and content engine We are doing an amazing thing here which is developing young talent in a pure way that we want to make sure that they are prepared. Top to bottom to do well on the court to do well and communities to do well in business but then there's this other thing which is they want to be known like. No player wants to play in an empty building. Everybody wants to play where it matters. They wanna play. When nick can rock and like the building and just like recognizing their talent. We're just artists. And one thing that is kind of showcase. By one event that that overtime overtime the media company producing s called. You see it on youtube to. Is that over. Hundred million people watched that. I mean that that's not an insignificant number that players that are going to play overtime. Lee will have the opportunity to be known The the opportunity of bring brick big brands to the table and support this platform If not already indicated by the kinds of investors that that have shown interest but the brands that are coming to the table our sustainability is going to be showing value delivering value to not just the athletes but to overtime visibility. I would imagine great for them but can you monetize it. Can you make it so this league is in the black or does it need to be in the black every year. Well my the good news is as a basketball man. No different than a different than the is Get a budget. My job is to be fishing and and spend wisely. I i'm not. I'm not asked to sell tickets or generate revenue that's for a tremendous And in successful a business operations Our job is to make sure that what we are delivering is high is a high level product That you see the growth and development of our young players. What's there recruited. We gotta make them better. They need to be able to perform and probably the best testament of our success is going to be our nba. Gm voting with this pick right but with a coach saying like they did a nice job. This guy was. Well coached testament to takeo and the rest of the coaching staff. That if we're doing that will prove successful. Because guess what the next crop of recruits when we're in the gym like we're not chasing them. There's sort of meeting us at at minimum half way. We need to keep bringing high level taliban and developing talent to prove successful and i have a tremendous set of partners across academics and across content media. That will will do their part to elevate our business. Can you expecting to tap into some of your. nba relationships. I mean as you mentioned thirteen teams in twelve seasons. You've made a lot of friends over the years. We're going to see like san preston sitting in the crowd for your practices as a whole so sam and so many gyms that i know you know Kevin durant and all these guys are destinies in overtime. Just having them be around. We had our first minicamp. Ray allen showed up and not only showed up. He brought his son to work out with guys. Just it was just amazing. does just see how the branches that we can continue to pull up on and they continue to pull on us and be a partnership in. This thing is going to be great. Are you expecting to have kind of drop ins. Durant's involved with the league. You expecting these guys. Just be around. Which i would imagine would be both a resource for you but also an attractive quality to this league definitely. Definitely we going to build a place where it's going to be hopefully a development premier development destination for everybody and you know hopefully katie can come out and work out with guys and russell westbrook and james harden and all these guys that we know and i know i had opportunity to be evolved. Then it's kinda beat a veteran guys We want them to be around. Because it's not. Just me sean. It's also watching tape like these are the different drills and look how k. d. and look how chris paul is using the pick and rolls and now they're showing up that's a that's a big big bang for us with us growing these young talented student athletes To get them inspired to the next level and they're doing a great job done only gonna do. I coached him. Chris a coach me on a day to day basis. I'm open to that and we just really want to have a love affair with guys and and the end of the day chris. We want appease the basketball guys. We wanna play the right way. We want to share a basketball. We wanna run. We wanna have fun. We want how to join the game but it can't just be me me me. It has to be weak. And i'm wanting to teach guys how to be involved in any system they get drafted about. They can be a part of a productive system and be a productive partner in in the community as well no matter what city they when they arrive to the nba brandon. Before let you go. What schedule gonna look like i mean is this team playing. Just walk me through kind of what these kids are getting into. And what kind of schedule you gonna be able to put together so schedule that that is really interesting for everybody. And i wanna try to illuminate. But i've got to be careful we are still contracting with some teams But for the audience the think about it in buckets. We're gonna play independent prep schools. That's going to be a significant part of our schedule. We are a high school so we are looking to schedule. Some of the top independence that you would typically no to have a national schedule can travel that have the ability to be mobile. We're scheduling home and away with with With those folks and it looks like net set as an example It looks like you know. Folks that are playing for a national title Arizona florida california. So it'll be a widespread travel schedule for us. We're also looking at European competition so think about junior euroleague as an example. Some of the best clubs the Insects as an example Where we can get a collection of sixteen to nineteen year old elite talent to compete against us. And then as i mentioned earlier on the show we really feel like the best competition is gonna come internally and that's where our league play Comes into effect so we are looking at our group of twenty four as three teams of eight. There will be standings you'll be able to track will compete against each other. That'll be a significant part of our schedule as well. We don't want to overstep our guys one of the things. We really wanna correct leading science. Guide us here. is is minimized the wear and tear. Nobody's while still developing and preparing for a professional level place so a schedule of maybe thirty five. To forty games is our target. We started september Training camp will will begin Play by mid august. We'll be done by by Late march is how we see our schedule shaping up i'm looking forward to it brennan kevin. It's a really interesting concept and hope you guys have a lot of success with an. I'll certainly be watching a lot of. Nba people will be watching but brandon. Stay out of a set of massachusetts. Kevin has like some basketball. Ptsd from all those bc. Matchups i'm sure would probably were so tough. I don't remember kevin. It's not real like talk about it. But lita past. We'd be six thousand. That's not very nice. That's hovering kevin brand. Thanks for joining me. I appreciate it all right. Thank you chris. Thanks so much.
"nick nurse" Discussed on The Herd with Colin Cowherd
"Shooting as well. are amazing and then harden does. Does everything you know. Drives you downhill and draws the files and zinc's it out for for you know what i call hundred mile. An hour fastball. Jump shots for everybody else. But there's a lot of other guys in that team to you. Know blake griffin looks. Amazing harris's is awesome. They got some great size and and some hard planned i would. I would call them. Hard plan defensive guys that are doing doing a role at a super high level are you. I watched i've watched milwaukee and and the reality is and this isn't years and years ago. Steve nash played for the sons and they were so difficult nick to prepare for in the regular season. I mean you play the night before. The sun's roll into town nash. Going thousand miles an hour. But if i get a play a team you know seven times in fifteen days. Could i make the argument with milwaukee that you can. You did a really good job. Not that you completely marginalize him but there is a way to play on us when you get a plan over and over. That's easier than he comes into town. You're tired. I mean i just watch milwaukee. And i'm like boy. I saw nick nurse to it. I watched brooklyn. Milwaukee may be built more. Ideally for the regular season. Is that fair. I don't know about that. And i think that I think you're going to see them. Play a lot better game three. You know i do. I think you know talking about john us. You don't really have much choice than to defend him the way we did a couple of years ago away. These teams do. I mean he's he's coming downhill with this incredible size speed strengthen and you can't unless use two or three guys. There's nothing you can do right. And he's going to have to deliver it out to the other guys and they're going to have to to make a good percentage of the threes that they take on his kickouts. That's it yeah. Who do you see coming out of the west. And why will man. I tell you what i it's. It's a hard one. I think I could see anyone coming out. That that's left i would Listen quincy quincy good friend of mine. We coach we coached against each other in the in the d. leaks last g. league so we go way back and pulling for him. Obviously he's going up. Against and and coach jeremy and other guy that works for me. They're the clips and like thi lua lot too. So let's say one of those two wins at series. We'll say we'll say shoot man. I love. I love your argument too. I love chris paul too. So it's it's it's tough out there. Yeah by the way when you watch all..
NBA Trade Deadline: Winners & Losers
"The trade deadline podcast part four. We've done three parts already. It is now twelve fifty four pacific time three fifty four east coast. Time ran. russillo is still here. We go all day. We might do to ours. Jackie macmullan is joining us. The hall of famer Cholera was not traded jenny. What happened what happened well. It's funny i was talking to someone in the raptors organization a few days ago. And they're sort of this sense if you look back on that great championship season. The next year Koi leonard walks for nothing. Danny green goes for nothing right them gusau and serge ibaka for nothing and i think it. Just maybe it's just like okay. We're all right with kyle. Stay in here. He's okay more more importantly like cows like me out of here man. This is a sinking ship. I think the results would have been different. Perhaps and i think he was like. I'm okay with being here. You know his bird rights don't kick in till the you can't extend him till the summer so if you trade for you're interested in his bird rights much harder now to sign kyle hours of free agent because you no longer has his bird rights so for people that most people on. I don't need to explain this on your podcast right. Everyone knows what that means yes. I know it's helpful though. Yeah okay so what it means. Is that If you had if you trade him at the deadline and you wanted to extend him you had his bird rights. You could go over the cap you have to worry about it now. If you sign him you have been able to fit him. And it's it's more difficult for teens. So i think in the end they probably just like. How much of this can we ask our fans to understand. He's so good with the younger guys. And you know let's face it siachen nick nurse. They got a little thing going on right. Now there's a little back and forth. Kyle lowry i think is a great buffer for that. You know maybe he rides you through. That rough time comes apart. Future
"nick nurse" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"So the way i look at it is like i think when we get to the playoffs so much of the regular season thanks to health and safety protocols will just be like instantly irrelevant and i think that the toronto raptors once we get to the playoffs or one of the Great test cases for this like they haven't had og in an ob. Pascal siakam or fred vanfleet in their starting lineup. Three weeks so like right there. We're looking at this team and yeah. They're struggling right now. Well they're struggling. Goes like they're three best players or three of their four best players. Or whatever aren't available because of health and safety protocols because of covid like i think that matters if you were to get him to agree let me let me say this full strength. I'm gonna give you all those guys. Healthy and i'm not gonna trade trade lowry. Who do they have the best chance to beat in the first round of those four teams. I mentioned miami. Brooklyn milwaukee philly. Do they match up well with anyone. They lose matchups in all four those series. I think they do. I can see them upsetting a. I can see them upsetting milwaukee. I don't even like miami's interesting just because like they're very up and down in a similar way to toronto they've been hot lately though I could see them being super competitive with miami. I could see them being super competitive with boston. I mean thank you for just leaving boston. Out of the conversation A toss for conversation. Not not a top ask ivan or nine conversation in these Have you seen nick nurse lately. I mean i think some of my logic here michael is. He looks like he's running on fumes. Like he's pretty frustrated and it could just be the injury issues at juggling lineups and them being down there in tampa and all these other weird things that they've been dealt this year it just you know. I have this feeling in my gut like it's just not their year..
Wolves fire Saunders, hire Finch as new coach
"We've got a head coaching change in the nba. The timber wolves have fired head coach. Saunders but i. I had a game to play brian. Sanders was coaching against the guy. He replaced tom sibito of the new york knicks. Having a great season there is game. Went down to the wire. Karl anthony towns had shot in the post to try and take the lead with thirty seconds left over his former teammate. Taj gibson but it rimmed out on a rim in madison square garden. Where the ball. Just capterra women out on sunday and that was ryan saunders. Final quarter as head. Coach of the minnesota timberwolves took over for his late father. Flip saunders in twenty nineteen thirty four year old had a string of injuries to deal with and played many many close games and the timber wolves already have saunders replacement chris finch who was a raptors assistant coach. This season has been given a multi year deal by the minnesota timberwolves to coach them full time. It's a rare move to pluck an assistant from another team. Mid season to take over job just doesn't happen very often. Usually the team that fires a head coach just moves their assistant over for a while at the very least when the full job search can be done until the full job search can be done in the off season but they had been looking at chris finch for a long time in fact he interviewed in twenty nineteen when ryan saunders was eventually given the job and finch like his good friend raptors head coach. Nick nurse coached abroad for a longtime uk. Germany and belgium then moved to the g. league and then was assistant in the nba for a decade. And he's an offensive specialist who worked with james harden in zion. Now he'll have the chance to work with karl. Anthony towns anthony edwards.
"nick nurse" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"Two and step broke out Jang Ki and he groped out again last night. I think I looked this up at one point. You know what the actual definition is a junkie, Extremely poor, unreliable quality. Is that it then that's that's not the case at all. It's worked two games in a row. I looked around a loss. They gave Steph problems and Indiana's new coaches atop his sister. When Nick Nurse and don't you think Michael Malone's going Jang Ki. And if we play Friday night of Phoenix game is one of the games. That's not being played tonight. So I think that warrior Phoenix came on. Friday. John would be a question mark as of right now. Yeah, for sure. Look, there's no rule. I don't know solution to it. The junkie defense seems to work a little bit. Other guys hit shots. You get you gain respect, and I don't know that that's gonna happen this year. So there you go. Why they didn't wait around it. If if Andre Iguodala was here, you'd start Andre Iguodala and put him on the point. Get stuff off the ball. I mean, when they're doing this, there It's literally a box and one in Mali, you know, probably face this when he was, you know, High school Start Power Memorial Karim School and then In college basketball. It's legal. It's been legal to play his own throughout. Most coaches don't do it. He coached in the Big East against Jim Boeheim. This is different. It zah 212 or 23. This is a box and one or a triangle into on the way around. It is to get stuff off the ball because they're essentially face guarding him and and stretch out the defense. But, Molly, you'll have thoughts about it. There were ways to get people out of it. I mean, it is. Steps says it's Jang Ki, and it has flaws in it. You can attack it. They just don't have the shooters around it. But you and I talked about James Wiseman yesterday about you know, Mike Brown saying, you know, he's got to figure out a way to finish. You know the thing about a young player, especially that big but really in any position when you're young like this, and Nellie would say the second here saint and all the coaches pop. Minutes air earned. They're not just rewarded. You gotta earn minutes. You can't give a guy that's not playing well. The rotating Well enough for just overall. But he's a kid. He's gonna get better. But you can't just throw him out there because she's then his number two overall pick in the draft. That's not your job. You've got to develop him and right after we went off the air yesterday. Sam Amick wrote a terrific piece this morning in the athletic Do you telling what's going on in the embassy with the The outbreak. What do we have three more games tonight or not being played, So it's it's reaching Real concern, and Sam's got some really good thoughts on that, so we'll hear what Sam has to say it. 10 30, But you know, right after we went off the air, and I think it said yesterday the Warriors except for on entry upon entry. You know that's not really in the protocols for their cows in the facility and disinfecting everything and mass wearing and all of that everything they do. You know, it was James Wiseman. It was dreamin, but after that they didn't have any situation. Partly they haven't traveled. They traveled at first road trip of the year. But being home for seven straight games made you and that now they're gonna go out on the road trip. And what do you do all weekend in l A lock yourself in your room. I mean, pretty much you have to But you know Eric Pascoal And we don't know what it means that he's on the list. Did he test positive If he tested positive he's gonna miss the string of games. If he's just around someone close contact, then that's different. I think he has to get you know Two negatives to come back. So you know, will you be able to play But the point is It opened it up for James Wiseman to play more meaningful minutes last night. And right away. You thought of what he'd do to start the second quarter. They've been going, Derek Paschal. Great idea. Go to the small ball that he be that you know the dream out, and we're gonna go small early and play with a Very undersized five. But you don't have you don't have Paschal, and that's where the game began to slip last night was that second quarter unit Just was not very good at all. And I'm not gonna blame it all on Wiseman. But They were just off and then Wiseman got into foul trouble. I did not like the moving screen on the fifth foul. But he still got called forward. And even if the end of the game, John and it was a 90 90 game, and before that, On. They played their two bigs together, Myles Turner and demand to Sabonis played together. They went to Raymond Small ball. We're going small and Wiseman was not on the floor. At the end of the game, and the small ball lined up didn't work last night. I mean, it was a 90 90 game than Indiana. Myles Turner made three and the holiday brothers got rolling in the Warriors wind up giving up a 13 to nothing run. But Last night was the night for James Wiseman. Sees an opportunity. With Paschal out. He played a little bit more. But I thought the game got away from the Warriors in the second quarter when he started and that you couldn't go to the small ball line up, so he's only 19. You know this is gonna happen. As Anthony Slater wrote in the athletic. It's going to be a roller coaster rookie year is gonna be up and down, and frankly, I thought he's way better. Early than I thought he would be, But you know, we had the thoughts about the number twos and you know, Nick Poster was a dominant player right away and the neck is, you know, he's a boat, so he grew up around the game. Wiseman's a center 19 year old kid didn't play college basketball, essentially, except for 69 minutes, we'll get there. But last night was an opportunity for Wiseman. To sees a chance to start that second quarter and play more. And he just He did not have a great game last night. No, he didn't invite you here. They're right in the head. The same thing I was thinking is what you just said. You went for 19 and seven against the Nets, and he didn't know what he was doing, And I think it was just Hey, go out there, do what you do. And now a couple of things were happening. Number one. He's being coached up to being told what to do. And I think sometimes he can get mechanical overthink. It doesn't look confident with his shot. He early in the season was just kind of let it go now. It's um I supposed to do this? So I think he's thinking too much. And then the other thing, too, is that's what happens with scouting. Teams start to attack you. Okay? This is what he doesn't do and then you have to adjust back. So is, as you said, it's gonna be a roller coaster ride. And while he looked good early, I think he just wasn't thinking. And now there's other responsibilities and expectations. Teams scouting, and I think it's gonna take some time. That's just what it's about. When your rookie and he's got me. It's got to be internal growth. I think when I watch him play and he's just he's just a kid again. He's 19 You know he's got years to grow. He's not going to reach his prime, You know, even Anthony Davis struggle when he was so skinny coming into the N B a and even hand. That he has a pelican before he joined up with LeBron. He had holes in his game. You know, he couldn't win a playoff Syriza. You finally did who they knocked out Portland and then the Warriors took him out. I mean, These things happen, so we're doing it for? You know, we're just, you know, looking.
Is This An End Of An Era For The Raptors?
"Yeah, this was this is Rock Bottom in the Navy for actors team that everything I said about them State of the Union. Okay this moment. I can't believe what's happening this team a team that could execute defensive game plans, like nobody's business box and one Tatum out of games cut off camera from a playoff series. I don't like it's just hard right now. I don't know what's going on with that you okay though. This is what I want to know. Now I'm going how are you doing? Yeah. Yeah, like I'm worried about you seeing an end of an era with this team and they were fun Squad they what they wanted the most unexpected Championship ever in 2019, 2010-2020. They delivered us one of the best playoff series we've seen, you know, serious that needed a crowd looking back on it was so good that we needed like the memory of the crowd reaction to those games. I know it's dead like this team is just in shambles. I I like I don't know what else to say. And you know, Nick nurse was kind of laughing free game talking about all the adjustments. They were going to make an do any of them really worked extra Wings some of the deeper bench guys Matt Thomas and seriously. What are we talking about here Serge Ibaka was great in the playoffs. We all know Marcus all struggled immensely them. So those losses were something there. I gave the team still intact and they just aren't locked in. We know Pascal siakam is in a different world than where he was before the contract extension and the last postseason berth. So they have an issue on their hands and Jimmy you said a couple of games ago has Nick nurse lost that team. It might not be any of his own. I mean they they really are in a tough position being down in Tampa Bay house where nobody lives where are beans is renting a condo and like everybody's just kind of camped out hundreds of miles from home and they're playing you two straight games on the road there in an impossible situation, but one in fact, I mean that's just
"nick nurse" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Sox from hiding. Bianca Smith is a minor league coach should be the first black woman to service of professional baseball coach of Major League Baseball history. Smith will work mainly with position players. She's currently an assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University and was constant. The Celtics start The New Year tonight in Detroit. Boston comes off Wednesday's 19 Point win over the Grizzlies The Raptor when their first game of the season, beating the next by 17, and they do it without all star forward Paschal's Viacom. He's bench. No reason given by coach Nick Nurse After two year injury layoff guard John Wall makes his rocket Cebu he scores 22 uses three point win over Sacramento. At the world Junior Hockey Championship in evidence in the U. S. Soviet Sweden for nothing to in Group B. B. C. Spencer Night with 27 saves by huge brawl breaks out moments after Mississippi sees two point win over Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl, lots of kicks and punches thrown Bulldogs coach Mike Leach. Yeah, I mean, well, it's just dumb, you know, And then there was some of that. Stuff going back and forth in the course of the game. Serve on ESPN. Total safety candor and Ray was helped off the field, which things calm down The 11. No Crimson Tide battle attended one Fighting Irish and the college football playoff semifinals. The winner advances to the national title game on January. 11th top ranked Alabama takes on fourth ranked Notre Dame in the college football playoff semifinals at the Rose Bowl. The winner advances to the national title game on January. 11th, Alabama's with 19.5 point favorite. I'm Joel Stern. WBC boss was his radio. Let's go Check the roads at 9 43, the Subaru Retailers of New England all wheel drive.
Pacers Hire Nate Bjorkgren As Head Coach
"The Indiana Pacers have a new head coach. Former Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Byork Rin will take over the reins. The 45 year old has won both the NBA title and Aggie League title as an assistant coach. Under Raptors coach Nick Nurse Be organise an Iowa native with four years of assistant coaching experience in the N B
Indiana Pacers to hire Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as new head coach
"The Indiana Pacers have named former Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nate your current as their new head coach. 45 Year old began working with current Raptors coach Nick Nurse Julie starting in 2011 in Iowa, before reuniting in Toronto in 2018 for the team's championship
Max Has NO FEAR FOR THE DEER + Nick Nurse ‘Coaching Clinic’
"That's not a bad shot wasn't a bad shopping to see not it was a bad shot. But how did they beat Philly? Was that a good shot? Just tell me that was was that a Nick nerve-wracking. This is the best coach you can do we need to Coalinga. Is that the best player you go? Okay. So this is what is what I wanted to hear from you mind me getting that. I mean running off the corner going all the way following the way from the three-point line that that was the way you designed. This is where I'm getting that thing. Okay. So then let's talk about that. Then ignorant didn't have a play lined up in that situation or at least we maybe didn't have the the player. Maybe maybe that's it. In my opinion. He said, you know what they figure things out up to this point. I'm going to let them just keep going cuz I have nothing and that's a problem that's off. Can't be that kind of Coach into play. I believe in this situation that Brad Stevens to me and although Nick nurse is the coach of the year. I like Brad Stevens home is a knows better now like next Nur Nick nurses X's and O's I think he is. I think he gets guys in places. They need to be and it has really worked out well for so so I don't I don't necessarily think that yeah, you want some people that call timeout. Okay, you can call timeout but now you give the other team opportunity to self esteem. So if I promise up until you come down to your file before guy gets into the act of shooting Mean there are a bunch of things. You can talk about that. You can't talk about on the flyer. So that's a good point because you if you're Brad Stevens, I'm telling my guys to foul. They needed three follow. Yeah, but they they going to do that. They did not going to do that because they didn't have that opportunity to think about it. They just play what time on the situation you have more time to think about. Absolutely so that maybe it's why Nick nurse doesn't call a time-out init work off. All you were trying to do is get a decent. Look at it three point shot got a decent Loop. Don't miss don't miss out on this one. It's your chance. You know, Cedric Maxwell says go down absolutely had to betonline.ag today and take advantage of all the great signup bonuses betonline.ag your online sportsbooks experts and it now I don't know man. just feel like when it comes down like you say like when it comes out and accessing those late-game situations, I'm taking Brad Stevens over over Nick nurse all day them, but when Nick nurse but some guy told me later on or off. Yeah, some guy told me the other day on the radio from Toronto said Nick nurses by the arrestee was a give him a clinic in coaching. Okay. Oh, I thought that goes but this is my thing with him. This beef with Nick you you played out that situation, right? It didn't pan out obviously depend on welfare. But you know, you played that card whatever it is what it is right off of 20 minutes later. So it was a microphone in your face and you're gonna complain about oh Jason Tatum got their free throw line too many times all the favors. I mean, excuse me, all the referees gave him that one come on and while you're trying to put up there and you're trying to put something in somebody's you're trying to put some because if it's not working you're down to well, you're trying to put your grabbing it whatever you can grab that actually the course of the year. You're trying that your job. Well, you're grabbing it what you can grab it. See I can really hasn't been that guy you know that said, oh my God, there's no way to stop. I'll come David Jaylen Brown has done a nice job. I'm just I sewing being one off. Woman with G acha you gotta yeah, and they haven't really had to double-team. That's true. So, you know what Jaylen brown hair but his defense has been underrated. How about the time that Jaylen Brown? I mean you're talking about quickness thought he ripped off calorie calories was dribbling and it was like stripping. Well, yeah look like look like brown was in The Matrix the way he went across and grabbed the basketball game. Carolina was sent he was going back the other way know when the ball on the floor you you ain't got it no more. I looked at him. Where did it go with so long? I mean, it's been it's been eye-opening to see some of the some of the situations and even now down that bubble people talk about or you know, what's going on with Milwaukee Milwaukee is trademark what they do. They give up three's what does what does Miami like to do? Oh you take the reason you're walking Milwaukee is given that more FAQ. To anybody else. So Miami's Forte there strip is shoot the three. Yeah. So if you ever team does knocking down threes in a regular area off and you you're struggling right now with, you know, Yiannis and Middleton and you know, they play great against the Celtics but they've had a you know, Jonas has been if they use the series honest is going to be exposed again time to time MVP. I agree with that. Well, the biggest reason why I agree with that is because you you got a 27-point performance out of Chris Middleton office and you couldn't make that a win like that's a big. Well somebody else involved in this. Well, that's what I'm saying. You know his Lopez involved. Where is Lopez build out. 1 game? Okay lower game loading again if off on your scores Seventeen eighteen, you're in trouble. Well, we're we're and that's the thing about picking up your teammates like somebody who's like Kimba. Okay. Kimball didn't was barely scored and Marcus fairly score. Yep. You had somebody else that kind of shoulder the load until those guys got it together and you look at blood. So what's blessed done during the series always been a little banged up. So I don't I don't trust them this man. This is obviously I've never been like like that's always in my thing Milwaukee. Yiannis is going to be honest, but I don't trust your boys like your squad is shaky Milton will give you those 30.93 here and there but need to make sure those are wins you can give those up Jerry has travels big man. I really like Miami and new series. I just like their Focus right now, too. Yeah. I totally agree. I think again to see to me, it's Jimmy Butler Factor. Yeah, because they those dudes right now bam alabado guys, like they're they're taking on that same Persona is Jimmy Butler like, you know jumping off. Yeah. I mean Jimmy brother man. I mean he said about when you asked about guests and family come into the bubble was you said he I'm not bringing anybody man. This is a business trip. Wow. While I said liked that I've always been among. I
Raptors overwhelm Nets 150-122 to finish first-round sweep
"In the Boston Celtics. Don't tangle in the second round of the N BA playoffs after completing Four game sweeps. Let's bring in one half of quickies corner. Galen Quickie joining me here on a F in sports. Hey, Galen. Good Monday morning before they boarded you bad. Yes. Toronto raptors that you know they would They swept for Ah. Over the Brooklyn dead. They have one problem, though, Kyle Larry, they're they're great point guarded as an injury that you know that could keep about. They're a little nervous about that. Toronto really, you know, would have fried. You know, there's there's double to seize these playoff. Great Nick Nurse continues his greatness. We just want to end the coach of the year again. So that's your problem. The Toronto has Kyle Lowry could be out. They don't have a problem with their bench outside of Cairo. Lowry not being on it, possibly if he's injured 100 points in that game. That's incredible, Galen. It is And you know if you look at Toronto's roster, like you said, they're bed has been great. And a lot of people don't know what these guys are. You're probably gonna know who they are pretty soon. Just play the best. He's the the boxer considered the best at, uh, the of the best defensive team. No one plays defense like the Toronto Raptors. There, 11 and one in the bubble. We talked about how hot the Blazers were, but the Raptors are 11 and one in the bubble one loss against Boston Celtics took
Inside the 24 hours that shut down the sports world
"Michael Grange is senior writer at sports net he covers the NBA or at least did before was suspended. Hi Michael Jordan. I'm doing all right. We're just trying to keep up as I talk to you and I'm sure you've seen it the. Nhl HAS JUST SUSPENDED. Its season as well. It's just remarkable How the pace of these things. It's almost kind of a symbol or an apt emblem for the problem. That that's Kinda confronting everybody is is you look at how this this issue affected the sports world and it was you know just to the pace of three or four days space three or four days? It was kind of incremental. You know people were paying. There's a little bit more urgency around it and then you know everything's just kinda come on like a tidal wave and You know that's roughly I think How the kind of manifest itself through populations is You know it's sort of a little bit of a creep a little bit of concern and then all of a sudden. It's too late and things kind of spiraled and Guy Can't really recall anything. Released a sports where the things and news and developments have come so quickly and rapidly and suddenly described the scene at the NBA game that forced the suspension of the season because that seemed to really be the tipping point. Four all of this very interesting. I mean The Oklahoma City Thunder were hosting the Utah Jazz. There was some concern that there is sort of like the Star Center for the Jazz. You know was ill. He'd been kind of exhibiting signs of I think he'd been tested for strep throat was exhibiting signs of being unwell and he was given a task for Kobe nineteen I believe the day of the game and he so he never went to the arena was home but had turned out the team's hotel but had that test been negative that he simply had a kind of a more common kind of flew his expectation plan was to play the game and the So the two teams are floor. The music is playing. Crowd is in the building. You know the the tip is approaching and right around the time when the ball would've been going up and and all of that you know one of the The team medical officials for the Oklahoma City centre kind of came running out of out of the back of the building onto a data. Deficient gathered to coaches and my understanding. Is that the player tested positive for covert nineteen. You know those are responsible came very quickly. After that it was determined they would have to at least have to postpone that game. It takes them a while to figure out how to relay that information to the crowd they did and you know within the hour almost of that decision the NBA realized that had to suspend operations for the possible. What had the discussion around this virus and the MBA or even to this virus and sports In the bigger picture being leading up to that what kind of measures I were being taken. What were people considering? Because I got the sense that this escalated very quickly you says correctly you know the NBA has gotten a lot of credit for being very proactive and a little bit ahead of the charge as a release the other North American sports. I don't know if she claimed. In this instance you know we saw how rapidly this escalated in parts of Asia and Europe and is of last week you know the the first kind of acknowledgement of the virus by the NBA was You know kind of an internal memo that was never made public but kind of out saying no players Daffy be conscious of Of you know sort of shaking hands and kind of dropping slapping hands you know. Go with a bunch of bumps fist-bump when your own or don't feel obligated to sign autographs. So he's doing about the players. I mean themselves from you. Know actions with the public The next stage of that but it wasn't taken seriously and I certainly saw players can figure doing that and The only really making a big deal of it. Which goes I think the way while people were kind of looking at it as recently as a week ago. I believe it was on Tuesday that you know the lead and and in conjunction with the other Major North American sports panel putting New Measures. About how the media would interact with players. You know they're out to keep a certain distance between players during interviews and that there wouldn't be no more scrums I'd access everything would be kind of a press conference type setting and again. That was all seen as a preventative. Measure to keep the players distanced. So that's Tuesday on things by this time we're really escalating. Really think was sort of you know where where a lot of news is really coming out and the pictures getting more grim and so on as of Wednesday afternoon the Board of Governors of the leaks representatives from each of the franchise are kind of represented. The owners of each of the franchises themselves were on conference calls in hand and trying to come up with a plan and at that point the plan. Wise try to keep playing games but maybe one to limit fans or maybe role you also game is supposed to be in Boston. Concerns about it out. Great maybe the game can be played in Boston and Detroit. It'LL BE BOSTON DETROIT. Sorta thing road game until Home Game. So you know again. It's sort of like half measures but when newly found out a player was positive then they their hands were forced because if he kind of you know the NBA is such a small community and says his travelling circus tall man. You know they they are kind of bounce around the continent gone and you. Do you know somebody on twitter. She did an exercise like this. And show that if you only need to go back is about five or six days and you see all the players that go bare played against and then all the players. Those players played against any almost entirely covered within a five day span. Certainly ten days so at that point you know it. Writing was on the wall that they you know they couldn't simply couldn't continue because you don't know who else is in fact good and it's turned out one other player it's been infected with the jazz and all the teams that have been a better played the jazz including the Toronto Raptors in the past ten to fourteen days are now kind of are now being tested so tell me what that means for the raptors in particular because they played the jazz and what it means for sports in Canada well as it relates to the raptors. I mean you know it's just a kind of a complete one eight You know they played in Utah Monday night and I was sort of the end of the longest folks up to the season and you know the raptors were to form their short handed goals. Whatever reason not to win the game getting there on the road and played the four or fatigue and all the rest of it and You know their usual kind of plucky courageous thing and won the game and and came home on the on a red eye. Charter came after the game. So theraflu red eye type flight landing in Toronto early Tuesday morning and I'll be right and they weren't scheduled to play again until this coming Saturday. So they had a few days off which is right there in the NBA schedule that you got consecutive days off and You know a couple of the coach. Nick nurse had had his own into this charity scheduled to the hotel to in our other player charity events and all that went off without a hitch around nine thirty pm ever getting -CATIONS and The of what's going on and by you know by midnight a number of players are good number of the players had contested at a Toronto Hospital. The all the traveling party with the Raptors so broadcasters medical personnel seems security personnel You know there's a party for fifty people They all were required. They've been tested. My understanding most have today and so they're just waiting for the results of that. I think my understanding is should take twenty four hours from the time the test and you know and that'll dictate next move. Seventy this in the media term advised to Not only quarantine but isolate. So you know. It's sort of isolate themselves within else but the expectation is you know about your community or your home you know and just kind of hope for the best regarding the outcome of these tests. But it's you know it's a it's a massive development as it relates to the
NBA Storylines Down the Stretch
"Doris Burke is an NBA analyst for ESPN so doors the All star break is over and NBA. Games are back. We wanted to talk to you. About what surprised you so far this season. And how you see the last couple of months shaping up as we enter the homestretch before the playoffs. Let's start in the East right where there is an unequivocal number. One team in Milwaukee they have the best record in the NBA and they are destroying teams winning by an average margin of victory of more than twelve points per game now of the eleven teams that have had a double digit margin of victory over the course of a season. Eight have gone on to win it. All Doris. Is there something that stands between Milwaukee and the NBA Finals? Yeah this is a great question. So in their eight losses the one thread that is consistent throughout those are teams are averaging sixteen point nine threes and philosophically. Their priority is protect. The paint. First and foremost they are so elite. At that that we have not seen this kind of rim protection in the modern NBA. With the possible exception of Spurs team that had both Tim Duncan and David Robinson but the fact of the matter if a team gets hot and really can create shot opportunities then. I think that they can be beat. The other thing that happens is your and you saw in the All Star game. Jaanus is the first player to go twenty five and eleven back to back all star Games but he was over to note points in the fourth quarter because they did playoff teams. We'll do they set up a wall and they said somebody else is going to beat us so well. No one's really doubting the bucks at this point. I think there is still a lot of skepticism about the number two seed in the east the Toronto Raptors. I mean after losing finals. Mvp Kawhi Leonard. They were not seen as favorites coming into this year yet. They have the same record right now that they had at this point last season doors one hand the raptors have been under five hundred against winning teams but on the other they had a lot of. Are we underestimating them? While I'm definitely giving them punchers chance to get to the Eastern Conference finals and a punchers chance to come out in the past historically particularly when Demar Derozan Kyle lowry. Were on the team together. What we knew was they understood how to win in the regular season but they're always seemed to be this level of doubt in their minds when the calendar turn to April but the fact of the matter is. They changed that a year ago with championship. There is a different feel a different presents a different countenance about the entire group and yes unequivocally the record versus plus five hundred versus minus five hundred is concerning but let's remember that their top six guys including Serge Ibaka. Who's having the Best Year of his career? Kyle lowry Markelle Saul Fred Van Bleed. Norman Powell Pascal them. All six of those guys have missed at least ten games so I don't know that we have the clearest picture the other thing working in their favors they have one of the best coaches in the league. Nick nurse wears that head coaches mantle with ease. Why because he's been calling the shots for the vast majority of his career. In any number of circumstances his creative he's fearless. He's a little bit irreverent. And I'm telling you mean ah I give them a punchers chance to get to an east finals and a punchers chance to get out. Did you see this coming at all? Doors not even close and this is the question really ultimately. Do they have enough offense in what you're seeing is to me. What appears to be this grooming of Pascal? Ceac him of all right. You gotta go get your own in those minutes and a playoff circumstance where you don't care whether it's a mid range to a fall away jump shot a jump shot under duress of excellent defense. What matters is I need to put the ball in the basket right now because this game is teetering on our control or there's and we've got to have one and you're watching Pascal. Can he deliver in the postseason? He's been excellent in the regular season. I can't wait to see a play out. I think it feels right now. Like you've got the bucks in a tier of their own and then you've got the raptors celtics heat kind of swirling around each other. There was a feeling ahead of the trade deadline that the heat could vault to that number. Two spot perhaps even contend with the bucks if they really went all in and added Gala Nari. They didn't they did add Igwe Dolla. Do you think that's enough? You know the the last prism through which I saw. Andre Gonzala was a man who was battling an Achilles in the playoff series and seemed to be showing the signs of some age. But what I know. Unequivocally is this man from a basketball intellect standpoint. According to Kerr is one of the smartest in the history of the League. He has got championship. Dna He's got positional versatility on the defensive end that basketball intellect and the ability to process information quickly and to do it under the spotlight of the playoffs. He has all of that. I'm anxious to see how he changes the dynamic the Miami Heat. You know this. They're going to play hard defensively every single night. They're going to mix in one of the most effective zones we see in today's NBA and Eric's bolster is outstanding coach. So right now sitting in that fourth spot how far Jimmy Butler can take them. That'll be interesting. Those young guys. Right Duncan Robinson Tyler Hero Kendrick Nunn all those guys who have performed so well in the regular season when the calendar switches. Can you win with them? Let's see
Raptors record biggest comeback in franchise history to beat Dallas 110-107
"The robbers were came a franchise record thirty point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks one ten one oh seven in Toronto the comeback started to the final quarter after coach Nick nurse implemented a full court press of double teams leading to a forty seven point fourth for the winners Kyle Lowry put the team with his back recorded a double double with thirty two points and ten assists Sir have color you know I just was like fix the aggressive in going to the fourth quarter you know listen give me just got there and go play be free and whatever happens happens Chris Boucher added twenty one points off the bench Jim would Brunson was the Mavericks top scorer with twenty one points represent one five in a row and it snapped the Dallas seven game road win streak to another big trouble
Lakers and Clippers continue to work on rosters
"Of course the Lakers and clippers continued to retool their rosters Lakers agreeing to terms with guard Avery Bailey in the clips re signed forward to Michael green LA squads are NBA finals favorites with the Lakers led by lebron James and former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis the clippers of course with co why Leonard and Paul George and be given a wise move a new mission for trying to head coach Nick nurse I always said that you know when people ask me what was like coaching him and I always said the best thing was I got to stand there on the court side watch this guy go to work right and that was that was some mom never forget now we gotta go kick his
Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title After Beating Warriors
"The Golden State Warriors, championship winning streak comes to an end as Toronto's raptors took the title last night, and are the new NBA champs. Raptors head coach Nick nurse means a lot for city in the country in for these players staff incredible group of people, it's the raptors first NBA title,
Lowe: What Kawhi and the Raptors have done to the Warriors
"Has been the better team for almost this entire series. I realized that the warriors have injuries. There's no question about that. The warriors just took this game. The why Leonard's been the best player in the playoffs. The best player tonight. He's been the best player in the series. They got your Mendes defense. Zach lowe. This is you've tracked the raptors for so long. They're a team that usually in the moment under pressure, doesn't liver. They've been delivering for a couple of months now. And here they get it again. It's a different team. That's why the team that crumbled under pressure had Rosen and some other players who are under steam anymore. This team has a guy who's already a finals MVP. And I think if they pull this off takes his place among the greatest modern day playoff performers ever. I mean, I don't think that's hyperbole. They win. And he's the finals MVP again. And you know what they did tonight. That was so smart. Because just like the warriors struggle with its anyone besides clay or Steph in this game. I think the rest of them shot under under forty percent. The raptors get concerned when they have to take quiet they bought five minutes when they took him out in the second quarter five minutes, and they actually. Made the deficit less to me. That was so keep because down the stretch Steph looks gassed, he's playing forty minutes, who is thirty six minutes. And I know that doesn't sound like a lot. But at the end of the game it is, it's a big difference. So Nick nurse handle quite beautifully tonight. And I mean he was just so far and away the best player on our priced. He keeps rolling out these lineups at the start of the second and fourth quarter that have both Lowrey and Leonard on the bench and they're playing even or winning. And like if the warriors can't win those minutes, they are not gonna win Saqlain tonight. They did not like when I watched the warriors right now they look like a team that has never gotten comfortable in this series because they don't know who's playing games a game. Now he's that would Nick nurse before game three and he said, you know, it's kinda like a Geely game. I have experience in this goes gonna play in every game like we're fine. We didn't know Klay was gonna play until ten minutes where the game we're fine with that. But for the warriors. I'm I'm poppin and everyone of these huddles like my job is the sideline reporter on on the radio here. It's kind of like big peeping, Tom like sneak in there. And listen and I'm really sure with us of different comparison, but go ahead. Okay. But you you're just get in there and get listened into the huddles. Sometimes you see these, where's WALDO? Will you know, moments where's Momo right every single