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Rivers on Monday was queried as to whether he believes his players are being too demonstrative on the court with the referees. There was no diplomacy in his response. “Probably, yeah,” he said ahead of his team’s game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. “Well, (Sunday), I think as a team we were, for sure. We’ve got to get to playing. You know, I’ll do all the antics if they need me to do them. “But I just think the players have to play. I just find it very difficult to play and ref. I think that’s really hard to do. I think we’ve gotta pick one or the other.” Los Angeles Daily News

While questions of whether it's ball movement or missed shots, it's in the details where the Blazers are seeing more shortcomings than what shots they are missing. "I'm surprised we're not as good offensively as we had hoped," said head coach Terry Stotts on Monday. "Again, you can't take things for granted. Thirteen guys coming back you can't take it for granted. We have to do the things that create good offense." On blue paper written in cursive, Stotts had a "laundry list" of 10 things he wanted to look at offensively on a day when they worked mostly on end of game situations and getting better with their offensive sets. "The laundry list for offensive execution of things we can do better with screening and cutting and execution is all part of it," he said. Columbian

Amongst vows that he will not give up majority control of the Nets and remains “committed to championship,” Mikhail Prokhorov’s first session with the media in 10 months uncovered a new enemy target to join Mark Cuban and James Dolan. “I think there is a nice proverb in English,” Prokhorov said when asked about departed head coach Jason Kidd. “Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.” “I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even,” Prokhorov added about Kidd’s power play in Brooklyn and desertion to Milwaukee. “And we’ll see it on the court.” New York Daily News

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This was the big time, Maccabi Tel Aviv putting down CSKA Moscow and then Real Madrid to capture the 2014 Euroleague championship. Nelson, the Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations, kept an eye on the fellow working the Maccabi sideline even though, in Rick Carlisle, the Mavs are all set in the coaching department. "David Blatt is my hero," Nelson said last week about Blatt, one of those 30-year overnight sensations who will be an NBA rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. "Here's a guy who really cut his teeth the hard way. If you look at his success, there's probably a handful, if that, of coaches who have worked overseas who could step into a job here. But he is definitely one of them. "I was sitting there on scouts row, telling someone, 'If it was me, David Blatt would be on my 'A' list.' And then coincidentally, he was hired like [a month] later." NBA.com

"Certainly I feel that I do represent European coaches and European basketball, because that's where I've come from," the married father of four said. "But don't forget, I grew up and learned the game in the United States. I left at the age of 22, got experience in coaching and had great interaction with a lot of great players both here and over there. "So I've got to be honest with you, I don't think I was hired because I was a European coach. I think I was hired because I'm a good basketball coach. You know what I mean?" NBA.com

After turning the ball over 19 times against the Knicks led to 26 points for New York -- turnovers Blatt called "irresponsible" and "borderline inexcusable" -- the Cavs cut that number to just 12 against Chicago. Blatt also told the team he wanted more ball movement, as well as player movement, on offense going forward. "Fiery and to the point," one source told ESPN.com when asked to characterize the meeting. "[Blatt] was very direct with the group about the expectations and what we need to do day in and day out." ESPN.com

"Today in our meeting, we said we have to play better than the way we played last night," Anderson Varejao said. "We have to play harder, tougher, and that's what we did tonight." Blatt said his team "kind of dropped off the map" after its initial emotional surge against the Knicks. He demanded a more sustained effort from the group. "There are some things that have nothing to do with X's and O's," Blatt said. "That's a good part of what we were talking about, and there were other things that were very, very basketball related and we addressed those as well. I don't know exactly the numbers, but I'm sure we were 70 or 80 percent in 50/50 balls tonight." ESPN.com

When Blatt entered the locker room, Irving handed him the game ball and the rest of team along with the coaching staff circled around him shaking his hand, messing up his hair, congratulating him on his first NBA win. Blatt has won over 600 games during his professional coaching career and now he can add the supreme level to his coaching resume. "We're all just happy for him," Shawn Marion told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "We wish we could have done it for him the other night, but you can tell he was very happy so it's all good." Cleveland Plain Dealer

One area the Celtics don't have questions about is on the sideline. Brad Stevens impressed NBA-types with his calm demeanor -- think the anti-Rick Pitino -- and solid play calling last season. Entering his second year, the former Butler coach said he feels far more comfortable than he did a year ago. “Offensively, defensively, I was playing different than I ever had before,” Stevens told SI.com. “The first time you do that, you usually are not coaching the Celtics. The biggest adjustment for me was the schedule. You can implement things at a slower rate in college. You have to implement things quickly and own them here. That’s the way we are approaching it this year. We are trying to implement it and then fix the things that need to be fixed.” Sports Illustrated

October 31, 2014 Updates

The Magic today also announced the hiring of several positions to complete the Erie BayHawks coaching staff for this season. The new hires include assistant coaches Anthony Goldwire and Nate Babcock, head athletic trainer Mark Mahoney, strength and conditioning coach Sheldon Dunlap, coach’s associate Reggie King, and interns Tanner Massey and Ryan Pannone. NBA.com

As the season unfolds, the Klutch Sports client most are watching closest is deposed Golden State coach Mark Jackson. He has bounced agent to agent in his brief coaching career, but landing with Paul raised the suspicions of Jackson’s motives: Does Jackson think Paul can simply wedge him into the Cavaliers’ job? Most believe that James is too smart to ever want a coach who spends far more time retweeting Twitter praise for himself than preparing his basketball team, but Jackson shouldn’t be underestimated as one of the sport’s great self-promoters. And make no mistake: If the Cavaliers struggle, it won’t be James and Kevin Love taking the blame. It’ll be coach David Blatt, who understands – even embraces – the burden. Yahoo! Sports

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

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