Phil Jackson Says Spike Lee ‘Doesn’t Know Anything About Basketball’

Phil Jackson may or may not be a fan of Spike Lee’s cinematic work, but the Hall of Famer certainly isn’t a fan of Lee’s basketball acumen. Lee’s latest project is a look at the triangle offense, which Jackson has mastered over his long career in the NBA. Now serving as the president of Lee’s beloved New York Knicks, Jackson is bringing the triangle to the Big Apple. That process is being documented by Lee for a documentary on MSG. “(MSG) said, ‘We know Knick fans are the most knowledgeable basketball fans in the world,’ which I agree with, ‘but this triangle, it needs to be explained,’ ” Lee recently said, according to Newsday. “So to the best of my abilities, I’ve tried to make that possible.” Speaking at a recent festival, it sure sounds like Jackson won’t be taking any time out of his busy schedule to check out the flick.
Phil said of Spike Lee, “Spike is an avid Knicks fan who doesn’t know anything about basketball.”— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) October 12,

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Phil Jackson says Spike Lee doesn’t know basketball

Here we see Phil Jackson and Spike Lee having a good laugh but I’m sure Spike Lee doesn’t find his comments comical.  Spike Lee announced that he was going to do a documentary on the triangle offense to fans. Immediately many people were bewildered and downright criticized it. In an interview today, Phil Jackson shared his opinions on Spike Lee.
Phil said of Spike Lee, “Spike is an avid Knicks fan who doesn’t know anything about basketball.” — Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) October 12, 2014
Phil says triangle is an organized system where spacing & ball movement are critical. “It’s not that complicated. It’s not rocket science.” — Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) October 12, 2014
Well then… I’m sure this won’t stop Spike Lee from making his documentary but instead more commentary. [BSO] The post Phil Jackson: ‘Spike Lee Is A Fan Who Doesn’t Know Anything About Basketball appeared first on Geeks & Cleats.

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LeBron doesn’t play much in Cavs preseason opener

James had 12 points in limited minutes in the preseason opener

      
 

 

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Ballmer doesn’t want Clippers employees using Apple products

L.A. Clippers owner and CEO Steve Ballmer may have stepped down from his post at Microsoft, but he’s still a share holder, and extremely loyal. According to Reuters’ Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey, Ballmer doesn’t want any Clippers employees using Apple products.
 Ballmer left the board of Microsoft last month but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Clippers will be a Microsoft organization. The son of a Ford Motor Co manager, he’s always been a company and product loyalist, banning his own family from using Apple’s iPhones. “Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer said. “And Doc kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off season.”
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If Superstar Derrick Rose Doesn’t Return This Season, Then He Never Will

Derrick Rose is one of the most overanalyzed players of his generation. The Chicago Bulls star means too much to his city and to the NBA world at large to not be talked about, so his game stays under the microscope even when he’s playing only 10 contests over two seasons.

This makes for some very hypothetical, theoretical conversation. Rose has become more of an idea than an actual human athlete since tearing his ACL in the 2012 NBA playoffs, and we’re at a bit of a loss with understanding who he is as a player anymore.

But the buck has to stop somewhere. And this, the 2014-15 season, is just where it will. The proving ground for Rose has arrived. If he doesn’t return to superstar form this year, it should be safe to say that he never will. Rose can still be an effective, useful point guard (a remade could’ve-been in the style of Grant Hill) but reaching the level he was at before his body broke down (twice) is another issue.

The most important factor in Rose’s return to prominence is still his health. Being robbed of his on-court continuity is arguably just as devastating to Rose’s career as losing two years in the prime of his youth. He can’t become one of the game’s best players again without a critical mass of continuous action. Playing through mistakes over and over is how anyone gets to be elite at what they do.

So long as Rose doesn’t have more hiccups in his process, he has the chance to be who he once was, again, this season. But if he goes down with a serious ailment again, the basketball jury will largely settle on Rose—once an MVP, he faces the realm of fleeting nostalgic legend if he can’t get another full season under his belt.

Rose’s singular, lane-penetrating moxie—the trait that, above all, makes him so valuable—will likely take time to return. From Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes:

Rose’s jumper won’t matter quite as much if he scores in transition and attacks the rim like he did three years ago. The problem: Chicago still doesn’t know if he can do those things. Deferential to a fault in the World Cup, Rose offered up only the briefest flashes of his old head-down, run-through-a-wall style. A little discretion is probably a good thing for a player coming off two seasons lost to injury, but even just one sustained stretch of vintage Rose would have eased the Bulls’ concerns about his physical health and mental state.

Rose’s ability to get to the rim before defenses have time to turn their necks can be as much mental as it is physical. Luckily for Bulls fans, the point guard looks to still have his extreme speed and acceleration. But seeing the holes in coverage and instinctively cutting through them is also a matter for master strategists, and we can’t call Rose that until he’s had the opportunity to go through the ceaseless mental gruel of the 82-game season again.

Patience is still the No. 1 virtue in Rose Watch. It could be well after Christmas until we’re able to say what kind of player he is in 2014-15. Regaining his edge will take Rose a while—through the World Cup tournament, he certainly looked hesitant at times. Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski even said as much, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

He’s being very unselfish, trying to be a good teammate. It all comes from a good place. He knows the defensive ball pressure is there. He wants to distribute the ball. He’s in a lot of times when DeMarcus (Cousins) is in to try to get him the ball. We would like for him to look for his stuff as well.

Basketball is more complicated than it often looks, especially at the professional level. Derrick Rose was once one of the best in the world at it, but now he’s looking up a high mountain as he struggles back to its summit. If he can’t stay healthy and focused enough to go through some prickly trials and get there—or close to it—this year, we might be better off saying goodbye to our MVP vision of Rose.

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What If Kawhi Leonard Doesn’t Become a San Antonio Spurs Superstar This Season?

Kawhi Leonard has largely been a quiet standout for the San Antonio Spurs, but the small forward has proven he holds the potential of becoming a top NBA player.

That statement is not exactly ground-shaking, especially given his elite showing during the 2013 finals. The Miami Heat may have won the series, but Leonard’s hype train began rumbling at a dangerous speed.

He was soon heralded as the next best thing, and it was supposed to be an immediate change for the aging Spurs—a changing of the guard, per se. The former first-round pick certainly improved throughout the most recent campaign, but ever-so-fractionally, to be honest.

Of course, Leonard proceeded to absolutely dominate the final three games of the 2014 finals, making him one of the league’s most interesting subjects.

Consequently, he will once again be expected to make a leap into superstardom, but is the vaunted Spurs’ system actually stunting the 23-year-old’s development into an elite NBA star?

Not one San Antonio player averaged more than 30 minutes per game last season, which is either fantastic or somewhat perplexing. Fantastic, because Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are definite beneficiaries of Gregg Popovich’s scheme. And perplexing, because Leonard appears so close to placing himself among the league’s best individual talents.

An obvious explanation is “that’s just the way it works in San Antonio,” so he will continue to occupy a complementary role. Right now, Leonard is essentially a leading 3-and-D player, with the emphasis leaning toward his stellar defense since he has knocked down a modest 37.6 percent from distance.

“Can he be a star?” ESPN’s Amin Elhassan (subscription required) asked.

In the traditional sense, probably not. His offensive repertoire is not refined or diverse enough to allow him to be the main engine that powers a team’s offense. Similarly, he appears to lack the disposition to instinctively assume that role, as evidenced by the muted performances he put up in Games 1 and 2 of the Finals.

However, Leonard’s most consistent aggressive displays occur during the postseason, where he has increased his points, rebounds and steals outputs each year.  The 6’7″ wingman occasionally exhibits a fearless nature, clearly seen when he spotted up and buried a jumper in LeBron James’ face multiple times last June.

Despite being guarded by one of the league’s premier defenders, Leonard simply did not flinch. That’s just one example of the strides San Antonio knows he is capable of making, but his typically passive style still persists as a lingering question.

Will he be ready to flip the switch when Duncan and Ginobili retire, something that very realistically happens following the 2014-15 season? Or, will another season of being the third or fourth option slowly turn him into a player who only thrives as an under-the-radar component?

Note: One of Leonard’s previously mentioned spot-ups over LeBron is the second clip in the accompanying video.

San Antonio’s team-oriented scheme is flat-out fun to watch, but its longevity is clearly an issue. The retirements of both Duncan and Ginobili feel much closer after the Spurs earned another ring, and Popovich’s replacement cannot perfectly replicate what the team is currently doing.

Leonard’s reserved attitude causes doubts that he’ll be able to instinctively assume the role of a leading playmaker, so the Spurs need to see exactly that this season. The elderly version of the Big Three remains, and it’s a perfect opportunity to hand a budding star more responsibilities.

The Spurs often win handily, so Leonard has rarely, if ever been required to take a over game. He manages some key plays down the stretch, but the fourth-year pro can learn hero-ball without the pressure of being expected to drain the clutch shot every time.

Additionally, he can be the primary focus in more offensive sets, most notably an extremely successful and slightly tweaked version of the pick-and-roll. Instead of just rubbing around a screen, Leonard starts at the top of the key, dishes to a teammate at the free-throw line before securing a return pass as he slashes toward the rim.

Utilizing him more in the half-court offense will pay prospective dividends since Leonard is not a shot creator, which makes the aforementioned play so beautiful. It’s an elementary combination that can be completed with an end-of-the-bench guy—heck, even you can throw the pass.

San Antonio need not abandon its championship-caliber system and rush him into superstardom, but it still must take steps to ensure Leonard progresses into what scattered performances have displayed. 

This kid is special, and elite potential is written all over him. But Leonard should receive more opportunities to grow while playing alongside three of the finest players the NBA has ever seen.

If the Spurs ignore his necessary progression, it will set back their future successes. And that’s exactly what a perennially premier franchise does not want to encounter.

 

All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

Follow Bleacher Report NBA writer David Kenyon on Twitter: @Kenyon19_BR.

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Korver: Luol Deng doesn’t think Hawks, Ferry are racist

Luol Deng just wants to move on. Kyle Korver, a former teammate of the Miami Heat guard, said Deng told him that although he was “shocked” to hear Danny Ferry’s comments about him, he doesn’t believe Ferry or anyone on the Hawks organization is racist. “He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out,” Korver said. “It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball.” Ferry made disparaging remarks about Deng during a phone call when assessing him during free agency, saying the Duke product “has a little African in him.” “He’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back,” Ferry said. Deng, who is from what today is South Sudan, expressed pride for his African heritage in response to Ferry initially and now is ready to move on from the ordeal. Ferry, meanwhile, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Hawks after his comments

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Adam Silver doesn’t think Danny Ferry should be fired

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to the Atlanta Hawks and Danny Ferry. That includes league commissioner, Adam Silver. While in Spain for the FIBA World Cup, Silver was asked his thoughts, by USA Today, about the whole situation and […]

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Nick Young on why he doesn’t have tattoos on right arm: ‘Strictly for buckets’ (pic)

Nick Young may be one of the most enigmatic stars in the NBA, but the Los Angeles Lakers shooter might also be one of the most entertaining. During the offseason, that makes him and his antics worthy of attention. On Thursday, Young, a noted tattoo enthusiast(above), posted a photo to Instagram showcasing how he was […] The post Nick Young on why he doesn’t have tattoos on right arm: ‘Strictly for buckets’ (pic) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Stephen Curry Gets Carded for Beer at Restaurant, Waitress Doesn’t Know Him

If you don’t follow basketball, you might not know who Stephen Curry is. If that’s the case, there’s a good chance that you won’t believe that the Golden State Warriors star is over 21 just by looking at him.

As it turns out, Curry was carded this offseason while dining at a California Pizza Kitchen. All the 26-year-old wanted was a beer. Seeing as how the NBA All-Star didn’t have his ID with him at the time, it wasn’t as easy for him to get as it should have been.

Curry explained the funny situation to Dime Magazine, via CSNBayArea.com:

Curry: It happened at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bay Area like 15 minutes from my house. We went, I tried to get a drink after the season, that’s exactly what happened.

Me and my wife went to dinner, and we didn’t have our daughter with us, and she was with the babysitter. So I ordered a beer, and I didn’t have my ID with me, ‘cause I left it in the car and I thought she’d recognize me.

So the waitress asks, and I was like, ‘Uh, is your manager here,’ and I took my chances with him knowing who I was, and … he knew.

But she basically, yeah, she wouldn’t give me the benefit of the doubt, knowing that I didn’t look like I was over 21 and not knowing who I was.

Dime Magazine: Did she apologize at all after the manager came over?

Curry: Not really. I don’t think she knew basketball at all, so I don’t think it registered.

Dime Magazine: Her manager was probably like, ‘Good, so she’s not serving anyone under 21.’

Curry: [Laughs] Exactly, ‘We’re doing our job.’

There aren’t many places in the Bay Area where Curry could go without being recognized. In fact, many people around the country would recognize him. He just happened to pick a bad time to leave his wallet in the car.

On the plus side, the California Pizza Kitchen manager has to be proud that his employee was carding anyone who looked like they were under 21 years old. That said, Curry may want to make sure that he has his ID on him at all times in the future.

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