Nurse is finalizing contract terms with Toronto, but met with president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster on Tuesday morning to accept the job, sources said. Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey, whom he worked under for the past five seasons. Nurse has six seasons of head-coaching experience in the NBA G League, where he won two championships and a coach of the year award.
October 15, 2018 | 9:27 am EDT Update
When the Knicks open their season at the Garden on Wednesday against the Hawks, the 23-year-old Croatian will come off the bench after a quiet preseason. “It’s not about me trying to show off immediately and do some crazy stuff,” Hezonja told The Post. “I’m being overly patient, trying to play for my teammates, trying to see who I fit with. It’s a new kind of team. I don’t want to be an a–hole to anybody. I’m just trying to figure out my own team. I know I can hold myself up easily. I was trying figure out the environment.”
But when you talk to Jones, the idea of some monster coming out of him can be laughable. Probably because, when you talk to him, Jones is laughing. In a locker room that includes the ever-playful Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who laughs enough to suggest his skeleton is a stilt of funny bones, you won’t find a more jovial spirit in the Warriors’ locker room than Jones. He laughs when something is funny. He laughs when he is nervous. He laughs to fill awkward spaces and uncertain responses.
He has a soft touch, too. He could end up with a mid-range jumper, eventually. Still, he has the strength to move some furniture in the paint. Or just move furniture in general. Jones just moved and, the rumor is, he did it by himself. “Nah, nah,” Jones said, deflecting the Paul Bunyan-esque tale of his moving an entire apartment with his bare hands. “Everything was rented. They really, like, took it apart and brought it over there. I didn’t really do nothing like that. I moved like my bags and all that other stuff. I helped with the mattress. But, like, all that heavy stuff I wasn’t about to move that.”
October 15, 2018 | 8:53 am EDT Update
KC Johnson: Deadline for Bobby Portis extension is 5 pm Central. Sides are talking. In 2012, Portis’ agent negotiated extension for Taj Gibson with Bulls management minutes before deadline. Will history repeat?
Finishing above .500 and making the playoffs for the first time since 2012 was an accomplishment for a team that had gone through a tumultuous rebuilding stage and won just 10 games in 2015-16 This season, the 76ers believe they are capable of more — so much more. “We believe we could have played in the NBA Finals,” Brown said. “I understand the magnitude of that statement, but I stand by it and I own it. It is our goal to go play in an NBA Final and it is a respect of championship habits, it’s a respect of each other.”
Though more than a couple of voices characterize the Sixers as “Jo’s team,” there’s a common belief inside the organization that Simmons is every bit the killer Embiid is. And Simmons, who keeps a close-knit circle with his brothers at its center, is starting to spend more time at the facility at the urging of those confidants, who felt it was time his daily habits reflect that competitiveness so evident in live games.
So what does a culture defined by the Sixers’ young superstars look like? Is there sufficient oxygen in Philadelphia for Simmons, a far more introverted personality than the vocal Embiid, to contribute to the collective identity? Can Simmons be satisfied with broad admiration for his competitiveness and selflessness as a player, if Embiid is beloved as a charismatic leader? Many inside the franchise believe that the dynamic will reveal itself over time, as it does in any marriage. “Those guys are still figuring it out,” JJ Redick says. “They’re evolving players, but even more important, they’re evolving people.”