By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball analyst twitter--- @wchoops @crawssportsbiz
NBA Nuggets----Is this not the greatest first round of playoff games in the history of the NBA? Too bad it had to be overshadowed by the Donald Sterling mess, which truly is a mess and will not go away soon.
Here are a few thoughts, facts and opinions on what is happening in the NBA right now.
1. Sources tell me that after the first round loss to the Clippers, that it is better than a 50 percent chance that Mark Jackson will be let go by the Warriors. One of the real hot button issues has been Jackson's failure to establish a solid base in the Bay Area, instead making SoCal his home still.
2. The great thing about the playoffs is that so many teams have a chance to win the NBA title this year. But in reality, they are flying under the radar, but the Heat are easily the favorites to be a three-peat.
3. The NBA is offering free counseling to any of the Clippers' employees who wish to take advantage. Really? How about some counseling for Sterling free, he is so cheap, I am sure he would take up the offer.
4. Kevin McHale will be back for sure as coach of the Rockets next year and they will really be a team to watch, with so much talent to back up the two big time stars, Harden and Howard.
5. Easily, Kurt Rambis has emerged as the leading candidate to coach the Lakers, replacing Mike D'Antoni. The Buss family is very comfortable with Rambis, as is the GM Mitch Kupchak.
6. Frank Vogel, I am told will return almost certainly for the Indiana Pacers as head coach, despite constant rumors of his demise from the team.
7. Steve Kerr as I have been told by sources would prefer to coach the Warriors rather than the Knicks. He does not like the complications involved with the Dolan family and how it relates to Phil Jackson.
8. Damian Lillard---NBA super star for years and I hate to say it, I was on the Lillard bandwagon, 18 months before he became a Blazer and no one would listen at all.
9. The Pistons would love to have Sean Miller as their next coach, but so far no indication he is willing to leave Arizona.
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