So you’re probably wondering

In recent weeks, emails, personal conversations and other forms of communication have begun with the following four words:

So you’re probably wondering…

In other words, you might be wondering why you didn’t see me in person at a Nets game on Jan. 1, 3, 6, 15, 17 etc.

Here’s the answer.

Effective Jan. 1 my job covering those games and the Yankee games were eliminated in the form I’ve known it. In other words, the complete recap of the game with quotes, a feature lede on the write-thru was eliminated because of the desire of some to go with a thing called a remote recap.

Basically, that means the only complete wire service gamer is coming from the AP and not from me or the others in other cities covering other teams. A remote recap is about 325 to 350 words without quotes and mostly a straight news lede (xx scored xx points as xx beat xx)

Here’s where it gets complicated. We’re still writing the previews and I’m still editing, though it’s all football news, so I know more than I normally would about assistant coach movement in the NFL.

And here’s where it complicated part two.

I’m part of the entity doing the remote recaps. I’m conflicted how I feel about it, but money is money and the combined money from these things and some other things keep it going while I attempt to find something better.

It’s why I say my job is transitioned to more working from home stuff to other people because it has. Or it’s why I said that it’s like the relationship status option on facebook – it’s complicated.

Working from home has positive attributes.

Such as doing whatever you want during the day, not commuting back from somewhere at 4 am. I did that for a good part of 2001 to 2004 from Jersey City and it’s a unique setup, to say the least.

I’d like to think that with my experience (over 10 years), this situation is a brief setback. At least that’s what some people tell me to encourage me.

In the meantime, I’ll network, email, make phone calls, apply and hope something rewarding comes out of it. I’m confident it will. I’m just a little impatient about the process.

I sincerely hope that the next thing is some kind of continuation of what I had been doing, but I’m also open-minded if it’s a regular setup with the time to do this on the side.

I’ve been in a daze ever since finding this out Dec. 22, more of a daze when I discovered the cause. But with time comes reflection, which is why it took me over a month to figure out to explain this.

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The last time this happened.

Whenever something occurs for the first time in a while and I’m not talking the first time in two years, but the first time in say 20 years and so on, there’s a tendency to think back what was going on the last time it happened.

Case in point Sunday night at about 11 PM if you were watching or following the Islanders in double overtime against the Florida Panthers.  We had known it had been May 14, 1993 when the Islanders last won a playoff series, but in reality we might not have grasped how long ago it actually was until John Tavares moved behind the net and put the backhander past Roberto Luongo.

Delirium. Madness.  Drama.

Followed by the realization of how long it had actually been.  It was 8,381 days since David Volek took a cross ice pass from Ray Ferraro, lifted a one-timer over Tom Barrasso as Mario Lemieux skated off without a chance to win a third straight Stanley Cup.

I remember the goal but didn’t see it live because I was attending a play a family friend was appearing in.  I’d imagine we taped the game even if we lean towards the Rangers.

After all, game seven is game seven.

At the moment when Volek’s goal went in, I was in eighth grade, proud to be a Knicks fan. Because in 1993, the Knicks were normal with their rough and tumble style of play and following a 60-win regular season under Pat Riley, I was sure it was their year to win it.

We’d learn a few weeks later it wasn’t and eight years later, the road to laughingstock and dysfunction began.

As for baseball, the Mets were careening towards an even worse disaster than the previous year when the Worst Team Money Could Buy (45 million payroll) was 72-90.At this point, they were 12-21 following an 8-7 loss to Montreal which featured first inning errors by Bobby Bonilla and Jeff Kent.

Now the Mets are far from a  the 103-loss disaster of Jeff Torborg and Dallas Green.  They reached dysfunction status from 2009-10 following collapses in 2007 and 2008 but a slow gradual rebuild has taken shape with a team capable of reaching the World Series.

For the Yankees, this was the second month of 23 straight winning seasons.  After years of dysfunction leading to 1989-1992, the Yankees were 19-16 following an 8-6 loss at the Stadium to the Blue Jays.  The Blue Jays won this game on a two-run home by John Olerud in the ninth and beat the Yankees by seven games en route to a World Series.

The Yankees won a lot more, but also lost some. Their current drought is three years without a playoff win which is nothing compared to the Islanders.

In the country, Bill Clinton was nearly four months into his presidency. Now his wife hopes she’s about nine months from becoming the next  president.

Musically, Janet Jackson was No.1 at the top of the charts.  A Movie version of Lost In Yonkers, which I had seen on Broadway in 1991 was released.

Countless other things have happened in between wins.  Perhaps the most amazing is Jaromir Jagr played in both games. He was a young Penguin and is a senior member of the Panthers, who plays young.

This is a somewhat short post. Imagine how long it’d be if this was about the Toronto Maple Leafs finally wining their long awaited Stanley Cup.

 

Placing Anthony Davis in context of 59-point scorers

Chalk this up to a case of win some, lose some in terms of being able to watch for me.

On Jan. 25, DeMarcus Cousins scored 56 and I was able to watch it because whatever I was working on allowed me to be home by 11 pm.  He would have gotten 59 or more if he didn’t fouled out.

This brings us to Anthony Davis. The schedule called for me to be at the Nets-Hornets game,  which began at 6:00 so I had no idea Davis had 59 until I checked the app (yay technology!).

This is what we know about the game based on information released by the Pelicans, who likely obtained it from the Elias Sports Bureau.

1 – Davis is the third player since 1983 to achieve at least 50 points, 20 rebounds.

2 – Davis broke the scoring record for Detroit’s building. LeBron James had the old mark of 48 during his epic Eastern Conference finals game in 2007.

3 –  Davis broke the franchise record. The previous was 50 by Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 21, 2003 against Memphis. In the 50-point game, Masburn was 17-of-33, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and hit the game-winning fallaway in overtime.

4 – Davis is the third player to get at least 55 and 20 rebounds in the last 50 years. Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain are the others.

So how did this kind of game unfold. Let’s take a look at the game book:

First Quarter

2 – six-foot jumper

4 – 16-foot jumper

6 – seven-foot hook shot

8 – five-foot hook shot

Second quarter

10 – layup

12 – layup

14 -21-foot step back jumper

16 – dunk

18 – 15-foot step back jumper

19 – free throw

21 – putback dunk

23 – dunk

24 – free throw

26  — tip layup shot

Third quarter

28 – eight-foot hook shot

30 – 13-foot jumper

32 – tip layup

35 – 26-foot 3-pointer

37 – seven-foot floating jumper

38 – technical foul shot

40 – 18-foot jump shot

Fourth quarter

42 – free throws

44 – 14-foot jumper

46 – free throws

48 – 21-foot jump shot

50 – nine-foot jump shot

52 – dunk

55 – 3-pointer

57 – 14-foot fadeway jumper

59 – free throws

So it got me wondering if any players such as Wilt Chamberlain had any 59 point games. (I know he did, 100 point game), so how many others did he get?

Basketball-reference.com only goes back to 1963-64 in terms of points when you do the finders for various players. So using 1963-64 as our starting off point, Chamberlain had 10 games with at least 59 points.

The first was Dec. 6, 1963 against the Lakers. Chamberlain scored 59 in a 110-103 loss, mostly because the next highest scorer had 16 and Chamberlain missed 14 free throws. Chamberlain won eight of those games and hit 256 field goals.

Before I looked it up, I thought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had at least one game with 59 points but I was wrong. His highest point total was 55 when he hit 23 field goals for Milwaukee against Boston on Dec. 10, 1971 in a 120-104 wins. In this game, the next highest scorer was Bob Dandridge with 23.

Michael Jordan is famous for many things, including the 63-point playoff game against the Celtics in 1986. He had five games of at least 59 points during the regular season with a 69-point game, a 64-point game, two games with 61 points and one with 59.

In those five games, he shot 60.5 percent (115-of-190) and this was with him going 3 of 15 from 3-point range.

The first time he did it was April 3, 1988 at Detroit. He had 32 at halftime in a gme Scottie Pippen did not start and hit the winning free throws with four seconds left in a game when the Bulls did not get a basket in the last 5 1/2 minutes.

As for big games I’ve seen in person, I saw the 61-point game by Kobe Bryant. I’m pretty sure I was home for most of the 81-point game. I also saw the 52-point game by LeBron James for Cleveland, the 52-point game by Jamal Crawford in 2007 and the 54-point game by Stephen Curry.

Regardless of how it’s compared, what Anthony Davis did Sunday afternoon is pretty cool.

 

 

 

The trade deadline in real time

By now if you haven’t heard yesterday was the NBA trade deadline. It has been a bonanza of a day with several names rumored to change teams. Sometimes a majority of those rumored to move actually get dealt. Yesterday was not one of those occasions in case you’re still looking for a Dwight Howard trade.

It’s best to summarize the day like an episode of Dragnet (with the time and event). Of course I could just read Woj’s timeline but where’s the fun in one set of tweets?

 

10:15 – Nets announce the GM search is over, hiring Sean Marks. They hire him two days after offering him the job and a day after the owner jokes about never hearing of him. – press release sent to my email.

Snide Remark: It’s like when the white smoke occurs when a new pope is announced.

11:10 – Pau Gasol does not believe he will be traded. But he knows things can change at the last minute. – Nick Friedell – Bulls reporter ESPN Chicago.

Snide Remark: He must know something we don’t.

11:10 – Report:  Celtics could acquire Kevin Love in “very fragile” three-way trade involving Ryan Anderson – Kurt Helin (NBA basketball talk).

Snide Remark: “Very fragile” means holding you up for a first-round pick because the Celtics can never enough.

11:13 – Several teams with interest in trading for Brooklyn’s Thaddeus Young already trying to reach Sean Marks to see where Nets stand on him. – Adrian Wojnarowski

Snide Remark: Where did I put the piece of paper with the new Nets GM number?

11:17 – As of yesterday, the Lakers and Roy Hibbert had not discussed a buyout, I’ve been told. Could change post-trade deadline. – Jeff Zillgitt USA Today. Side note every time I see the words buyout in the NBA, I think of this scene from the Simpsons.

Snide Remark: Buy him out Boys! (Bill Gates cackle)

11:24 – Sources: Atlanta’s expressing its intentions to rivals that Hawks plan to keep team intact at deadline, holding onto Horford and key guards. – Adrian Wojnarowski.

Snide remark: Anyone we think isn’t any good is on the table.

11:31 – Two teams interested in seeing where Sean Marks stands on Thaddeus Young: Toronto and Boston. Likely more, Young an appealing player. – Chris Mannix

Snide Remark: We don’t really want to force the Nets into another bad trade on the first day of the new guy’s job.

11:38 — While Ty Lawson talks died, the playoff hopeful Jazz is still trying to add a much-needed point guard before the trade deadline. – Marc Spears.

Snide Remark: We can probably do better, besides Duke guys don’t coach UNC players right?

11:39-11:53 Nothing happened.

11:54 – Not sure if this is out there, but… hearing that if nothing else happens today for Heat, Jarnell Stokes likely dealt for pick, tax. – Ethan Skolnick Miami Heat beat writer.

Snide remark: Read my lips, no new luxury taxes!

11:55 adjourn for lunch, acquired a sandwich for a protected first-round pick and tax relief..

12:11 – Music video for Europe’s The Final Countdown appears on VH1 Classic’s Rockfest. It’s the song often played before last second shot attempts in the NBA. Clearly written for the final hours of the NBA trade deadline.

12:18 Getting a sense that Nets getting interesting offers, may do a deal. NOT Brook or Thad-based. I know no more.- Netsdaily.

Snide remark: We have no idea just like the Nets at times.

12:20 Houston has traded Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell  – Finally a trade!

Snide remark: About damn time!

1:00 I had to go to work on writing these stories.

Thunder trade for Foye

Pistons acquire Thornton

Frye to Cavaliers

Morris to Wizards

Stephenson traded for Green

In total I wrote stories on nine trades. Plus a fairly sizable roundup summarizing the action.

I think they had all made sense and included all of the important elements such as money and statistics.

And the social media aftermath

5:20 pm Something to monitor in Memphis: Matt Barnes and Lance Stephenson are teammates. – @Sbondynydn

Snide remark: Assume the Fox viewing position for this reality show.

5:22 pm Morris trade isn’t official yet so Wittman couldn’t comment on it. – @Jorgecastillo

Snide remark: Nobody told me anything or I was instructed to keep it in the vault.

5:34 – Budenholzer said Hawks were never close to trading Al Horford or Jeff Teague. @cvivlamoreAJC

Snide remark: We just wanted to give you all something to speculate on in your spare time.

After dinner:

7:03 – Sixers officially announce a trade, Denver’s 2017 second round pick from Houston and center Joel Anthony from the Detroit Pistons as part of a multi-team trade in which the Sixers sent the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum to the Houston Rockets. In case you were wondering (I was), Maduabum  has played in Qatar, Estonia, Mongolia, Iceland, Finland and his rights have been traded three times. Imagine if he gets traded to Milwaukee and makes the game-winning pass to Giannis Antekounmpo while on deadline in a second overtime.

7:19- Exits trade deadline cocoon and sees CNN headline: “Trump in War of Words With Pope. Oh it is most definitely a Jameson’s night.  – @SteveBhoop

Snide remark: Isn’t it always during this year’s presidential race.

Closing arguments:

While it was easy for me not to write complex deals like the three-team Detroit-Oklahoma City-Utah trifecta or the point guard parade through Phoenix, Boston and Milwaukee, from a fans standpoint I agree with Ken Berger this was a tad boring. It wasn’t worst episode ever in terms of a deadline but it was a bit sleepy.

Of course it’s merely the appetizer to the wild west of NBA transactions (not the Kool Moe Dee Song) since cap space will be free flowing and teams might start doing something like deficit spending for big ticket items.

I suppose it’s appropriate in a presidential election year, cutting taxes is a thing for a few teams like Miami, Chicago and Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

Wow, nine years later!

When I last blogged on here, it was 2007. Isiah Thomas was still in charge of the Knicks and the Nets still played in New Jersey. The Celtics were a few months away from their 17th championship and Stephen Curry had not put his name in NCAA lore.

So why return to this site now?  No idea, maybe for the chance to write on my own in addition to what I do now.

Back in 2007, I was still with SportsTicker, the wire service where in the infancy of the digital world where you got your scores. Twitter wasn’t a thing and facebook was about a year away from most people I know moving from myspace (which actually still exists).

I was once a blogger on the NBA. It was way back in 2004 and through the early part of 2007.

It was a blog about the Knicks where we tried to make it somewhat interesting, entertaining and amusing about how they lost a lot and did many things wrong. (The comedy wrote itself back then) and here’s the evidence of my past blog (thank you web archive). You may remember it, you may not but either way it’s cool. I enjoyed doing it, probably didn’t know how to promote it other than email and link exchanges.

Here’s a link to the old blog and the second post on this particular page was probably my all time favorite post. I stopped because I was busy and how many ways can you say the Knicks aren’t very good. Judging by their performances in the majority of the 15 seasons since trading Patrick Ewing, apparently a lot.

So what about me?  I stopped covering the NBA for a bit due to circumstances beyond my control in about Feb. 2009. I had some scary moments (not health) but workwise for a few weeks before getting a gig at a small commuter paper (Metro) covering baseball. There was a time before April 2009 where I wasn’t sure if I’d ever cover a game in the new stadium but eventually it worked out.IMG_1831.JPG

While not as glamorous as say the Post or a major paper, it was good at times but also frustrating. (I’ll tell you privately if you ask). It also allowed me to get back into the NBA midway through the 2012-13 season once hockey got its labor act together and the Nets moved to Brooklyn.

Eventually it faded away and I got one of those dreaded emails. It annoyed the hell out of me but in the context of things, I wasn’t too upset because by then I had been reduced to maybe two or three articles a month and had some other things going on.

It also helped in 2013 that I not only was covering baseball for the paper previously mentioned but also a wire service called the Sports Xchange.  It was really good timing as it became among the better places I’ve dealt with and it led to me covering the Yankees and Nets regularly for them while also working some editing shifts without a difficult commute (from my home office to the living room couch).

The year 2012 also saw my situation improve somewhat, especially towards the latter part. In the winter of 2010 and 2011, I had another job at Strat-O-Matic, the famous game company and after some initial growing pains, I grew to really like it. It was a temp thing (I called it a consultancy but whatever) but I really hoped after two years of not only handling phone and digital customer service (fancy way of saying responding via email) as well as researching for the game, I’d get a full time thing. It wasn’t in the cards and from fall 2011 to spring 2012, I encountered a similar scary situation, one where I took classes towards another career before realizing I wouldn’t be comfortable in it. (You can ask me privately if you want).

Since then I’ve become someone who many NBA announcers enjoy working with due to the information I give them (stat guy), a copy editor who gets to work from home, an occasional TV background actor (that’s probably 

  another post) and No. 682 in the BBWAA.
As Pearl Jam said in the song Present Tense (something about an encompassing trip), it encompassed various things and perhaps something worth blogging about on occasion when time permits. (those who know me well, had to figure a Pearl Jam reference was coming).

And since we’re in the self-promotion part of the program, you can follow me on twitter @larryfleisher.  I’m kind of twitter slacker at times (only 16,000 tweets in nearly seven years) but I’m responsive and enjoy interacting on there.

So thanks for reading (whether it’s a sentence or every word).

 

The Ship Be Halfway Sinking – Can You Make the Playoffs with 20 losses in two months?

At 8-20, the Knicks are a longshot to make the playoffs even in a below average Eastern Conference. The standings say they are 4 1/2 games out of eighth place but that really means little because there are few signs of the team playing above an 8-20 pace. Another 8-20 puts them at 16-40 and if you add in their 8-18, that’s 24-58.

So that being said, here’s a list of teams that had 20 losses in the first two months of a season and how they finished in every 82-game season since 1984-85.

2006-07

Philadelphia 8-22 went 27-23 the rest of the way for 35 wins

New York 13-20 went 20-29 the rest of the way for 33 wins

Charlotte 9-21 went 24-28 the rest of the way for 33 wins

Atlanta 9-20 went 21-32 for 30 wins

Memphis 5-25 went 17-35 for 22 wins

2005-06

Toronto 8-22 went 19-33 for 27 wins

New York 7-21 went 16-38 for 23 wins

Charlotte 10-20 went 16-36 for 26 wins

Atlanta 7-21 went 19-35 for 26 wins

2004-05

Toronto 10-21 went 23-28 for 33 wins

Atlanta 5-23 went 8-46 for 13 wins

New Orleans 2-26 went 16-48 for 18 wins

2003-04

Orlando 8-24 went 13-37 for 21 wins

Washington 8-21 went 17-34 for 27 wins

Chicago 9-21 went 14-38 for 23 wins

Atlanta 9-24 went 19-30 for 28 wins

Cleveland 10-22 went 25-23 for 35 wins

Phoenix 12-20 went 17-33 for 29 wins

2002-03

Cleveland 6-26 went 11-39 for 17 wins

Toronto 8-23 went 16-35 for 24 wins

Chicago 11-20 went 19-32 for 30 wins

Denver 6-24 went 11-41 for 17 wins

Memphis 9-22 went 19-32 for 28 wins

2001-02

Miami 6-23 went 30-23 for 36 wins

Chicago 6-23 went 15-38 for 21 wins

Memphis 9-21 went 14-38 for 23 wins

Houston 9-22 went 19-32 for 28 wins

2000-01

Washington 6-25 went 13-38 for 19 wins

New Jersey 9-21 went 17-35 for 26 wins

Chicago 5-25 went 10-42 for 17 wins

Atlanta 10-20 went 15-37 for 25 wins

Vancouver 8-22 went 15-37 for 23 wins

Golden State 6-20 went 11-45 for 17 wins

LA Clippers 10-21 went 21-30 for 31 wins

1999-2000 

Washington 10-20 went 19-33 for 29 wins

Chicago 2-25 went 15-42 for 17 wins

Vancouver 6-23 went 16-37 for 22 wins

Houston 10-20 went 24-28 for 34 wins

Dallas 9-21 went 31-21 for 40 wins

LA Clippers 9-20 went 6-47 for 15 wins

Golden State 6-23 went 15-40 for 19 wins

1997-98 

Philadelphia 7-21 went 24-30 for 31 wins

Toronto 4-26 went 12-40 for 16 wins

Denver 2-26 went 9-45 for 11 wins

Vancouver 10-20 went 9-54 for 19 wins

Dallas 5-25 went 15-37 for 20 wins

LA Clippers 6-24 went 11-41 for 17 wins

Golden State 7-21 went 12-42 for 19 wins

Sacramento 11-20 went 16-35 for 27 wins

1996-97

Boston 6-21 went 9-46 for 15 wins

Philadelphia 8-20 went 14-40 for 22 wins

Vancouver 6-25 went 8-43 for 14 wins

San Antonio 7-20 went 13-42 for 20 wins

Denver 8-22 went 13-39 for 21 wins

1995-96

Philadelphia 5-22 went 13-42 for 18 wins

Toronto 9-21 went 12-40 for 21 wins

Vancouver 5-25 went 10-42 for 15 wins

Minnesota 7-20 went 19-36 for 26 wins

1994-95

Minnesota 6-21 went 15-40 for 21 wins

LA Clippers 4-25 went 13-40 for 17 wins

1993-94

Washington 8-20 went 16-38 for 24 wins

Milwaukee 8-20 went 12-42 for 20 wins

Dallas 2-24 went 11-45 for 13 wins

Minnesota 8-20 went 12-42 for 20 wins

1992-93 

Washington 8-20 went 14-40 for 22 wins

Dallas 2-22 went 9-49 for 11 wins

1991-92

Orlando 6-23 went 15-38 for 21 wins

Charlotte 8-23 went 23-28 for 31 wins

Minnesota 4-23 went 11-44 for 15 wins

Sacramento 8-20 went 21-33 for 29 wins

1990-91

Miami 8-21 went 16-37 for 24 wins

Denver 6-23 went 14-39 for 20 wins

Orlando 7-23 went 24-27 for 30 wins

Sacramento 6-21 went 19-36 for 25 wins

1989-90 

New Jersey 8-20 went 9-45 for 17 wins

Miami 7-23 went 11-41 for 18 wins

Orlando 9-20 went 9-44 for 18 wins

Charlotte 6-20 went 13-43 for 19 wins

Minnesota 6-23 went 16-37 for 22 wins

Sacramento 7-20 went 16-39 for 23 wins

1988-89

Indiana 5-22 went 23-32 for 28 wins

Miami 3-24 went 12-43 for 15 wins

San Antonio 7-20 went 14-41 for 21 wins

1987-88

New Jersey 5-21 went 14-42 for 19 wins

Sacramento 7-21 went 17-37 for 24 wins

Golden State 4-20 went 16-42 for 20 wins

1986-87 

New York 9-21 went 15-37 for 24 wins

New Jersey 6-20 went 18-38 for 24 wins

San Antonio 8-22 went 20-32 for 28 wins

Sacramento 8-20 went 21-33 for 29 wins

LA Clippers 4-24 went 8-48 for 12 wins

1985-86

New York 7-21 went 16-38 for 23 wins

Indiana 9-21 went 17-35 for 26 wins

Chicago 13-21 went 17-31 for 30 wins and playoffs

Sacramento 9-22 went 28-23 for 37 wins and playoffs

Golden State 12-22 went 18-30 for 30 wins

Seattle 12-20 went 19-31 for 31 wins

LA Clippers 11-21 went 21-29 for 32 wins

1984-85

New York 12-22 went 12-36 for 24 wins

Indiana 8-22 went 14-38 for 22 wins

Cleveland 6-22 went 30-24 for 36 wins and playoffs

Golden State 10-20 went 12-40 for 22 wins

Wow! There have been nearly over 200 coaching changes since Jerry Sloan took over

That’s an amazing stat when John Thompson mentioned it on his interview with Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on Inside the NBA. Of course, knowing how my mind works, I wondered about all those changes.

He became the coach on December 9, 1988 and presided over a 97-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. It’s nearly impossible to list the exact order of coaching changes but the next best thing would be to do it by team.

Atlanta Hawks – Mike Fratello, Bob Weiss, Lenny Wilkens, Lon Kruger, Terry Stotts, Mike Woodson. (six coaches)
Boston Celtics – Jimmy Rodgers, Chris Ford, ML Carr, Rick Pitino, Jim O’Brien, John Carroll, Doc Rivers (seven)

Charlotte Bobcats – Bernie Bickerstaff, Sam Vincent (two)

Chicago Bulls – Doug Collins, Phil Jackson, Tim Floyd, Bill Berry, Bill Cartwright, Pete Myers, Scott Skiles (seven)

Cleveland Cavaliers – Lenny Wilkens, Mike Fratello, Randy Wittman, John Lucas, Keith Smart, Paul Silas, Brendan Malone, Mike Brown (eight)

Dallas Mavericks – John MacLeod, Richie Adubato, Gar Heard, Quinn Buckner, Dick Motta, Jim Cleamons, Don Nelson, Donn Nelson, Avery Johnson (nine)

Denver Nuggets – Doug Moe, Paul Westhead, Dan Issel, Gene Littles, Bernie Bickerstaff, Dick Motta, Bill Hanzlik, Mike D’Antoni, Dan Issel, Mike Evans, Jeff Bzdelik, Michael Cooper, George Karl (12)

Detroit Pistons – Chuck Daly, Ron Rothstein, Don Chaney, Doug Collins, Alvin Gentry, George Irvine, Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown, Flip Saunders (nine)

Golden State Warriors – Don Nelson, Bob Lanier, Rick Adelman, PJ Carlesimo, Garry St Jean, Dave Cowens, Brian Winters, Eric Musselman, Mike Montgomery, Don Nelson (nine)

Houston Rockets – Don Chaney, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman (four)

Indiana Pacers – George Irvine, Dick Versace, Bob Hill, Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Rick Carlisle, Jim O’Brien (eight)

Los Angeles Clippers – Gene Shue, Don Casey, Mike Schuler, Larry Brown, Bob Weiss, Bill Fitch, Chris Ford, Jim Todd, Alvin Gentry, Dennis Johnson, Mike Dunleavy (11)

Los Angeles Lakers – Pat Riley, Mike Dunleavy, Randy Pfund, Magic Johnson, Del Harris, Bill Bertka, Kurt Rambis, Phil Jackson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Frank Hamblen, Phil Jackson (10)

Memphis Grizzlies – Brian Winters, Stu Jackson, Brian Hill, Lionel Hollins, Sidney Lowe, Hubie Brown, Lionel Hollins, Mike Fratello, Tony Barone, Marc Iavaroni (nine)

Miami Heat – Ron Rothstein, Kevin Loughery, Alvin Gentry, Pat Riley, Stan Van Gundy, Pat Riley (five)

Milwaukee Bucks – Del Harris, Frank Hamblen, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Ford, George Karl, Terry Porter, Terry Stotts, Larry Krystowiak (eight)

Minnesota Timberwolves – Bill Musselman, Jimmy Rodgers, Sidney Lowe, Bill Blair, Flip Saunders, Kevin McHale, Dwane Casey, Randy Wittman (eight)

New Jersey Nets – Willis Reed, Bill Fitch, Chuck Daly, Butch Beard, John Calipari, Don Casey, Byron Scott, Lawrence Frank (eight)

New Orleans Hornets – Dick Harter, Gene Littles, Allan Bristow, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, Tim Floyd, Byron Scott (seven)

New York Knicks – Rick Pitino, Stu Jackson, John McLeod, Pat Riley, Don Nelson, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney, Herb Williams, Lenny Wilkens, Herb Williams, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas (11)

Orlando Magic – Matt Guokas, Brian Hill, Richie Adubato, Chuck Daly, Doc Rivers, Johnny Davis, Chris Jent, Brian Hill, Stan Van Gundy (eight)

Philadelphia 76ers – Jim Lynam, Doug Moe, Fred Carter, John Lucas, Johnny Davis, Larry Brown, Randy Ayers, Chris Ford, Jim O’Brien, Maurice Cheeks (10)

Phoenix Suns – Cotton Fitzsimmons, Paul Westphal, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Danny Ainge, Scott Skiles, Frank Johnson, Mike D’Antoni (six)

Portland TrailBlazers – Mike Schuler, Rick Adelman, PJ Carlesimo, Mike Dunleavy, Maurice Cheeks, Kevin Pritchard, Nate McMillian (seven)

Sacramento Kings – Jerry Reynolds, Dick Motta, Rex Hughes, Garry St. Jean, Eddie Jordan, Rick Adelman, Eric Musselman, Reggie Theus (eight)

San Antonio Spurs – Larry Brown, Bob Bass, Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, Rex Hughes, Bob Hill, Gregg Popovich (seven)

Seattle Supersonics – Bernie Bickerstaff, Tom Newell, Bob Kloppenburg, Bernie Bickerstaff, KC Jones, Bob Kloppenburg, George Karl, Paul Westphal, Nate McMillian, Bob Weiss, Bob Hill, PJ Carlesimo (10)

Toronto Raptors – Brendan Malone, Darrell Walker, Butch Carter, Lenny Wilkens, Kevin O’Neill, Sam Mitchell (six)

Washington Wizards – Wes Unseld, Jim Lynam, Bernie Bickerstaff, Jim Brovelli, Darrell Walker, Gar Heard, Leonard Hamilton, Doug Collins, Eddie Jordan (nine)