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Here’s a link to a story from April covering the chances of Minnesota’s Kevin Love finding his way to the Bulls.
Yahoo and ESPN reported Sunday that Love has made it clear he will opt out of his contract next summer and is interested in finding a new home.
There is nothing new to the story, really. It was already obvious the Timberwolves will have to make a move with Love or risk losing him for nothing in return next year. A trade could happen during the summer or before the February trade deadline.
Love posted remarkable statistics this season (26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists) and would have been in the MVP conversation if Minnesota had finished closer to the top of the Western Conference standings.
The NBA’s coaching wheel could end up spinning into the Bulls, although it’s too soon to tell. Here’s a rundown of the coaching news:
STEVE KERR TO WARRIORS: At the surface, this moved seemed to be a surprising snub of Phil Jackson and the Knicks, but it actually makes perfect sense.
Kerr was intrigued by the Golden State job all along, but knew the Warriors’ first choice was Stan Van Gundy, so Kerr figured it was a matter of time before he settled on a deal to coach New York. When Van Gundy chose greater authority in Detroit, the Warriors made another pitch to Kerr this week, reportedly flying to Oklahoma City on Tuesday to meet with him before Game 5 of the Clippers-Thunder series.
The red flag of NBA video review has been waving for several years.
Near the end of the 2009-10 season, while the Bulls battled for the No. 8 playoff seed, they played a game in New Jersey. Clinging to a 2-point lead in overtime, Derrick Rose drove into the lane, lost the ball out of bounds and the officials initially ruled Bulls ball.
But first they checked the replay.
The video showed a Nets guard – Devin Harris, if my memory is correct – reaching in from behind, grabbing Rose’s arm and causing him to lose the ball out of bounds. It was as obvious a foul as you’ll ever see and the referees missed it.
Stan Van Gundy is best known as the older brother of former Knicks coach and current TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy. But Stan might be the most underrated coaching free agents available.
Stan Van Gundy has been a head coach for seven full seasons. He's never finished with a losing record, his teams have not missed the playoffs and in five of those years, he advanced to the second round.
He was fired by Miami 21 games into the 2005-06 season and the Heat went on to win the NBA title. Van Gundy did reach the finals with Orlando in 2010, losing to the L.A. Lakers in six games.
The second round of the NBA playoffs begins tonight – without the Bulls, obviously.
The first game to tip off is Washington at Indiana. Based on the teams’ performance in the first round, this looks like a great opportunity for the Wizards to reach the conference finals.
As the Bulls know very well, John Wall and Bradley Beal are the NBA’s best young backcourt. Maybe they’re due for a slump after playing so well in Round 1, but it seems as though both players are rising to the occasion of their first trip to the playoffs. They should be able to outplay Indiana’s George Hill and Lance Stephenson.
Before Sunday’s Game 4 in Washington, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had some strong thoughts about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s widely-publicized comments.
One of Thibodeau’s closest allies in the profession is Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who employed Thibodeau in Boston from 2008-10.
The Bulls have scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. on Monday. All signs point to Joakim Noah getting the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Once the Pacers and center Roy Hibbert went into a late-season tailspin, it was clear Noah would win this award with ease and it obviously didn't take long for the league office to count the ballots. Noah will be handed the trophy before Tuesday's Game 2 vs. Washington at the United Center.
Noah will be the second Bulls player to win the award, following Michael Jordan in 1987-88.
Only two of the eight first-round NBA playoff matchups are settled heading into the final night of the regular season. But the league did announce some of the starting times for Game 1.
The Bulls will host either Brooklyn or Washington on Sunday at 6 p.m., on TNT and Comcast Sports Net.
The full Sunday lineup is at San Antonio at noon (TNT), at Miami at 2:30 (ABC), with Portland at Houston the nightcap at 8:30 (TNT).
The Saturday lineup will include Atlanta at Indiana; along with games at Toronto, Oklahoma City and the L.A. Clippers.
More details will be available later tonight.
Brooklyn had a chance to clinch the No. 5 seed on Tuesday at home against New York, but missed badly. Despite starting most of their regulars, the Nets lost 109-98 in a game that wasn’t very close in the second half.
The Bulls’ first-round playoff opponent remains in doubt heading into Wednesday’s final night of the regular season, but a scenario where the Bulls are No. 4 and Washington moves up to No. 5 has become more realistic.
If Brooklyn loses on Wednesday at Cleveland and the Wizards win at Boston, then Washington
will be No. 5, while the Nets drop to No. 6. There’s a good chance Brooklyn rests many of its regulars against the Cavs and coach Jason Kidd didn’t place much importance on the outcome when speaking to reporters after Tuesday’s game.
This video of Joakim Noah learning about the snowfall after Monday's win over Orlando is getting a lot of play nationally. Some strange reporter comments put a little bit of a damper on the moment. I astutely kept my mouth shut while this was going on. Sometimes, you should just sit back and let things happen.