Zach LaVine takes home the Slam Dunk trophy in the talented showcase, Klay Thompson wins the 3-point shooting contest against reigning champ Stephen Curry, Karl Anthony-Towns wins the Taco Bell Skills challenge, and the Western Conference All-Stars run away 196-173 against the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Russell Westbrook is again All-Star game Most Valuable Player and we have confetti for the Thunder if they do threaten the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference title this year.
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?