It was an ass whipping from beginning to end. I was confused why CJ Watson got 3 free throws on the Chalmers flagrant. I hear the explanation, but I didn't realize you could be called for a personal foul and a flagrant foul on the same play. Did Chalmers get assessed two fouls on the score sheet? Meaning if he had 2 PF, he went up to 4 in one play??
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that we may be seeing the end of those grating prolonged sequences of three officials huddled around a 2002-era computer screen to review a play; review could be headed to a centralized office.
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Just been informed the NBA WILL have a centralized replay center for next season's games. So these playoffs last games with on-site review.
The New York Knicks are in "no rush" with their coaching search, as president Phil Jackson is going to be "deliberate" after losing out on Steve Kerr, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne. When the Oklahoma City Thunder are eliminated from the playoffs, Jackson reportedly intends to "seriously discuss" the position with point guard Derek Fisher.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks endorsed Fisher's candidacy, and a report last week indicated he was the "front-runner" for the job.
Every new story about the Knicks situation ends up mentioning the same names from Jackson's circle: Fisher, Shaw, Bill Cartwright, Luke Walton, Kurt Rambis and Tyronn Lue. It seems highly likely that one or two of Jackson's former players and assistants will at least end up on the staff. He has reportedly also interviewed Mike Dunleavy, and might be open to the idea of Mark Jackson coaching the team. Even if the team broadens its search, it seems unlikely anything will be resolved for a while.
I'd feel real sorry for the Knicks if Dunleavy becomes their new coach.
Kevin Love reportedly is sick of missing the playoffs, and would like to compete on a contending team. The Boston Celtics are not a contending team, but they do have Rajon Rondo and some good role players. They also will have what the Minnesota Timberwolves desire, a high draft pick this season. From Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Boston Celtics have emerged as an increasingly intriguing destination for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, and the Celtics' draft position coming out of Tuesday night's lottery could be telltale in determining the feasibility of a trade, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
If the lottery percentages hold to form, Boston would draft in the No. 5 slot, which could hold appeal to Minnesota in this talent-rich draft. If Boston moves up and cracks one of the top three spots, general manager Danny Ainge would have a more difficult decision to make on using the pick in a deal for Love.
Love's representatives with Excel Sports are pushing Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to find a trade acceptable to them before the beginning of summer free agency in July – preferably by the June 26 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Timberwolves have long been reluctant to even listen to other teams inquiring about their superstar power forward, but they've apparently softened their stance, via the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski:
A likely asking price would include a high first-round pick in this year's draft and a solid veteran or two who would come in and contribute right away to a team that is lacking in veteran leadership.
If the Wolves do not get an offer they feel is worthy of parting with the second-best player in franchise history, they are content to move forward with a plan to show Love that Minnesota is where he belongs, much the way the Portland Trail Blazers did with LaMarcus Aldridge last offseason.
While the AP report indicates that Minnesota is still hopeful, the Yahoo report paints a picture of executives readying their offers. The draft lottery will affect some teams' leverage, but Wojnarowski mentioned the Houston Rockets potentially including Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik in trade packages. Love will have plenty of suitors.
The Timberwolves might not have given up on a plan similar to what the Blazers did with LaMarcus Aldridge, but it's clear things will have to change pretty drastically if Love is going to stick around beyond next season. Minnesota president Flip Saunders is going to need to seriously consider any offer that includes young prospects or the opportunity to send undesirable contracts away.
The NBA storyline that will likely dominate the next two to 12 months is in full swing, as rumors of the Timberwolves looking at trading Kevin Love have hit full swing. Reports exploded over the weekend of potential landing spots for the Wolves forward, and the Star Tribune reports on the predictable tempering of talks by Wolves management ... while also acknowledging the situation.
The Associated Press, citing two unnamed sources, reported Sunday that, with Tuesday's draft lottery and the June 26 draft approaching, the Wolves are softening their position that they won't trade Love and are open to the idea of doing so for the right deal.
“Not by the draft,” owner Glen Taylor said before Sunday's Lynx home opener at Target Center about such a possibility.
Taylor said he hasn't discussed that option recently with Flip Saunders, the team's president of basketball operations, and said Love has not asked for or told the team to trade him. Taylor has remained hopeful the team, searching for a coach to replace Rick Adelman, will show enough improvement next season to convince Love his future is with a team that hasn't made the playoffs in a decade.
Saunders told WCCO Radio on Sunday morning that he hasn't talked to Love's representatives since the season ended in mid-April.
“We're proceeding the same way, that Kevin is part of our team, that we have,” Saunders told WCCO. “You're always trying to get your team better. There have been reports we're actively trying to trade him, which isn't true. What we're actively trying to do is get our team better. When you do that, you look to see what's out there no matter what it is or for anybody. We're a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 10 years. We've got to get better.”
via Wolves temper Love trade rumors | Star Tribune.
That's a pretty big change there from Taylor. Going from "We won't trade Kevin at all, period" which had been the team's stance to "Not before the draft" from Taylor and "We're actively trying to make our team better" from Saunders. That's a non-admission admission that Love is suddenly on the table, in NBA speak.
Now, before the draft is important here. No one's making this deal before draft night. The Wolves will look and see what happens in the lottery, and if on draft night someone comes with a huge offer, they may push the button. But they're not under any duress. The Wolves' leverage is mitigated by Love's free agency stats in 2015, but that's a year away. They have time to wait the market out and hope for someone to get desperate for him, much the same way the Magic remained patient with Dwight Howard and Denver remained patient with Carmelo Anthony.
As for the denial Love has asked for a trade? Well, one, stars rarely do that. They just make it known they won't re-sign. And even if Love did, neither Taylor nor Saunders would acknowledge that; it murders your leverage.
But this has moved well beyond "Love could be moved if things don't change" to "the jig may be up" and the Wolves could be looking at their third major rebuilding process since trading Kevin Garnett in 2007. The "Loveboat" is in full effect as the next major NBA storyline.
This is interesting. There's virtually no interior defence from OKC when Adams isn't on the floor, but he's already picked up to fouls in 10 mins. He's clearly going to play a lot more in the second half, but he'll have to be very disciplined.