Bickerstaff is the interim head coach of the Grizzlies, sliding into the first seat after David Fizdale was fired earlier this season. The 38-year-old started his NBA career as an assistant coach to his father, Bernie Bickerstaff, with the Charlotte Bobcats back in 2004 at only 25 years old. He spent three years there before moving on to Minnesota, then left the Timberwolves in 2011 to join the Rockets. Bickerstaff earned his first interim coaching opportunity in Houston after Kevin McHale was fired 11 games into the 2015 season.
Bickerstaff was reflective when asked what he’s learned during his stints as interim head coach.
Since the Wizards announced that Wall would be sidelined for six to eight weeks to recover from a successful knee energy, the team has shown improvement in a lot of key areas. In addition to going 5-1, the Wizards have assisted on 71 percent of their baskets, which leads the league in that span. Nearly all Wizards players have seen their net ratings shoot up significantly, and two of the team’s wins have come against powerhouse squads (Thunder and Raptors).
At first glance, it would seem that the Wizards are better off without Wall in their lineup. But really, that’s just not the case. Prior to this stretch, Washington was 5-6 in the 11 games that its star point guard had missed, including an embarrassing 116-69 loss to the Jazz in December.
There have been lots of unfortunate cases of kids going to college and having poor experiences, and that’s becoming more known, Lemanis has said. The kids who stay in the NBL tend to have good experiences and have great development. I think the NBL is becoming a pathway.
We currently have a record number of Australians playing in the NBA right now and Australian basketball is probably more highly regarded around the world than it has ever been, Loeliger wrote in the release provided to ESPN. We see this [as] an opportunity to further strengthen the talent pool of the NBL and enhance its standing both domestically and globally.
George Hill, Kings: It almost feels inevitable Hill lands on the Cavs, but as of now, he’s still wearing a Kings jersey. Hill wouldn’t be a game-changer for Cleveland, so the Cavs might be waiting to see what other trades are floating around the NBA universe before pulling the trigger with Sacramento. Hill isn’t the same player he was with the Pacers, but he’s still an upgrade defensively over the Cavs’ crop of guards.