When he entered the league, teams were looking for power forwards like Malone: big, burly, physical types who could bang in the paint. That was not Nowitzki. The gangly 7-footer grew up in Germany playing for a pair of coaches — first Pit Stahl, and later Holger Geschwindner, his current mentor — who built his game from the outside-in, rather than the inside-out. He also played tennis and handball, landing Nowitzki in the NBA with an diverse toolbox — and a coach who was eager to use them. “I’ve always looked for people who can score and pass, and do things like that,” Nelson said. “Ever since I’ve been coaching, I look to put guys like that on my team because that’s the way I wanted to play if I could.
April 26, 2018 | 8:19 pm EDT Update
Monte Poole: ‘This is a big defensive transition series. Anytime you’ve got a team that’s coming at you that fast, there’s going to be all kinds of cross-matches. That’s one of the messages: You don’t have YOUR man, you have A man.’ – #Warriors coach Steve Kerr on the #Pelicans.
Fred Katz: Here’s Steven Adams from last night on what Enes Kanter coming to Game 5 meant to him: “Nothing at all. I hate that guy. He’s a scumbag.” He continued, “No, honestly, it’s good that he came out. All the boys were happy to see him. Short spurts with him. Short spurts.”
April 26, 2018 | 7:05 pm EDT Update
Melissa Rohlin: Kerr on Curry: “Steph practiced 100 percent. He did everything. I would say he’s questionable for Game 1. What we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day. Put him through another practice tomorrow. I think he needs to string together a few good days.”