Around the NBA

NEW COACH

Michael Jordan now gets a chance to hire a coach for his basketball team.  Jordan, part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, said Bernie Bickerstaff will not return as coach next season, although he will complete this one.  He will be invited to stay with the team and remains an “integral part” of the franchise.  In other Bobcats news, guard Brevin Knight was fined $25,000 by the league for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court quickly enough March 10th.

BOGUT’S GESTURE

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut apologized for getting “caught up in the heat of the moment” and making an obscene gesture toward the home crowd while leaving the court Monday.  Bogut may face disciplinary action from the NBA for the outburst.

INSIDER

Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler didn’t practice because of a sore left knee and might be sidelined against the Pacers today.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee and may be sidelined for a year or more.

The Timberwolves waived Eddie Griffin, ending the forward’s tumultuous three season in Minnesota.