Heisler: In choosing Clippers coach, will Donald draw name from a hat?

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Chris PaulThis just in from Clipper Nation, where the home team can take its pick among top coaching candidates Lionel Hollins, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott and Brian Shaw.

And the winner is …

Let me get back to you on that.

No decision may soon be forthcoming from owner Donald Sterling, as none was for weeks after his people recommended firing Vinny Del Negro, a no-brainer they had set up that way with Sterling’s help.

It’s hard to to handicap the Clippers with officials given little weight by an owner who’s short on clues, and now, once again, in prime Confusion Mode.

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Heisler: Video on what’s next for Paul, Clippers

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Chris Paul is being blamed for the dismissal of Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro and isn’t happy about it.

Paul has spent the last two seasons with the Clippers, which not coincidentally have been the best back-to-back seasons in the history of the once-woebegone franchise.

Now Paul is approaching free agency, the timing of which at the root of the blame. Is he ticked off enough to leave the Clippers over it?

SH Blog: Phil Jackson predicts Heat in 6, Sterling admits letting go of Del Negro was to keep his players happy


Phil JacksonPhil Jackson has been all over the news over the past week. It all started when the details of his new book was revealed about how he compared Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. More importantly, people still want to know whether there is any chance of seeing the Zen Master back on the sidelines for any team. The answer to that question, unfortunately, appears to be a resounding no for the foreseeable future. Here is what he told Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

“I don’t see myself coaching again, I really don’t,” Jackson said. “When I discussed this with Jeanie Buss, she said, ‘Make sure you tell them that Jeanie still thinks you can coach even though you might say you’re not going to coach again.’ Jeanie still thinks I can coach, but I’m not going to go there.”

“The health issue is part of it,” Jackson said. “It’s an issue of getting back on the road and getting in at three in the morning and back-to-backs and playing four games in five nights at some point in the middle of the wintertime and not being there physically with the energy that you have to have to drive a team.”

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SH Blog: NBA Draft Lottery Recap, Cleveland Hits the Jackpot (Again); Howard Bashes D’Antoni; Coach K To Return To Team USA?

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DanGilbertPresser100515-300x189There’s no elevator to success in Cleveland. You have to take the stairs NBA draft lottery!

The Cleveland Cavaliers secured their second No. 1 overall pick in the three years since LeBron James left town Tuesday night in the NBA draft lottery. 

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The Evening News: Clips won’t extend Del Negro, like David West; Van Gundy not returning; Parker threatened


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