It’s nonsense, of course. Krause was one of the keenest basketball minds of his generation, an ex–baseball scout turned NBA general manager who inherited a team with Jordan and proceeded to build out a roster around him. It was Krause who pulled off one of the great drafts in league history, in 1987, when he acquired Scottie Pippen in a draft-day trade with Seattle and scooped up Horace Grant a few picks later. It was Krause who pulled Jackson from the basketball bushes, plucking Jackson out of the CBA in ’87 to work as an assistant to Doug Collins, elevating him to head coach two years later. And it was Krause who used a second-round pick in 1990 on Toni Kukoc, nabbing a playmaking, sweet-shooting European big man years before NBA teams started scouring the globe for them.
June 17, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update
Kyle Neubeck: Rivers on Simmons’ free throw issues: “It is a mental thing, we all know that.” Says that you can try to work around it with things like a routine and such, but, “It’s hard to do right now, we just got to keep him working on it, and that’s what he’s doing.”
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Doc Rivers after team film session on saying he expects a Game 7: ‘I believe in my team. … Every game’s a single game. If Tobias says he was out of it (Wednesday), does that mean he’ll be out of it next game.’
It has been a busy week for Geo Baker. The Rutgers senior guard underwent a workout for the New York Knicks at their G-League facilities in White Plains, New York, on Thursday, a source told NJ Advance Media.
Jake Weingarten: Nebraska forward Dalano Banton will workout with the Houston Rockets tomorrow afternoon, a source told @stockrisers. With good size and upside, Banton is a sneaky underrated draft prospect.
La La and Carmelo Anthony’s marriage has been through a separation, a reconciliation, and years of speculation — but now they’ve amicably decided to officially call it quits. La La filed divorce docs Thursday in New York, 11 years after tying the knot with the NBA star, and cited irreconcilable differences.
June 17, 2021 | 5:14 pm EDT Update
The tension between Carlisle and 22-year-old superstar Luka Doncic had increasingly become concerning within the Mavs organization, sources said. Doncic showed up Carlisle several times this season, such as making animated gestures on the court when he disagreed with a decision or yelling at Carlisle in front of assistant coaches and teammates.