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.
January 16, 2017 | 8:58 am EST Update
Forward Chris Bosh: Has been away from the team since failing his preseason physical, after missing the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots. The Heat are expected to begin a permanent separation process sometime after Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary from Bosh’s last game played with the team.
Asked whether McDermott, in his third year, even should be battling confidence problems, Hoiberg said that ups and downs are part of being a shooter in the NBA. “It’s human nature as a shooter, when you’re struggling, you try to get as close to that rim as you can, and you try and guide it up there, as opposed to trusting that stroke and shooting it,’’ Hoiberg said. “It looks like he’s trying to seek contact a little bit, as opposed to going up without hesitation and shooting. “The big thing for Doug is to trust it. We have a lot of confidence in Doug. Everyone in this organization does. He needs to continue to take them when they’re there. We need him to make shots. When he and Niko [Mirotic] are shooting the ball well, we generally play well.’’
Zubac also felt tired from something else. Throughout his overlapping stints with the Lakers and D-Fenders, the Croatian center has frequently heard defenders try to belittle him. “I’m coming from the NBA, so they want to talk trash all the time,” Zubac said. “But I don’t really care what they’re trying to say. I’m in the NBA and they’re not. They can say whatever they want.”
Porzingis said it’s not his call and will listen to the medical staff. “No problema,” Porzingis said, using his Spanish. “I didn’t feel any pain. I hope [to be ready]. The way I feel right now, yes, I feel I’ll be available [Monday]. It all depends if the doctors let me go. This is the second time this has happened to me. They want to make sure I’m good, 100 percent healed before I step on the court. We don’t want this to happen again. It’s all their decision.”
Luke Walton really wants the world to sweat over the possible introduction of Coach Lamar Odom to the LA Lakers … ’cause now they’re grabbing dinner together. We got the former Lakers teammates leaving The Lobster in L.A. Saturday night, with Lamar heading out first and Luke following soon after.