NBA News: June 8th


The Los Angeles Lakers are making headlines with their ambitious pursuit of Dan Hurley, the esteemed head coach of the Connecticut Huskies, to fill their head coaching vacancy. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are preparing a massive, long-term deal for Hurley, whose coaching prowess has been highlighted by back-to-back NCAA national championships.

Dan Hurley as a Lakers CoachHurley has already engaged in preliminary discussions with the Lakers and is expected to continue these talks throughout the week. This move signals the Lakers’ intent to bring a fresh, winning perspective to the team following their disappointing first-round playoff exit against the Denver Nuggets, which led to the dismissal of head coach Darwin Ham.

Hurley’s impressive track record with the Huskies is a testament to his coaching abilities. Over six seasons, he amassed a remarkable 141-58 record, including an outstanding 68-11 over the past two years, culminating in two national titles.

His success has not gone unnoticed, as he was also a prime candidate for the Kentucky coaching position following John Calipari’s departure to Arkansas. However, Hurley chose to remain with UConn, aiming for a historic three-peat and prioritizing his family’s proximity in New Jersey.

The Lakers have been thorough in their search for a new head coach, interviewing several candidates, including JJ Redick, LeBron James’ partner on the “Mind The Game” podcast.

Redick, an ESPN broadcaster and former NBA player, was recently considered the frontrunner for the position. Hurley’s previous appearance on Redick’s podcast garnered positive attention from James on social media, further intensifying speculation.

As the Lakers continue their quest to rebuild and aim for a championship run, the NBA Finals odds could shift significantly if Hurley takes the helm. His proven leadership and winning mentality could be the catalyst the Lakers need to return to their former glory. The coming weeks will be crucial in determining whether Hurley will transition from college basketball dominance to the professional stage with the Lakers.




Dallas Mavericks Player Luka Doncic


Luka Doncic has a golden opportunity to cement his legacy as the greatest Dallas Mavericks of all time if he secures a championship this season. Dallas head coach Jason Kidd recently emphasized this point, stating unequivocally that winning a title would elevate Doncic to legendary status within the franchise. “Dirk, Luka – if Luka wins a ring this year, does he have a shot at the claim of the greatest Maverick ever?” asked ESPN’s Malika Andrews. Kidd’s response was a definitive “Yes.”

Kidd further expressed his admiration for Doncic by humorously noting that if he were playing alongside Doncic and Kyrie Irving, he would gladly come off the bench. “You can’t sit Luka or Kai… But it’s not who starts, it’s who finishes. So all three of us would finish,” Kidd remarked.

The Mavericks, a franchise established in the 1980-81 season, have retired only five numbers: Rolando Blackman (No. 22), Brad Davis (No. 15), Derek Harper (No. 12), Dirk Nowitzki (No. 41), and Bill Russell’s No. 6, which is retired league-wide. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their sole NBA championship in 2011 and earned MVP honors in the 2006-07 season, is the benchmark for greatness in Dallas.

During his illustrious 21-season career with the Mavericks, Nowitzki was a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA selection, averaging 20.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Doncic, now 25, has been with Dallas for his entire career. The 2018-19 Rookie of the Year has already been named to five All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams, and this season, he won the scoring title by averaging 33.9 points per game. Despite finishing third in MVP voting behind Denver’s Nikola Jokic and runner-up Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Doncic’s impact on the Mavericks has been monumental.

As the Mavericks prepare to face the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the 2024 NBA Finals, the NBA Finals odds are buzzing with anticipation. The series, set to begin Thursday in Boston, promises to be a thrilling showdown. If Doncic can lead his team to victory, he will undoubtedly earn a place alongside Nowitzki in the pantheon of Mavericks legends.