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Dunleavy Knows Triangle; Eyes Knicks Job

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(Mike) Dunleavy, who has a 613-716 record in 17 seasons as coach of the Lakers, Bucks, Trail Blazers and Clippers, appeared on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Thursday and was asked if he thinks he has a shot at the Knicks’ job.

“I hope so,” he said. “I played in the triangle system down in Houston. It was kind of left over from when Tex Winter coached there. All my teams, I’ve run it as a transition set. The part of that was also the fact that I was thinking at some point in the playoffs, we’ll run into Phil’s teams, and by the time we get there, my guys will run the triangle very well and be prepared to play them.

“Maybe I’m the outside guy from the other guys that he’ll talk to, former players who played in the system and other guys who coached under him in the system. But at least I do know the system. I have run it.”

via Al Iannazzone of Newsday

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Cavs D-Wade Volunteers to Move to Bench Role

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade approached coach Tyronn Lue over the weekend and requested to come off the bench for the defending Eastern Conference champions, returning JR Smith to the starting shooting guard role he occupied for most of the past three seasons.

“I just decided, earlier than later, just to get to the unit where I’d be more comfortable in and can probably be better with this team in that lineup,” Wade said after practice Monday. “Why wait? Three games in, why wait? Wanted to get in there with those guys.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Suns GM: Bledsoe Has Likely Played Last Game for PHX

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Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has likely played his final game for the team, general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters Monday.

McDonough said he, interim coach Jay Triano and Bledsoe met Monday morning and that Bledsoe was sent home at the end of the discussion. He will not play in Monday’s home game against the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe “won’t be with us going forward,” McDonough said.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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Ben Simmons Registers Triple-Double, 76ers Win

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Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit.

And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to a 97-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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