There are three NBA teams with new coaches for the start of the 2012-13 season, and no one is expecting any of them to work miracles. In fact, ownership and management appear to be expecting just the opposite. The Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic both are undergoing massive rebuilding projects and don’t seem overly concerned with winning. Both teams have hired inexperienced coaches with strong backgrounds in player development, which means they also have strong backgrounds in patience. It remains to be
Pity poor Paul Allen. He only came in at No. 20 on the Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans. But at least he’ll have something to hold over the heads of the other owners when they convene next month for the Board of Governors meeting in New York (then again, Allen– worth 15 billion– may not attend. He usually sends someone in his place). The only owner who can flex muscles with him is Mikhail Prokhorov of the Brooklyn Nets, with $13.2
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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard will not be ready for the team’s preseason opener due to ongoing issues with his surgically repaired back. On Thursday night, the team confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Howard – the prize acquisition of the NBA offseason – is not expected to be ready when the Lakers open camp Oct. 2 or when they play their preseason opener five days later vs. Golden State at Fresno. The timetable is actually more optimistic than one laid
Dwight Howard has some parting words for the people of Orlando who suffered through the DwightMare. The Los Angeles Lakers center purchased a full-page ad in the Orlando Sentinel’s Sunday editions and thanked the fans for their support. He did not say he was sorry for leading them on an emotional roller-coaster ride that ended with one of the worst trades in NBA history. Here is a screenshot of the ad:
Did Pat Williams, who’ll be honored at the Hall of Fame this week, save the Bulls franchise for Chicago? nba.com/bulls/history/… — Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) September 2, 2012 Click through to a fantastic piece from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith, who gives us all a history lesson on how Pat Williams — who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame this week — helped keep the Bulls in Chicago.
Stan Van Gundy, who lost his coaching job as part of the “Dwightmare” saga that surrounded the Orlando Magic, said in a radio interview Monday that CEO Alex Martins showed “naivete” in his belief that the coach could not relate to players. Van Gundy appeared Monday morning on Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi’s show on 740 AM. He was fired by Martins after Orlando’s first-round playoff exit to Indiana – without the injured Dwight Howard – following his fifth straight winning