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October 24, 2014 Updates
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Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court court on a larceny charge. McCarty, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Celtics, is accused of bouncing checks to a contractor putting in $39,000 worth of cabinets in his home, according to WCVB-TV. ESPN.com

McCarty pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 11. "This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building," McCarty said in a statement released by the Celtics. "We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending." ESPN.com

Asked if at Golden State he was given the freedom to help shape the lives of his players, Jackson said, “I will give them credit for that. They knew who they were hiring, and I had a platform, and it was incredible to see.” Jackson, a pastor at his church in Reseda, recalled that during weekend road trips in Los Angeles, he would invite players to either come to church or go to the gym and then have a “busload of guys” show up to church. Contra Costa Times

Stan Van Gundy took a question about the Detroit Pistons' vote on NBA draft lottery reform and turned it into a compelling lobby against maximum individual salaries for NBA players, which he deemed anti-competitive for elite players and teams alike. "They don't say to Bruce Springsteen, 'You can only get 25 percent of the proceeds and 75 percent's got to go to the E Street Band.' I mean, that's not the way it works," Van Gundy said Wednesday. Booth Newspapers

"If it were more of a free-market system, I think things would change," Van Gundy said. "I think you'd see greater parity in the league -- especially having the (salary) cap and no individual max." Booth Newspapers

October 21, 2014 Updates
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But Rambis, a former Knicks draft pick, hopes his biggest help to Fisher is getting him to cope with the pressures of coaching in New York. “I’m giving him countless suggestions, even how to monitor his time,’’ Rambis told The Post in his first interview since his July hire. “Even something as small as making sure he works out. It’s important for all head coaches to find that stretch of time. Because the job is very consuming and becomes an obsession. Derek is a perfectionist, constantly thinking about the game. He did it as a player and it’s worse when you become a head coach. I want him to find time to do it.’’ New York Post

Jackson put on a fullcourt press and offered him, as The Post reported, a lucrative package for a lead assistant at $1.4 million per year. “[Jackson] knows my work ethic, knows my understanding of the offense,’’ Rambis said. “He was intent to hire me. He wanted to convince me this would be a great situation. “It’s hard not to imagine being involved in basketball and not having some intrigue for the Knicks and playing or coaching at the Garden. Having an opportunity to work with Phil and Derek, I looked at it as a great opportunity to get them back to the upper echelon where it belongs.’’ New York Post

Coach Thibodeau always looks like he’s on the verge of an aneurism. What, if anything, could you do to calm him down? Joakim Noah: He looks like that whether he’s happy or sad. But I’d have him do yoga with me. He could use that. The Daily Beast

October 19, 2014 Updates

Kidd was granted permission to talk to the Bucks in June and then was subsequently traded for two second-round picks. "Did I want to be traded?" said Kidd, whose Bucks play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. "I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs." Kidd was alluding to reports by ESPNNewYork.com and Yahoo! Sports about how management strongly considered making a coaching change last December when the Nets were in the midst of a 10-21 start but Russian ownership stuck with Kidd. ESPN.com

When asked about a comment he made recently to ESPN's Chris Broussard about how "Brooklyn thought that they could do better" in regards to his departure from the Nets, Kidd points to what the Nets have now. "They got second round picks," Kidd said on Sunday. "I thought they got a coach [Lionel Hollins] and second-round picks." ESPN.com

He’s player that Snyder respect so much that he declined to speculate how he will fare after appearing in only six games because of overlapping injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. Snyder also wished Bryant’s “good health” after expressing gratitude for the observations he shared on the bench. “He’s someone who taught me a lot about the NBA, just with the way the game has evolved and played,” Snyder said. “It has shaped me.” Los Angeles Daily News

October 18, 2014 Updates

Head coach David Blatt was asked about Waiters’ rapid field goal attempts and the coach paused, making sure he chose his words carefully before responding. “I was thinking about that at halftime, actually,” Blatt said. “Remember that we didn’t play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that’s what he does. “I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will.” NBCSports.com

For decades, they have been the NBA's anonymous grinders courtside, "the substance that fills the cracks," as Ron Adams likes to say. Adams is one of the most respected assistant coaches in the league, and over the last few seasons, his reputation to the casual NBA observer is finally catching up to what those closely connected to the game have known for years. With head coaching positions starting to be filled by former players with no head coaching experience or successful retreads who are given executive powers to go with their coaching responsibilities, experienced assistants like Adams are in demand like a shooting guard who can hit 3s and defend. Associated Press

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