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.”
February 26, 2017 | 9:30 am EST Update
Ray McCallum, after two 10-day contracts with the Charlotte Hornets, returned to the Grand Rapids Drive and played in Saturday’s 136-122 loss to Rio Grande Valley. McCallum did not appear in a game during his stay with the NBA team. He was the first member of the Drive to get a call-up this season. McCallum scored eight points with three assists in 23 minutes against Rio Grande in his first action since Feb. 1.
In the days preceding his 43-point outburst against the Boston Celtics — a career high lost amid the arrival of new teammates and a surprisingly gritty victory — DeRozan had had his fill of real life, mourning the death of a young relative and trying to make his 3-year-old daughter understand loss and grief and remembering good times in sadness. A 46-year-old uncle of DeRozan’s died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this month, a relative particularly close to DeRozan’s daughter, Diar. It was an emotional blow, and the memorial service right after the all-star break was difficult, one of those “real life” moments we seldom associate with athletes often seen as coddled superstars. One of those moments when they are us.
“Just really stressing something to her that she doesn’t understand, that kind of threw me off,” DeRozan said Saturday. “That was a new eye-opener for me in the sense that wow, now other questions come, like, ‘So, where did he go?’ You know, all that type of stuff. It’s crazy. “Dealing with that is definitely tough.”
“It’s always tough. I never try to think of nothing too much that’ll drive myself crazy or overwhelm myself,” he said. “All my life, I don’t know how I’ve gained this ability to be able to stay calm and not (dwell on) the worst of things.”
Hoiberg was asked if it was important to him that general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said his job was safe and that they’ve seen growth in his coaching this season. He quickly sidestepped the question and reiterated that his only focus was winning the next game on the schedule.