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Yahoo! Sports:  The Bucks interviewed Los Angeles Lakers’ assistant coach Steve Clifford for their head coaching vacancy Monday. His interview makes him the fourth candidate brought in so far, following Kelvin Sampson, Nate McMillan, and J.B. Bickerstaff.  The Bucks’ management also made a visit to a farm to talk with a potential candidate with a Hall of Fame resume and a Jazzy background. On Clifford’s qualifications, Adrian Wojnarowski writes,

Clifford comes with a strong pedigree, serving as an assistant coach for Stan Van Gundy in Orlando and Jeff Van Gundy in Houston and New York. Clifford also worked with Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on the Rockets and Knicks staffs. Both Van Gundys consider Clifford a comparably elite head-coaching candidate.

My question would be this, “If Clifford is the strong locker room personality whom the Bucks have sought, why has Dwight Howard been such a chucklehead for him in both Orlando and Los Angeles?”  To be fair, a higher-profile candidate and perhaps the Bucks’ top choice, Stan Van Gundy, had the exact same problem.  But it’s still a question worth asking.

Racine Journal Times:  Gery Woefel adds a footnote to the Monta Ellis/Larry Sanders blowup.

* You may have heard about a little dust-up — actually, it wasn’t so little — between Bucks center Larry Sanders and soon-to-be-departed shooting guard Monta Ellis after Game 3 of the team’s first-round playoff series against Milwaukee.  My suggestion to the Bucks brass is that the next time any of their players decide to exchange unpleasantries, they bring in Drew Gooden and Darington Hobson as judges.


So Woelfel suggests that the fight was bigger that the original reports indicated, that Ellis may use it as motivation to opt out of the final year of his contract and bolt, and that Drew Gooden and Darington Hobson should be judges.  Wait, what does that last part mean?  I spent multiple hours per day following the Bucks and I have no idea what this means.  Why Darington Hobson?  Drew Gooden?  I am confused.

NBA.com:  Larry Sanders finished with as many points (16) from the vote as anyone not on the NBA’s All-Defensive First- and Second-Teams, but he missed out — primarily because he was listed as a forward.  Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah tied with 24 points and earned a joint spot on the First Team, and oddly, the NBA still put another center on the Second Team: Marc Gasol.  Gasol, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, nabbed just 12 points.  (The Defensive Player of the Year award is picked by the media; the defensive teams are picked by the league’s coaches.)

The forward competition was probably stiffer.  LeBron James was on all but two ballots, and Serge Ibaka seems to get an annual nod for leading the league in blocks per game, even if Sanders blocked shots on a higher percentage basis. Sanders was gracious despite the snub.


Hoopdata: Hoopdata updated its database through the end of the season, and in the very unofficial stat of drawing charges, the Bucks had three players rank in the top ten.

Ricky Rubio, 40
Gerald Wallace, 32
Kemba Walker, 32
Ersan Ilyasova, 31
Mike Dunleavy, 29
Kyle Lowry, 28
Deron Williams, 25
Monta Ellis, 24
Kirk Hinrich, 24
Four tied at 22

No surprise that Ersan gets a spot, probably not much for Dunleavy either.  Maybe Ellis is a surprise.  Here’s perhaps more of a surprise:  In the category of plays defensed (= blocked shots + steals + charges drawn), Ellis led all NBA guards with 235.

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