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Wednesday And-1 links: This is Coach K’s last Olympics

May 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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After a day off we return with our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• This wasn’t a secret, but Mike Krzyzewski confirmed he is not coming back for the 2016 Olympics, London is his last run. What does he have against Brazil?

Coach K added that missing Derrick Rose this summer will hurt USA.

• Also on the Olympics front, Donatas Motiejunas may not play for Lithuania in the Olympics because any injury could void his contract with Houston (he was their first round pick in 2011).

• Reportedly no team even giving Phil Jackson a call? I don’t think he comes back but you think someone would at least test the waters.

Ranking all the free agent NBA coaches (and Stan Van Gundy, who will be a free agent soon enough).

An open letter from a Blazers fan and blogger to owner Paul Allen.

O.J. Mayo says wherever he is playing next year he wants to be used as a point guard.

• Why were there fewer great NBA centers now? Well, there aren’t.

• Golden State is reportedly interested in Illinois sophomore Meyers Leonard. Look for him to go middle of the first round, and with the Warriors he would back up Andrew Bogut.

• Doc Rivers is the second highest paid coach in professional sports at $7 million a year, according to Forbes. Bill Belichick tops the list.

George Karl said he found the last season the most enjoyable of his coaching career.

• A good look at the power forwards in the NBA Draft. Perry Jones III is the kind of talented guy who could get a GM fired in a few years (because you took him, or because you didn’t and he gets his head together).

Who should the Bulls bring in to replace Derrick Rose the first half of the season?

• An interesting profile of Neil Olshey, the GM who has help turn around the Clippers.

• The NBA’s twitter feed has passed 5 million followers.

• The mayor of San Francisco wants the Warriors to be playing in the city within five years, in a brand new arena.

• The Warriors have promoted Kirk Lacob — the son of owner Jacob Lacob — to assistant GM. The younger Lacob was the GM of their D-League affiliate this past year. If you want to point your finger and say “nepotism” you’ll need to shake your fingers at basically every team in the league.

• Houston Rockets scout David Patrick has been suspended for a year due to player contact during the lockout, the league announced.

• You do know those Clippers celebrated their win with a giant Chris Paul baby head they got in Memphis, right?

A Q&A with the Nets Anthony Morrow.

• Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic underwent ankle surgery on Tuesday.

Steve Nash and Doc Rivers won the awards for their work with the media from the Pro Basketball Writers Association.

• Cleveland wants to host a future All-Star Game.

  1. abasketballthing - May 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Rose will not be missed at all. That team has more than enough athleticism. They need great passers and shooters at the point guard position(CP3 and D-Will). Having Rose and LeBron on the court at the same time would create a issue similar to the one the Miami Heat have on offense. For team USA, Rose’s absence is a blessing in disguise.

  2. mnsadsportsfan - May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    i heard phil jackson was coaching for tibet

  3. skids003 - May 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Coach K has done a great job, mainly handling all those massive egos in the name of winning for the USA. He deserves kudos for that if nothing else.

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