Bobcats owner Michael Jordan tells Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report that, so far, he’s very pleased with the job that coach Steve Clifford has done. “I’ve been impressed with several aspects of his coaching,” MJ said. “Steve has come in and quickly established an identity and a style of play for our team—hard-working, defensive-minded, playing inside-out basketball.” Here’s more out of the East..
- Pistons players were caught off-guard by the dismissal of coach Maurice Cheeks, writes Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Chauncey Billups didn’t have anything bad to say about Cheeks but he’s hopeful that the move will help the club turn things around this season. “I don’t know if Mo’s the problem, but I do think [John Loyer] is more offensive-minded as far as details and small things.”
- Heat forward Michael Beasley didn’t leave the Suns on the greatest terms but he’s still excited for Tuesday’s return to Phoenix, writes Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report.
- Newly signed swingman Chris Johnson should bring energy and talent to a Celtics team in need of both, writes Chris Forsberg ESPN Boston.com.