Eastern Notes: World Peace, Sixers, Bobcats

February 8 at 4:57pm CDT By Charlie Adams

Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a strong rookie campaign, but the Bucks sit at 9-40 and hold the worst record in the NBA. Tony Kalkavouras of Sheridan Hoops sat down with Antetokounmpo and the young forward admitted he was tired of losing, though he’s trying to remain optimistic. It’s been a tough season for Milwaukee, but a high draft pick this summer paired with some young talent already present on the roster could help turn the team’s fortunes around down the road. Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Metta World Peace has discredited any reports suggesting he wants to be traded (Twitter link). We heard yesterday that World Peace is allegedly frustrated with his role in the Knicks rotation, but apparently it’s nothing serious.
  • Marc Zumoff of CSNPhilly.com opines that Brett Brown‘s desire to helm a strong defensive team will affect the way that the Sixers approach free agency and the draft in the future. Brown became Philadelphia’s head coach last August.
  • Steve Clifford of the Bobcats is another first year coach helping change the perception of his team. Matt Moore of CBSSports.com profiles Clifford and observes that despite a very similar roster to last year’s squad, Charlotte has been able to redefine themselves and become a potential playoff unit.
  • The Cavaliers’ decision to fire GM Chris Grant might have been too harsh, suggests Bud Shaw of the Plain Dealer. Shaw thinks Grant made some impressive moves during his time in Cleveland and that his presence will be missed around the trade deadline.
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