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Adelman's Corner set offense found all over NBA

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Adelman's Corner set offense found all over NBA

He lost out on the Lakers job, yet his fingerprints can be found on nearly every team in the NBA this season including those self-same Lakers.
Phil Jackson? No. Rick Adelman.
The most common set being used by teams this season goes by a variety of names Corner, Push, Wide, Motion, Sacramento but theres one man credited for popularizing it: Adelman, who was passed over for the Lakers job two years ago in favor of Mike Brown, who was recently fired five games into this season and after 83 total games at the Lakers helm.
Adelman was subsequently hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves, which has a winning record in spite of an absolute avalanche of injuries. Thats an Adelman specialty taking whatever group of players hes given and making them instantly competitive. In 21 seasons with five different teams, hes made the playoffs 21 times.
One reason is his Corner set offense. The rest of the league has taken notice, which is why more than two-thirds of the leagues 30 teams run some version of it. Even Mike DAntoni, hired by the Lakers to replace Brown, uses it when forced into a half-court offense.
Just about everybody runs it, said Denver Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt. You almost have to, just so your guys know how to defend it.
Most teams call it Sacramento, because thats where Adelman used it to such noticeable success, leading the Kings to the playoffs every one of his eight seasons with them, including a run to the Western Conference finals in 2002. It has been making its way into opposing playbooks ever since. The San Antonio Spurs have long had a version of it. The Mavericks used it to great success to win the 2011 NBA title, as did the Miami Heat to win the 2012 championship.Ricks impact has been phenomenal, said one NBA scout. The (WNBAs) Minnesota Lynx are even running it.
The system is ideal for teams with good jump-shooting guards and big men with passing skills. The basic premise is for the point guard to get the ball to a big man at the free-throw line elbow and then curl to the nearest corner. The second guard then sets a down screen for the point guard. The two guards then cut, or split, away from each other and the big man looks for the one who is open. If neither one is, the ball swings to the other side of the floor, most often for a pick-and-roll action.
The Kings are back to using it and the Golden State Warriors are expected to run it as much as anybody with David Lee and Andrew Bogut passing from the high post and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes picking for each other.
Its kind of sexy now because most of the bigs in the league are not post-up bigs, Hunt said. It facilitates movement and balances the floor. It has a ton of stuff you can do out of it.
Its also a perfect balance of structure and freedom. There are basic rules, but the players are free to operate within them as they see fit.Its a flow offense that allows the modern player to do what he does best read and react, the scout said. Theres never been a guy who hasnt liked playing for Rick Adelman. Even Tracy McGrady, who was a pain in the balls, liked playing in this system.
The Lakers said at the time that they chose Brown over Adelman because his interview was so much better, but one other reason could have been Lakers executive Jim Buss committed desire to move away from the Triangle offense. The Corner system bears some resemblance.Hopefully someone catches Buss expression when the Lakers fastbreak is stymied and he suddenly sees those purple and gold uniforms spaced on the floor in a very familiar pattern.

DeMarcus Cousins: 'Take all them motherf****** down'

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DeMarcus Cousins: 'Take all them motherf****** down'

Some professional athletes take a stand by kneeling on the sidelines or raising a fist into the air. Some write succinct tweets expressing their dismay with the current political climate in the United States of America. Others just get right to the point with a poignant off the cuff statement to a waiting camera.

Former Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins has certainly mastered the art of the cryptic tweet, but he’s also never been one to shy away from a direct question when asked. When an inquiry was thrown his direction about confederate statues in New Orleans and his home state of Alabama, Cousins was brief with his words, but very clear.

"Take all them mother****ers down," Cousins told TMZ while navigating a security line at the airport. "Take 'em all down.”

Cousins may not have chosen the most eloquent words, but his point of view is shared by plenty of others. He isn’t the first athlete to take a stand with regards to race in America over the last week as racial tensions have spilled out into the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia. Social media is filled with professional athletes adding their thoughts to the conversation.

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant has made it clear that he will not visit the White House and President Donald Trump, a visit most teams make following an NBA championship.

"Nah, I won't do that," the 8-time All-Star told ESPN on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now.”

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that,” Durant continued. “That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Garrett Temple has used Twitter to make his thoughts known as well. Recently named the Kings’ Players Voice Teammate of the Year by the National Basketball Players Association, Temple has used his position as an NBA player to speak out multiple times.

Over the last week, he’s fielded questions and had plenty of discussions through social media on the issues of race and equality. His Twitter timeline is littered with thoughtful replies and some not so thoughtful ideas as well. Plenty of fans thanking him for using his position to further the conversation and of course, there is the occasional, “stick to sports” comment.

Agree or disagree, today’s athletes have huge platforms to share their opinions. From Cousins to Temple, there are varying degrees of engagement, but the time of players staying out of the discussion is long gone.

The Maloofs' colossal charity bet on Mayweather-McGregor circus act

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The Maloofs' colossal charity bet on Mayweather-McGregor circus act

Gavin and Joe Maloof have gambled plenty in their lives, which is in part how they ended up losing the Sacramento Kings. They ran big, they hit a dry well, and they ended up selling the works.

So their decision to bet $880,000 on Floyd Mayweather in his “thing” with Conor McGregor for a $160,000 payout seemed the perfectly daft idea for two guys who were painted as perfectly daft when they were running the Kings and their other businesses into a freeway abutment on I-80.

In fairness, they are planning to donate their winnings to a number of charities in the name of their hangover drink (Never Too Hungover, although I might have gone with the more lyrical HurlNoMore), so it’s not like their hearts aren’t a place close to the mythical “right place.”

But it does beg the question, “Why don’t they just give $160,000 and skip the scam?” Because it wasn’t about charity, it was about promotion, and while there’s nothing wrong with promotion, attaching it to one of the seediest carnival events of the modern era makes it seem, well, kind of creepy.

Or maybe “creepy” is too strong. Maybe’s it’s just opportunism, which is more, well, Vegas-y.

Kings fans will remember the Maloofs as the family that saved the foundering team from the clutches of owner Jim Thomas, and then remember them as the family whose clutches Vivek Ranadive had to save the team from 15 years later. It’s the nature of most ownerships – you do good to eliminate a prior evil, and eventually become evil yourselves when the fans turn on you.

But the Maloofs aren’t evil – even their most strident critics will say that. They just saw an opportunity to scratch a bunch of itches at once – good-heartedness, advertising, gambling and Vegas’ most important product – selling you things you could never imagine wanting.

It almost makes you wonder if they harbor a secret itch to take the $160,000 and double down on behalf of the charities for another of their pet projects – the Vegas Golden Knights. If they put it on the Knights to win the Stanley Cup at 200-1, that’s $32,000,000. Then if they took that and . . .

. . . and before you know it, they’re trapped in the fantasyland of Las Vegas at its weirdest. Maybe it’s just performance art with more money than most of us can eat.