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Pistons offer Van Gundy full control; Warriors meet with Kerr

By TED SILLANPAA The Detroit Pistons have apparently made Stan Van Gundy their head coach and granted him complete control of basketball operations. Multiple media sources cited unnamed sources late Tuesday reporting that Van Gundy and the Pistons had made a deal. Neither Van Gundy or the Pistons offered comment. Van Gundy remains a candidate for the Golden State Warriors coaching job. Multiple reports indicate that the Warriors interviewed Van Gundy in Florida on Monday and were in Oklahoma City… Read More »

Warriors contact Stan Van Gundy, seek to interview Steve Kerr and others

By TED SILLANPAA It might seem that the Golden State Warriors are rushing to hire TNT analyst Steve Kerr to be their next head coach, but reports to that effect are being disputed by some of the top NBA writers in the country. The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola quoted a league source early Wednesday saying that “the Warriors job is his if Steve Kerr wants it.” It doesn’t make a great deal of sense that the club would… Read More »

Warriors need to focus solely on making NBA playoffs, not where they’re seeded

By TED SILLANPAA Look, the Golden State Warriors are a team that lives and dies by the perimeter jump shot. Stephen Curry is prone to the untimely turnover, which typically comes because he has the weight of carrying the team on his shoulders. Their best bigs, Andrew Bogut and David Lee, are sidelined by injuries that won’t necessarily heal any time soon. Let’s stop there. There’s no reason to panic. Just pump the brakes a little. Try to remember a… Read More »

NBA: When an acrobatic dunk was awesome

By TED SILLANPAA Readers who mistook my determining that LeBron James is achieving other-worldly heights as a basketball player for knocking all the generations who came before him have to understand that I remember seeing my first slam dunk on television. That’s how old I am. I remember never having seen anyone dunk a basketball. The time when a dunk, let alone anything the least bit acrobatic was a novelty, is very clear to me. I was sitting on the… Read More »