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Kings’ Divac fires Joerger after 39-win season – ESPN

Kings’ Divac fires Joerger after 39-win season – ESPN

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. 1:59 PM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac has fired coach Dave Joerger after the team's best season since 2005-06, it was announced Thursday."After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level," Divac said in a statement. "On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best."How do the Kings take the next step?Despite Joerger engineering an improbable 39-win season, Divac is using the muscle of his new contract extension through the 2022-23 season to consolidate power around him, league sources said.Divac fired assistant general manager Brandon Williams earlier Thursday morning, sources said, and planne...
Kings’ Divac fires Joerger after 39-win season – ESPN

Kings’ Divac fires Joerger after 39-win season – ESPN

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. 1:59 PM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac has fired coach Dave Joerger after the team's best season since 2005-06, it was announced Thursday."After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level," Divac said in a statement. "On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best."How do the Kings take the next step?Despite Joerger engineering an improbable 39-win season, Divac is using the muscle of his new contract extension through the 2022-23 season to consolidate power around him, league sources said.Divac fired assistant general manager Brandon Williams earlier Thursday morning, sources said, and planne...
2019 NBA Playoffs: Burning Questions For Each First Round Series – Sports Illustrated

2019 NBA Playoffs: Burning Questions For Each First Round Series – Sports Illustrated

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Celtics on Celtics survey: Players reveal best trash talker, worst dancer and more – The Athletic

Celtics on Celtics survey: Players reveal best trash talker, worst dancer and more – The Athletic

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. If you follow the Celtics regularly, you know what the players are like on the court. You know about Kyrie Irving’s handles, Marcus Smart’s defense and Al Horford’s penchant for making the right play. You know Jayson Tatum likes to fade away to gain separation for his jumper and Aron Baynes almost always seems to be in the right spot.But what are the Celtics like off the court? To find out more about the players’ personalities, we surveyed 10 of the players about their teammates. The objective was to shed light on a side of the players the general public doesn’t always get to see.Some of the categories have more than 10 votes because the players were allowed to share their votes between more than one person. The participants in the survey are listed ...
And LeBron James thought things in Cleveland were crazy – Terry Pluto – cleveland.com

And LeBron James thought things in Cleveland were crazy – Terry Pluto – cleveland.com

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. CLEVELAND, Ohio – This is not a column about how LeBron James should have stayed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.He put in his four years on his second tour here, just as he did in Miami.And he delivered a title to Cleveland in 2016, which probably will be the greatest achievement of his legendary career.Finally, he wanted out, and he set up his contract to leave.He had the right to do so last summer. But, LeBron, the Lakers?Other than wanting to live in Los Angeles and be close to his entertainment business interests, did he seriously think about the basketball part of the equation?LeBron went to work for a front office of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. Both were rookies in their jobs. Pelinka is a former agent. Magic a former player and a successful businessman, but not in an NBA...
Augusta National beefs up No. 5, creates another classic Masters gauntlet … – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Augusta National beefs up No. 5, creates another classic Masters gauntlet … – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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. AUGUSTA —  Where’s Herbert Warren Wind when you need him? It was the Homer of golf writers who in 1958 wrote about the action “down in the Amen Corner where Rae’s Creek intersects the 13th fairway near the tee, then parallels the front end of the green on the short 12th and finally swirls alongside the 11th green.” And just like that, almost off-handedly, this sequence of holes was gifted the last thing it needed to gain renown — a catchy, evocative name. Amen Corner was born. There is another corner of the course opposite that far reach of Augusta National that is in line for a good nicknaming. Something suggestive of mayhem and exasperation. » Cours...
NASCAR America Motormouths: Would Kurt Busch really wreck Kyle? – NBC Sports

NASCAR America Motormouths: Would Kurt Busch really wreck Kyle? – NBC Sports

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. Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America’s Motormouths could not have picked a better day to discuss the rivalry between brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch. After all, Wednesday was National Siblings Day. When older brother Kurt said after Sunday’s race at Bristol that he would have wrecked younger brother Kyle if he had the chance to do so to get the win, our analysts Rutledge Wood, Kyle Petty and A.J. Allmendinger gave their respective take on the subject. Is there a real rivalry between the brothers, or were they just posturing after Sunday’s race? Wood posed this question: “Are we seeing a different Kurt Busch now than we’ve seen over the last few years?” Said Petty, “I think we’re seeing a different Kurt Busch. I think he’s been c...
Report: ‘Stunned’ LeBron James supports Lakers brass as GM Rob Pelinka will remain in power – Yahoo Sports

Report: ‘Stunned’ LeBron James supports Lakers brass as GM Rob Pelinka will remain in power – Yahoo Sports

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. As the dust settles from Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation from the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, unanswered questions around the franchise are trickling in.Most recently comes a report that Rob Pelinka will retain his job as general manager and that LeBron James supports owner Jeanie Buss and Lakers management.Rob Pelinka’s job is reportedly safeESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Wednesday that not only will Pelinka stay on board, but “if anything, his power will grow.”Pelinka, the former agent of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, urged Buss to hire Johnson as president of basketball operation in 2017 and was brought on as Johnson’s general manager shortly after Johnson was installed.Magic’s tepid take on PelinkaAmong the many things J...
Warriors-Clippers series to open Saturday night at Oracle – NBCSports.com

Warriors-Clippers series to open Saturday night at Oracle – NBCSports.com

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. After another grueling 82-game season, the NBA playoffs finally have arrived. With LeBron James in the West (and not in the playoffs with the Lakers), a new crop of Eastern Conference contenders are champing at the bit to be the new kings of the conference. Meanwhile, the NBA's bully continues to reign in the West. But has the gap closed on the Warriors? The Dubs will enter the postseason as the heavy favorites to win a third consecutive title, but they'll have to outlast a talented group of Western Conference contenders in order to have the chance to defend their back-to-back championships. All good things come to an end, so is this the year the summer parades in the Bay Area stop? Here's how I see everything unfolding. First-round predictions Western ConferenceWarriors over Clippers ...