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September 29, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team has added Sam Cassell, Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson as assistant coaches to the staff of Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. The trio joins current assistant coaches Armond Hill and Brendan O’Connor as well as assistant player skills coaches JP Clark and Dave Severns on the bench. “We have an impressive and experienced group of coaches who are excited to get to work,” Rivers said. “Mike and Lawrence have enjoyed tremendous success as head coaches and Sam is someone who I coached as a player and respected as an assistant with the Wizards. I am excited to continue to work with the entire staff as we prepare for the season.” NBA.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder has made multiple promotions and additions to its Basketball Operations and Blue staffs, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder has promoted Jesse Gould to director of basketball research and analysis and Ryan Lambert to college scout. In addition, the club has added Adam Harrington as shooting coach, David Howarth as athletic performance coordinator, Steve Scalzi as video analyst, and Oliver Winterbone as basketball information analyst. The Blue has hired Phil Beckner, Royal Ivey, and Drew Jones as assistant coaches. NBA.com

After 13 years, point guard Earl Watson will retire from the NBA to accept a coaching position with the San Antonio Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate, the Austin Toros, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has yet to make an official announcement. Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 28, 2014 Updates

The major issue entering training camp is the lack of a veteran presence at center. So far, newcomer Tyler Zeller and second-year player Vitor Faverani are the primary candidates to start. “The funny part is most of you [the media] will be put in a position where you have to name our starting lineup and our rotation and put it down in pencil,” Stevens said. “If you go through it and really put yourself in my shoes, there’s about 150 versions of this that you can go with, more so than last year. And I thought last year we were pretty hard to figure out, so it’s been a fun puzzle to think about but it’s been a puzzle that will figure itself out once we start practice.” Boston Globe

Flip Saunders: We’ve got a Kevin Martin, a Mo Williams, a Corey Brewer, Thaddeus Young, [Nikola] Pekovic. We have guys who have had success at every position and they’ll help bring the young guys along. But if anyone thinks our veteran players are just going to let younger players take their minutes, that ain’t going to happen. This is a business. You’ve got to earn what you get. And whatever you earn, that’s what you’re going to get. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Spoelstra flew in August to Los Angeles, where he lunched with Wade and barbecued with Bosh, because he didn’t want his first meeting with them to be in his office. “It was an exhilarating four years and an exhausting four years,” he says. “We had to close the book and open a new one.” For so long, Spoelstra had asked Wade and Bosh to accept lesser roles. Suddenly, he was asking the opposite, challenging them to recapture the responsibility they had grudgingly surrendered. “There were a lot of reasons I didn’t want to leave Miami, and my relationship with Spo was one of them,” Bosh says. “He told me, ‘This is an opportunity for all of us to fill the gap.’ Before, I could afford to step back a little bit at times. Now, I’m excited to step up and be more aggressive, more of a leader.” Sports Illustrated

There is much they will miss about the era gone by, from the packed arenas to the omnipresent cameras, keeping them consistently on guard and on point. “That electric feeling,” Spoelstra says. “It wasn’t a life less ordinary.” Sometime, early in the season and late in the shot clock, they will find themselves looking feverishly for number 6. Of course, they will miss him too. But during the meals with Wade and Bosh a familiar defiance returned, which Spoelstra described better than anyone in that address before camp last fall: “It is a relentless, relentless competitiveness to do whatever you have to do to win. You have to develop this mentality. This is who you guys are. This will forever be who the Miami Heat is. There will always be motherf------ in this Miami Heat jersey.” Sports Illustrated

Sometimes Spoelstra won’t remember what he wrote after a game. “When I was a player I’d black out and shoot for hours,” he says. “Now I’ll work through the night until the next afternoon when I see the team.” His assistant Dan Craig will tell him, “I really like the talk you just gave the guys.” Spoelstra looks at him with a blank expression. “I have no idea what I just did,” he replies. The Heat sense when he is entering a spiral. After a last-second loss in Indiana last March, James spotted Spoelstra typing furiously on the plane. Spoelstra had used James as a decoy on the final play, a decision that backfired. “You’re not still worried about that, are you?” James asked. “Yeah, I’m pissed,” Spoelstra groaned. “I’m good,” James said. “We’re good.” Likewise, after the team dropped Game 1 to the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, Bosh knocked on the door of Spoelstra’s hotel suite. He was holding two beers. “Just checking on you,” Bosh said. “I know you’ll get it right. You’ll get us right.” Sports Illustrated

“I’m not Phil Jackson, that’s for sure,” Fisher said Friday in Tarrytown. “I am not going to try to be or even pretend to be. I’ve for sure taken a lot of the basketball experiences and knowledge and life experiences and knowledge from working for Phil for so many years. So there will for sure be some things I will try and channel.” “At the same time, I’ve learned a lot from other coaches, other men, other people that inspire me, other great leaders, other great athletes, great people that I’ll also channel.” New York Post

September 27, 2014 Updates
September 26, 2014 Updates

Q: Is it true you're going to have Gary Payton mentoring Giannis? Jason Kidd: No, I'm not having anyone mentor anyone. For me, it's looking at guys that I've played against or played with that can maybe help come in for a day or two to talk about what it takes to be successful. And so Gary at some point might come in and talk, but we're not going to hire him. CBSSports.com

Keep in mind, there’s many new components as well as new roles for players already on roster. For those reasons, and more, I’m calling the season “The Year of Discovery.” I asked Vogel if he would he like to have a new contract before the season, which most certainly would help ease the burden. “I want to coach here forever,” Vogel said last month. “So I don’t think it eases any burden or anything like that, or changes the job at all. I certainly want to be back as the coach here for years to come.” Vigilant Sports

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