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Around the Realm: D’Antoni joins Steve Nash’s staff, group workouts can begin, and season negotiations continue

We round up the day's news from around the league

Welcome to Around the Realm, where we look at the top news stories from around the league. If I missed any notable stories, feel free to discuss in the comments!

The Nets have quite the coaching staff

Mike D'Antoni and Ime Udoka have joined Steve Nash's coaching staff with the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Nash was hired with the expectation that he could relate to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and manage the egos of the roster. The Nets have done a nice job hiring a support staff around him to cover the day-to-day coaching responsibilities that Nash will still need to learn.

For bonus fun, check out the replies to my tweet observing the fact that Nash, with no coaching experience, has a staff full of people qualified to be a head coach.

It seems Nets fans are very sensitive to any perceived criticism.

(I actually think the Nets will be very good this season)

Negotiations continue

The New York Times' Marc Stein reports the latest volley in the negotiations between the players and owners regarding when to start the new season. The owners are essentially saying "Sure you can start later, but we can't end later, so you'll play fewer games and make less money."

My guess is that the players end up blinking on this. The owners have positioned it so that beginning December 22nd is the only option where players get their normal pay. If an agreement isn't reached and the CBA is ended, we're likely looking at a lockout and that would benefit nobody.

Practice facilities are open

The NBA announced that practice facilities can open for group workouts, with limitations.

We've seen that quite a few Kings players are still in Sacramento and practicing, but not in group workouts.

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andy_sims
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October 30, 2020 3:29 pm

There seems to be a not-insignificant number of organizations that are adding better-resuméd personnel to front offices and coaching staffs, to support less-experienced head coaches & executives.

I think Nash will end up being a pretty good head coach on his own merits, unlike the failson some organizations got saddled to.

And if it wasn’t already clear that the Rockets are a sinking ship, well, here you go. It’s nice to be able to benefit from other teams’ failures once in awhile.

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October 30, 2020 4:18 pm
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I’m just glad the Kings don’t look like the fastest sinking ship for once.

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October 30, 2020 4:23 pm
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To be fair, we’ve been 90% underwater for a decade, and this ain’t no submarine.

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October 30, 2020 7:25 pm
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Dive! Dive! Dive!

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October 30, 2020 8:51 pm

Draft Edwards, trade Hield.

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October 30, 2020 10:08 pm
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Get a good deal for Hield.

He’s under contract – unless the deal is amazing just tell him to slurp shit and come off the bench. The expectations for the 2021 season are already pretty minimal, no need to sell low on Buddy

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October 31, 2020 9:30 am

Just start the NEW season in Mid-Dec………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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