The Cavaliers honored longtime center Zydrunas Ilgauskas by retiring his No. 11 jersey at halftime of a Saturday game against the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is “leaning” toward accepting a front-office job with the Knicks, according to multiple reports.
ESPN.com reported Saturday that Jackson would be installed as team president and that he would have final say over basketball decisions.
Meanwhile, CBSSports.com reported that Jackson is “seriously considering” a position with the Knicks but that the front office must be structured to his liking. One possible formation: Knicks president and GM Steve Mills and assistant GM Allan Houston would be in charge of day-to-day operations and report to Jackson.
The NBA announced Saturday that Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended for one game without pay for “forcibly striking” Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma in the throat during Milwaukee’s 112-104 road loss on Friday. Mayo will serve his suspension on Saturday when the Bucks host the Wizards in Milwaukee.
Welcome to the Short Corner, a celebration of the NBA in the pithiest form possible. Below are a collection of notebook-style items, laid out for your buffet-style enjoyment.
• Portland’s blowout-turned-gut-punch loss to Dallas on Friday brought about the end of Nicolas Batum’s improbable run as the NBA’s most productive rebounder. In the three games prior, Batum grabbed 49 boards over the Lakers, Nuggets, and Hawks — an average of 16.3 a night. For perspective, that’s just three boards short of Kevin Love’s best three-game rebounding stretch this season.
• Players, coaches, general managers, and public figures of all types are often reduced to simple assessments of good or bad, but the front office of the Pelicans — headed by GM Dell Demps on the basketball operations side — offers proof positive that such descriptors rarely cover the half of it. Draft Anthony Davis, overpay Eric Gordon. Trade for Jrue Holiday, give Tyreke Evans the kingdom. Unearth a solid rotation piece in Brian Roberts, use a lottery pick on Austin Rivers. As is the case with so many things, New Orleans’ track record is littered with victories and failures, both. It’s complicated, and that’s okay.