Morning shootaround — May 28


VIDEO: Highlights from Game 5 of the Western Conference finals

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Thompson develops concussion-like symptoms | Reports: Magic, Pelicans interested in Skiles | Report: Bulls mull firing Thibodeau

No. 1: Thompson develops concussion-like symptoms after Game 5 — Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson took an accidental knee to the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza late in Game 5. He suffered a cut, from which blood was coming out of, and had to leave the game, but eventually did return. After the Warriors wrapped up their Finals berth, however, Thompson said he wasn’t feeling well and developed concussion-like symptoms. ESPN.com has more on the story:

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after Wednesday night’s series-clinching Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets, the team announced.

“Klay Thompson was evaluated by the Warriors medical staff immediately after suffering an injury during tonight’s game and was put through a concussion evaluation,” the team said. “At the time he did not show any concussion-like symptoms. After the game he began to not feel well and developed concussion-like symptoms. He will continue to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff tonight.”

Thompson said in a televised postgame interview that he was “feeling a little dizzy,” before adding, “We got a week off — or close to it. I’ll be all right. I’ll get my health back.”

The injury occurred when Ariza, caught in the air on a shot fake, hit the right side of Thompson’s head with his right knee. Ariza was called for a personal foul on the play.

Blood coming out of the cut prevented Thompson from checking back in to the game upon his return to the Warriors’ bench. He ended up needing three stitches to close the wound.

“He was definitely shaken up. We’ll evaluate him tomorrow. It was a bizarre night for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in his postgame news conference before Thompson’s concussion-like symptoms were revealed. “Huge first half that really got us going, and then I left him in too long, he got his fourth foul and I thought I’d buy one possession, see if we could get him a shot, and when he picks up his fifth and when I do bring him back, he immediately gets hurt and out for the rest of the night.

“The break will be good for him. It’ll probably be good for all the guys with the run we’ve been on, but especially for Klay.”

 

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No. 2: Report: Skiles, Magic inching closer to deal; Report: Pelicans also interested in Skiles — Back during his playing days for the Orlando Magic, Scott Skiles was a fan favorite and the gritty point guard for a then-expansion team. Since then he’s been an NBA coach for three teams — Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and, most recently, the Milwaukee Bucks — and seems to be closing in on a fourth gig. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports the dance between Skiles and the Magic is getting closer and a deal may be struck soon:

Scott Skiles is continuing discussions with the Orlando Magic, inching closer to a partnership to become the franchise’s head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Magic officials are convinced that Skiles is the best choice to deliver a young roster into playoff contention and have moved to the cusp of contract negotiations, league sources said.

Conversations between the Magic and Skiles will continue on Thursday in Orlando, league sources said.

Skiles fits the candidate profile that general manager Rob Hennigan outlined for the search: a successful head-coaching résumé that includes strong emphasis on upgrading Orlando’s defense and accountability.

Before turning full attention back to Skiles, Hennigan met with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Mike Woodson in Southern California over the weekend, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

For all the attributes and the successful head-coaching pedigree that made Woodson an intriguing candidate to Orlando management, it appears that it became too difficult for him to overcome the relationships, history and head start that Skiles had all the way to the highest reaches of Orlando’s organization.

Woodson built a young, lottery-ridden Atlanta Hawks roster into a consistent playoff team.

For Orlando, Skiles’ ability as a turnaround coach has been of great appeal. In head-coaching stops in Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee, Skiles developed a reputation for transforming bad teams into competitive ones, and tightening porous defensive units.

Skiles, 51, has a career regular-season record of 443-433 and is 18-24 in the playoffs. He reached the conference semifinals once each in Phoenix and Chicago.

And, per ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Skiles is a candidate the New Orleans Pelicans are interested in as well:

Scott Skiles has unexpectedly emerged as a candidate for the ‎New Orleans Pelicans’ vacant coaching position, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Skiles — widely reported to be the front-runner for the Orlando Magic’s coaching vacancy — has joined Golden State Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy on the list of coaches who have been interviewed by the Pelicans for the position.‎

Although the Magic have backed off their expected pursuit of Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to focus on trying to hire Skiles, sources say New Orleans has simultaneously added Skiles to its short list of top targets.

Skiles was a popular player as a member of the Magic and is believed to have strong support from both Orlando ownership and Magic CEO Alex Martins.

Skiles also has a longtime admirer in the New Orleans organization in Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, who played for Skiles when he coached in Greece.


VIDEO: Would Scott Skiles be a good choice as the Magic’s next coach?

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No. 3: Report: Bulls mull whether or not to fire Thibodeau — Chatter about the lack of job security Tom Thibodeau has as coach of the Chicago Bulls has been rampant practically all season. There is well-documented tension between Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office over a myriad of topics. As well, there is a prevailing belief that he would be fired at season’s end. Yet Thibodeau is still coach of the team, but that may not be true for long. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has more:

The Chicago Bulls are giving increasing consideration to firing coach Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the corresponding financial hit, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the prospect of Chicago simply terminating its highly successful but often contentious relationship with Thibodeau, as the days pass, is growing in likelihood, even with nearly $9 million left on the coach’s contract over the next two seasons.

The reality, sources say, is that the Bulls believe there is little chance they would have to pay that whole amount, since league rules on coaching contracts would inevitably see that figure reduced by set-off provisions once Thibodeau lands a new job.

The Chicago Tribune reported late Wednesday that a resolution is expected by Friday.

Sources say the Bulls’ dissatisfaction with their coach, beyond the well-chronicled tension between Thibodeau and management, has risen in the wake of Chicago’s inability to win a second-round series against the injury-hit Cleveland Cavaliers and a lack of offensive flow to match the Bulls’ usual defensive tenacity.

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The Bulls’ interest in Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg as a replacement for Thibodeau, meanwhile, has been an open secret around the league for months, but it is not yet clear whether Chicago has a commitment from Hoiberg to make the jump to the pros or whether Bulls management is inching closer to parting with Thibodeau under any circumstances.

The Minnesota Timberwolves also are known to have a strong interest in Hoiberg as a potential successor to coach and team president Flip Saunders after Hoiberg’s work as a front-office executive with the Wolves, so Chicago isn’t necessarily alone in its pursuit.

Although there have been no public pronouncements from the Bulls about Thibodeau’s status for next season, few league observers believe that the long-deteriorating relationship between the coach and management — which was chronicled at length last week by ESPNChicago.com — can continue.

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Digging into everything you need to know, stats-wise, from Game 5 of the Western Conference finals … Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver had ankle surgery yesterday and teammate Shelvin Mack will have surgery soon, too … Former Los Angeles Lakers reserve Andrew Goudelock is dominating overseas, apparently … The Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans may have interest in former lottery pick Royce White … Philadelphia 76ers Draft pick Dario Saric continues to impress overseas … The Washington Wizards are hoping to have the location for their practice facility picked out by the end of the offseasonCool interview with Warriors legends Chris Mullin and Rick Barry

ICYMI Of The Night: How can you not love Riley Curry’s statements during the postgame news conferences? …


VIDEO: Riley Curry takes center stage in Game 5 news conference

11 Comments

  1. chupacabrapr says:

    CLE in 4 and I bet $10,000,000.99

  2. sandy lee says:

    GO CAVS! Cavs in 4.

  3. Haha says:

    Cavs to win in 4 straight

  4. jake s. says:

    There is only one team moving forward that can challenge the Warriors and it’s the Thunder. Can’t wait till next season!

  5. harriethehawk says:

    Let’s Go Hawks! I am still a proud fan and we had a great year. Get well soon guys!!!!

  6. Bill Soares says:

    Thibodeau’s situation very similar to Mark Jackson’s relationship with Warrior management and what Jackson did to develop the Dubs’ outstanding defense. Perhaps Bulls next head coach (like Coach Kerr) can take them to the next level.

  7. OKC says:

    Snap Ariza hit him with the Tiger Knee!

  8. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    Warriors basketball !!! Curry MVP….

  9. b7m says:

    GS will win finals in 5 max