“Most of the players who have made it this far from our country have only made it to the G League,” he says. “I want to go beyond that and show everyone in India that we are not just meant for the G League but also meant for the NBA.” “He’s put out the dream,” says Akshay Kotenkar, the director of basketball operations at NBA Academy India. “He is literally clearing the pathway for a lot of players. … And there’s so much more for him to achieve in this adventure.”
June 17, 2021 | 5:00 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Carlisle had two years left on his contract in Dallas, but there are five other coaching openings in the NBA and possibly more forthcoming. He’ll easily land another job. Rumblings about Milwaukee as a destination — IF the Bucks make a change — have been circulating for weeks.
Mike Vorkunov: The amount of coaching turnover in the NBA the last two seasons is wild. 17 of the 30 coaches who started the 2019-20 season as a head coach aren’t with that franchise anymore. So about 3/5 of the league’s head coaches from Oct. 22, 2019 lost their jobs or moved out and on.
Bryan Kalbrosky: One NBA scout told me the G League Elite Camp participant most likely to get drafted is EJ Onu. The 6’11 big man (7-foot-8 wingspan) won the NAIA national title with 16.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 bpg (!) while shooting 40% (!) on 3.9 3PA. Other participants: https://bit.ly/3vuN8EZ
When did you figure out that the mental side of sports is something that also takes work? Chris Bosh: I found that out pretty early. I’d always noticed how people would compliment me for being smarter or even trying in the classroom. Then as I got older, in basketball, the plays became more complex. The situations became more complex, you have to learn all the offenses, you have to learn multiple plays, you have to remember them. You have to remember defensive coverages. I just saw right away how much people talk differently about somebody who can comprehend that information.
What did you learn from times when you lost? CB: Well, I definitely learned what I didn’t do right. There’s no escaping that. That’s why I love sports. Because the minute that you lose, you know that that was a better team. They played a better series, and you have to be OK with that. But then most importantly, you remember those shortcuts, you remember that loose ball you didn’t get. You remember that one more rep in the gym you didn’t get. Those are the things that come back to haunt you.
June 17, 2021 | 4:47 pm EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban to ESPN: “I truly love Rick Carlisle. He was not only a good coach but also a friend and a confidant. Our relationship was so much more than basketball. And I know that won’t ever change.”