Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank is in the process of retaining “high-powered” legal counsel, presumably to settle a buyout with the franchise in the wake of being “re-assigned” by head coach Jason Kidd, a league source told The Post.
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It’s absolutely too early to really think about this seeing as (Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie) Jackson isn’t eligible for an extension off his rookie scale deal until July 1 of next summer. And if no extension is reached there prior to Oct. 31 (sound familiar?), he’d become a restricted free agent July 1, 2015. Meaning, the Thunder would have the ability to match on any offer sheet he signs.
But again, the fear is increasing as Jackson puts up lines like 23 points on 10-14 shooting, 18 on 8-11 and 13 on 5-10, looking like all his game is missing is an over-the-top beard.
Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks are the joke of the league right now. And he wants to start the process of changing that perception during a nationally televised game against the struggling Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
“It’s on TNT? I didn’t know that,” Anthony said when asked whether the Knicks and Nets might be mocked on national television Thursday. “I don’t care about that. We are the laughingstock of the league right now. It’s nothing to hide. We are.”
More importantly going forward, they have likely lost (Michael) Kidd-Gilchrist – arguably the best defender – probably for weeks.
Kidd-Gilchrist was diagnosed with a fractured left hand he suffered in the second half. He’ll be re-evaluated in Charlotte Wednesday, but he left American Airlines Center in a cast, his middle two fingers taped together.
There was one obvious tendency when Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time in almost two weeks.
He passed the ball. Over and over.
He didn’t take an outside shot in the 20-minute portion of a full-court scrimmage open to reporters.
Bryant is hoping to also practice Wednesday and Thursday. If he feels fine after that, he’ll be on target to make his season debut Friday at Sacramento.
“We’ll see [Wednesday] how he reacts and everything but [Tuesday] was a big step forward,” (Lakers coach Mike) D’Antoni said. “He played hard, played for about half hour, 45 minutes, did everything…. I didn’t see anything he couldn’t do.”
Would (Stan) Van Gundy coach the Knicks again? Sure, but only if he got what (Mike) Woodson wants: better players. Until then, Van Gundy’s current job is better than Woodson’s.
But Allan Houston, supposedly the GM in training, looms as a potential successor. The word around Knicks camp is that (James) Dolan wouldn’t hesitate to promote him to head coach if the Knicks don’t turn things around sooner than later. Houston’s $100 million contract placed the Knicks in salary cap purgatory for years. Maybe having to coach this Knicks team would be his payback.
(Mike) James is expected to miss one to two weeks, gift-wrapping another opportunity for (Marquis) Teague.
(W)ith Derrick Rose out the rest of the season after right knee surgery and Jimmy Butler still week-to-week with turf toe, the Bulls have just 10 healthy bodies for practice.
There are no plans to sign an additional player.
On Tuesday, Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo made history. No two NBA rookies had ever recorded triple-doubles in the same game until the Carter-Williams’ Philadelphia 76ers beat Oladipo’s Orlando Magic 126-125 in double overtime.
Only two sets of teammates have ever had triple-doubles in the same game: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for the Chicago Bulls in 1989 and Kidd and Vince Carter for the New Jersey Nets in 2007.
No rookie has ever been involved in one of those games, let alone both players being rookies.
That’s how historic this performance by Oladipo and Carter-Williams was.
Lamar Odom has returned home to Los Angeles after two weeks of strenuous workouts with renowned trainer Rob McClanaghan and is awaiting word on the next step in his NBA comeback, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
Odom, whose tumultuous summer included a DUI arrest and the breakup of his marriage to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, could be ready to help a team as early as mid-January, one person briefed on his condition said.
The Bulls’ colorful history with Development League assignments continued on Tuesday.
In a mild surprise, the Bulls early in the day assigned second-year point guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy, their Development League affiliate.
But sources said Teague got recalled before landing because an MRI revealed veteran point guard Mike James suffered a sprained MCL before Monday’s triple overtime loss to the Pelicans. James still gritted out 10 minutes.
Two epidurals and three setbacks later, Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko still has no timetable for when he will return to the lineup.
Kirilenko has already missed 13 games this season because of back spasms.
“I’m afraid of giving a timetable, because in the previous occasions, we’ve given a timetable, but it doesn’t work,” Kirilenko said.
The Warriors transformed what would have been their worst, ugliest, flattest defeat of the season Tuesday into one of their most inspiring, scintillating comeback victories in many a year.
It was a firestorm of a final 12 minutes for Golden State — 42-15. And it was historic. It was the largest deficit to start a fourth period the Warriors had overcome since Feb. 19, 1962, at Boston. Toronto, meanwhile, had never lost a lead as large as 27 in its franchise history. It was also the seventh-largest comeback in NBA history.
“This being my third year here, there has not been a bigger win when you talk about statement,” said coach Mark Jackson. “We had every right to fold the tent and say, `Let’s look forward to the next one.’ ”
General manager Gar Forman is still hopeful the Chicago Bulls can work out an extension with Luol Deng.
“We value Luol a lot,” Forman said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” Tuesday on ESPN Chicago 1000. “And Luol is a big piece of the success we’ve had the last several years though we haven’t gotten to our ultimate goal. We think Luol is going to continue to be a big piece, a big part of what we’re doing. I know a lot was said about that we couldn’t come to an extension last summer but if you guys really study the NBA, especially since this new CBA — going into the CBA and since the new CBA has been in effect, it’s very, very rare that extensions get done so the fact that one didn’t get done was not an indicator of where we’re at with Luol at all.”