“You understand there’s only 450 guys in the NBA and there’s only 30 teams and every team has a quote-unquote star or superstar on their team, a franchise guy,” Beal said, “and for the Wizards to entrust me with that, that’s an honorable position, one that I don’t take for granted, that I don’t take lightly.”
May 18, 2021 | 4:30 pm EDT Update
Lloyd Pierce on being fired by the Hawks: Whatever the case may be, I’m not the first person to be fired or let go. And the team’s going on and done well. That’s happened many times before. Sometimes it’s just not the right fit sometimes it’s just not the right understanding. Sometimes the growth of the organization moves at one speed and you’re moving at a different and someone else is able to do it differently and better, or whatever the case may be. And I get that. I think as coaches we all respect one another. And I think Doc’s statements were to be a realist, but also to show support, because he understands the grind that we all go through as coaches the day-to-day part. Are you coaching minute restrictions? Are you coaching injured players? Are you coaching transactions… whatever the case may be, we know it. We know it more than the outside. And so he’s just showing his support. But he’s also saying, hey, I’ve been there. There’s other coaches that have been there. Unfortunately, that’s what we go through, but we all know it.
Lloyd Pierce: And so for me, I’ve always said, and I told Travis this when when he hired me, and I told him this, the day he told me that we were moving in a different direction, I said ‘I’m always going to be appreciative of the offer, because who knows if you ever get to be a head coach in this NBA league’ I’m in my 14th year and I’ve already been a fired head coach. To me, that’s the greatest accomplishment I can tell someone. I’m a fired NBA head coach, and it’s only been 14 years. So that shows how far I’ve come in a short time. And I still have a long way to go in my career, so I’m fine.
Lloyd Pierce: I’m still a coach. And so it’s an opportunity to learn a little bit more about Utah spacing on offense and how they’re generating the type of threes they’re generating and why they’re shooting the percentages that they’re shooting. I think Quinn (Snyder) does a tremendous job of getting the corners filled, their downhill attack, and this is in the half court, which makes it even more special. The way they can space doesn’t matter who’s in the corner. Gobert, they don’t just have them as a traditional post running to the block. He’s playing through the elbow. He’s playing in the trail spot and he’s obviously going into some pick and roll, some ball screen… So to watch it a little closer to study it.
May 18, 2021 | 2:25 pm EDT Update
Mike Finger: Just noted to Rudy Gay that, technically, he doesn’t have a contract beyond tomorrow. “I’ve thought about it once or twice,” he said.