Alvin Gentry said he found a scouting report on the Jazz in his garage that was written up in 1993. “They’re running the same stuff,”Â he said. “You still have to find a way to guard it. As far as execution, I would say they are by far the team that executes the best in the league, followed by San Antonio.”Â
Linas Kleiza of the Denver Nuggets has been fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of officials after a game in Denver on Friday.Â The NBA announced the fine Tuesday but didn’t disclose what Kleiza said to the officials.Â The Nuggets beat the Washington Wizards 116-105 in that game.
Nobody needs to remind Ime Udoka that his contract with the Spurs is up at the end of the season. He knows full well he is playing as much for his present as he is for the future.Â Udoka, a 6-foot-6 swingman, signed a two-year deal worth a total of just over $2 million in the summer of 2007. He makes no secret of the fact that he would prefer to re-up with the Spurs when it expires in July. Over the next few weeks or months, Udoka will make his sales pitch. His performance in the playoffs should go a long way toward determining his future.Â
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EvenÂ Derrick Rose,Â who missed his first game of the season Tuesday night, seemed surprised by how badly his bruised right wrist deteriorated overnight Monday.Â Rose suffered the injury while missing a dunk over Washington’sÂ Oleksiy PecherovÂ just before halftime, then played 20 minutes 22 seconds in the second half.
“Trust me, I can take pain,” Rose said. “But it really hurts. I can barely turn a doorknob.Â
Phil Jackson moved within one game of matching Pat Riley for the most games coached in Lakers history.Â The Lakers’ victory Tuesday over the Oklahoma City Thunder marked his 726th game over two stints.He is set to catch Riley in Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.Â It’s quite a feat, considering the way coaches are hired and fired again and again in today’s NBA. Jackson’s league-record tying nine championships have kept him rooted, first in Chicago with Michael Jordan and the Bulls and then with the Lakers.