Darnell Mayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA head coaches on staff. With Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams and Anthony Grant, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have three former head coaches at his side.
December 3, 2016 | 7:58 pm EST Update
Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson is under contract with Chinese brand Anta through the end of the 2019-2020 NBA season, and the brand has made him a new multi-year shoe deal extension offer that would place him among the highest earning footwear endorsers in the league, sources tell Nice Kicks. As Thompson’s profile in the league has risen each of the past two seasons, his representatives at BDA Sports Management and Anta had opened endorsement renegotiation talks earlier this fall, which would drastically amplify the value of his current shoe deal. The multi-year renegotiation is similar to the structure that his fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry agreed to with Under Armour after his MVP season.
After shootaroud Saturday, Green took issue with the league dictating how his body should react in on-court situations. “I just laugh at it because it’s funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react,” Green said. “I didn’t know the people in the league office were that smart when it came to your body movement. I’m not sure if they took kinesiology and all this stuff for their positions to kind of tell you how your body is going to react when you get hit at certain positions. “Or you go up and you got guys that jump to the ceiling, and I’m sure a lot of these people that make these rules can’t touch the rim. Yet they tell you (that) you are way up there in the air and which way your body (is supposed to react). I don’t really understand that. That’s like me going in there and telling them, ‘Hey, you did something on this paperwork in here wrong.’ Like, I don’t know what your paperwork looks like. It is what it is. I think they made the rule and make your rule. Like, I don’t care.”
How are players responding to change in coaching style from Sam to Thibs? Is there any apparent tension? John Grooms, @jgg512 A I’m not sure it’s all that different in style. Sam Mitchell rode them hard for three or four months, then loosened the reins and they responded, starting in February. I don’t see tension per se, but they certainly don’t seem to be playing free and with any real joy.
Chris Haynes: NBA issues brief statement to ESPN regarding Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealing his marijuana use. Statement from NBA spokesman Mike Bass: “All of our coaches are drug tested each season. Marijuana is included on our banned substances list. There are medical exceptions to our policy but, in this case, it’s not relevant because Steve said he did not find marijuana to be helpful in relieving his back pain.”