Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said he wants the team’s young players to progress at a faster rate — or they’ll be sitting on the bench.
“I think when you make a mistake over and over again, sometimes that wood has a good way of talking to your butt a little bit, too,” Scott said Friday before the Lakers’ 104-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. “Getting a couple splinters here and there, sometimes that has a great way of communicating how important it is to play on that [defensive] end of the floor.”
The Lakers entered Friday’s game ranked last in the NBA in defensive efficiency.
Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
Sources: 76ers’ Ownership Want Mike D’Antoni as Next Head Coach
Sources have been saying for weeks that the job is [Mike] D’Antoni’s to turn down. They say he’s the guy the ownership group wants. One source even said the 69-year-old would have to bomb his interview with the Sixers owners not to be offered the job.
Sources: Jerami Grant Expected to Decline Player Option
Jerami Grant wants to be back with the Denver Nuggets next season. Whether that happens may be up to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.
Grant, who is expected to opt out of his player option, according to a league source, made himself invaluable throughout the Nuggets’ postseason run. When the Nuggets traded a first-round pick last summer for Grant, they hoped he’d provide the defensive versatility that he ultimately did.
Source: Mike Singer of the Denver Post
Sources: Dell Demps to Join Jazz Coaching Staff
Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.
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Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter