Joakim Noah wins defensive player of the year, only the second Chicago bull to do it.. I think we all know who the other bull was.
Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, becoming just the third three-time winner of the award in league history.
Popovich, who guided the Spurs to an NBA-best 62-20 regular-season record, joins Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the Red Auerbach Trophy three times. The longtime Spurs coach also won the award after the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.
This marked the 15th consecutive season the Spurs have reached the 50-win mark under Popovich.
Popovich tallied 59 first-place votes and 380 points in balloting among sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing just ahead of Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who had 339 points (37 first-place votes).
Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau (159 points), Charlotte’s Steve Clifford (127) and Toronto’s Dwane Casey (70) rounded out the top five.
Adelman says he’ll move back to Portland to spend time with family. Says his grand kids are be there and will keep him busy #Twolves
- Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) April 21, 2014
The decision brings to an end to a celebrated coaching career that includes 1,042 victories, eighth on the NBA’s career list. Adelman coached Western Conference powers in Portland and Sacramento and also had stops in Golden State and Houston. He just completed the third season of a four-year deal with Minnesota that he signed in 2011. There was a mutual option for the final year of the deal.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported in March that Minnesota would have Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg — a former Wolves player and executive — and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo (who’s close to president Flip Saunders) high on their list of potential successors.
The possibility also remains that Saunders — who is the last coach to take the Wolves to the playoffs, way back in 2004 — will add coaching to his executive duties. After stints coaching in Detroit and Washington, Saunders returned to the Wolves’ organization this past May as president of basketball operations and minority owner.
After missing the playoffs for the third straight season, and with a wife who is being treated for seizure disorders, Adelman decided it was time to walk away from one of the most quietly influential coaching careers in NBA history.
Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks’ head coach, the team announced Monday morning.
New Knicks president Phil Jackson announced in a release that the entire coaching staff was relieved of their duties.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said. "The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
Former NBA player Eric Williams — who spent 12 seasons in league — says he is homeless and broke … this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ Sports.
Williams — who also appeared on “Basketball Wives” — made the shocking statements in a letter he wrote to a Colorado court recently explaining why he could not attend a child support hearing in CO earlier this month.
Among the reasons, Williams says a “court-ordered citation for me to appear was not delivered to my home address as I have no home.”
Williams — who’s on the hook for more than $24k in unpaid support to the mother of his 13-year-old son — also says his financial situation is so dire, he can’t afford airfare and has no money to pay a lawyer.
In his letter, Williams says he is currently a volunteer at an unnamed non-profit organization — and says, “I’m in the rebuilding stages of my life.”
There are few superlatives left to describe Bernard Hopkins, the nearly half-century old living legend still going strong at 49. But brilliant works.
He added yet another piece of history to his bulging résumé that makes him a shoo-in first-ballot Hall of Famer as he outpointed Beibut Shumenov to unify light heavyweight world titles before a crowd of 6,823 on Saturday night at the D.C. Armory.
Two judges had it 116-111 for Hopkins while the third, Gustavo Padilla, had it 114-113 for Shumenov, a scorecard that will go down among the worst in modern boxing history. Even Shumenov didn’t think he won the fight.
Nonetheless, it was another masterful Hopkins performance against a man who was 5 years old when Hopkins turned pro in 1988.
Hopkins-Shumenov power punches stats
Landed 93 67
Thrown 182 332
Pct 51% 20%