Optimism high as Celtics enter a likely active offseason
BOSTON (AP) The emergence of an All-Star and lots of victories made the Celtics one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. It also left Boston with lots of questions following its second straight first-round exit from the playoffs - this one, a six-game loss to the Atlanta Hawks - with a young roster that probably still needs a few more pieces to make the next step. It has lots of draft picks and salary cap space to play with, which promises to make the summer an active one for the Celtics. ''This is probably the
Jackson will take time to decide if Rambis is Knicks coach
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson wants to work with a coach he knows, and he'll take some time before deciding if that's Kurt Rambis. Jackson said Thursday that Rambis will be interviewed for the New York Knicks' coaching job after he finished the season as the team's interim coach. Jackson, the team's president of basketball operations, said he hasn't taken or made any calls about the position, which Rambis held since Derek Fisher was fired in early February. For now, Rambis has a head start on the field. ''That's the o
Analysis: While the Syracuse product impressed as a rebounder and defender, he converted only 36 percent of his field goals, a concerningly low number for an interior player. McCullough put up a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double in a win over the 76ers but followed up with just four points on 2-of-16 shooting in Saturday's tournament-play loss to Cleveland. The 21-year-old remains a project player as he enters his second NBA season, but considering the Nets position as one of the league's weakest teams, he figures to hold down a fairly consistent bench role, as was the case near the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Analysis: The Cincinnati product knocked down 48.1 percent of his field goals but struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 4-of-16 attempts on the week. Kilpatrick's role for the new-look Nets is somewhat undefined heading into the season, but he figures to hold down a consistent bench role for what might be the weakest team in the league.