The San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat 111-92 to seize a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals on Tuesday and deal the Heat their first home loss of the playoffs.
Maybe in a video game. Possibly in the pregame layup line.
History would suggest they did everything right.
San Antonio, which took a 2-1 series lead, set finals records by shooting 86.7 percent in the first quarter and 75.8 percent in the first half.
The visiting San Antonio Spurs soared to a 21-point halftime advantage over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, leading 71-50 in Game Three of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.
Why would any veteran player known for leadership qualities and a strong understanding of the game not at least consider the accelerated path to coaching now that Jason Kidd and Derek Fisher have landed lucrative contracts?
Now that the coast is clear, the W.N.B.A., which has been around for nearly two decades, has decided to publicly embrace its gay fans. The gesture deserves two slow claps, considering how long it took.
Derek Fisher is the best choice by far if Phil Jackson wants to coach without coaching, mentor a former player and, if all goes exceedingly well, cement a legacy as a championship coach who became a championship executive.
The Knicks introduced Derek Fisher as their coach Tuesday in a low-key news conference that played down concern over Fisher’s lack of coaching experience.
Derek Fisher attacked the criticism head on, as he was the first to admit on Wednesday that, no, he has never coached before at any level. Fisher fully believes, however, that serving as a point guard and team leader in the NBA for 18 seasons — including on five championship teams for Phil Jackson with the Lakers — will offset any such inexperience as he immediately transitions from his playing career to taking over as the 26th coach in Knicks history.
Derek Fisher’s presentation, much like his wardrobe, was nearly flawless. The guy knows how to work a room and look good while doing it. Phil Jackson’s second choice to coach the Knicks appears to be, on so many levels, the perfect choice. Fisher has a championship pedigree, he’s a born leader and he works well with superstars, which will come in handy if the Knicks ever get one to pair with Carmelo Anthony.
We heard plenty Tuesday about championships and championship cultures as Derek Fisher was introduced as the new coach of the Knicks, Fisher becoming the face of another new era for the Knicks in basketball, one of so many since the last time they won a championship 41 years ago.
In his rollout press conference Tuesday, the new Knicks coach said all the right things about embracing the challenge, and coming to New York for the same reason people have been coming for hundreds of years: to pursue opportunity.