Miami Heat center Precious Achiuwa is among about 35 players in contention to play for Nigeria in the Tokyo Olympics set to begin on July 23 in Japan, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. Nigeria, who is led by Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, begin a tryout camp this weekend in Oakland, California. The group of players will eventually need to be cut down to a final 12-man roster prior to the start of the games.
Today Zach Harper of The Athletic looked at NBA coaching vacancies, examining the condition of each of the franchises involved and asking which positions were more or less attractive. He ranked three slots highly, the Celtics (whom he called the most attractive destination), the Pelicans (because of Zion Williamson), and Portland. Not that the Blazers are issue-free.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Friday that Shane Battier has resigned from his position as the Miami Heat’s vice president of basketball development and analytics. Battier will continue to provide consulting work for the Heat, according to Jackson. During his playing career, Battier signed with the Heat before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.