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  1. Are the Warriors better off with Keith Smart?

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    The tea leaves read “Nellie is done.” And though Nelson long and distinguished career is certainly worth respecting, you can still hear the collective sigh of relief, followed by the sharp intake of anticipation from Warriors fans. A fresh start. A new beginning. A change in the winds. Or, you know, not really any of…

  2. Could Portland's Nate McMillan really be on the hot seat? Yes, yes he can.

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Nate McMillan has been at the helm of a basketball renaissance in Portland. This was a team that won 21 games his first year with a roster led by Zach Randolph and Darius Miles — a roster that needed an overhaul. That overhaul came and so did the wins (and a better reputation). Two years…

  3. Clippers set to hire Vinny Del Negro as coach

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Chicago Bulls were faced with a choice: the experienced and tactically wise Dwane Casey, or the energetic newcomer who had no experience but had a plan for developing young talent in Vinny Del Negro. Two years later, the Clippers were faced with the exact same choice — and they had gotten…

  4. Clippers reliving the 2008 Chicago Bulls coaching search

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Not having a coach in place is rumored to have hurt the Clippers during the LeBron James interview process. The other five years brought their coach, who had one-on-one time with LeBron to talk tactics and how he fits in their system on the court. The Clippers remain without a coach, although the decision was…

  5. Phil Jackson says he is returning for one more year

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson made it official today — he is back for one more year as head coach of the Lakers. “Count me in,” said Jackson in the official statement on Lakers.com. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its…

  6. Byron Scott is your new Cleveland Cavaliers coach

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:00 AM EDT

    And suddenly, Byron Scott is the new coach of LeBron James. Or a team headed to the lottery. Check back in a few days for the answer. Either way, Byron Scott is the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Scott’s agent confirmed to FanHouse. Yesterday, all signs pointed to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw…

  7. Doc Rivers to return to Celtics

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    After being away from the sting of losing in the NBA finals for a few weeks, Doc Rivers has decided he wants to be back on the sidelines for one more year, and one more run at a title. Rivers made it official by telling the Celtics his intentions today. The Boston Herald broke the…

  8. Report: Brian Shaw to be head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    In an interesting move that could be brilliant or backfire horribly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as their head coach. The reports are conflicting. Shaw is the man and a deal is being finalized according to a report from Sam Amick at FanHouse. However, the well-connected Brian Windhorst says that no…

  9. Byron Scott waits on no man. Not even Phil Jackson or LeBron James. So he says.

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Don’t believe what you read. Because what you read would say Byron Scott is waiting to see what Phil Jackson does about the Lakers job (because Scott has said before he covets that job) and what LeBron James plans to do in Cleveland (because that would be the prudent thing to do). Once he has…

  10. The Cavs are setting themselves up to be shown up by LA again

    Jun 26, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Earlier we told you that the Cavs have turned their coaching attentions towards Brian Shaw. It behooves us to talk a little bit about what this means for Cleveland. It means Cleveland is trying valiantly to be a premier franchise in the league. They’re willing to go out and aggressively pursue guys with championship rings.…

  11. Report: Clipper coaching search down to Dwayne Casey, Vinny Del Negro

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Two former NBA head coaches — both fired with pretty good records but management thought they could find someone better — are the last two standing in the Clippers search for a head coach. Vinny Del Negro and Dwayne Casey are the two finalists for the Los Angeles job, reports Kevin Arnovitz at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Ironically,…

  12. Byron Scott to get second interview in Cleveland, but Cavs not moving fast

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    After tonight, Byron Scott has nothing to do for a while. His duties as an analyst with ESPN will be done and he will have a lot more free time on his hands. Enough time to squeeze in a second interview with the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But while…

  13. Izzo is out, who is behind curtain number two in Cleveland?

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    And behind curtain number two we have…. No idea. Byron Scott is the only other name we know. But now that Tom Izzo has made the smart play and decided not to risk one of the better jobs in college basketball on the whims of LeBron James, the Cavaliers could go back to square one…

  14. Clippers coaching search on hold while they focus on free agents

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    LeBron James has avoided being involved in any coaching decisions like they are the plague. That will not deter the Clippers, who have put their coaching search on hold while they focus on pursuing James and other free agents, according to a note in the Milwaukee Journal Times. “Put their coaching search on hold” is…

  15. Report: LeBron "100 percent" endorses Izzo as coach

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    It has been the biggest lingering question about the Cavaliers pursuit of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to take their head job: What would LeBron James think? Because right now all things Cavaliers revolve around what LeBron James wants and thinks. When they order new pens for the Cavaliers offices they ask, “What color pens…

  16. Avery Johnson comes very highly recommended… by Greg Popovich

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    When the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson earlier this week, it came with quite a few backhanded compliments. “Great regular season coach.” “Lot of potential.” “Fiery guy.” All of these purposefully ignore the elephant in the room to make it seem bigger than it is. Johnson’s teams had terrible playoff results. The discussion of…

  17. Breaking News: Tom Izzo still undecided. Yes, we're serious.

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    At this point, these Tom Izzo updates hurt us as much as they hurt you. This is an update to tell you that the Michigan State coach responded to texts from the AP with the cryptic “still gathering.” What’s he gathering,exactly? The people? News? Rain? Crops? “Our sources indicate Tom Izzo is gathering tomatoes for…

  18. Windhorst: Izzo to make Cavaliers decision on Saturday

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    According to the Twitter account of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brian Windhorst, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told his (current) team that he will make his decision on Saturday.  Earlier today, Izzo sent a text message to the Associate Press stating that he had not yet made his final decison. According to Plain Dealer writer…

  19. Avery Johnson's new gig: And now for something completely different

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    When Avery Johnson got his new coaching job — a coveted one, head man for the New Jersey Nets — the natural thing to do was to bring up his coaching record in Dallas. Three plus seasons, .735 winning percentage, two 60 plus win seasons, took a team to the NBA finals. But that job…

  20. Tom Izzo to decide on Cavaliers job. Someday. In the near future.

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    It was probably a lot like those time share sales pitches you suffered through to get those two free days in Las Vegas. Tom Izzo has traveled to Cleveland and heard their hard-sell sales pitch. He talked with their people and toured the facilities (which he had been at before) while his family toured the…

  21. Hawks brass meeting to figure out coaching decision

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks appear ready to go get their coach… after just one more meeting. Nearly a month after they fired Mike Woodson and less than a week before the NBA Draft, the Hawks owners and front office are going to sit down today and decide who they want as a head coach. That according…

  22. Byron Scott now the guy in line behind Tom Izzo for Cavaliers coaching job

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert is a Michigan State graduate, and on that campus Tom Izzo walks on water. That’s how a college coach with plenty of questions about how he would succeed in the NBA has become the guy at the center of the Cleveland coaching discussion. But now Byron Scott is the other guy…

  23. Nets have deal with Avery Johnson to become coach

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    You knew the little general was going to get a job somewhere this summer. Looks like he got a prime one. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting via twitter that the Nets have reached a verbal agreement with Avery Johnson on a contract to become their next head coach. The talks didn’t last long, which is…

  24. Clipper players lobby for Kelvin Sampson to be next coach

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Clippers are being very deliberate in their search for a new head coach. Deliberate is a kind word. Painfully slow may be another way to put it. Waiting for LeBron to choose may be another. Waiting for Godot may be most accurate. But some Clippers players are making themselves heard, according to the Journal…

  25. Report: Cavaliers make offer to Tom Izzo

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are making a hard push for Tom Izzo as their next coach. That much is clear. The question is how hard. The Northern Ohio News-Herald is reporting that an offer has been made to Izzo to become the next head coach of the Cavs as they seek to keep LeBron James, a curious…

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