Throw the name of Wes Unseld, Jr. into the ring for the LA Clippers head coaching job.
That’s the word Thursday, as Unseld reportedly interviewed with the Clippers, according to a report in the Denver Post from Mike Singer.
If the name is familiar it’s probably for two reasons: He was the top assistant coach to Michael Malone for the Denver Nuggets, who just beat the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs, and of course, his father Wes Unseld was a legendary NBA player and head coach, who died in June.
Unseld, Jr. is regarded as a rising star in NBA coaching circles, and has been coaching in the league since 2005. Is he ready to make the leap to becoming a head coach? Hard to say, but if the Clippers like what they see, it could happen. Stay tuned.
More news for this Friday:
- Frank named NBA Basketball Executive of the Year: You can read more about the Clippers president’s award here.
- But executives (reportedly) be catty! This column from Brian Windhorst at ESPN is fascinating in light of Frank’s award, that argues basically Frank is liked by his peers and the Lakers’ Rob Pelinka isn’t, and that may have made the difference in voting.
- Profile of Clips sideline reporter: She’s already well known for her hustle and bright attitude, and Clippers sideline reporter Kristina Pink (who also happens to do NFL sideline coverage for Fox) is profiled by Uproxx.
- Shamet’s college coach in hot water: Landry Shamet is the pride of Wichita State, but head coach Gregg Marshall is being investigated for a series of incidents of abuse and violence against his players and apparently the campus at large, as reported in The Athletic.
- And now for something different: So Game 5 of the NBA Finals is Friday, a champion may be crowned, yada yada. The weather is also starting to cool off and with a new season of The Great British Bake-Off airing, The Ringer has a great list of how similarly nice amateur skills reality shows rate next to the titan of the genre, in case you need some new shows to binge. After all, the NBA is about to be in the offseason and baseball won’t be too far behind.