In Danny Ferry news, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver weighed in telling USAToday that "[t]he fact that he was looking at the scouting report as a reference when he was making these remarks, what I'm saying is -- and frankly my opinion -- is that this is a team decision in terms of what the appropriate discipline is for their employee. But if I'm being asked my view, I'm saying that, based on what I know about the circumstances, I don't think it's a terminable offense."
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Meanwhile, the Hawks canceled a meeting with local civil rights leaders which went over very poorly.
And in Atlanta, Chris Vivlamore asked some questions we broached the other day: first, who wrote the report on Luol Deng? And second, well, it's pretty much an extension of the first. Fair point though: someone actually said what Ferry read. Ferry has taken all the heat for reading it, which isn't particularly fair since someone else wrote it.
When Luol Deng was being recruited, one of our readers overheard a then-assistant calling Coach K from an airport and saying "it's like Shane Battier all over again," by which he meant Deng's character and leadership ability.
Bulls coach and current Krzyzewski assistant with Team USA Tom Thibodeau said this about Deng: "He's not only a great basketball player, he's an even better person. I'll stand by Luol any day. He's good. He's done a lot of great things in the community. He's a great human being. He's a very humble guy. He has a lot of integrity. I can't say enough good things about him. ... It was a privilege for me to be his coach."