Even if this was Jerald Acoba’s first half court shot, he knew how to celebrate one like a pro.
After waving his arms to fire up Lakers fans Tuesday night at sold-out Staples Center, Acoba hit the shot from mid court — the ball briefly spinning around the rim before falling through. The result: He won the $95,000 Aria Big Shot Jackpot before the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 116-102 win over the Grizzlies.
“I think they got off easy,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News. “What if that shot costs a playoff game because somebody does that? Maybe that affects a coach being fired. Maybe a franchise winning a series. So if you think about it, maybe it’s worth it for $5,000 or $10,000 to go do that.”
On the play in question, Lowe stepped out on the court to shout defensive instructions during the Knicks’ final possession. Knicks guard Courtney Lee passed up an attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer, and later told reporters he mistook Lowe for another player.
Popovich said he’s been saying for years the NBA needs to better police sideline behavior.
“I’ve been moaning and groaning about it for a decade about everybody standing up on the bench when somebody shoots a 3,” Popovich said. “If you were at your kid’s junior high game, you’d tell the kids to sit down and behave themselves. So why do we get to get up and do that kind of crap?”
The team devolved badly in Hoiberg’s first season, and Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys the Bulls were poised in the offseason to completely wipe clean its slate, beginning with a trade of Derrick Rose to the Knicks, who also signed Bulls mainstay Joakim Noah. The feeling in Chicago last year was that Hoiberg, as a rookie coach, had too little power Premier League Cheap Jerseys in dealing with the entrenched interests of his veteran players, and that a youth movement would allow him to rebuild the team without being undermined.