Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy called the NCAA “one of the worst organizations” in sports and criticized the NBA’s one-and-done rule, calling the backlash against high school players wanting to bypass college “racist.”
The Pistons coach, who spoke before his team played the Charlotte Hornets, said it’s unfair that the blame seems to be falling on the coaches because the real problem starts at the top. “The NCAA is one of the worst organizations — maybe the worst organization — in sports,” Van Gundy told reporters.
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN