Paul signed a five-year contract after the season to stay in Los Angeles, with then-owner Donald Sterling all but confirming he fired coach Vinny Del Negro in order to persuade Paul to stay. The Clippers then traded a future first-round pick to the Celtics to acquire Rivers. (Boston used that pick to select R.J. Hunter at No. 28 in the 2015 NBA Draft. He was released by the team in 2016 and currently plays for the Long Island Nets in the D-League.) LA also added Redick as part of a three-team trade in summer 2013, forming a new core that would lead the team for years to come.
Blame percentages: Griffin’s ankle played a role, though the Grizzlies had already won two games before the injury. It’s difficult to say how much the dynamic between Paul and Del Negro affected the team, as Paul maintained he had nothing to do with the firing while other reports pointed to Paul as a primary reason Del Negro was let go.
Isaiah Thomas has been getting some assists from Kobe Bryant this postseason.
The Celtics All-Star guard told reporters Wednesday he’s been watching film and receiving playing advice from Bryant ever since the Bulls took a 2-0 series lead on the Celtics in the first-round playoff series.
He was telling me what times to go to, and what to look at, and certain plays, things I didn’t look at when I watched film, Thomas said. … He made me figure out Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys a lot of things.
Thomas, who scored 53 points Tuesday Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys against the Wizards on what would have been his sister Chyna’s 23rd birthday, said Bryant reached out to him after his sister died in a car accident and has stayed in touch to help with basketball.
Thomas says the five-time NBA champion Bryant is mentally on a different level than anyone else because of the details of what he saw in the game film and suggestions on how to beat certain defenses.