Monthly Archives: April 2010

New Jersey Nets won't lure Jeff Van Gundy from ESPN's analyst booth

Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy isn’t interested in coaching the
Nets, or any other team, according to his brother, Magic coach Stan Van

Before coaching the Magic in a playoff game against the Bobcats
Wednesday night, Stan Van Gundy told that it is clear to
him that his TV brother is unlikely to be pacing any sideline in the
near future.

Under difficult cir*****stances, Adrian Dantley takes charge of the Denver Nugge

Adrian Dantley has the single most difficult job in this NBA postseason
and he knows it. His players know it, as does everybody who plays
against his Denver Nuggets. All Dantley is being asked to do is lead a
team of headstrong characters with championship aspirations deep into
the playoffs while the man best suited to coach them, his boss George
Karl, battles throat and neck cancer.

Wouldn't hang up on Bulls

Former NBA coach of the year Byron Scott said he wouldn’t hang up the
phone on the Chicago Bulls if they call him this offseason about a
coaching vacancy.

Vinny Del Negro, who has led the Bulls to playoff appearances in his two
seasons in Chicago, has another year left on his contract, but it’s
widely speculated that Del Negro will be let go as soon as the season is
over. The Bulls trail the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the Eastern
Conference quarterfinals.

John Smallwood: Larry Brown back to the Sixers? It makes sense

IF YOU’RE running the 76ers, it’s easy to see why a Larry Brown return
would make sense.

The greatest moments in recent franchise history came from 1997-98 to
2002-03, when Brown led the Sixers to the playoffs five times in six
seasons, including a trip to the 2001 NBA Finals.

Pax shoved Del Negro, challenged him to a fight

The growing rift between coach Vinny Del Negro and team management —
namely executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar
Forman — was bound to become a major issue when the season ended but
was pushed to the forefront Tuesday by a Yahoo! Sports report.

Shaq's back — but status of Cavaliers' big man for Wednesday's s

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — While the Cavaliers decide whether or not to play
Shaquille O’Neal in the season finale on Wednesday, it may be easy to
forget that having the option to play him before the end of the season
is a victory in itself.

O’Neal has been cleared by doctors to return and he went through all of
practice Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. If his right thumb makes it
through Tuesday’s contact practice without problems, there’s a good
chance coach Mike Brown will give him around 20 minutes of playing time
Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Larry Brown could be headed back to Philadelphia

Play "Misty" for us; they closed the coffin on the I-Nod Center last

Coincidentally, Larry Brown and his latest band of renown were in town.

If memory — and a cheat sheet — serve, it was Brown who escorted New
Jersey into the Brendan Byrne Arena in 1981.

Will LeBron James stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

Over the past two years, there have been dozens of twists and turns in
the LeBron James free-agency saga, most of them small events that have
been magnified by the size of the stage.

Spurs Sign Ginobili to Contract Extension

The San Antonio Spurs are Tim Duncan’s team. I don’t think anyone would
argue that fact. But Manu Ginobili is definitely the key to the Spurs
success for the past few years. As Duncan’s output declines slightly due
to age the Spurs have been leaning more and more on Ginobili to carry
the offensive load and spark the team defensively.

Rutgers could eye 76ers’ Jordan

As Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan counts down to his imminent
dismissal at season’s end, he could soon be a serious candidate for the
job at Rutgers University, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Jordan has “significant” interest in returning to try and resurrect his
alma mater’s fledgling Big East Conference program, a source close to
him said Saturday.