Following a Game 5 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Los Angeles Lakers returned to Staples Center needing one more victory to close out the 2000 NBA Finals. The matchup resumed on June 19, 200, where the two teams traded blows in the early going of Game 6. After a tightly-contested first quarter of play, the Pacers found themselves with a slim two-point advantage over the Lakers.
The Magic have begun their interview process, sources said, but their coaching search is expected to be wide-ranging and almost certainly will include candidates in addition to Green, Hammon, Kidd, Lee, Udoka and Unseld. Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel — assistant coaches under Clifford who currently remain under contract with Orlando — could be interviewed, if they haven’t been interviewed already.
The Thunder will eventually make a push toward competing, but that won’t happen until another year or two down the road. For now though, they send a high-priced former Celtic on the roster back to Boston, a place MassLive reported last week that he would love to return to, according to league sources. Moving a first-round pick with Walker to bring back Horford to Boston helps Brad Stevens on a pair of fronts.