NBA roundup: Magic looking at Thunder, Spurs executives for GM jobBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, May 27, 2012 6:41 PM EDT
The Orlando Magic reportedly is eyeing executives with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs for its vacant general manager position. Magic officials hope to interview Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday. Already, the Magic has received permission to talk to Weaver as well as Oklahoma City assistant general manager Rob Hennigan, who previously worked with the Spurs. Yahoo! reported the Spurs will approve Lindsey's interview very soon. Weaver is the No. 2 executive in Oklahoma City and has helped rebuild the franchise during its move to Oklahoma City and this season's trip to the Western Conference finals. Lindsey has been with the Spurs for five years and he has turned down offers to interview for general manager jobs with Minnesota, Phoenix and Toronto. Also, the Magic wants to interview former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, according the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic fired general manager Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy last Monday. It was part of a tumultuous season that included a trade demand by center Dwight Howard and friction between the team's star and the front office. The new GM will have the opportunity to hire the next coach, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins. ---There will be little time for rest in the Eastern Conference Finals as the NBA released the schedule Sunday. Beginning Monday, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will play every other day should the series reach a full seven games. The compressed series, which is a 2-2-1-1-1 format, starts at Miami. All games will be televised by ESPN. The Eastern Conference finals schedule: Game 1 -- Monday at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN) Game 2 -- Wednesday at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN) Game 3 -- Friday at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN) Game 4 -- June 3 at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN) Game 5 -- June 5 at Miami 8: 8:30PM (ESPN) Game 6 -- June 7 at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN) Game 7 -- June 9 at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN) ---Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant said Sunday his team is not in awe of the San Antonio Spurs, having learned from the experience of last season, when the Thunder lost to the Dallas Mavericks in five games. "We've been through it. We know what it takes," Durant said Sunday before Game 1 of the series. "We've been on the other side of it last year, losing. Hopefully we've learned from that experience and we've gotten better. We've grown since that loss last year against Dallas. We've seen it a little bit in those first two series."
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