If Boston were to consider a first-time head coach, that pool would likely include former players such as current Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, who despite his inexperience, is widely considered a premier candidate on this summer’s NBA coaching market. Among league personnel, Billups has been considered for weeks as Portland’s leading candidate to replace Terry Stotts. The former Finals MVP is described as someone who commands each room he enters by his presence and demeanor, equal parts confidence and humility to listen—a similar recipe that landed Steve Nash on Brooklyn’s bench prior to this season. If not Billups, 76ers assistant Sam Cassell—another former Celtics point guard—is also considered to be one of the few external first-time head coaches who could receive significant interest for Boston’s opening. Cassell, too, is said to command the ears of superstars, such as Paul George and Ben Simmons, who he has mentored over the past few years as an assistant with the Clippers and 76ers.
June 21, 2021 | 2:12 pm EDT Update
Steph Curry as of right now is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season. But all signs point to him signing a contract extension with the Warriors this summer. “My full expectation is that Steph will be with us for the remainder of his career,” Golden State owner Joe Lacob said on The TK Show podcast with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “I think he wants that [and] we want that. I really don’t have anything to say about that other than we’re in the middle — or [we have] started that process. That’ll go on this summer.”
If you are a Warriors fan anxiously waiting for an announcement, you probably are going to have wait until mid-August or so. “I think we all want to see what it looks like with the draft and free agency first,” Lacob said. “I think that makes sense to see where we’re going. And Steph sees where we’re going. Our expectation is we’re gonna be with Steph for a long time. We love him and the fans love him. He’s obviously fantastic and we’re gonna do everything we can to keep him here and keep him happy.”
Milwaukee fans were pulling (and begging and pleading) for a Bucks’ win last night — and so was Sheryl Crow? After the Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime to advance to the conference finals, the Grammy Award-winning musician tweeted: “What a series!! I love the @Bucks but props to Kevin Durant!! You are amazing, @KDTrey5!”
After a Twitter user called Crow’s fandom for the Bucks “random,” she said “We are serious @Bucks fans in the Crow house” with the hashtag #FeartheDeer. On Sunday, Crow posted a video to prove it to “anybody who doesn’t think” her and her family “absolutely love the Bucks, and particularly, Giannis Antetokounmpo.”
June 21, 2021 | 2:00 pm EDT Update
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