The Phoenix Suns, an NBA franchise model, if your goal is to burn metaphorically with the heat and scent of a big tire fire, fired coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday after a season at work. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Suns hunt Monty Williams, also a candidate for the Lakers job.
Devin Booker was designed four years ago by the Suns. Who's hired by the Suns will be Booker's fifth coach in the NBA. Can you name the first four? These would be Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson, Jay Triano and Kokoskov. There's no better way to build a team from the ground up than … constantly changing the edge of the board, resulting in unnatural instability even in the chaotic NBA. (Great response to the Kokoskov news from Watson, By the way.)
Kokoskov will return to an NBA bench this summer if he does not choose to recruit more representatives of the head coaches in Europe (where he was a Slovenian national coach). The Suns never had to fight for victory this season. They had a bizarre off-season, in which the general manager was fired nine days before the start of the regular season.
James Jones is now fully responsible for the basketball team, while Jeff Bower takes over the daily operations. I think they will be able to hire their own coach now if Robert Sarver does not engage in the conversation. Who are we kidding? Of course he will. That's why the suns are the suns.
Dollars 127, Piston 104
Milwaukee wins the series 4-0
Rockets 91, jazz 107
Houston leads 3-1
A good old 4-game playoff Tuesday!
Magic at Raptors, 7 ET, NBA TV
Toronto leads 3-1
Nets at Sixers, 8 ET, TNT
Philadelphia leads 3-1
Spurs at Nuggets, 9:30 ET, NBA TV
Series tied 2-2
Thunder at Blazers, 10:30 ET, TNT
Portland leads 3-1
Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks for ruining the basketball fans of Detroit another April. The Pistons have not won a playoff game since May 26, 2008.
Meanwhile, Giannis pulls both out Jordanesque hanging trick shots and Volleyball tips, He had 41 when he led Milwaukee to the first playoff series win since 2001. Giannis was six years old when the Bucks won a series for the last time!
Blake Griffin had a really good season and deserves more than this.
Dan Devine expects a real test for the Bucks: an experienced Celtics team waiting in the second round.
Jazz avoided its own momentum as Jae Crowder had a great game and Donovan Mitchell took fourth place. Will that be a gentle sweep or will Utah panic into the missiles? Game 5 is Wednesday in Texas. This summer, jazz will probably have to expand the blender by one more goal scorer.
How will the Pacers try to get over Victor Oladipo?
The clippers hang hard with the warriors. It should be a wake up call for Golden State. How will they react?
There are fewer than ten people in the world I can rely on to do a column, "Let's talk about Russell Westbrook." Chris Herring is one of them, so read this here.
Kevin Durant talks about media thirst and free agency speculation. It is really strange that this bothers Durant so much and he has not followed the proven strategy of refusing to answer questions. Has he never seen a Russell Westbrook press conference?
Thanks to an agreement between the league and CBS Sports Network, there will be more WNBA games this season.
In some serious news, Luke Walton was charged and charged with sexual assault by a former sports reporter in Los Angeles. The incident in question is said to have occurred when Walton was an assistant to the Warriors. The alleged victim interacted with Walton as soon as he was hired by the Lakers until she left the shop. The Warriors, Lakers and Kings (who hired Walton last week) all made short statements in which they were the first to be heard. Walton has represented Derrick Rose's lawyer.
The Minnesota Lynx replaces THE LEGEND Lindsay Whalen with … her nemesis, Odyssey Sims.
The process is alive and well in Brooklyn.
And last but not least, scream the nets because after the game 4, GM is rolled into the refs private locker room and for the next franchise owner of the team being punished for tweeting his GM. The networks, my friends, are great.
Be excellent with each other.