SH Blog: Bobcats to hire Steve Clifford, Howard “wide open” for Dallas

Dwight Howard

The coach searching for many teams around the league has been well underway, with plenty of notable candidates vying for a position for next season. As usual, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has details. Here is the latest word about the Milwaukee Bucks: The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing back three candidates to interview a second time for the franchise’s head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford will meet with Bucks officials this week

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SH Blog: Hornacek to coach Suns; Hibbert and James “blatantly obsessed with each other”

David Lee, Roy Hibbert

Tonight is Game 3 in the Pacers-Heat series, and it looks like a pivotal one. The Pacers can show that they are a real threat to the Heat’s dominance, or the Heat can assert their dominance after two games where they were arguably the worse of the teams on the floor. If you’d mentioned this scenario five years ago, it would have been laughed at. Probably. But hey, five years ago LeBron James was a Cavalier, the Pistons and Hornets

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SH Blog: Ujiri deciding between Nuggets, Raptors; Mike Malone a candidate for Clippers and Kings coaching positions

Masai Ujiri

So are the Pacers legit now? Does playing the Heat close once and then beating them the second time make a team legit? Does it matter, when they comprehensively beat the Knicks in the last round? My answers: yes, not necessarily, and not really, but the Heat are a much better measurement of legitimacy. One thing can’t be denied, though: the NBA establishment is warming to the previously no-name Pacers. The reaction to Paul George’s dunk last night proves that. And what

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SH Blog: Raptors closing in on Ujiri; Howard warming on Rockets; Wolves like Oladipo, Shabazz

Masai Ujiri

Even though the Pacers lost Game 1, they had to have impressed many impartial observers. Maybe the Heat won’t have an easy path to the Finals after all. Or maybe the first game was an aberration and they’ll turn on the jets and roll over Indiana from here on out. We’ll see, I guess. For some analysis of what went wrong for Indy at the end of OT, check out Chris Sheridan’s column blaming Paul George. And since we’re about to

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SH Blog: Carlesimo says Nets have unrealistic expectations, LeBron disagrees with MJ’s scouting report

Carlesimo

It’s always interesting to hear candid thoughts from former players or coaches about the situations of the teams they used to play for or coached. P.J. Carlesimo, the former interim head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, is now an ESPN analyst. Able to share all his thoughts in an objective matter, Carlesimo had plenty to say about what level of talent the Nets really have, why it’s bad for the league to be a players league, and what it really means

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