4:05pm: CLICK HERE to read this week’s chat transcript.
3:00pm: The Lakers made a decision Sunday that seemed inevitable at times this season but had appeared less likely in recent weeks, dismissing oft-criticized coach Byron Scott. Thus, the Lakers joined the Kings and Knicks among the teams looking for a coach, a group that could include the Rockets soon. All will be hard-pressed to do as well as the Warriors did two years ago when they hired Steve Kerr, who won this year’s Coach of the Year award, but Golden State’s position atop the NBA hierarchy looks as precarious as it has all season with Stephen Curry‘s health in doubt. We can discuss all this and more in today’s chat.