For the last few days, Phil Jackson was interested in the possibility of joining the Magic 's front office, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.
But late Thursday afternoon, according to the paper, Jackson bowed out.
Magic Chief Executive Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson.
'It drew some interest from Phil,' Vincent said. 'But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity.'
Jackson may be headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out of the Orlando offer before Martins had a chance to run it by Magic owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson's exit Thursday, but would not comment.
Vincent said Jackson gave him the impression that he doesn't want to coach anymore. But the Magic scenario would have involved Jackson as either the team president/general manager or in a consulting role.
Vincent said that Jackson, 66, was intrigued enough by the idea that Vincent and another intermediary were preparing to fly to Jackson's home in Montana to speak with him. And, if the talks went well, they would next approach Howard.
Vincent was excited early Thursday afternoon before learning that Jackson had passed on the opportunity to come to Orlando.
Warriors Edge Thunder to Extend Dream Season to NBA Finals - May 31, 2016
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The Golden State Warriors entered the N.B.A. playoffs having spent months chasing basketball magic. As they overwhelmed a conga line of opponents, the Warriors went about the uncharitable business of obliterating records, each new number more impressive than the last. Yet the Warriors have remained aware that all their feats would be meaningless without an opportunity to vie for another championship, their victories consigned to the dustbin of near renown, their records reduced to footnot... [read more]
The Golden State Warriors entered the N.B.A. playoffs having spent months chasing basketball magic. As they overwhelmed a conga line of opponents, the Warriors went about the uncharitable business of obliterating records, each new number more impressive than the last. Yet the Warriors have remained aware that all their feats would be meaningless without an opportunity to vie for another championship, their victories consigned to the dustbin of near renown, their records reduced to footnotes of almost greatness. They have always wanted the whole package: the wins, the records and the trophy. Golden State sustained the dream on Monday by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 96-88, in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena. The Warriors, the defending champions, are bound for the N.B.A. finals, where they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight year. Game 1 is here on Thursday. 'You appreciate how tough it is to get back here,' said Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), who led the Warriors with 36 points. 'That's the one thing I've learned.' Of all the Warriors' accomplishments, this one may have been the most impressive. They had to win the final three games of the series to outlast the Thunder, whose miscues - missed shots, turnovers and wasted chances to advance - could haunt the franchise for years to come. Curry shot 13 of 24 from the field and made seven 3-pointers. Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.), his companion in the backcourt, added 21 points, including six 3s. The Warriors shot 17 of 37 from the 3-point line. They also set an N.B.A. record for 3-pointers in a seven-game series with 90, and Curry broke the individual record by sinking 32. (Yes, two more records. Big surprise.) In the series finale, the Warriors trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before overtaking the Thunder in the third quarter. Golden State conjured its usual brand of basketball sorcery, draining 3-pointers and flying for fast-break dunks. When the Thunder threatened late in the fourth, whittling the lead to 4 on a short jumper by Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), Curry emerged. With the shot clock set to expire, Curry sold Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89), his 6-foot-10 defender, on a pump fake and drew a foul as he launched a 3-pointer. Curry made all three free throws. 'That kind of hurt us,' Durant said, adding: 'But hey, it's a lot of what-ifs. We could have said a lot what-ifs throughout the whole playoffs.' Curry sealed the win with another 3-pointer. As the final buzzer sounded and confetti fell around him, he cradled the ball with his left arm and pumped his right fist. 'I knew we were ready for the moment,' Curry said. 'We were a mature basketball team that tried our best not to listen to the noise when, six or seven days ago, we were down, 3-1, and everybody thought the wheels were falling off and it was kind of the end of our run. But in that locker room, the talk was positive. It was 'Let's figure it out.' ' Durant scored 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting for the Thunder, and Russell Westbrook collected 19 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds. Both players supplied huge minutes throughout the series - Durant played 46 minutes in Game 7, Westbrook 45 - and each suffered by the end. Fair or not, the loss also opened the door to a flood of questions about Durant, who is due for free agency at the start of July. Will he stay or will he go? 'I mean, we just lost, like, 30 minutes ago, so I haven't even though about it,' Durant said. 'I'm just embracing my teammates and just reflecting on the season.' The Warriors survived injuries, the antics of Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) and three elimination games against the Thunder, including one in Oklahoma City. On Saturday, the Warriors erased a double-digit deficit to win Game 6, ensuring Monday's do-or-die finale. Kerr made one significant change for Game 7 by starting Andre Iguodala instead of Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina). Iguodala, a versatile defender, shed his warm-ups, attached himself to Durant and wound up playing 43 minutes. 'He's going to need some good treatment tomorrow, for sure,' Curry said. Early on, the Warriors labored with their shooting. After having scored 41 points in Game 6, Thompson missed his first seven field-goal attempts in Game 7. Even after Thompson found his rhythm, hitting three 3-pointers in a span of less than 2 minutes, the Thunder took a 48-42 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, Curry made consecutive 3-pointers - the first to tie the game, the second to give the Warriors the lead. Later, after Durant bricked a 3-point attempt, the Warriors raced the other way. Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85), the team's backup point guard, absorbed contact as he soared for a dunk, his 3-point play pushing the lead to 6. The Warriors did not trail again. 'It was an emotional play,' Kerr said. 'Our bench was into it, and it seemed to pick up our intensity that much more.' In the finals, the Warriors will reacquaint themselves with the Cavaliers and their old friend LeBron James. Last season, with the Cavaliers hindered by injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Warriors clinched the series in six games. But Love and Irving are healthy, and the Cavaliers have been resting at home since they got past the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals last week. It was no easy road to the finals for Warriors, who have been stretching themselves since the start of the season. They won their first 24 games to set an N.B.A. record, but their seasonlong pursuit of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the best record in N.B.A. history seemed to take an emotional and physical toll. At the start of playoffs, the Warriors flirted with disaster. Curry sprained his right ankle in the first game of their first-round series with the Houston Rockets, then sprained his right knee three games later. After missing about two weeks, Curry returned to help carry the Warriors past the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round. 'I think anytime you go through a long postseason, you grow,' Kerr said. 'The experience is incredibly valuable.' But with their length and shotmaking prowess, the Thunder were a far greater challenge, especially when they dealt the Warriors back-to-back blowout losses in Games 3 and 4. The Thunder could sense the delicious possibilities, one win separating them from the finals. The Warriors' dream season teetered on the edge. On the team plane back to Oakland after Game 4, Green sat with Thompson, Curry and Andrew Bogut at a small table. They discussed their predicament. 'We just kept talking about what we needed to do and what we were going to do,' Green recalled. On Monday, the Warriors proved once again that they are more than mere showmen. After a season spent chasing the impossible, they are four wins from making it real. Courtesy of: nytimes.com
P.J. Carlesimo Will Not Join Philadelphia 76ers - May 30, 2016
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After initial reports that P.J. Carlesimo would replace Mike D'Antoni, he will not join the team as Brett Brown 's top assistant. The Philadelphia 76ers have a lot of changes that could be made regarding assistant coaches in this upcoming season. Head coach Brett Brown is reviewing his current staff and building his team moving forward, and one of the coaches he had interest in is now not joining the team following initial reports that he had completed a deal with the team. P.J. Carlesimo... [read more]
After initial reports that P.J. Carlesimo would replace Mike D'Antoni, he will not join the team as Brett Brown 's top assistant. The Philadelphia 76ers have a lot of changes that could be made regarding assistant coaches in this upcoming season. Head coach Brett Brown is reviewing his current staff and building his team moving forward, and one of the coaches he had interest in is now not joining the team following initial reports that he had completed a deal with the team. P.J. Carlesimo was reportedly going to join the Sixers to replace Mike D'Antoni i, who has accepted an offer to be the head coach of the Houston Rockets. Carlesimo has since changed his mind, despite interest in the job. He will stay with ESPN on television and radio. Reports came out that a deal with Carlesimo was finished, and then later reports came out that a deal had not been completed, but it still looked like Carlesimo would end up with the team. The reason for him not joining the team is 'family reasons' according to Marc Stein, which makes me think that not being able to make his own schedule and adjust when he is and isn't on the road was a huge factor. It makes sense, but it is slightly disappointing that Carlesimo won't join the team, because he seemed to fit with the current coaching staff. Brown doesn't necessarily need to fill the void that's left behind by D'Antoni's departure, as that job didn't even exist until partway through December of 2015. If he is looking for someone to fill the job, though, one option could be Aaron McKie . Mckie is still in the area, as he currently is an assistant coach for the Temple Owls men's basketball team. It could be difficult to pull him away from that job, however. Losing Carlesimo is by no means the end of the world, but it was an odd situation that played out in a strange manner. It just goes to show that reports don't always hold to be completely true. Courtesy of: thesixersense.com
Klay Thompson Takes Control, and Warriors Force Game 7 With Thunder - May 29, 2016
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Amid the steady drumbeat of an arena rooting for him to fail, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) refused to let the Golden State Warriors fade away. With his team facing elimination from the N.B.A. playoffs for the second time in three nights, Thompson spotted up from the 3-point line and carried his team. On Saturday night, the Warriors prolonged their season-long quest for a second straight N.B.A. championship by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-101, in Game 6 o... [read more]
Amid the steady drumbeat of an arena rooting for him to fail, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) refused to let the Golden State Warriors fade away. With his team facing elimination from the N.B.A. playoffs for the second time in three nights, Thompson spotted up from the 3-point line and carried his team. On Saturday night, the Warriors prolonged their season-long quest for a second straight N.B.A. championship by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-101, in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Thompson, so often overshadowed by Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), scored 41 points as the Warriors tied the series at three games apiece, forcing a Game 7, set for Monday night in Oakland, Calif. Thompson sank 11 of 18 3-point attempts, and Curry added 29 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. 'I don't think there could be any more pressure on us in Game 7 than there was tonight,' Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said. The game was an all-consuming nightmare for the Thunder's Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA). Durant finished with 29 points but shot 10 of 31 from the field. Westbrook was only marginally more accurate, scoring 28 points while shooting 10 of 27.The Thunder, who were 3 of 23 from 3-point range, will have one more chance to advance to their first N.B.A. finals since 2012. The Thunder took an 8-point lead into the fourth quarter and kept trying to build on it. But Thompson refused to let them pull away. His fourth 3-pointer of the quarter cut Oklahoma City's lead to 4. Curry later drained back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game, 99-99. 'We didn't draw a whole lot up that created shots for them,' Kerr said of Thompson and Curry. 'They were mostly just kind of playing the way they play.' With less than two minutes to play, the Warriors' Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) stripped Westbrook of the ball and found Thompson in a comfortable spot, behind the 3-point line. It might as well have been a layup. The Warriors were up by 3, and the crowd fell silent. 'It was one of those nights where you make a few easy looks,' Thompson said, 'and then you take those 30-footers with your feet not set and they just happen to keep going in.' Later, after the Thunder had forced a rare miss by Thompson, Westbrook threw the ball away - one of three turnovers he committed in the final 55 seconds. The Warriors' Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.), who collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, scored to seal the victory. 'I thought we got a little stagnant coming down the stretch,' Thunder Coach Billy Donovan said. At the start of the night, the Warriors must have felt as if they were walking into the world's loudest mausoleum. They had lost Games 3 and 4 here by a combined 52 points. It was the first time the Warriors had lost consecutive games this season, and they did not merely lose; they were roasted. 'We knew what we got ourselves into after Game 4,' Green said. Kerr had recognized that the Thunder had too much length and too much size for him to employ his favored small lineup, in which Green slides from forward to center. So when the Warriors returned home for Game 5, Kerr went big and planted Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) in the post. It helped that Bogut avoided foul trouble, and the Warriors won to ensure a trip back to Oklahoma City. Before Game 6, Kerr acknowledged that more pressure might be on the Thunder. They had a chance to close out the series at home, and while Durant and Westbrook had endured their share of pressure cookers, this opportunity - 48 minutes from the finals - was still slightly foreign. The Warriors had been tested - tested last season, when they won their first title in 40 years; tested without Curry, whose injuries in the first round scrambled their rhythm; and tested just days ago, when they avoided elimination for the first time. On Saturday, the Warriors were hoping for more of the same. The Thunder fans, bedecked in matching blue T-shirts, roared when Durant scored the game's first points. The arena practically shook when he soared for a dunk soon afterward. Meanwhile, Green, who had entrenched himself as one of the city's most loathsome visitors when he kicked Steven Adams (7'0''-C/F-93, college: Pittsburgh) in the groin in Game 3, was booed every time he touched the ball. Despite missing 13 of their first 18 shots, the Warriors survived the first few earsplitting possessions and trailed by 23-20 at the end of the first quarter. The Thunder soon found some separation. With Curry waiting to check back into the game, Westbrook lobbed a pass to Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91, college: Colorado) for a dunk that pushed the lead to 12. Curry did not score his first points until nearly five minutes had elapsed in the second quarter. But the Thunder had their own problems. Durant, hounded by the Warriors' Iguodala, shot 6 of 19 from the field in the first half, and Oklahoma City was 2 of 14 from 3-point range. 'There's a reason he's been one of the best defenders in the league for a long time,' Kerr said of Iguodala. The Thunder led by 53-48 at the break, but Thompson opened the second half with two 3-pointers. The pace for both teams was frenetic, treading that fine line between aggressive and reckless. When the Warriors' Festus Ezeli committed an offensive foul that wiped away a layup by Thompson, an exasperated Curry pointed at his temple: Think! It was not the most conducive environment for cerebral basketball, not with the circus tempo and not with the noise. Curry had the added annoyance of being defended by Westbrook, who draped himself all over Curry. There was some ill will between them, too. After Game 5, Westbrook laughed when Durant was asked whether Curry was an underrated defender. 'I could care less about other people's opinions about me,' Curry said before Game 6. 'I know what I do for my team, and I know what my teammates expect of me.' The Warriors also knew what they expected from Thompson, and he delivered when they needed it most. Courtesy of: nytimes.com
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