Posted by: Kingsguru21 | June 10, 2009

Tasty Linkage

Sam Amick has weighed in with his piece in the paper, that rehashes some of his blog entries, but is still worth reading nonetheless.

Adrian Wojnarowski says interesting things, that if I had more sleep and more of a brain right now, I might be outraged over. Marc Stein says even less about the whole deal. TZ has a good point about the spin of Amick vs Stein however.

One note from Wojnarowski’s column worth mentioning though:

Westphal is expected to hire Dallas Mavericks assistant Mario Elie, and strongly consider ex-Phoenix and Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Porter and veteran NBA assistant Brian James. Bryan Gates, a rising star in the NBA’s D-League for the Idaho Stampede, is expected to be a strong candidate for a spot on the staff.

To further bring along this post, TZ has had a post on StR including opinion from Scott of Ridiculous Upside

A rising star on the staff under Westphal. Mmmmmmmmm. This already has gone on better than Theus’ search for a staff had. Mmmmmmmm.

Amick has a blog entry on Rambis that does clear things up:

Yet after Petrie had to convince Westphal to stay in the race late last week, he had pressured Rambis’ agent, Warren LeGarie, for an answer regarding what it would take to entice Rambis to take the job. That answer came this afternoon in the form of an e-mail from LeGarie, which was essentially a non-answer insisting that they needed more time and simply couldn’t commit to anything.

Here’s another very interesting quote:

Without a commitment on the Rambis front and with the fact that – as Petrie told me tonight – third candidate and Boston associate head coach Tom Thibodeau had pulled out of the race earlier in the day, the desire to get a deal done with someone whose desire to be in Sacramento was no mystery rather than head further down the rocky Rambis road won out. There had been rumblings all along that Rambis had serious doubts about the job on a number of fronts and may not have taken it unless the expected salary ($1.5 million per in two guaranteed seasons) increased significantly, and it became clear at the end that Petrie preferred the security of a guy he was also high on whose interest was indisputable and whose terms had been agreed to (at least the basic structure of the terms) weeks before.

(I don’t know if I’ve ever thanked you before Sam, at least on EC Inc, but your work is greatly appreciated. Thanks.)

Speaking of quotage, here’s a pretty good one by Joe that might suggest he’s letting Geoff have his way more often than not (definitely not a bad thing, nein?):

“I think we’ve got a gentleman who has a wonderful reputation around the league,” Joe Maloof said. “He’s had a great winning percentage. … He has been an experienced coach in the NBA.

“We knew that he was very strong offensively, and that he had all those great teams that scored a lot of points, but you don’t get into the NBA Finals if you don’t teach defense as well. He’ll be a great fit.”

Congratulations Joe, if you keep this up you’re going into the boring quote Hall of Fame with your boy Geoff.

Note to Bill Bradley: Just say no to AJ or JVG. Umm, kay?

I believe that is all. Good day minions.

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