PERSPECTIVE

Jamil Wilson, a 27-year-old rookie with the LA Clippers who has played in Puerto Rico, Italy and the G League, scored a career-high 17 points.

“At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. The ball is still orange, the goal’s still 10 feet. You try to use that to bring everything down to Earth. I’ve been playing the game my whole life.”

DOC RIVERS – ONWARD!

On the past…Celtics to Clippers:

“I can tell you I’ve given that like zero thought, and I’m being completely honest with you. To me, I had an amazing nine-year ride in Boston, and I’m so thankful for that, but I’m not greedy. . . . I guess we all are in life, but I don’t look at it in those terms. I really haven’t. Everything would be neat. (Expletive), it would be neat to be the coach of Golden State right now, you know what I mean? But I’m not, and I’m very happy with where I am. I don’t look back like that at things. I’m a guy that keeps pushing. That’s just me.”

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/05/bulpett_doc_rivers_does_not_care_how_the_celts_have_out_distanced_his

NBA ACTION IS FANTASTIC

Saturday: 4/15/17

Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court…

-Kurtis Blow

It’s here.  First day of the NBA playoffs. Flush the records down the toilet.

Pacers at Cavaliers, 3 p.m. ABC
Bucks at Raptors, 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Grizzlies at Spurs, 8 p.m. ESPN
Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

For each game I will be charting the foul or defend. Three-point shooting and assists to turnovers.

Enjoy the games…

Coach Finamore

Hoops135@hotmail.com

 

COLE ALDRICH

“My goal all year has just been to stay ready. It’s not easy and never fun but you just have to stay ready and have a positive attitude and just go out and play hard.”

From Chris Paul:

“Cole is one of those guys that comes in every day and does what he is supposed to do. When Coach called his number, he was ready. I think that is the kind of thing that energizes a team. He plays with the right spirit and he did all the little things tonight.”

From Blake Griffin:

“The way he played with the second unit, setting screen and rolls, he was just out there to do his job. I think that is a huge quality for him. That was a prime example of being a star in your role and not trying to reach outside of that. He just did what we needed him to do and that was huge.”

THE KNUCKLEHEAD RULE

While I was the head coach at Jackson Community College, someone told me I need one knucklehead on my time. I never understood that advice. 

Here’s Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

“The Clips break the “Knucklehead Rule” which I think was first espoused by Charles Barkley. You can have one player with an unpredictable makeup, but if you give the guy a partner or two so that the knucklehead behaviour can spread, you are usually headed for trouble. It can also mean bringing together players that aren’t necessarily bad dudes, with off-court issues, but are bad for team chemistry because of their decisions on the court.
Why did the Clippers think Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith would be a good idea?”