Move over Aver Johnson as France’s own Tony Parker became the San Antonio Spurs all-time assist leader in their convening win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
NBA games often come down to a single shot, but when it comes to who’s the league’s most annoying coach during games no one can catch Stan Van Gundy. The Orlando Magic coach was the runaway winner for that title in a poll conducted by SI.com, taking 65% of the vote from 138 players who responded.
Tied for a distant second place where the Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson and the Milwaukee Bucks Scott Skiles, each with 7%. Avery Johnson of the New Jersey Nets checked in with 4% and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs got 3%.
Just a day after New Jersey head coach Avery Johnson sent former lottery pick Terrance Williams down to the NBA Development League for tardiness, the Sacramento Bee is reporting Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of practice by coach Paul Westphal.
The fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft was removed from practice for arguing with Westphal several times.
“He’s a very honest player. He tells you what he thinks, and I’m an honest coach. I will not lie to him, and I’ll tell him when I think he’s doing well and I’ll tell him when I think he needs to work on something,” Westphal reportedly said. “And he’ll tell me what he thinks about what I think, and we’ll work it out. That’s what happens, and I like our relationship.”
Cousins averages 10 points and seven rebounds per game for the Kings, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games and has already been inquired about in possible trades.
Over the weekend New Jersey Nets new head coach showed off his Super Bowl ring to Yahoo! Sports writer Marc Spears. Yes I did say Super Bowl ring, who posted it onto Twitter. Apparently he told the New Orleans Saints to go out there and win it for the city, outside of Indianapolis Colts fans who didn’t want the Saints to accomplish that, so they went ahead and considered him to be a motivational speaker and gave him his own ring.
Josh Howard’s lack of production and past infractions may have set things in motion long ago, but the inciting moment that may have led to Howard’s ticket out of Dallas seems to be a DNP-due to hangover.
Several Maverick sources said Howard had a long night of partying on January 19, the night after the Mavericks had won in Boston and less than 24 hours before playing the Washington Wizards. The team officially said he missed the game against Washington on Jan. 20 with a stomach illness. But team officials said that it was a self-inflicted game off.
It certainly be the first time that Howard partying has drawn criticism as his notorious 2008 birthday party that he threw during a playoff series in which the Mavs were getting creamed by the New Orleans Hornets drew the fire from then-coach Avery Johnson and Mavs’ management. Oh, and then there the YouTube video about the national anthem. And the drag racing. And the admission of marijuana use.
Former San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, who was born and raised in New Orleans, managed to get his hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy as Saints head coach Sean Payton worked his way back to the locker room.
There’s no question about it Payton surely couldn’t have done it without the Little General.