Since the start of the 2015 NBA season, there have been some firings. The Houston Rockets fired Kevin McHale and replaced him with interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The Thunder have hired Billy Donovan and got rid of Scott Brooks. Melvin Hunt replaced Brian Shaw in Denver. As you know, the Cavs got rid of David Blatt after things didn’t work out so well in Cleveland with Lebron James and Blatt in practice sessions. The big thing with Lebron James being treated as an equal was that Blatt didn’t want to point out James’ flaws on the basketball court, causing an uproar among the Cavalier teammates. The Sacramento Kings fired Michael Malone and replaced him with Tyrone Corbin there. James Borrego replaced Jacque Vaughn as head coach of the Orlando Magic. The Phoenix Suns fired Jeff Hornacek and replaced him with Earl Watson. The Brooklyn Nets got rid of Lionel Hollins and got Tony Brown to replace him. The New York Knicks canned Derek Fisher and replaced him with Kurt Rambis. All these coaches are being fired this season and what to make of them. NBA teams are unhappy with their current head coaches and want newer head coaches.
The Golden State Warriors are looking to get Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 2015-2016 season. Retooling from last season, the Warriors weren’t looking to change anything for run-and-gun. Now, they want to get Durant from the Thunder to make their mission of running and gunning complete. How far do they need to go to get what they want?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired David Blatt and are promoting lead assistant coach Tyronn Lue to the head coaching position. Facts were, David Blatt and Lebron James weren’t getting along in practice sessions, and especially in film sessions where Blatt has the opportunity to tell James what he was doing wrong. Blatt wasn’t doing his work per say, however, James’ teammates urged Blatt to tell him and correct what he was doing wrong to get the respect of James’ teammates. Now that Blatt is gone, expect Lue to consider lighter practices for the players and Lebron James to have more fun during NBA basketball games. When Blatt was around, James wasn’t having any of what Blatt was coaching and it was evident of the victories and losses they endured. Blatt lost James’ teammates respect because Blatt didn’t tell Lebron what his mistakes were playing basketball.
The Golden State Warriors are 33-2 and they beat the Los Angeles Lakers recently. How will the Dubs do on the next ten games down the stretch in the new year? I think fairly well. They’re taking themselves seriously and they let the playing talk for themselves. Draymond Green declared that there is still room to improve and the whole organization agrees.
This Bulls team, coached by former-NCAA coach Fred Holberg, is busy trying to find a leader within its core system of players. Is it Derrick Rose? Is it Jimmy Butler? Is it Pau Gasol? Is it Joakim Noah? Usually, the most vocal player is the leader. Since we’ve heard from the Chicago Bulls, it’s usually Butler who has shown signs of leadership. Since Butler’s improvements over the last two NBA seasons, Butler wants to show he can lead a team.
If Jimmy Butler is the leader, he must decide how to integrate the players on his team into the flow of the offense and decide how they must play defence as one team.
The Golden State Warriors had a 24-game winning streak and now are facing the Milwaukee Bucks who beat them once. In this rematch, can the Dubs strike back?
Kobe Bryant is retiring at the end of this 2015-2016 NBA campaign. He has played 20 seasons in the league and deserves a spot in the NBA Hall of the Fame among basketball greats. He didn’t surpass Michael Jordan with six NBA rings. Kobe Bryant is retiring with five championship rings. Expect Kobe Bryant to be ranked with the top fifty NBA players by 2050. There’s no doubt he is one of the best basketball players who ever played the game.