Boston is without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, but James has a ton of respect for the Celtics as an opponent regardless. “I think they are one of the most well-coached teams in our league,” he said. “Obviously, you know what I’ve said about Brad Stevens before and his ability to get the most out of his guys, how great they are out of timeouts, late-clock situations as well, no matter who is on the floor or no matter who has played for them, he can put guys in position to succeed and get the most out of whoever has been in their lineup over the past few years, it’s not just this year. I think it has been a little bit overblown this year because of the names that has been out. Obviously, with Kyrie and Gordon and the injuries with those two big guys, but he has gotten the most out of everybody he has ever put in his position since he’s gotten to Boston.”
May 23, 2018 | 2:07 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Stevens on LeBron: “The thing that people don’t talk about is how good he’s shot over the years and that’s taken out going under, which probably 3-4 years ago was probably a primary option with most teams.” Almost every time Cs try to go under, he’s popped a pull up three.
Jared Weiss: Stevens jokingly asked if LeBron reading at shootaround psychs him out: “I will say this. I talked about his shooting & the improvement of his shooting has really taken going under pick-and-rolls out as an option over time. He’s as smart of a basketball player as I’ve ever seen.”
Jared Weiss: This interview was pretty phenomenal. Stevens on if he feels pressure to win tonight: “It’s a blast. I’m coaching basketball. Are you kidding me? I realize what a joke it is that I get to do this for a living. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Will Selva: .@NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on new anthem policy: “We’ve talked to tens of hundreds of players. We think we’ve come up with a balanced process.” Jared Dudley: I’m so glad I play in the @NBA instead of @NFL.. And I’m not even talking about guarantee money.. That league is a joke
New York City native and Oklahoma City assistant Royal Ivey interviewed with the Knicks recently for an assistant position on David Fizdale’s staff, per sources. Ivey has also received some interest from other teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, per sources. Ivey played high school basketball at Cardozo HS under legendary high coach Ron Naclerio. The Atheltic earlier reported that the Knicks were considering Ivey as a staff addition.