Eastern Notes: Heat, Thibodeau, Bane, Nets

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra believes his assistants rightfully deserve consideration for head coaching vacancies around the league, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel writes.

Both Dan Craig and Chris Quinn have seen their names linked to various teams this year, with Spoelstra backing the idea as a whole.

“I think on our staff we have several future head coaches,” Spoelstra said, as relayed by Winderman. “I don’t want them to just be assistant coaches their whole career. I want them to be able to grow and have opportunities to be head coaches at some point.”

The Heat have previously lost coaches such as Juwan Howard, who left for Michigan, and David Fizdale, who left to become head coach of the Grizzlies and Knicks. Spoelstra credits the coaching tree to team president Pat Riley, a former coach himself.

“I think it’s just the whole Heat program, and that started with Pat,” Spoelstra said. “I think he’s taught us all how to become basketball coaches, at all levels, where you have to learn scouting, offense, defense, tendencies in the league, learning how to coach on the floor and teach.

“That was all demanded from Pat. And then growing, that culture of growing you.”

There’s more out of the Eastern Conference tonight:

  • For the Knicks, it won’t be business as usual with Tom Thibodeau now at the helm, Steve Popper of Newsday opines. Thibodeau is looking to ramp up the team’s offseason workload and work closely with the players, though he’ll have to adhere to the league’s COVID-19 guidelines first. “Obviously, we’d have to follow the protocol that’s set forth by the league, but we will have an opportunity to do the individual stuff with guys that are in the bubble up until October 6,” Thibodeau said. “Then we’re waiting on what we’ll be able to do with the guys that are out of the market. So whatever the league tells us we can do, we will certainly do. And if not we’ll find other ways to get to our development piece whether it’s through film, communications with the players. But we‘re planning on spending a lot of time with our players this offseason.”
  • TCU forward Desmond Bane could be the perfect 3-and-D player for the Nets to draft, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes. Bane credits current Nets forward Joe Harris for a key part of his game, explaining how he’s studied Harris’ ability to work off screens and make shots off different movements. The Nets have the No. 19 pick in this year’s draft, while Harris is set to reach unrestricted free agency.
  • NetsDaily.com examines the Nets‘ draft situation and which player could be selected, suggesting that Bane, Maryland big man Jalen Smith and others could fit nicely with Brooklyn, a team that’s expected to be at the forefront of contention next season. The draft will take place on Wednesday, November 18.
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5 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Heat, Thibodeau, Bane, Nets

  1. Sillivan

    Free agent market is the most important factor for the New York Knicks this offseason because the team has big salary cap, there are a lot of unknowns.

    Knicks still have no idea and will continue to have no idea. Do Knicks want Ball?

    • Sillivan

      Quote from internet trade idea.
      The Knicks could send young Frenchman Frank Ntilikina, the 8th overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, the 27th overall pick (via LA Clippers), and a 2021 first-round pick (via Dallas Mavericks) to the Golden State Warriors for their 2nd overall pick, which is most definitely LaMelo Ball.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Would that trade use up the Warriors $17M TPE entirely?

        I don’t think it can be used in two separate trades, can it?

        • x_burner_X

          TPE can be used in seperate trades.

          I think its a fair deal and if I was GS I would jump on it

      • alproof

        Knicks need to draft a big man (Okongwu) at 8 and a PG at 27. There will be plenty of PGs available without much of a dropoff. Trade Frank, DSJ. Definitely keep Robinson, Barrett, Knox, Brazdeikis; deal from what’s left. Unload Randle, Gibson; sign FAs.

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