Vlade Divac has quietly emerged as the new lead voice of the Sacramento Kings’ front office, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Divac, who was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is indeed regarded as the team’s top basketball official by owner Vivek Ranadive after months of turbulence in Sacramento.
February 10, 2016 | 12:49 pm EST Update
John Reid: Alvin Gentry on Tyreke Evans’ knee problem: ”There is a possibility it could be something to keep him out for the rest of the season.”
To Kurt Rambis, the interim coach of the New York Knicks, what the Knicks need to do hasn’t changed, even with the team 4.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. “I’ve already let [the players] know that we’ve got to find a way to get in the playoffs,” a low-key Rambis said. “It’s so valuable, for both the growth of the team and the growth of the individual players, to be in that kind of intense environment. And they’ve got to experience that. The quicker we can get them in the playoffs, the longer we can keep them there, the better off we’re going to be as an organization, and they’re going to be as players.”
Van Gundy has been called for jury duty at Oakland County Circuit Court, he revealed after today’s morning shootaround for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Denver Nuggets. So that’s how Van Gundy will spend the first day of the Pistons’ eight-day All-Star break. Van Gundy was notified of the jury call back in October, he said.
He tried playing the I’m-coach-of-the-Pistons card, but apparently they have pocket schedules in circuit court, too. “I got called in training camp and tried to put it off until the end of the year. They looked at our schedule and said, ‘February 11th,’ ” Van Gundy said.
The BioSteel Centre, located on the Exhibition Place grounds, will be the team’s new training and development centre as well as home to the team’s front office. “Our vision for the Raptors is to build a championship contender that represents our city, our entire country and our fans with great pride and is ‘world-class’ in every way and Masai is certainly helping the team make great strides towards that goal,” said MLSE Chairman of the Board, Larry Tanenbaum. “The opening of BioSteel Centre is an important part of that vision. It is a development home for the team and will give them the tools they need to continue building on its progress of the past two years. We are very thankful to BioSteel, and all of the Raptors partners, as well as our fans, for their tremendous support.”