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October 12, 2014 Updates

Jazz big man Enes Kanter agrees practices are plenty hard, and although he wouldn’t say they’re necessarily harder than last year, they are more focused. “We’re talking and communicating and going 100 percent,’’ Kanter said. “Sometimes you lose focus and it’s normal, but Coach Quin gets on us and says, ‘Hey you’re losing focus.’ (Practice) is pretty hard, but it’s more mental — you have to keep your focus on what we’re doing in here.’’ Deseret News

Jazz newcomer Steve Novak, who has played for a variety of coaches in his 10-year career with seven different teams, has been impressed with Snyder and the way he is coaching the Jazz. “It’s a little different,’’ Novak said. “I’ve played for guys like Jeff Van Gundy and on the opposite side guys like Mike D’Antoni and in between those guys. I think Quin definitely understands for us to be successful, we have to be good defensively and talks about that a lot. But also offensively that’s where he’s a great basketball mind. We see that in the film sessions and in the huddles. He has a lot of offensive stuff that we haven’t even scratched yet.’’ Deseret News

October 11, 2014 Updates

He's had his share of high-pressurized coaching gigs. This isn't unfamiliar territory for Blatt. On the other hand, he hasn't fully experienced the enormity of what is about to come his way in coaching a team that consists of All-Stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. "I would have come to the NBA regardless of the roster," Blatt said. "I wanted to come home. And when I came, it wasn't the same roster obviously. I had a pretty good job before. I wanted to come here." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 10, 2014 Updates

Did you have to make a Knicks-or-Warriors decision? Kerr: Yes. NBA.com: What did that come down to? Kerr: Everything I just referenced. New York was very intriguing, especially my relationship with Phil and the opportunity he was presenting me, and the Knicks, the franchise itself and the history. But it would have been a really, really difficult situation in terms of the family and being all the way across the country. I just felt better suited to work with these guys here, this younger roster with a more established core. It just felt more comfortable. NBA.com

Do you second-guess yourself? Do you regret the way you handled it — saying yes, committing to it before things had really been worked out? Kerr: A little bit. It’s a human thing. Phil couldn’t have been better when I told him I was going to go Golden State. NBA.com: He didn’t feel burned? Kerr: Not at all. Because he understood. In fact, he said, “If you had come here and regretted it, it would have been the worst thing for both of us.” That’s why Phil’s Phil. He understands people. In hindsight, it probably would have been best not committing, not saying anything, just saying, “Look, I need to talk to Golden State.” But the timing was an issue on both ends. It was very tricky. Anyway, it all worked out. I think the Knicks ended up with a great coach and Derek (Fisher) and Phil will do well together and I’m happy to be here with (general manager) Bob (Myers) and the team. NBA.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

Walker is highly attuned to the value of chemistry from when he led Connecticut to the national championship in 2011. “Every year you have to start over,” Walker said. “The thing about this team is we have good guys as well – new guys, but good guys.” Henderson said a big factor in last season’s success is Clifford’s approach. He minimized in-season drama by being so transparent with each player. “There are no secrets – everything is out in the open,” Henderson said. “You want to know where you stand, and coach Cliff always makes that clear.” Charlotte Observer

October 8, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings have hired an NCAA Division III assistant coach to become head coach of their NBA Development League affiliate in Reno, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings have reached agreement with Grinnell (Iowa) College assistant David Arseneault Jr., presumably to try and incorporate the Division III program's well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Bighorns. Arseneault Jr. has been an assistant coach and point guard under his father, David Sr., as Grinnell has routinely set scoring records on the small college level. Grinnell averaged 116 points in the 2013-14 season. Yahoo! Sports

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my tenure as Pacers’ coach,” said Vogel. “It’s an honor to represent this franchise and lead this team. I look forward to the challenge ahead. I’m grateful to have had good, coachable teams along with coaching staffs that have been second to none.” Vogel will be available to the media after Thursday’s practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. NBA.com

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, have named Kevin Whitted as the team’s first head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Westchester Knicks will tip off their inaugural season this November and play all home games at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains. “Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.” NBA.com

October 7, 2014 Updates

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