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Monty Williams, the other… Rick Pitino



The Pistons gold-plated their new coach and Vassilis Skoundis opens up the NBA’s bank accounts!

I don’t know if inflation in the United States is under control or galloping…

Also, I don’t know if Monty Williams was one of the Pistons’ options for their widower’s bench…

But I know that the so-called coach is a very good coach and after a few conversations with him I realized that he also has a very special culture.

Yesterday I found out that this culture is expensive, $13,000,000 a year to be exact.

money is there“, as a soul said to us!

There’s money (apparently) in Motown too, congratulations to the car companies!

In the meantime, now that I think about it better, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Pistons wronged the former Pelicans and Suns coach!

Malkovich’s a dime

Yes, they wronged him, because normally, and following the logic of Bozidar Malković, who proclaimed for thirty years that “The coach should earn at least a penny more than the highest-paid player on the team.Normally they would have to give Williams a yearly contract for $19,550,001.

Why so many?

But surpassing Bojan Bogdanovic’s 19,550,000 by a dime!

At least Williams will raise more money than Marvin Bagley (12,500,000) and Cade Cunningham (10,552,800), so he has some comfort.

There is money, and in fact there is a lot of it, as Spyros Kalogirou replied to Nikos Kourkoulos in the classic scene from the film “Lola”!

Of course almost half of this money is taken by the IRS, after all the Americans say (and here in Greece I heard this saying from the mouth of Nikos Galis: “The only certainty in life is that you will pay taxes and die»!

He also surpassed Szyzewski

Monty Williams has signed a six-year contract that will bring him $78,500,000 before taxes, making history as the highest-paid manager of all time!

In terms of annual earnings, he is trailed by Gregg Popovich (11,500,000), Steve Kerr (9,500,000), Erik Spoelstra (8,500,000) and Rick Carlisle (7,200,000), but he had them all, Mike Szyzewski last year eaten cabbage!

In his penultimate season on the Duke bench (2020–21), the five-time NCAA champion had an annual salary of $12,500,000, followed by Kansas’ Bill Self with $10,200,000.

Jordan is three and 30

I’m sorting this all out and bringing up the issue of inflation again if I could only find a comparison to what happened some thirty years ago…

Of course, the facts were different then and that’s only proven by the fact that Michael Jordan’s annual contract with the Bulls in 1996 was only three…two million dollars, but he made another thirty or so!

“Midas” Rick Pitino

A year later, Rick Pitino seemed to blow the bank!

I mean it because when the future Panathinaikos and national team coach took over as technical director of the Celtics on May 7, 1997, he became Midas on the bench!

Pitino then left Kentucky to sign a ten-year, $70,000,000 contract that made him the highest paid coach of any sport of all time and the world!!!

The Celtics’ offer far outstripped that of the Nets, who offered him $28,000,000 over five years, and of course he didn’t take the Bostonians’ gauntlet to succeed Em El-Karr, after one disappointing season they ended up in a terrible 15-67 year record!

Of course, everything that starts well ends in pain!

The broken heart and the damaged psyche

The calendar pointed to Saturday January 6, 2001 as the Celtics They suffered a heavy loss (22nd in 34 games this season) 112-86 to the Heat in Miami and when the game was over they made their way back to Boston…

Rick gave up emotionally and with tears in his eyes in the locker room. “You know my heart breaks but I have no choicehe said and walked in an unknown direction.

He later revealed that he had locked himself away in his Miami home to pursue a solitary “soul quest”: an introspection to mend his damaged psyche…

Then the reactions were different: Paul Pierce cried, Antoine Walker celebrated, Celtics stock rose 11.3% and Pitino gave up the mythical ten-year $70,000,000 contract the Celtics had laid at his feet to leave Kentucky…

The wounds that won’t heal

Four years ago, when we started a conversation about this painful story, I had the feeling that his wounds from this villain had not yet healed…

You will never healHe said bluntly to me one night in a restaurant. “Then everything went wrong… I didn’t get the championship I gave to Bill Russell before he died. I realized that you can’t be manager and president at the same time, and I threw a ton of money on the street»!

Here are the consequences in this case …

Russell happily accepted the championship Pitino promised him from Doc Rivers in 2008.

In 2021, Brad Sevens left the bank to become president in Danny Ainge’s place, realizing that no two watermelons fit in the same armpit, so neither daddy-daddy nor couple-couple.

The money Pitino threw away he found in Louisville, which also gilded him by offering him, a product of the time, a contract similar to that of the Celtics!

Nowadays there is either inflation or money is… possessive, all paper is collected by Monty Williams…

Well done coaches!

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Damian Lillard’s Milwaukee Bucks jerseys have been printed




The move from Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks caused quite a stir and the “Stag” printed the first jerseys for the experienced point guard, who will compete alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo in the new season.

Damian Lillard left the Portland Trail Blazers after 11 years to move to Milwaukee, and the Bucks have already printed the first jerseys with the 33-year-old guard’s name and number 0.

In the new season, Lillard will compete alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, with the two expected to form a dynamic duo.

We remind you that the Milwaukee Bucks are preparing a reception for their new addition, which will take place on Saturday (September 30th, 2:00 p.m. local time, 10:00 p.m. Greek time) in the presence of friends of the team.

Watch the VIDEO of Lillard’s notable performances here:

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Phoenix Suns, the one covered to win the NBA? Why Durant and Booker Should Be Considered Champions | Sports New Spain



In February 2023, the NBA experienced an earthquake in the form of a transfer. Kevin Durant traded the Brooklyn Nets for the Phoenix Suns. There he would mate Devin Booker in a last ditch effort to reach the championship ring. A few months later and without even sharing the court, the Arizona franchise did not have the best result in the Playoffs. It is precisely for this reason that the management made a move and in the blink of an eye managed to completely reform the squad of the 2021 finalist.

With an original quintet consisting of Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant and Jusuf Nurkic, The Suns aspire to be one of the main teams this campaign.

However, Phoenix is ​​not the favorite according to the betting and predictions to become the champion of the 2023-2024 NBA season. Which contradicts his reality, since The Suns’ potential is endless considering his depth and talent.

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Why the Phoenix Suns are the ones to win the NBA according to betting and predictions

In recent weeks the favorite to win the NBA according to the bet has changed, going from the Denver Nuggets to the Milwaukee Bucks. A fact that has reduced the relevance to the progressive favoritism that the Phoenix Suns from beginning out of season.

In early June, right at the end of the finals, Win in 2024 for the Suns paid at 9.50. Soon after they acquired Beal and made several moves, reducing that quota August to 7.16. Now, after bolstering his rotation with Nurkic and other secondary players, That number has dropped to 6.85 for every euro bet.

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The attention caused by the Lillard trade prevented this progressive change from being appreciated, which reflects the Suns’ true potential this season. In fact, they are the second favorite franchise to win the Western Conference, behind only the Nuggets. A scenario that pays 4.20 to 1.

On the other hand, the constellation of stars gathered by the Suns also allows them to be protagonists in individual awards such as Kevin Durant for MVP (13.30 to 1) or also Devin Booker (18.20), Frank Vogel for Coach of the Year (13.10) or the aforementioned Booker as a player clutch of the year (17.00).

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The Suns are strong contenders for a ring not only because of their talent pool, but because they have a long list of secondary players who can make a significant leap that few have. Figures like Yuta Watanabe, Bol Bol or Keita Bates-Diop are expected to be the X factor of the Arizona team. Additionally, Nurkic’s arrival will be a boost in a hypothetical Playoff series against the Nuggets, as the Bosnian is used to doing a good job on Nikola Jokic.

Source: Sporting News

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Magic Johnson’s answer to the greatest point guard of all time




Magic Johnson took a stand on who the greatest point guard of all time is and responded to Steph Curry’s claim that he is himself.

Steph Curry claimed in an interview that he was the best point guard of all time and Magic Johnson weighed in on the issue.

These are undoubtedly two of the greatest playmakers in the history of the sport, although opinions differ on the championships he considers his own, according to Magic’s response. An opinion that Michael Jordan also shares.

Specifically, he responded to CBS Sports Radio when asked whether he agreed with the Golden State Warriors star’s opinion: “If he wins more than five championships, becomes more than three-time Finals MVP and three-time league MVP… All-time leader in assists in Finals history… Then he’s the best. But last time I checked that wasn’t the case.”

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