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JUNE 5 QUIN SNYDER Resigns Another head coaching position has opened up in the NBA. As first reported by ESPN, Quin Snyder has decided to step down as head coach of the Utah Jazz after eight seasons.
Snyder’s decision to leave Utah came a month and a half after the Jazz’s first-round exit at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in late April.
Snyder took the helm as Jazz coach in 2014 and had the second-highest winning percentage in the franchise (58.5%), behind Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan. Utah went 49-33 in Snyder’s final year as coach.
JUNE 3 CELTICS RISE
The Golden State Warriors have already lost. But not quite like that.
The Boston Celtics took control of the fourth quarter Thursday night to claim a 120-108 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. …all after the Dynasty Warriors held a 12-point lead in the final frame.
“It’s not ideal,” said Steph Curry, who had 34 points not enough. “But I believe in who we are and how we handle adversity, how we reacted all year, how we reacted in the playoffs after a loss.”
It’s true that Golden State has experience. But … the Warriors have only lost Game 1 of a playoff series twice in coach Steve Kerr’s eight-year tenure.
So… not quite like that.
JUNE 2 LEBRON IS A COIN MACHINE
LeBron James is no shortage of NBA accolades — both on and off the court. From winning championships and MVPs, to climbing the league’s all-time scoring ladder, to helping kids with their education, James has seen and done just about it all.
On Thursday, James once again made history…this time with his wealth. According to Forbes, James became the very first active NBA player to become a billionaire.
“LeBron James – 18-time NBA All-Star, 4-time NBA champion, 2-time Olympic gold medalist – has taken another step forward, this time doing something no other NBA player has. ever did,” writes Chase Perterson-Withorn.
“After another monster year of revenue – totaling $121.2 million last year – Forbes believes that James officially became a billionaire, while playing hoop.
The Los Angeles star has a lot to think about when it comes to his future on the court as the Lakers are a long way from their 2020 championship form. historical way.
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MAY 29 CELTIC VS. WARRIOR FINALS The Boston Celtics captured their first Eastern Conference title since 2010 with a Game 7 win over the Miami Heat.
The Celtics won three road games in the series to qualify, including tonight’s deciding series.
The Celtics will now meet the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals, starting Thursday.
MAY 27 LAKERS HIRING DARVIN HAM AS COACH The Los Angeles Lakers have finally found their next head coach. As first reported by ESPN, the The Lakers have hired Darvin Ham to take the helm as the franchise’s new coach.
Ham and the Lakers agreed to a four-year contract, as he became the 28th head coach in franchise history.
Frank Vogel served as the Lakers’ former coach from 2019 to 2022. He posted a 127-98 record and coached the Lakers to the 2020 NBA Championship.
Prior to his offseason drop, the Lakers went 33-49 in the 2021-22 campaign.
MAY 22 JUWAN HOWARD REFUSED LAKERS COACHING JOB Juwan Howard has quickly established himself as one of the hottest young coaches in the basketball world. He helped the Michigan Wolverines regain their status as an elite college basketball program after posting a 61-32 coaching record since 2019.
Howard’s name has become a hot commodity for a few head coaching vacancies, but the former NBA All-Star isn’t ready to make the transition from colleague level to pros.
Howard declined “opening” over vacancy as Los Angeles Lakers coach, as first reported by ESPN. With Howard declining, Kenny Atkinson, Darvin Ham and Terry Stotts entered the final round of interviews.
MAY 20 ROCKETS MEET BANCHERO
MAY 17 ROCKETS LOSE TWO ASSISTANT COACHES A pair of assistant coaches left the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. As first reported by Fox 26 News in Houstonassistant coaches Jeff Hornacek and Will Weaver will not return to the Rockets team for the 2022-23 season.
Hornacek and Weaver joined the Rockets coaching staff in 2020 after Stephen Silas was hired.
Hornacek’s two-year stint was his first assistant coaching job since working under Tyrone Corbin with the Utah Jazz from 2011-2013. He held two head coaching stints with the Phoenix Suns (2013-2016 ) and the New York Knicks (2016-2018). Hornacek posted a coaching record of 161-216.
Weaver joined Silas’ staff as an assistant after finishing second for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, which went to Mark Daigneault in 2020.
MAY 12 ROCKETS WORKOUT COLORADO STATE GUARD The Houston Rockets hosted Colorado State guard David Roddy for pre-draft practice.
Roddy, the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year last season, averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Rams, leading his team to a 6-seeded NCAA Tournament.
Roddy hasn’t hired an agent yet, which means he may still be eligible for college if he’s not ready to make the jump to the NBA. Roddy has until June 1 to decide if he will stay in the draft.