“Scintillating Kobe!” Lakers play-by-play analyst Bill MacDonald exclaimed as Bryant weaved in and out of Hornets’ defenders, as he continued to eat away at New Orleans’ 25-point second half lead with bucket after bucket.
If you wanted to compare the possibilities of who might be the next U.S. Olympic basketball coach to the weather, the following would make perfect sense:
A heat wave will soon hit Antarctica, a driving rainstorm will be pelting the Sahara and Jerry Colangelo will no doubt hire Gregg Popovich.
Doc Rivers is one of the top choices — of not the top choice — to become the next coach of Team USA. This is a subject that was speculated upon in the immediate aftermath of Team USA’s gold medal triumph in London, and there is reason to believe it is closer to becoming a reality.
Take a look at the transcript below from Colangelo’s recent interview on SheridanHoopsRadio.
When the subject of who would replace Mike Krzyzewski was raised, Colangelo threw Rivers’ name out there without any prompting. (And while he was at it, he flat-out rejected the notion of Russia’s head coach, David Blatt, an Israeli-American who played collegiately at Princeton, coming under consideration for the job.
The next Team USA coach will lead the team in the summer of 2014 at the World Cup (formerly known as the World Championship) in Spain.
Here is the transcript:
CS: The word came from London that Coach K said that this was going to be it for him and if that is indeed the case, he’s going to go out with 50 wins in his last 50 games, and that’s a heck of an accomplishment. I know you want to change his mind. I know you guys are supposed to get together for a bottle of red wine and a pizza. Has that happened yet?
Asked about Gordon’s status for the team’s season opener Wednesday night vs. San Antonio, Hornets coach Monty Williams said, “He’s gonna be out, and the way I understand it, he’s gonna be out indefinitely until we get some clarity as to what’s going on.”
Gordon did not play at all in the preseason due to the knee injury before participating in full contact practices Sunday and Monday.
Acquired by the Hornets in the Chris Paul trade as the centerpiece of their rebuilding project, Gordon was limited to just nine games last season, also due to a knee injury. He bruised his right knee in the season opener, sat four games before playing again, then sat out before returning in April.
While sidelined, Gordon first opted for rest and rehabilitation before deciding to have surgery in mid-February. He played in seven of the team’s last 13 games and finished with averages of 20.6 points and 3.4 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Gordon spent his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged career highs of 22.3 points and 4.4 assists in the 2010-11 season, when he missed 26 games, primarily due to a wrist injury.
While Gordon was sidelined last season, he and the Hornets were unable to reach agreement on a contract extension. He entered the offseason as a restricted free agent and received a maximum four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns, which the Hornets matched.
Afterward, Gordon expressed his displeasure at the process and criticized Hornets management for not making the first offer.
Also this summer, Gordon was one of the final cuts by Team USA.
Welcome to the first broadcast of SheridanHoops Radio, which will be broadcast daily (except on weekends) throughout the 2012-13 NBA season.
Our first show features Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo, coach Mike Krzyzyewski and chief scout Tony Ronzone.
My co-host is Andy Roth.
Coming off their gold medal victory at the London Olympics, these guys had an awful lot to say about the past, present and future of USA Basketball.