“He (Dallas Mavericks Deron Williams) played a lot better with less than he did with more, when he was more of a focal point,” former Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks said.
In fairness, it wasn’t simply what was inside Williams’ chest or between his ears that failed him in Brooklyn. It was the lower extremities, the aforementioned faulty ankles, that played a role, too.
“The coaching rotating door really hurt him,” a person close to Williams said. “You had a different style offense and defense every year.”Faced with a leadership vacuum, Williams retreated.
Source: Ken Berger of CBS Sports
Sources: Knicks ‘plotting to take another run’ at Masai Ujiri
After another dreadful start to a season, the New York Knicks have reportedly targeted Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri as someone who can turn things around.
According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, owner James Dolan is “plotting to take another run” at Ujiri, even if it takes “Phil Jackson-type money” to lure him away from the reigning NBA champions.
The Knicks are 2-8 to begin the 2019-20 campaign, and Isola reported “time may be running out” for current Knicks president Steve Mills.
Sources: Steve Mills ‘laying groundwork’ to Dismiss David Fizdale
Even before a startling news conference in the wake of a blowout loss to Cleveland on Sunday, New York Knicks president Steve Mills had started to lay the internal groundwork for the eventual dismissal of coach David Fizdale, league sources told ESPN.
Mills is selling owner James Dolan on a roster constructed to be highly competitive in the Eastern Conference, leaving Fizdale vulnerable to an ouster only weeks into the second season of a four-year contract that league sources say is worth $22 million.
Report: Gordon Hayward Expected to Miss Six Weeks after Left Hand Surgery
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery today to repair a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand. The injury occurred during Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. He is expected to return to play in approximately six weeks.
Source: Boston Celtics