Racine Journal Times: Gery Woelfel suggests that the Bucks are dragging their feet on a coaching hire because they are interested in Lionel Hollins. Hollins worked the 2008-09 season as an assistant to Scott Skiles before taking over as Memphis’ head coach for the final 39 games of the season.
If you believe some insightful NBA officials, it’s simply because the Bucks are playing the waiting game. They are biding their time until the Memphis Grizzlies’ season ends and they can talk to Grizzlies free-agent in-waiting coach Lionel Hollins.
Some NBA insiders claim Hollins is still very interested in the Bucks’ job. They note Hollins enjoyed his brief stint in Milwaukee, forged a good rapport with the Bucks’ management and is even intrigued by a few of the team’s players.
NBA.com: Cleveland won the NBA’s draft lottery last night for the second time in three years (and the third time in the past 11 years). With a core of Kyrie Irving (and perhaps Nerlens Noel?), the Cavs threaten to be the future Central Division roadblock that Chicago and Indiana are for the time being.
There’s the show on ESPN that announces the winners, but prior to that, there’s the show before the show, the one where the lottery balls are plucked out and four-ball combinations determine the first, second, and third draft picks.
I bet these two guys can make a hell of a smoothie.
Twitter: Larry Sanders has an invite to tryout for the U.S. men’s basketball team this summer.
Just found out I got selected to workout/tryout for the USA Basketball team this summer! Such and amazing honor,Glory be to God! #Olympics
— Nappy Gilmore(@LarrySanders) May 22, 2013
All this lottery buzz for Cleveland lends itself to thinking about Mike Brown and LeBron James’ time with the Cavs. For a while, LeBron played like the player with the most talent, but also like a player who had no idea how to put it to good use. There were too many offensive possessions that ended without anyone but him touching the ball. He looked uncoached or uncoachable, for lack of a better phrase. His scoring and defense were amazing almost from the start, but he had room to grow with respect to rebounding, playing offense from the paint, and passing in the overall context of a team’s offense.
In 2013, he dominates the NBA and has now make a case for himself as one of the all-time greatest players. What happened in-between? Could it have been his experience in international play?
Back in 2008, Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski threatened to leave LeBron off the Olympic team. Four years later, they were singing his praise as the world’s greatest player.
“LeBron James is a different player and a different person than he was in ’06,” Colangelo said in a private moment after the United States’ 107-100 gold medal victory. “And I say that with exclamation marks. He’s matured incredibly as a person, player and leader.”
Sanders isn’t LeBron James, of course. But he could mature a bit. And playing with the world’s greatest assemblage of talent on one team and learning from Krzyzewski or a Kryzewski-level coach can’t hurt, can it? What if we assume that Sanders doesn’t suffer a physical injury during international play?
The U.S. men’s basketball team holds a mini-camp July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Despite still technically being the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, Larry Drew interviewed for an identical position with the Milwaukee Bucks Monday. According to Chris Vivlamore, Drew communicated via text message that the meeting “went well”.