A few notes from around the NBA's Eastern Conference.
- Even as he goes through a terrible slump, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson can't afford to sit J.R. Smith, his Sixth Man of the Year award winner, writes Newsday's Jim Baumbach. Smith is a free agent this summer, and it'll be interesting to see if his poor play in the playoffs will have an impact on his price tag.
- Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins believes Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is the best in the NBA, per CommercialAppeal.com's Ron Higgins. His words come out a day after Nuggets head coach George Karl was named Coach of the Year.
- Hoopsworld.com's Bill Ingram writes about the Hawks, a team that should be one of the most active this summer, given their cap space, draft picks, and free agents.