A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: YouTube.com/NBA. Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t played a game of basketball in a month, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get all of our hearts a-flutterin’ as we look forward to this year’s NBA Finals.
PF: Pro Hoops History. Curtis Harris delves into the career of George McGinnis, who put up some ridiculous statistics in both the ABA and NBA.
SF: Daily Thunder. Thunder super-scribe Royce White discusses the various options Oklahoma City has with disappointing big man Kendrick Perkins.
SG: SB Nation. It wasn’t because of a terrible mismatch, and it wasn’t because he was playing poorly, but Tim Duncan sat out the crucial stages of his team’s series-deciding win on Thursday night. Mike Prada tries to discovery why that was, exactly.
PG: Sports Illustrated. Rob Mahoney also breaks down parts of the same stretch with a focus on Kawhi Leonard, who has been playing brilliant (and somewhat frighteningly-good) ball with Duncan off of the floor.
6th: VICE. David Roth on why it’s so damn fun to “actually, actively like” the San Antonio Spurs. Please read this column.
7th: The Basketball Jones. Here’s how funny Trey Kerby’s reflection on the last decade and a half of Bulls basketball is. I laughed so hard and for so long while reading Trey’s column that my wife, annoyed, had to leave the house to go outside. Bear in mind that, and I’m not kidding, Trey Kerby officiated our marriage.
8th: USA Today. Sam Amick reports what we’ve long suspected: Geoff Petrie’s days in Sacramento are numbered. Happily, the Kings’ days in Sacramento aren’t numbered.
9th: SB Nation. Ricky O’Donnell discusses the emergence of German-born point guard Dennis Schroeder, who unfortunately is sitting out this week’s NBA draft combine because of medically-based frustrations.
10th: 8 Points, 9 Seconds. Jared Wade with a rough, frustrating, personal, on point and ultimately quite good look at the impact of George Hill’s concussion.
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Phil Jackson went on Jay Leno’s late night television show on Thursday to promote his book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," speaking on record at the peak of the NBA’s coach-grabbing season. Though Jackson has spent most of the spring talking up his potential as a front office fixture, Leno couldn’t resist asking Jackson if a return to the sidelines was probable for the 67-year old 13-time (counting his playing career) NBA champion, along with other various tawdry subjects, and the inevitable comparison between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Jay Leno, who is no stranger to openly musing about taking someone’s job while that person still actually has the job, also asked if Jackson would consider returning to the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach should Mike D’Antoni be asked to move the Tonight Show to midnight be fired in the offseason. Jackson, at around the two-minute mark of this video, was tactful in his response. Watch:
Leno immediately moved into talk about Shaq coming to practice in the nude.
Jackson admitted to being intrigued by the Sacramento Kings’ potential move to Seattle, which was put on the kibosh on Thursday night as the Maloof family sold the once-proud franchise to a group led by Vivek Ranadive, effectively keeping the team in Sacramento. Jackson more or less confirmed rumors, in talking with Leno, that he had spoken with potential Seattle owner Chris Hansen in the months leading up the NBA’s decision to encourage a stay in Sacramento, though it appears that Leno was confused in thinking that Jackson was speaking about taking on a gig as a head coach, and not a personnel el jefe.
Then they talked about Shaq spying on a trainer using the toilet.
If you’d like to watch the interview in its entirety, including an awkward high five that Jackson weirdly decided to give Adam Sandler rather than shaking his hand, one YouTube rip is available here:
If you’d like to see Conan O’Brien’s take on NBA playoff-styled fashion, courtesy Team Coco, take a look at these clips:
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There was a clause in the Maloofs' deal with Chris Hansen that made the two payouts to the family similar.
KJ has called a 10 a.m. press conference.
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