NEW YORK — Contrary to reports, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is not among Dan Gilbert’s candidates to coach the Cavaliers.
Somebody in the media simply made a State of Michigan connection, jumped to conclusions and a legion of lemmings repeated the inaccuracy, par for the course in my indolent industry.
As a matter of fact, no college coach is under consideration by Gilbert until further notice. NBA accreditation is infinitely more desirable.
For example, according to a Midwest source, Chuck Daly was approached regarding his interest in coaching the Cavs again; Cleveland is where he got his pro start under Ted Stepien, lasting all of 41 games (9-32) back in the 1981-82 season.
The two-time NBA championship coach has none whatsoever.
Daly asked the contact about Gilbert’s finances.
“He’s got a lot of money,” the guy assured Chuck who then declared: “He’ll need it. He’s going to lose a lot of money.”
One of the most dishonest remarks of all-time was uttered the other day by Greg Anthony who stated how happy he is in his role as an ESPN studio analyst, adding he has no desire to become an NBA GM at this time.
That’s known as lying through your teeth; instantly elevating Anthony to leading candidate for executive of the year.
In other words, pilgrims, Gilbert hasn’t as much as faked making him an offer to replace GM Jim Paxson.
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Imagine how infatuated Paul Allen would be with Portland GM John Nash had he pulled off the dubious (near) trade for Vince Carter!
At the same time, had Raptors GM Rob Babcock taken the Blazers deal, far better by all accounts than the Nets’ schlock, we wouldn’t be wondering whether his Toronto days are dwindling down to a precious few.
Glenn Robinson began this season with the 76ers and didn’t play a single second before being transferred to the Hornets Feb. 24 for Jamal Mashburn and Rodney Rogers.
Robinson wanted no part of Philly the moment Jim O’Brien notified him rookie Andre Iguodala had beaten him out for the starting small forward spot.
Robinson had less use for New Orleans and vice versa, thus was waived March 1 following a contract buyout.
Sure enough, just like Jimmy Jackson and Alonzo Mourning, a solid contender came to the rescue and The Big Doggin’ It signed with the Spurs last week.
The Players Association’s new motto: Pout, then prepare to reroute.
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Taking a page out of Chris Mills’ diary, Jerry Stackhouse lurked in the bowels of American Airlines Center following the Mavericks-Jazz on Saturday and waited for Kirk Snyder, en route from the locker room to the team bus.
Angry about a couple errant elbows and woof tickets sold by the rowdy rookie, Stackhouse bided his time. Words and punches were exchanged and Snyder wound up bloodied on the ground before security intervened or civilians had an opportunity to rush in and initiate a lawsuit.
Talk about an ideal matchup: Last week Snyder got suspended a game by coach Jerry Sloan for taunting the Rockets bench after a score; Bob Sura also accused him of hurling racial slurs.
Meanwhile, Stackhouse has done his share of sticking and moving.
Supposedly he once went to war with Allen Iverson at a Sixer practice, cold-cocked Christian Laettner during a Pistons’ team charter and punched another member of the Jazz, Jeff Hornacek.
Far be it from me to imply Stackhouse enjoys mixing it up but when recently asked what his plans were for this summer he said his goal is to pick a fight with a Quaker.
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