The coaching carousel should be in full swing this offseason. Most of the changes likely will come in the Eastern Conference, where there are several underachievers hoping a new voice will change their fortunes (or at the very least earn them the eighth playoff spot). Based on conversations with coaches, scouts and NBA front-office sources, here is an early look at some of the most likely openings.
That said, the Knicks could exhume
I don't read too much into a reported shouting match between Cuban and Johnson last month other than it being an active owner disagreeing with a passionate coach. Still, if Dallas loses in the first round again this season, the pressure will mount on the 2006 Coach of the Year. After all,
• I made the mistake of getting into an MVP debate with Celtics coach
Rivers and I did agree about one thing: Bryant is long overdue for the award. "You look at what Michael Jordan did his first 10 years and you look at what Kobe has done," Rivers said, "and you wonder how in the world this guy has not been an MVP yet."
• One college scout's top five potential draft picks:
One player the scout didn't like: Texas A&M freshman center
• An interesting sidebar to the potential Hornets-Mavs first-round matchup: It would be the first time
• Congratulations to veteran NBA referee