Speaking to reporters after practice, Embiid said he had actually decided to return to Kansas for his sophomore season before someone intervened and “pushed” him to leave for the NBA. Embiid said: “It’s funny. I don’t think anybody knows this story, but I actually decided to stay because I loved this place so much. But I was kind of pushed away.”
April 27, 2018 | 12:20 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: JB Bickerstaff has agreed to a three-year contract to become the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach, league sources tell ESPN. Bickerstaff was Memphis’ interim coach for most of the 2017-18 season.
Despite a 15-48 record, Bickerstaff made a strong impression on management and Grizzlies players under difficult circumstances and ultimately became a clear choice within the organization to become elevated to the full-time coaching role.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Atlanta Hawks have received permission to meet with Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, league sources tell ESPN. Tibbetts will be a serious candidate to replace Mike Budenholzer as Atlanta’s coach.