Marc Berman: #Rockets supporting PJ Tucker at the unveiling of his new designer sneakers (from left): James Ennis, Marquese Chriss, Clint Capela, PJ, Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Knight and Zhou Qi
April 22, 2019 | 8:53 pm EDT Update
On April 9, Magic Johnson resigned as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, telling reporters before telling Jeanie Buss or any other member of the organization. Buss has no plans to hire someone to replace Johnson, who is still expected to be part of the Lakers’ free-agent recruiting this summer in some capacity.
Empowered by Buss to run the coaching search, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka met with Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams this week, with plans to interview both again next week. While those second interviews have not been officially scheduled yet, they are expected to include Buss.
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder pregame: “We’re getting better shots than any team in the playoffs, based on qSQ ratings. We’re getting open looks. You can’t stop taking them or thinking that they’re not good shots. They are.”
Brandon Shrider: BGSU guard Justin Turner has declared for the NBA draft; will maintain his college eligibility. Statement from Michael Huger: “We fully support Justin Turner’s decision to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. This process will allow Justin to learn more about future opportunities.”
April 22, 2019 | 7:12 pm EDT Update
Fizdale was a guest on “The Jump” on Monday afternoon and insisted, despite the 17-65 record in his first year as coach of the team that has struggled for the better part of two decades, the Knicks have something to draw the top players to join in. “[We’re having] a lot of conversations, a lot of angles that we’re trying to make sure that we show guys when they come in,” Fizdale said.”I think we’ve got a lot of positive things to show.”
David Fizdale: “Scott Perry and Steve Mills have done a heck of a job laying this thing out. We’ve got the most cap space. We have seven picks over five years, which means whoever we do get, we can continue to build around them, and I think that’s a great position to be in. We did all that in a course of a year and we laid down our culture, so I’m really excited about where we’re at.”
David Fizdale: “I think that we want the type of people that embrace those situations. So I think going into free agency, like I said, we’ve got a lot of good things that we can show and how this is going to be a different deal going forward with the Knicks. I think we’re going to end up doing some good things.”