Monthly Archives: May 2010

Maybe John Wall is a savior after all

I’ve been operating under the impression that John Wall is a nice
player, but not a special one, not a kid who makes you think your ship
has come in because you just won the NBA draft lottery. I thought that
winning the right to draft Kentucky’s Wall was like winning $500 in the
lottery, not the Super Duper Mega Lottery where you never have to work
again a day in your life.

Nets' worth to LeBron James might have fallen with draft position

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

Depending on perspective, the Cavaliers either dodged a bullet in the
LeBron James sweepstakes Tuesday night or there was no impact from a
usually distinctive NBA event.

LeBron James reaches out to Eddy Curry

LeBron James has reached out to the Knicks, which may or may not be such
a good thing for Donnie Walsh’s club.

James, according to a source, has contacted Knicks center Eddy Curry
about working out together at some point during the offseason. There may
be nothing more to it than the fact that James and Curry are
represented by the same agent, Leon Rose. James and Curry also have
close ties to noted NBA power broker William Wesley, whom the Knicks put
in charge of Curry’s workouts last summer.

76ers said to be favoring Collins

All signs point toward Doug Collins.

The 76ers’ coaching search, which is more than a month old and has
dwindled to only a handful of candidates, has a distinct front-runner:

According to multiple sources, Collins is the leading candidate, ahead
of former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson and former Toronto
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, although it’s possible that Ed Stefanski,
the Sixers’ president and general manager, will schedule a second round
of interviews.

Mike Brown and staff preparing for likely split from Cleveland Cavaliers

Decision day hasn’t arrived yet but it appears everyone is preparing for

The Cavaliers had not performed or scheduled exit interviews with
players or coaches as of Monday. Once some or all of those take place,
there will be a verdict on coach Mike Brown. But if that decision is a
parting of ways, the sides are getting ready for it.

Source: LeBron-Cal deal not on radar

A source with direct knowledge of the Chicago Bulls front office’s
plans says the team believes it has the right players in place —
namely, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng — to surround LeBron
James when it makes its case with the free agent-to-be on July 1.

But the source said there has been no discussion of bringing Kentucky
coach John Calipari in with James as part of a package deal.

Chicago Bulls' biggest selling point could be point guard Derrick Rose

LeBron James’ first NBA coach didn’t believe James would leave Cleveland
as a free agent this summer, but after watching the Cavaliers come up
short of a championship again, all that has changed.

Paul Silas, who coached James with the Cavs from 2003-05, has become a
believer in speculation that James will move on this summer.

Bosh done in TO?

Sources close to the situation have said Chris Bosh will not be back in
Toronto, the decision has been made… He’ll shop a sign-and-trade.

Greg Miller talks Millsap, Boozer, off-season

Back in November, Jazz chief executive Greg Miller opted to wear a No. 5
Carlos Boozer jersey to an interview for KSL 5’s SportsBeat Sunday, a
show of support to the embattled power forward.

Miller made no such fashion statement Sunday when he sat down for
another SportsBeat interview. Not to suggest that Boozer is leaving as a
free agent this summer and Paul Millsap is staying, but Miller did
endorse Millsap in one respect.

“In my opinion, Paul played his best basketball when he was the guy,
when Carlos was out,” Miller said. “And so it’s exciting for me to think
about what we’d get out of Millsap if he knew he was going to play that
key role for us. We’ll just have to wait and see if that happens.”

Don't jump the gun on LeBron

Word has spread that LeBron James placed a phone call to Derrick Rose
after the Cavaliers’ playoff elimination and is already expressing
interest in joining the Bulls as a free agent, as chronicled in today’s
Daily Herald.

This is obviously great news for the Bulls, who have roughly six weeks
to prepare their recruiting pitch before free-agency begins on July 1.