Atlantic Notes: Scott, Knicks, Donaldson, Raptors Staff

The Sixers are investigating an altercation between forward Mike Scott and an Eagles fan outside of Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Enrico Campitelli of NBC Sports relays. Scott, who re-signed with the Sixers in July on a two-year contract, is a Washington Redskins fan and posted pictures of himself wearing a Redskins jersey on social media. The altercation was captured on video from at least two angles.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Former University of Minnesota guard Dupree McBrayer, ex-Georgetown guard Trey Dickerson and guard Pe’Shon Howard, who played for the Capital City Go Go last season, worked out for the Knicks and scrimmaged against their players Monday, Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype tweets. Franklin “Frank Nitty” Session, who played for the Killer 3’s of the BIG3, was also involved in the scrimmage.  The Knicks have a two-way deal and Exhibit 10 contracts to offer, Kennedy notes.
  • New Raptors assistant coach Brittni Donaldson, who had been in the team’s front office, was originally hired by the organization after a stint with STATS LLC, as Zach Lowe of ESPN details. Donaldson made such a good impression analyzing the data and producing specific reports for NBA teams that the Raptors hired her. She will take the lead in translating analytic data for players and coaches but she’ll also scout opponents, debate rotations and X’s and O’s, and pitch strategic ideas, Lowe adds.
  • The Raptors officially announced the addition of 26-yard-old Donaldson as well as Jon Goodwillie to Nick Nurse’s staff in a team press release. Adrian Griffin, Sergio Scariolo, Nate Bjorkgren, Patrick Mutombo and Jim Sann are the staff holdovers. Additionally, John Corbacio has been promoted to head video coordinator/assistant coach while Tyler Marsh, Fabulous Flournoy and Mark Tyndale will serve as assistant video coordinators/player development coaches. Goodwillie had been the team’s video coordinator since 2011.
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8 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Scott, Knicks, Donaldson, Raptors Staff

  1. spinach

    This Brittni Donaldson story sounds like a revisionist puff piece. I read another, older, Iowa-based (where she’s from) article just this morning where she says she is fortunate to have risen up from some generic nothing company all the way to the Raptors through the fortune of connections.

    “Donaldson made such a good impression analyzing the data and producing specific reports for NBA teams that the Raptors hired her”

    Even the puff is written phonily. Imagine something like “Seth Curry made such a good impression shooting three pointers that Portland signed him away from Dallas” or whatever.. A company doesn’t sign someone for the impression that person makes doing the job..it’s if the person does the job well. *Especially* in a data-oriented, behind the scenes type thing like analytics, it’s ability not impression it’s not a greeter at store.

    • x%sure

      Semantics? Good impressions gets people hired all the time… and yes it likely helped she’s an alumnus of Nurse’s college, UNI, and was already a Raptors FO employee. But I think making a good impression is what you want.

      Between hiring a newly retired wnba player or an analyst who never played college ball, I think I would take the analyst! But there’s not much risk when hiring ACs anyway.

      Teams are jumping at hiring women… I’m happy the Cavs got a successful college HC from Cal.

  2. If Mike Scott likely gets suspended, they will miss a bench role player that can space the floor. I’m already not the biggest fan of the 76ers depth and spacing maybe they should make a move.

    I’d suggest swapping Zhaire Smith for Dario Saric. Smith gives the Suns a good, young back up SG behind Booker and Saric would give the 6ers a really good back up PF that can space the floor. Having a bench of Ennis, Saric and OQuinn in the forwards and centre positions would be really good back ups.
    Smith was really injured as a rookie but still managed to averaged 7,2 and 2 in his first year. In the last game of the year he scored 17.

    The 6ers if needed could throw in a second round pick or 2. They currently have 3 this year, 3 next year and 3 the year after.

    • thughand

      Come on cuz, he’s from Virginia. He’s a fan of the team he grew up watching. You can’t knock a guy for that. Mike Trout is still a birds fan and didn’t make the switch to the Rams just because he plays in Anaheim.

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