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Around the Realm: Kawhi hurt, Chris Paul in protocols, coach firings, and more

A hectic morning of NBA news.

Welcome to Around the Realm, where we look at news from around the NBA. Wednesday morning was a wild morning full of big NBA news, starting with some players who could be missing time in the playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely with a knee injury

Brian Windhorst first reported that Kawhi might miss tonight's Game 5, and the Shams Charania reported that it might be a more serious injury.

Chris Paul in COVID protocols

Chris Paul's status moving forward is also in question as he had been placed in the league's health and safety protocols.

Paul reportedly has received the vaccine, but the vaccine doesn't fully prevent someone from contracting the virus (although it does lessen symptoms and severity). It's unknown when Paul could be cleared, but the Suns have a few days off already as they wait for the Jazz and Clippers series to finish.

Stan Van Gundy fired

In a bit of a surprise, the New Orleans Pelicans fired Stan Van Gundy this morning. It was well known that he was clashing with some of the players on the roster, but it was surprising that SVG didn't get one more year to try to figure it out.

Scott Brooks out in Washington

Brooks' contract was up at the end of the season, so he wasn't fired by the Wizards, he just won't be back next year.

Donnie Nelson out in Dallas

After Monday's incredible article in the Athletic about the Mavericks front office dysfunction, Donnie Nelson is no longer with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nelson has earned a pretty solid reputation around the league and this departure comes as a bit of a surprise, although it makes more sense after Monday's report.

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KingofNOthing
June 16, 2021 11:09 am

2 coaches let go today, they say things come in 3’s. Luke Walton gone today? oh my!

(One can dream)

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June 16, 2021 11:15 am
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They’d probably fire Luke Walton just to hire Scott Brooks.

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June 16, 2021 11:19 am
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Opinions vary on Brooks, but I doubt there’s much argument about which would do a better job in Sacramento.

1951
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June 16, 2021 12:17 pm
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Well, Monte is a fan of the uninspiring upgrades!

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June 16, 2021 11:18 am

Damn, I hate to see any player sidelined and unable to play, especially at playoff time. All of that hard work, and blam, you’re out. Hopefully, CP3 got his vaccinations already, and will be able to play in the WCF.

It looks like there’s going to be a long list of quality coaches available, all of whom are more qualified and capable than ours. I know that they announced that Walton was staying, but maybe McNair or Ranadive have a crush on one of the suddenly unemployed guys.

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June 16, 2021 11:57 am
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“Kings fans, make some noise for your new coach, Stan Van Gundy!”

coolhandluke
June 17, 2021 6:08 am

I heard Kinkos are hiring.

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June 16, 2021 11:21 am

Did the entire league decide to do a collective news dump today? I can’t keep up with all of the news coming out.

Real bummer to see how many stars have been injured this season. I wish the league would push the schedule back to Christmas for the upcoming season just to give everyone an extended break after the crazy 2 seasons we’ve just gone through. The league is better when teams are healthy and competing.

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June 16, 2021 11:41 am

It’s happening! Joe Dumars, move over.

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June 16, 2021 11:44 am
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Well, have to say I kinda hoped Bob would stick around and cause further chaos, but good on the Mavs for walking away from Cuban’s Wormtongue.

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June 16, 2021 11:47 am
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June 16, 2021 12:25 pm
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I think you meant to say Bulgaris. It’s the active ingredient in Greek yogurt.

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June 16, 2021 4:08 pm
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Wait, that guy had a job in an NBA front office? Dear lord.

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June 16, 2021 11:41 am

The NBA had itself a Red Wedding today. And more’s likely to come€” hard to imagine Budenholzer staying on if Durant finishes off the Bucks. I really hope not, but these playoffs might knock out another star or two€” Embiid and Harden shouldn’t be out there as it is. And then Voulgaris** mess could contribute to further shakeups with the Mavs€” and rumor has it the Bucks could push hard to steal away Rick Carlisle. The Clips might second guess the Ty Lue choice; someone’s gonna make a run for Nate McMillan. The pandamonium will not stop.*

*Except for the SS Walton, which will continue to float on undisturbed waters in spite of every reason to sink it.

**Who was apparently fired just as I posted this.

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RikSmits
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June 16, 2021 11:45 am

Try to keep up, folks!


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June 16, 2021 11:47 am

Rik beat me to it, that Euro broadband is much faster than our third world version.

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June 16, 2021 11:49 am
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Try to keep up, Otis!

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June 16, 2021 11:51 am
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It’s fiber optic internet.

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June 16, 2021 11:53 am
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Come on, that’s not a real thing!

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June 16, 2021 11:54 am
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I’m paying for it, so it must be real.

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June 16, 2021 12:03 pm
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Literally the only thing that makes anything real.

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June 16, 2021 11:58 am

Haven’t had this rapid a sequence of notifications on my phone since the season was suspended last year.

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June 16, 2021 12:03 pm

With all this NBA twitter activity this morning, Luke Walton must have been fired, right?

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June 16, 2021 12:30 pm
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Don’t be silly, he was only given an ownership stake.

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June 16, 2021 12:32 pm
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Maybe he finally convinced Vivek to let him plan a European Heritage Night at G1C.

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June 16, 2021 2:08 pm

Heil yes!

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June 17, 2021 10:57 am
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Yes! Because behind my family’s Spanish crest that is hanging on my wall is a swastika.
Because every person who cares for their European heritage is a fascist.
You guys are deep.

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June 16, 2021 12:08 pm

Greg didn’t even post the most impactful Kings news of the day! Vivek’s guy is available and willing!

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June 16, 2021 12:43 pm
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Vivek could hire him as €œConsulting Head Coach€, responsible only to Vivek!

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June 16, 2021 2:44 pm
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Cal is Vivek’s true coaching crush…prepare yourselves.

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June 16, 2021 3:44 pm
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Because Vivek can’t tell the difference between coaching and recruiting.

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June 16, 2021 4:12 pm
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Vivek would give him a Gruden-esque contract. Which would be only fitting, since we’re just a step below the Raiders in the “garbage franchise run by a succession of garbage owners” department.

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June 16, 2021 5:33 pm
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The Raiders made the Wildcard game in 2016.

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June 16, 2021 12:27 pm

What’s going on? There hasn’t been any news for over 20 minutes now.

Biscuit
June 16, 2021 12:39 pm
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It must be after sunset by now in The Netherlands. Are you sure your optical internet still works after dark?

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June 16, 2021 1:24 pm
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Stop being jealous. You have a first class power grid in Texas.

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June 16, 2021 1:26 pm
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June 16, 2021 2:05 pm
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June 16, 2021 2:09 pm
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Honestly…

“A power grid is, uhh, it means different things to different people…”

SAID THE POWER GRID SPOKESMORON

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June 16, 2021 2:16 pm
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Are we certain Texas isn’t just a giant performance art of the worst way to run a state?

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June 16, 2021 3:25 pm

€œHold my beer.€

Florida

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June 17, 2021 10:32 am
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Last I looked, which was this morning, Californians were flocking to Texas and Florida.
Why would they go to such “horribly mismanaged” states?

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June 16, 2021 4:58 pm

No mirrors where you live I assume.

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June 16, 2021 5:08 pm
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I live in Oregon, and all things considered, we’re doing all right. 🤷€™‚️

We actually kicked out the legislator who helped armed lunatics try to storm the state capitol.

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June 16, 2021 7:19 pm

Sure and kept the mayor who allowed insurrectionists who destroyed private property for a month to go free.

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June 16, 2021 7:43 pm
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Don’t look at me, I didn’t vote for Tear Gas Ted. 🤷€™‚️

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June 16, 2021 10:04 pm
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insurrectionists

Does saying that actually make you feel better about January 6?

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June 17, 2021 5:38 am
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Just being consistent in the current rhetoric. Or is that confusing?

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June 17, 2021 12:07 pm
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If you think knucklehead vandalism is the same as invading the United States Capitol to stop the count of a presidential election, then I believe the confusion is yours.

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June 17, 2021 10:30 am

Did you prosecute any people burning the buildings.

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June 17, 2021 5:12 pm

Most of the BLM protests were peaceful. Most of the violent ones were provoked by cops shooting people with gas and rubber bullets.
https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/news-and-ideas/black-lives-matter-protesters-were-overwhelmingly-peaceful-our-research-finds

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June 17, 2021 10:29 am

I seem to remember there were power grid issues in Oregon, too. Oh, and Cali is running like a fine-tuned machine.
Cognitive dissonance becomes you. Literally.

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June 16, 2021 4:17 pm
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Occasionally Blaire makes a video that absolutely hits it out of the park. This is one of those.

coolhandluke
June 17, 2021 6:05 am
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Way to go, Texas.

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June 17, 2021 5:16 pm
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Texas is one of the dumbest states in the US. Imagine not being part of the North American Power Grid because muh freedom. Then having one of your senators (trigger warning)

Spoiler
Ted Cruz
fly to Cancun because he can’t take the bad weather while doing nothing about it.

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June 16, 2021 2:20 pm
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Happy Picard Day, Rik!

It’s not NBA news, but you didn’t specify.

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June 16, 2021 2:24 pm

Loki’s been messing with Starfleet too, huh?

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June 16, 2021 2:27 pm
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I’m surprised more people don’t comment on the Qool-aid crowd stealing from and besmirching the name of Trek’s best antagonist.
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June 16, 2021 10:05 pm

I mean, he was basically a troll who literally created his own reality, so there’s some parallels there.

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June 17, 2021 10:33 am

They gave this dumpster fire another season? Is Vivek an executive producer?

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June 17, 2021 10:36 am

If I say water’s wet, will you say it’s dry to be contrarian?

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June 18, 2021 9:38 am

Depends on the state of matter of the water. Ice is not wet unless it melts. Steam is not wet unless it condenses. In both cases, it has to return to its fluid form.
Interesting fact. In researching this answer, I found that water can reach a plasma state. Never knew that.

As for Picard. They jumped the cosmic shark and went full woke. Turned Picard into a eunuch. Same for Discovery. Way to destroy a franchise. Not that there was much more to build there. Let it die and come up with something original.

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June 16, 2021 2:15 pm

And.. drumroll… Joerger not being serious mentioned as a candidate for any job

surprise surprise

Only in Kings land is he revered. Anywhere else, he’s an insubordinate prickly personality who did a relatively mediocre job in his two stints

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June 16, 2021 2:22 pm
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This comment must be in response to all those Joerger mentions today in the thread. So timely.

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June 16, 2021 2:24 pm
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June 16, 2021 2:24 pm
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Ahhh, is that why he’s lead assistant under one of the best, in Doc Rivers, on the #1 seed 76ers?

How about a friendly wager? Joerger will be a head coach on an NBA playoff team before Luke Walton’s next stint.

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June 16, 2021 2:38 pm
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That’s hardly a fair wager. Walton will be the Kings’ coach FOREVER.

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June 16, 2021 2:30 pm
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who did a relatively mediocre job in his two stints

I am glad we agree he was an upgrade for the Kings and better than the current HC! 😉

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June 16, 2021 3:46 pm
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Joerger isn’t revered. He’s just not as incompetent as the current nincompoop.

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June 16, 2021 3:53 pm
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Apparently, he’s too “prickly” to hire, kinda like Tom Thibodeau.

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June 16, 2021 3:49 pm
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Joerger has a coaching job with the 76ers

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June 16, 2021 3:52 pm
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Errr…how do you know who’s being considered for any job openings? It’s been merely hours or days since these jobs have opened up.

Oh, and there’s this, from Sam Amick and Chams Sharania:

Among the potential coaching candidates for the Trail Blazers, sources say: Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan, 76ers assistant Dave Joerger, Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry.”

Obviously, it means nothing until he gets another HC job. But I have no doubt he’ll get another HC job eventually.

And the guy isn’t revered. It was just a dumb firing, same as Michael Malone.

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June 16, 2021 4:30 pm
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But….he was mean to our guys!!
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June 16, 2021 5:12 pm
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I hope Portland takes a chaunce on Billups.

I want to see 100 downvotes for this trash.

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June 16, 2021 4:07 pm
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Brandon Williams’ burner revealed.

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June 16, 2021 4:19 pm
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Possibly Walton’s burner.

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June 17, 2021 5:10 pm
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Literally rent-free

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June 16, 2021 5:17 pm

In other news….looks like we finally have a plan for what is going to replace ARCO/Sleep Train Arena:

Kingme18
June 17, 2021 10:43 am

Retaining Luke Walton was such an uninspiring move. Late season momentum is vastly overrated considering they played the Thunder 3x, was way inconsistent. Franchise & McNair had an opportunity to prove jolt the franchise with renewed energy with a new coach but decided to disappoint

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