New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning, and he didn’t mince words when the conversation inevitably drifted to the NBA’s inescapable binary question: Jordan or LeBron? “There’s no question I would take LeBron James,” Laimbeer said. “He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild-flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds. LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to, or he can score 50 if he wanted to. “So the triple threat he poses is just phenomenal, and then the size that he’s got — he just physically dominates. It’s impressive.”
February 11, 2016 | 11:41 pm EST Update
The Brooklyn Nets’ braintrust will meet this weekend and get down to a short list of two or three candidates for its general manager opening, a league source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The frontrunners are believed to be two-time executive of the year Bryan Colangelo, Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks.
The Nets conducted interviews from Monday to Wednesday — and in addition to Colangelo, Karnisovas and Marks, that list is believed to have also included Houston Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, former Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, former Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant and Brooklyn assistant GM Frank Zanin.
Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his search committee were in town this week to conduct interviews, talking with up to 10 prospective candidates. They’re having a second round of interviews, and — after a brief return to Russia — they could hold even more next week and have a GM in place before Wednesday’s opening of their new $50 million HSS Training Center in Industry City. “We’ve finished our first round of homework, now we’re onto the second — the short list,’’ Prokhorov told ESPN after Wednesday’s game.
The Nets’ search for a general manager is moving along, but sources say no decision is imminent. Those sources told The Post that Brooklyn isn’t expected to hire a GM until early next week, and with so little time before next Thursday’s trade deadline, no major deals are likely to be made.