Quin Snyder, a former standout guard at Mercer Island High School, is the first-year coach of the Utah Jazz, which opens its season Wednesday. Salt Lake City is the 47-year-old’s sixth stop in a span of about four years. “Every move has made sense,” he said.
One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer of this decade and its reigning most valuable player, will likely be sidelined from six to eight weeks after fracturing a bone in his right foot.
LeBron James scored seven points while playing 20:35 against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime in an exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kevin Love of the Cavaliers scored a game-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
The NBA renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT, even though two seasons remain on the existing ones. The league’s annual revenue from the new agreements will increase from $930 million to more than $2.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the terms.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers loves talking about basketball. And with the scandal involving former Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely to the team and its performance.
Training camps are starting up around the NBA, so it is time to ask a blunt question: Does the league celebrated for its diversity and inclusiveness actually have a race problem? Any thought Donald Sterling was just an isolated case of bigotry was erased by a nasty situation in Atlanta.