The next few days are going to be a bit of a preview for the early part of this summer. The point between the draft and summer league when we don’t actually have any games being played and instead have to rely on news stories to talk about and debate. Luckily though we will have some actual basketball in a few days and I for one can’t wait for it. Anyway on to today’s Debriefings.
Just a reminder: Last season’s NBA Finals were one of the best in NBA history. As we get ready for a second go around The Point Forward put together a recap of last year.
The Decision: What exactly will Derek Fisher be doing next year? That seems to be the big question at the moment and could potentially be the start of a chain of events that lands a bunch of teams new coaches. Howard Beck examined it for Bleacher Report yesterday:
The Knicks‘ head coaching job is seemingly there for the taking. A position with the Lakers, on the bench or elsewhere, looms as a possibility. The Thunder, who helped Fisher extend his career when it appeared over, could make their own pitch.
Lance Being Lance Cost Him Cash: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein Lance Stephenson probably cost himself some money.
But here’s the thing: Stephenson has turned off potential free-agent suitors with his unreliability — ever since being snubbed for the Eastern Conference All-Star team — as much or more than he’s annoyed fellow Pacers. His free-agent market, according to the latest rumbles on the personnel grapevine, is already drying up. And it’s not even June 1 yet.
There is some other really good stuff on the Pacers in here too.
Finally, Grantland’s Zach Lowe took a look at what the $2 billion price tag for the Los Angeles Clippers means for the NBA and its players going forward.