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HOOPSWORLD Week In Review
Posted By Kyle Cape-Lindelin On June 9, 2013 @ 5:00 am In NBA | No Comments
The Philosophical Rift
By Steve Kyler
It’s going to be hard for Memphis Grizzlies fans to understand this comment, but Lionel Hollins doesn’t fit in Memphis.
Yes, the Grizzlies are coming off their deepest run in franchise history and yes the pieces couldn’t have fit together any better than they did this season, but depending on who you talk to that might have been despite Hollins, not because of him.
The Grizzlies are going to allow Hollins to talk with other teams about their head coaching job, sending the message that Hollins not coming back to Memphis is more likely than not and for anyone who’s followed this process you shouldn’t be surprised.
Hollins is his own man. He is a throwback coach that stresses defense, hard work and calls it like he sees it. He scoffs at the notion that advanced analytics should drive the discussion. He routinely drops barbs in the press aimed at new management and ownership and he is simply not going to change for anyone.
That is exactly why Memphis is likely moving on.
Hurricane Dwyane Brewing in Miami?
By Bill Ingram
The is a mammoth storm brewing in the vicinity South Florida, and for a change it’s not a hurricane picking up steam. No, this storm comes in the form of the Indiana Pacers, who are looking to do the seemingly impossible as the stage is set for Game 7 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Miami HEAT, who breezed through the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs like a hot knife through butter, were supposed to make quick work of the Pacers and head right back to the NBA Finals to hang another banner in the rafters of American Airlines Arena. It seemed like a foregone conclusion for much of the season, and yet here we are, anticipating a game that could very well end with Miami sitting on the sidelines watching the Finals unfold without them.
The dominant story line over the last 48 hours has been the perceived lack of support for HEAT star LeBron James. Some have even referred to the HEAT as the Cleveland Cavaliers, because the same perception existed when LeBron was in Cleveland, though he had some impressive names around him there, as well. There’s something to that, as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are averaging just 14.5 and 11.3 points, respectively. While many have focused on asking what’s wrong with Wade and Bosh, a better question might be, what’s right with Indiana?
Brian Shaw Continues To Generate Buzz
By Lang Greene
The Indiana Pacers are a team on the rise. Their latest playoff showing, pushing the defending champion Miami HEAT to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, served as the official coming out party for the unit.
As HOOPSWORLD’s Steve Kyler outlined earlier this week, the organization’s moves this summer will go a long way in shaping the team’s long term identity.
Former All-Star David West will be an unrestricted free agent and his play throughout this season will bring many suitors armed with plenty of cap room to his front doorstep this summer. The team can also offer All-Star forward Paul George an early contract extension and proactively lock up the player to avoid the perennial free agent to be media circus. The team must also make a decision about the future of former All-Star Danny Granger who missed the majority of this season battling knee trouble and may never be a full-time player again.
But outside of those player moves, there is another key piece of their bench who likely won’t be returning to the sidelines next season.
Associate head coach Brian Shaw is a candidate in high demand should the former player choose to pursue take over the lead clipboard for a franchise – as most expect.
Clippers Closing In On Head Coach?
By Yannis Koutroupis
The Los Angeles Clippers head coaching search is moving along swiftly after deciding not to re-sign previous head coach Vinny Del Negro after his contract expired. They have narrowed their search down to three, according to Marc Heisler: Lionel Hollins, Byron Scott and Brian Shaw. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Shaw is the leading candidate.
First and foremost, all three are very qualified and have to be looked at as upgrades for the Clippers. They all have championship experience as players and resumes overall that would immediately gain them the respect of the Clippers’ locker room, something Del Negro struggled to maintain throughout his time as head coach.
While the Clippers really can’t go wrong with any of the three, Hollins’ stock is currently the highest. He’s coming off of an incredible run with the Memphis Grizzlies, leading them all the way to the Western Conference Finals after a midseason shakeup that easily could have led to the downfall of the team. Hollins helped turn the Grizzlies into an old school, defense-oriented squad that can compete against anybody, but the work he did may be going a little bit underappreciated in Memphis.
The Grizzlies have yet to officially part ways with Hollins, in fact he’s still involved with the organization in some capacity, but the writing is on the wall as they let him negotiate with other teams like the Clippers and Brooklyn Nets. Technically they could still bring him back, but it’s looking more like Hollins is on his way out because if the Grizzlies don’t want him, the Nets and Clippers certainly do.
Duncan Still Dominates in Old Age
By Alex Kennedy
Tim Duncan remembers when he was the young one in the locker room, making fun of San Antonio Spurs veterans like David Robinson, Terry Porter and Jerome Kersey for being old. Duncan and his teammates would crack jokes and exaggerate their age, but Robinson, Porter and Kersey were always good sports.
Now, Duncan finds himself on the other end of the ribbing. At 37 years old, Duncan is in the twilight of his career, which is something that his teammates remind him of on a daily basis. Matt Bonner jokes that he’s “senile” and Manu Ginobili describes him as “a wise old man.” Even Duncan’s 64-year-old head coach Gregg Popovich gets in on the fun.
Last March, Popovich was giving Duncan a game off to rest him during the regular season. While he could have made up an ailment, Popovich instead submitted “Did Not Dress – Old” for Duncan. The box score made the rounds on the internet, first thought to be a prank by whoever entered the information on NBA.com until Popovich owned up to it after the game. But like Robinson, Porter and Kersey, Duncan has been a good sport. He has gotten used to the jokes about his age, and he finds most of them hilarious.
Cavs Leaning Away From Noel?
By Joel Brigham
All one need do is take a look at a mock draft—any mock draft, but ours in particular—to see that most people believe UK center Nerlens Noel is going to be the top overall selection in this month’s NBA Draft. The reasons for this are manifold, but it mostly has to do with the fact that teams are always looking for franchise centers, and Noel looks like he’s got more potential, especially defensively, than anybody else in this otherwise flat draft.
But according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Cleveland Cavaliers may be considering going in a different direction with their #1 overall draft selection. In a series of tweets posted on Friday afternoon, Amico stated, “Cavs front office seriously dissecting possibility of drafting Ben McLemore with No. 1 pick, source says.”
He then added, “Consensus for Cavs is McLemore has potential to be dynamic scorer. But yes, they wonder if it could work with Dion Waiters,” which brings up yet again the obvious debate over whether a team should draft the player they think will be the most prolific talent, or the player that actually plays a position at which they need a body.
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