With the game on the line and his team down by a point with just 23 seconds left on the clock, the point guard drove past his defender for a layup and drew the foul for a 3-point play early in the clock. With the Golden State Warriors up 110-108, it appeared to be their game to lose.
When he isn’t trying to figure out how to get his team out of offensive slumps from the sideline – the Warriors are surprisingly ranked only 16th in offensive rating – he is at a church teaching the word of God.
He is a pastor off the court, and that makes him a motivator as a person and as a coach. That much is clear when you look at the inspirational job he did during the playoffs last season.
The interesting side of having such a close relationship with your players the way Jackson does is that sometimes, they will find a way to mess around with you. On Friday, Draymond Green posted an instagram video of superstar point guard Stephen Curry victimizing Jackson with what is popularly known around the web as “the dunk cam”.
SH Blog: Dan Gilbert still has hopes for Cavaliers this season, Barkley says Curry is not a superstar
After watching his team suffer a humiliating defeat at home against a depleted Los Angeles Lakers team on Wednesday, Gilbert made the decision to fire general manager Chris Grant, the architect of this currently-disastrous team. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the news:
Gilbert informed Grant of his dismissal late Thursday morning, sources said.
Assistant general manager David Griffin will take over as the interim GM, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Gilbert had grown increasingly frustrated with the losing and dysfunction within the Cavaliers, and the loss to the Lakers – who finished the game with four eligible players – was the breaking point.
Grant had a reputation as a hard-working executive, but failed to construct an infrastructure of talent to return the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left as a free agent in 2010.
Grant had been responsible for drafting several high lottery picks that have yet to validate themselves, including No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in the 2013 NBA draft. Grant has been waiting for several top-five draft picks, including Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, to fulfill their promise.
So who are the potential replacements for Grant? Ken Berger of CBSSports says there is no shortage of good general managers to choose from:
Tuesday night the Charlotte Bobcats put the clamps on the Dubs shooters—holding the team to a pitiful 31.2-percent from the floor—in a 16-point blowout win. It was the team’s worst shooting percentage since 2004, when they shot 27.5-percent against the Memphis Grizzlies. Point guard Steph Curry shot 8-of-18 (44-percent) from the floor in the loss.
The most efficient scorer on the team—not named Curry—was Jermaine O’Neal, who made his return from wrist surgery, having shot 2-of-5 (40-percent) from the floor en route to nine points in 17 minutes.
On the heels of one of the Golden State Warriors’ most abysmal offensive outings in recent memory, the team took to the practice court to try to correct their wayward shooting. Prior to practice, point guard Steph Curry informed his followers that he’d be holding court for a Q&A afterwards on his Facebook page.
Yes, stats count. So does his performance in close games, his output against the better teams, his showdowns with fellow candidates and his overall leadership. However, a true indicator can be how the player performs when he has to go it alone.
This season, we have all marveled at Kevin Durant. The perennial MVP candidate has been truly spectacular. But what has elevated him above LeBron James – who pretty much has had a chokehold on this award for the last five years – has been his performance without All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook.
This week’s table is dotted with other names who fit that description, such as Blake Griffin, Goran Dragic and Al Jefferson.