Keith Pompey: How much say will Elton Brand have over Sixers' decisions moving forward?
PHILADELPHIA — What will Elton Brand’s front-office legacy be with the 76ers?Will people remember him for being the general manager when ‘The Process’ failed to live up to its grand expectations? Will people instead say he never really got an opportunity to put his imprint on the franchise due to ownership’s heavy involvement? Or will the Sixers enable him to be remembered for actually making decisions?Brand has been given credit publicly for most of the Sixers’ key decisions since he was named GM two years ago. But the owners and other front-office people have been more deeply involved than t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
7 things to know about Bulls coach Billy Donovan, including his brief stint on Wall Street and close ties to Rick Pitino
CHICAGO — In his statement announcing Billy Donovan as the 21st head coach in Chicago Bulls history, vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas emphasized the success Donovan enjoyed throughout his basketball career.From his Final Four appearance as a player at Providence, brief but successful coaching stop at Marshall, pair of national championships and decades of dominance at Florida and five consecutive playoff appearances with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the new Bulls coach has a long track record of winning.“Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his caree...
Hornets' Devonte Graham was angry about Most Improved: 'Nobody knows the real definition of it'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets point guard Devonte Graham has made peace with not winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.But he still thinks he got ripped off, not even being among the three finalists. He’s for the NBA providing some definition to voters of what the award is.“Obviously, I was upset about it. I’m pretty much over it now,” Graham said following the Hornets’ workout Thursday. “I just know the people who really watch and are around basketball know.”Graham received endorsements, first from Dallas Maverick Luka Doncic, and then from Los Angeles Laker LeBron James, that he...
The Charlotte Observer
Tyler Herro's secret sauce is a recipe long appreciated by Heat
Now, of course, everybody knows, because that’s what the national platform of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals does.Now they know the swagger, see the versatility, appreciate the basketball maturity beyond his 20 years.But for those closest to Tyler Herro, those who didn’t wait for this playoff bandwagon, this is nothing new, even with the heights of Wednesday night’s 37-point performance that gave the Miami Heat a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Boson Celtics — one win from the franchise’s sixth appearance in the NBA Finals.“First of all,” teammate Bam Adebayo said of the ...
Heat coach Spoelstra says banged-up Adebayo will 'be ready to go' in Game 5
The next phase of the Eastern Conference could come down to what Bam Adebayo has left.In visible discomfort at the end of the Wednesday’s Game 4 victory, the Miami Heat All-Star center essentially helped his team move to a 3-1 series lead without much in the way of use of his left arm.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s only comment after Wednesday’s win was, “He’s icing his body right now. That’s where we are.”Thursday, Spoelstra said there wasn’t a need for an update.“He’ll be ready to go,” Spoelstra said, declining to identify a specific injury or body part. “It’s a little bit of everything. This i...
Paul Sullivan: Sports in the year of COVID-19 has shaken up a lot of norms. Here are 4 changes we'd like to see become permanent.
CHICAGO — With all the experimenting going on in the sports world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to forget what the rules are, how the postseason format works or even what time of year it is.No one is complaining, mind you. It’s all good.It’s much better to watch experimental rules baseball than no baseball at all, and the NBA playoffs in the bubble have been as fun to watch as any in years. I don’t care when they schedule must-see events such as the Kentucky Derby and U.S. Open, and a Masters in mid-November sounds like a tasty tradition unlike any other.Sports fans can get accus...
David Murphy: Hiring D'Antoni as coach would be crazy, but it might work even if it means the end of Embiid with Sixers
PHILADELPHIA — Sometimes, what an organization needs most is a shock to the system. It needs more than a shake of the snow globe. It needs a sledgehammer.The same is true for certain young players. They need more than inertia to propel them to superstardom. They need someone who is willing to push them off the plateau.If the Sixers are this type of organization, and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are these types of players, then Mike D’Antoni is the coach that all of them need. Granted, that is a big bunch of ifs. In particular, the last two of the three. One of the enduring maxims of regime chan...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tyler Herro, Miami's 20-year-old rookie, scores 37 and Heat is 1 win away from NBA Finals
Winning: The Miami Heat is on the brink of the NBA Finals and a 20-year-old rookie, who wasn’t even a top-10 pick, is leading the wayTyler Herro scored a career-high 37 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics, 112-109, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday to move within one win of playing for a championship.Herro’s explosion gives Miami a 3-1 series lead in Lake Buena Vista and the Heat can advance to the Finals for the first time since 2014 with a win Friday.In the final minutes, everyone from Jimmy Butler to Bam Adebayo to Goran Dragic...
Jake Cave homers twice as Twins edge Tigers 7-6, take over AL Central lead
MINNEAPOLIS — When the Twins left Guaranteed Rate Field last Thursday, it appeared that they had left the AL Central division title there for the White Sox.But a team’s fortunes can change quickly and greatly impact an abbreviated season.Chicago has sputtered, suffering consecutive walk-off losses in Cleveland this week. And the Twins, playing without the sore-kneed Nelson Cruz, won their fourth straight game with a 7-6 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. The Twins now are one-half game ahead of the White Sox for the division title.Chicago has a game in hand and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tom Thibodeau era begins with Knicks' first practice in over six months
NEW YORK — The Knicks were a little delayed getting on the court for their first group workouts Wednesday afternoon. After six months off, what’s another few minutes anyway?When they finally started practice, Tom Thibodeau began what he described as building a base of fundamentals.“Offensively, we’ll build our system more towards what the strengths of our club is and then defensively of course there’s things you believe in that you know you have to establish in this league,” Thibodeau said in a video conference call Wednesday with reporters. “And that starts with fundamentals on both offense a...
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