Adrian Wojnarowski: David Blatt met with New York president Phil Jackson about Knicks’ coaching job on Monday, league sources tell @TheVertical.
October 27, 2016 | 12:07 pm EDT Update
Why did Noah put such an emphasis on recruiting Lee? “I think Courtney is a guy who is going to do all the little things, whatever it takes to win games,” Noah said. “This team has a lot of star power, especially with Carmelo [Anthony] and the emergence of [Kristaps] Porzingis. I think it’s just important to have guys who are willing to do the dirty work. I think he’s a great locker room guy. He’s very well respected all around the league from his style of play and I’m just really happy that he’s here.”
With the additions of Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Noah and Lee, the Knicks have made it clear they want to win now. Lee believes the new additions will be enough to push New York over the hump and get back into the playoffs for the first time since losing in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals. “One hundred percent,” Lee told Basketball Insiders when asked if the Knicks are a playoff-caliber team. “Thinking of everybody that’s on this team, there’s a lot of playoff experience and there’s a lot of playoffs games that have been played throughout the group of guys on this team. That’s every team’s goal and every player’s goal to try and win big, win in the playoffs and come out with the jewelry at the end.”
The Orlando Magic are likely to choose the location for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within a month, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic are negotiating with two finalists: Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee and The Lakeland Center in Lakeland. Martins said the Magic hope to decide “within the next 30 days.”
Hornets Sports & Entertainment and Charter Communications today announced that Spectrum Center has officially replaced Time Warner Cable Arena as the name of the Hornets’ home arena in Uptown Charlotte. The new name follows Time Warner Cable’s merger with Charter Communications and reflects the brand name of Charter’s all-digital TV, internet and voice offerings. The venue’s new website is spectrumcentercharlotte.com. The updated social media handles for the arena are Facebook.com/spectrumcentercharlotte, @spectrumcenter on Twitter and @spectrumcenter on Instagram.
You were watching the Cavaliers’ ring ceremony Tuesday night and thought to yourself, “Geez, I sure would like to wear one of those.” Now you can. Sort of. The Cavaliers Team Shop and Kay Jewelers are selling several replica versions of the championship rings including one for $11,999.
Kay Jewelers’ Cavaliers championship rings go for between $4,000-$5,000, with the top of the line made of 10-carat white gold accented with 10-carat yellow gold and sparkling diamonds equaling between 1.95 to 2.11 carats. The real rings given to the players, by the way, are 6.5 carats each and feature 400 diamonds, 10-carat white gold, 14-carat yellow gold and weigh a whopping 165 grams. They also include a variety of intricate details the consumer versions don’t.
The Heat forward’s son, Kedonis Haslem, is a high school football player at Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas. Kedonis, a senior, is rated as a three-star offensive guard by 247 Sports. Kedonis will pick where he’ll play college football in the next few months. FIU is considered the favorite to land Kedonis, according to 247 Sports. I spoke to Udonis about the other athlete in his family for the latest installment of our question and answer segment we will bring you throughout the season. Q: How involved are you with Kedonis’ football stuff? Udonis: “I’m at every game I can based on my schedule. I work out with him in the summer time when I can. I’m involved, but not too involved as far as his process of colleges. I’m not going to pick his situation for him. I’m just going to be supportive and help him make the best decision for himself with what he feels comfortable with.”