Much was directed at the Cavaliers for dumping a coach whose team was sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings and who had complied an 83-40 record in roughly season and a half.Tyronn Lue has heard plenty of criticism over the handling of David Blatts’s ouster as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Me and Blatt are cool,” Lue said to cleveland.com. “We’ve spoken a few times since [he was let go]. I texted him a few days ago, so it’s not what people want to think. To say I was doing things behind the scenes to get this job is crazy. This job? A team that’s in first place? Come on. “As long as Coach Blatt supports me, that’s all that matters.”
Jazz Forward Thabo Sefolosha Opts for Knee Surgery on MCL
The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL.
The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return.
Sources: Cavs Players Concerned About Current State of Team
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track.
Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball Likely Out vs OKC For Wednesday
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is unlikely to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday because of a sore left knee, but Brandon Ingram is expected to return from an ankle injury.
“He got treatment,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball on Tuesday. “He’ll get treatment again later today, but it’s still just too sore for him to get on the basketball court. Technically, he’s questionable. But he didn’t practice today, so I wouldn’t expect him to play [Wednesday].”
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN