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(USA Today)   Loose lips sink ships. Or, in Phil Jackson's case, they cost the Knicks $25,000   (usatoday.com) divider line 10
    More: Stupid, Derek Fisher, Knicks, National Basketball Players Association, Oklahoma City Thunder, witness tampering, Lakers, Mike Woodson  
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2014-06-02 07:50:13 PM
Which Phil could find in the cushions of his couch.
 
2014-06-02 10:04:18 PM
I do not approve of this trend of players retiring and immediately becoming head coaches.
 
2014-06-02 10:12:53 PM

Lost Thought 00: I do not approve of this trend of players retiring and immediately becoming head coaches.


The Celtics have Brad Stevens locked up for several more years, so I'll all for a bunch of other franchises wasting their money like this. Go wild, guys! Ron Artest is just about done, maybe Indy should use him to replace Vogel. He can mentor Lance.
 
2014-06-02 10:18:40 PM
That seems a bit harsh by the NBA.  Talking about the possibility of a player becoming a coach is not the same as trying to attract a player to the city which is the intent of the tampering rule.  Derek Fisher is basically done with his player career.  He had a long and fruitful career and it is only natural for him to talk to a long time mentor about the next step, especially with the transition going on at the Knicks.  I certainly don't see him as a head coach material, but it would be wise for him to join the staff so he can learn what it takes to coach rather than trying to go straight to a head coach job.
 
2014-06-02 10:38:53 PM

SilentStrider: Which Phil could find in the cushions of his couch.


Along with a championship ring or two...
 
2014-06-02 10:54:37 PM
Meh..he can find $25k in the folds of Jeannie Buss's ass.
 
2014-06-03 12:08:41 AM
You'd think he'd know what loose lips can do do boats after that clipper in LA went under.
 
2014-06-03 06:46:03 AM
Ignoring the fact that this was about getting a coach:  There are a VERY limited number of elite level players in the NBA, and you basically need at least 2 of them plus some good pieces to have a shot at the championship.

At $25k (which I;m sure isnt the maximum but if that's the starting point....) the fine for tampering is a joke.  If I was an owner and I thought a little wink and nod here and there would improve my chances of landing one of these guys I would tell my coach and GM to wink and nod to their hearts content - you're talking about trying to lure a guy who is going to be making somewhere between $11,0000,000 and $20,000,000 a year and $25000 is supposed to dissuade you from getting your pitch in early?

/unfortunately not a NBA billionaire owner.
 
2014-06-03 09:31:11 AM

Palmer Eldritch: Lost Thought 00: I do not approve of this trend of players retiring and immediately becoming head coaches.

The Celtics have Brad Stevens locked up for several more years, so I'll all for a bunch of other franchises wasting their money like this. Go wild, guys! Ron Artest is just about done, maybe Indy should use him to replace Vogel. He can mentor Lance.


Not a bad idea. Would love to see Artest slap the taste out of Lance's mouth.
 
2014-06-03 10:24:31 AM

Fizpez: Ignoring the fact that this was about getting a coach:  There are a VERY limited number of elite level players in the NBA, and you basically need at least 2 of them plus some good pieces to have a shot at the championship.

At $25k (which I;m sure isnt the maximum but if that's the starting point....) the fine for tampering is a joke.  If I was an owner and I thought a little wink and nod here and there would improve my chances of landing one of these guys I would tell my coach and GM to wink and nod to their hearts content - you're talking about trying to lure a guy who is going to be making somewhere between $11,0000,000 and $20,000,000 a year and $25000 is supposed to dissuade you from getting your pitch in early?

/unfortunately not a NBA billionaire owner.


Not to mention that the Clippers just sold for $2 billion. Nothing like a 0.00125% fine to keep them in line!
 
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