On Friday morning, ESPN reported that the Clippers head coach Doc Rivers will not be making any more decision for the team.
The Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said Lawrence Frank will oversee all basketball operations.
Below is the statement Ballmer had on why he made this move.
“I’ve owned the team for three years now, and I really better understand what an owner’s responsibility is—and it turns out that running a franchise and coaching are two enormous and different jobs. The notion that one person can fairly focus on them and give them all the attention they need isn’t the case. To be as good as we can be, to be a championship franchise, we need two functioning strong people building teams out beneath them. There needs to be a healthy discussion and debate with two strong, independent minded people.
“There are different relationships that a player needs to have with the coach and the front office. Doc put Lawrence in charge of the non-coaching aspects of the front office last year, and he’s done a fantastic job. I want each of them to dig in and do what they do best. Lawrence has come on so strong in that role, and that has helped us go down this path.”
During the offseason, L.A. has traded point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, re-signed power forward Blake Griffin and acquired small forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.
Everyone is getting paid big money this year, and if you are a 5’9″ point guard, you want nothing but a max deal!!
The 28-year-old point guard, Isaiah Thomas said he was nothing but a max deal. He went on and told A. Sherrod Blakely from CSN New England.
“My time is coming,” Thomas said. “They know they’ve got to bring the Brinks truck.”
Why wouldn’t you pay him the max deal, he is the best player in your team Even though he is a liability on the defense of end, you cannot loose him to a different team. Especially in the eastern conference. You might believe he is going to be overpaid, just think Otto Porter will be getting paid $100 million for the next 4-years.
Just a few days ago, Gibson agreed to a two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves worth $28 million. He was charged with a misdemeanor for driving a vehicle without a valid license. Gibson is due in court on September 1st in New York.
The saga continues, there is no question that Joel Embiid is tired of hearing LaVar speak everytime he is in public. After Embiid said “F*** LaVar Ball” on Instagram Live, this is what LaVar had to say.
After Embiid said “F*** LaVar Ball” on Instagram Live, this is what LaVar had to say.
Holiday deserved the money he got paid, last year when he played with the team, they were 32-35. You might say that is a horrible record, but when he was out after a toe injury in December. The team went 2-13 without him in the lineup.
Rondo signed a two-year deal with the Bulls in 2016, which means he will get $3 million for the 2017-18 season because of his guaranteed contract. Rondo who is now 31 years of age, had a disappointing season. He averages 7.8 points per game, 6.7 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.
Rubio’s has been on the trading block for quite some time now. Even though Rubio’s is one of the best passers in the NBA, he has struggled shooting the rock and let’s not mention how he is a defensive liability. After the 2017 All-Star break, he averages 16 points and 10.5 assists and shooting a surprising 42.0 percent from the floor.
Lamar Odom did not finish his NBA career like we wish he would. After Odom was traded to the Mavericks, it all went downhill for the 2-times NBA Champion. He dealt with divorce, his driver hitting a kid, and drug addiction. Also, Odom has bounced back and he is doing very well, and sometimes working out in the Lakers facilities.
Nevertheless, Stephen A. Smith thought it was a good idea to use Odom and his addiction as an example of Phil Jackson bad GM skills.
After hearing this comments, Lamar Odom and his lawyer released a statement via Twitter.