Southwest Notes: Davis, Howard, Mavericks

The Pelicans are building their team around Anthony Davis in the same way the Spurs built their dynasty around Tim Duncan nearly two decades ago, writes Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated in a piece that chronicles Davis’ journey to the NBA. Jenkins notes that the team acquired Ryan Anderson in part because of how the Spurs sustained success with floor spacing.

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • The injury-plagued Rockets shouldn’t count on Dwight Howard returning to the court soon, tweets Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Feigen said coach Kevin McHale is pessimistic about a quick return from Howard or any of Houston’s other injured players.
  • Nobody in Dallas is surprised Jason Kidd made such a quick transition from on-the-floor leader to the head coaching ranks, writes Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle isn’t the least bit surprised with Kidd’s career moves. “Let’s face it; he was always coaching, anyway, when he was out there,” Carlisle said. “I felt like he had a very good idea coming off his playing career, as to how he felt the game should be played. And he’s coaching it that way. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit for that.”
  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich continued his long-distance jousting with Knicks president Phil Jackson this week, writes Ian Begley of Jackson said in April that San Antonio didn’t qualify as a dynasty because the team hadn’t won two titles in a row. “Ooh that makes me mad,” Popovich said sarcastically when asked about the comments. Jackson made the remarks when talking about whether Carmelo Anthony would accept less money to stay in New York, similar to what Tim Duncan has done with the Spurs.

Chris Crouse contributed to this post.

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