It seems obvious when the notion is presented aloud, but it’s not that there’s more rough play — there’s just less congestion for incidental contact. Almost everything has to be done with intention, thus blurring the lines. “It’s hard to get windup and impact when all 10 players are playing in the paint like Charles Barkley did,” McCutchen told Yahoo Sports. “But when you start playing in space, you get a lot more of the [Memphis wing] Dillon Brooks chase down, a lot more of the layup where someone is recovering like [Dallas’] Dorian Finney-Smith.”
June 2, 2023 | 2:53 pm EDT Update
Jovan Buha: The Lakers’ pre-draft workout participants on Friday: Nadir Hifi – France, Jalen Wilson – Kansas, Morris Udeze – New Mexico, Cam Shelton – LMU, Terquavion Smith – NC State, Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky
Madeline Kenney: Prospects invited for a pre-draft workout with the Warriors on Monday: Colin Castleton (Florida), Keyontae Johnson (Kansas State), Arthur Kaluma (Creighton), Dereck Lively II (Duke), Jalen Wilson (Kansas)
June 2, 2023 | 12:55 pm EDT Update
The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a five-year, $31 million deal with Frank Vogel to hire him as their coach, league sources tell The Athletic. Vogel, who guided the Lakers to the 2020 NBA championship, is known for his defensive acumen and detail-oriented approach.
After parting ways with Monty Williams on May 14, the Suns had a thorough coaching search process that led to five finalists. Vogel, former Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers, now-76ers coach Nick Nurse, Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez and Suns assistant Kevin Young each met with Suns owner Mat Ishbia, president of basketball operations James Jones and other team officials in the final stage of the search over the past couple weeks. For the Suns, Vogel’s connectivity and collaborative approach provided the organization confidence that this could be a long-lasting partnership with staying power.
Evan Sidery: Frank Vogel is one of the best defensive tacticians in the NBA. Consistently has his teams elite on that end of the floor. Vogel also puts a heavy emphasis on rim protecting bigs (ex: Roy Hibbert and Anthony Davis). The big question now pivots to whether Deandre Ayton is a fit…