Five NBA thoughts:
1. I hate speculating on jobs that are already filled, but I’m only commenting on something the New York Daily News has already reported. That being the possibility former Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry could be in line to replace Ernie Grunfeld in Washington. Ferry was the Cavs’ GM from 2005-10, including the team’s lone Finals appearance (’07).
2. Ferry’s dad, Bob, was Washington GM from 1973-90. Bob Ferry was named NBA Executive of the Year twice (’79 and ’82), with the team winning a championship in ’78. The franchise really hasn’t been all that relevant since he left. So not only might the Wizards view Danny Ferry as a competent GM, but someone with good management bloodlines.
3. Ferry had a no-nonsense approach with the Cavs. He’s a friendly guy, but someone who attacked the job with a San Antonio mindset (he’s worked with the Spurs before and after the Cavs). By that, I mean Ferry is iron-willed, confident and believes in filling the roster with high-character guys who, in the words of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, “have gotten over themselves.”
4. Regardless of who becomes GM, it doesn’t seem like the Wizards will keep interim man Randy Wittman as coach. Owner Ted Leonsis is looking to make a splash (aren’t we all?) with the next hire. Think Mike D’Antoni or Nate McMillan. And yes, I’ll shut up about those two now.
5. And regardless of who’s running things or coaching, the Wizards have an intriguing and athletic team, led by second-year point guard John Wall. Imagine Wall with someone like Kentucky’s Anthony Davis or Kansas’ Thomas Robinson in the frontcourt.
Bonus thought: If Stan Van Gundy is inexplicably let go by Orlando (it’s starting to sound like a possibility), I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see him end up in New York. He just seems like a natural fit there, doesn’t he?