Wow, that’s a new hiring if I saw one. This could be a good one. The Phoenix Suns hire Lindsey Hunter as the new interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns for a short while, as in the NBA offseason, they will retool and look for a permanent head coach if Hunter does a good job, he will stay currently as Phoenix head coach. He was a good NBA role player. Great defender and good passer and he can hit a jump shot every now and then. He was known for being a pesky defender.
The Suns are having a terrible season. What seems to be the problem? They’re not playing the same type of basketball that has won them basketball games in the past. Plus, 29 other NBA teams not named the Phoenix Suns are playing much better than they are. It’ll be interesting to see who the Suns will hire as their next head coach. Because the new head coach is in for a long season, because they’ll miss this year’s NBA playoffs (possibly) and coaching young talent.
Mark Jackson is a terrific coach and has led the Golden State Warriors to a 23-13 record and a definite playoff berth in the Western Conference. What gives? Why is he such a good coach to his own players? Mark Jackson believes he is a good coach. He believes in doing things the right way and preaches what he coaches. He never disciplines his players by punishing them. He forgives them for what they are doing. Warriors starting power forward David Lee says because of the way Jackson is he will be around for a long time.
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder ruled yesterday’s games and the Chicago Bulls put away the New York Knicks 108-101. The Bulls played terrific defense until the last 4 and a half minutes of the 4th quarter. The Knicks came crawling back into the game. Luol Deng led all Bulls scorers with 33 points. Kevin Durant had 42 points, as OKC beat the L.A. Lakers 116-101.
How could this happen?! The Brooklyn Nets were doing so well under Avery Johnson and they had a terrible month in December, leading to Johnson’s dismissal. Nets General Manager Billy King saw fit to get rid of Avery Johnson because of the games they lost. Now, they are surviving to stay fit and alive under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo (I hope I spelled that right) because I really thought Johnson helmed the ship in Brooklyn.
It’s a brand new year and the L.A. Clippers are on a 17-game winning streak. There’s no stopping the Chris Paul-led basketball team, the Clips are outmanning the other 29 NBA teams with their deep bench and inside-outside scoring of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. I think there’s going to be a lot of firepower, especially with Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford as well as Eric Bledsoe on that Clipper bench. Look for Ryan Hollins and Ronny Turiaf to provide defense and energy behind DeAndre Jordan and Griffin. It’s a close matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division. Of course, can’t miss the East matchup of division leaders between the New York Knicks in the Atlantic division and the Miami Heat in the Southeast division. I like the Oklahoma City Thunder’s chances of ruling the West with their dominant basketball play behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and of course, bench scoring weapon Kevin Martin.