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Pau Gasol: Shaking Things Up Can be Good

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Several days after criticizing some of his teammates’ selfish play and Coach Mike D’Antoni’s small-ball approach, (Pau) Gasol was no longer angry.

“I think it was good because when you start going through the motions and start going downhill, if nothing happens, you’re just going to continue to go down that path,” Gasol said Sunday. “Sometimes you just need something to happen for you to wake up and kind of react and make things better.”

Bryant likes to shake things up sometimes too, no?

“Yes, he does,” Gasol said. “As a veteran, you feel like there’s times where you need to sometimes get out of that comfort zone and stir things up a little so guys react, and you get hopefully a positive result.”

via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Hawks Fire Lloyd Pierce, Nate McMillan to Serve as Interim Head Coach

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Atlanta has dismissed Lloyd Pierce as coach, sources tell ESPN.

ESPN Sources: Nate McMillan has accepted the interim head coaching job with the Hawks. McMillan has a 667-591 (.530) record in 16 seasons as head coach with Seattle, Portland and Indiana.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Joakim Noah to Retire

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13-year NBA center Joakim Noah — a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year winner — is effectively retiring from basketball, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Plan is for the longtime Chicago star to eventually retire as a Bull.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo recently turned down a two-year, $45.2 million maximum contract extension, the most the franchise could offer him before the end of the regular season, sources told ESPN.

As expected, Oladipo is pursuing a longer-term deal, sources said, something that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow the Rockets to offer him until the offseason.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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