This, friends, is what we call managing expectations: ” Denver head coach, George Karl, joined the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his playoff aspirations (or lack thereof), what has gone right with his team, what has gone wrong with Allen Iverson in Detroit and an issue some young people in the NBA face. On whether or not he thinks the Nuggets can win a title: ‘No (laughs). All we’re trying to do is win a playoff round.
Yes, even assistant coaches undergo season-ending surgery: “Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Maurice Lucas underwent successful bladder cancer surgery on Tuesday, the Trail Blazers announced today. Doctors anticipate a recovery period of 6-to-8 weeks. Lucas will not return to the bench for the remainder of the 2008-09 season. ‘I’m disappointed that I will be missing this stretch run,” Lucas said.
As such, heads are likely to roll: “With eight games left and the Kings (16-58) on track to be the worst team in the 50-year franchise history, the inability to finish close games has significantly hurt coach Kenny Natt’s chances of returning next season. The Kings have lost 10 consecutive games decided by seven points or fewer, turning the in-house spotlight to matters of coaching creativity and late-game control. Combined with the defensive effort that has continued to worsen after the Dec.
by Marcel Mutoni
And by “some”, I mean members of the Washington Wizards organization, and the people who cover them in the media.
by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack
After the busy schedule on Wednesday nights, I always feel like Friday mornings are so quiet. I guess it’s all good because it’s Friday and the weekend is here! It was also ridiculously warm outside here in Toronto yesterday evening/last night. I spent a good chunk of my day staring at a computer screen and it was heaven to spend the evening walking the streets and feeling Spring all around me.
Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 52
Zo was among the last of a dying bread: bangers who possessed real skill. Now that he’s left the court for the last time, we salute you. Through the illness and the injury he always brought his all. We’ll miss you. —Tzvi Twersky
Portrayed for 23-years as an ignorant martyr of the anti-drug movement, Len Bias will be portrayed in a new light in a documentary, to be released June 19. The film features interviews with his teammates, friends and family as well as witnesses to Bias’ overdose. Perhaps the docu’s most important revelation is that Bias dabbled in cocaine use several times before his death.
This is great: “You know it’s April Fools Day when Grant Hill shows up in the Warriors’ box score. Twice. These pages might be changed by the time you read this, but for a while: NBA.com gave G. Hill a DNP - OLD AGE/LACK OF TALENT. Yahoo gave him 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting (Hill’s actual line from the Suns win over the Rockets on Wednesday).”