Latest Linkage: Warriors shaking things up, draft heating up, Bulls and Thunder cooling down

Quick linkage here before I turn in for the night.

A press conference with new Golden State consultant/executive board member Jerry West awaits in the morning, and that’s something I certainly didn’t see coming. There had been rumblings for quite some time that West could join the Warriors, and I have even reported on the potential of a West arrival last June when it looked as if Larry Ellison would be buying the team instead of Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

But it looked as if the Warriors were done shaking things up. They added former agent Bob Myers to their front office as an heir apparent to GM Larry Riley, then extended Riley himself for two years (with the third year a team option). The coaching search ensues after Lacob & Co. decided not to bring Keith Smart back, and the leader of that race appears to be former Cleveland coach Mike Brown.

In other words, there is basketball life outside of the playoffs at the moment.

Speaking of the postseason, though, the Thunder won’t soon forget they’re crumbling act in Game 4 at home on Monday in which they fell behind 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Offensive flow and execution is clearly an issue late in games for this young club, and the combination of that inexperience with the Hall of Fame play of Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki was a sight to behold. As for the Eastern Conference series, I’m feeling pretty good about the foreboding opinion I had after Game 2 in Chicago considering the way the Heat took control of the series in Game 3 (they’re up 2-1).

Enough with the small talk. Here are the latest links to my work at SI.com, as well as a segment on “The Dan Patrick Show” from today (with guest host Andrew Siciliano). I’ve turned most of my attention to the draft after attending predraft camp in Chicago last week, and the Mock 2.0 will be coming out on Wednesday.

If you’re looking for some comedy, peak at the two new videos in the right rail. One is Duke’s Nolan Smith being interviewed by Connecticut’s Kemba Walker in Chicago, while the other is a foul-mouthed cab driver who paints Michael Jordan as the city’s hero and Oprah as the villain in one of the most entertaining cab rides of my time (hat tip to fellow passenger Vinnie Goodwill of the Detroit News, who provides my favorite moment of the ride when he makes a reference to Oprah as if she played in the NBA at some point).

* Dan Patrick Show: Talking playoffs and draft (May 23)

* Kanter passes first few tests but workouts will be key (May 23)

* Irving working to get body fat down (May 21)

* McHale interviews with Warriors as coaching search heats up (May 20)

* Arizona’s Williams believes he’s ‘definitely’ the best draft prospect (May 19)

* Bulls should be scared after losing to old nemesis in Game 2 (May 19)

* NBA Mock Draft 1.0 (May 17)

* NBA Draft Lottery Outlook (May 14)

* Rockets, Warriors, Lakers narrow focus of coaching searches (May 14)

* Lakers coaching search begins and ends with triangle offense (May 12)

* Kobe of old remains defiant, determined after ‘wasted’ year (May 11)

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