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Dan Devine lists out the best inactive NBA coaches who aren’t currently in the Hall of Fame. Among them are the recently retired Rick Adelman, former 90s Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, former Celtics coach (and enshrined player) K.C. Jones, Chicago Bulls legend Dick Motta and Cavaliers, Celtics, Rockets and Nets leader Bill Fitch. There are a lot of NBA coaches who’ve gone on to great things that tie to these men; Jerry Sloan was a pupil under Motta, Rick Carlisle was impacted by Fitch and Jones coached Larry Bird to two championships.
As was expected, France made some waves at EuroBasket. With a team as loaded as they have — Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert — it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they earned a spot in the Final Four. But one thing that could be concerning for Orlando Magic fans is the performance of Evan Fournier. While he scored 12 points in back-to-back games recently, he’s played pretty poorly overall. He’s averaging just 5.8 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting just 37.5 percent from the field.
It’s no secret that the Bulls heavily pursued Carmelo Anthony back in 2014 and that Anthony seriously considered leaving the comfort of his home in New York for the Windy City. But after the awful season the Knicks had last year, there have been whispers that a split between Melo and the Knicks could be coming eventually. Could the Bulls be a potential fit? Kevin Ferrigan makes a point on the podcast at Chicago Bulls Confidential that many forget, which is that the Bulls wanted Anthony but only at their price, not at the contract he signed with the Knicks. The fit between the two teams remains to be seen.
Tom West takes a walk down memory lane, back to the end of the 1993-94 season in which the Atlanta Hawks traded then-34-year-old aging star Dominique Wilkins to the Clippers in exchange for Danny Manning. The Clippers only got 25 games out of Wilkins before he moved on and signed with the Boston Celtics in the offseason, but he averaged 29.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 37.9 per game minutes while in L.A. It was the last glimpse of Nique as the high-flying dunker and scorer that he was in his career, although he did continue to play through the 1999 lockout season with the Orlando Magic.
Jeff Teague checked in at No. 43 on the Top 50 list that SLAM puts out, which is a jump for Teague that’s representative of the improvement he made last year, as well as the improvement the Hawks made as a team. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, although they ran into the Cavaliers and the LeBron James buzzsaw. Teague is the leader of the team and comes into this season with high expectations. Considering the many one-year-wonder type seasons that Hawks fans have seen in their history, fans need to be cautiously optimistic.