But did Krause think it would be this tough? You know, 10-43 tough with the winning percentage actually expected to plunge over the final 29 games? “I’m not surprised at all,” Krause said by phone Wednesday night. “I knew Phil had a bad ballclub. If [James] Dolan offered him $2 million a year or even $5 million, he wouldn’t have taken it. But $12 million is overwhelming. Phil didn’t take the job because he thought he had a playoff club. He took the job for the money.”
May 3, 2016 | 5:48 pm EDT Update
Turner’s future will be one of the important stories of this summer for the Celtics. And during an interview Monday, Stevens explained his appreciation for Turner, who finished fifth in the voting for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. “I love Evan Turner,” Stevens said. “I think he’s a great teammate. I think he’s a hard worker. I think he loves basketball. I don’t think you can overvalue that. He loves basketball, and he never once — we didn’t have two conversations about starting or not starting. It was never about him. It was always about how to help us put our best foot forward, and he knew his role in helping us do that.”
Sometimes there appears to be a civil war among basketball’s executives. On one side are the “basketball guys,” the old-school minds who trust their eyes for their evaluations and are considered dinosaurs by the younger generation. On the other side is the analytics crowd, the numbers guys the older generation sarcastically says judge players with calculators because they don’t know the game. Then there’s Ken Catanella. Catanella, hired Thursday by the Kings as assistant general manager, is caught between the two, making him ideal for the new role. The Kings have been searching for someone who knows the NBA salary cap and the collective bargaining agreement to help general manager Vlade Divac.
May 3, 2016 | 4:21 pm EDT Update
“Myles Turner emerged. Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go-around in the NBA playoffs. He just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid,” Frank Vogel said after Sunday’s game.