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Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
The Thunder are expected to retain Mark Bryant, Darko Rajakovic and Adam Harrington off former coach Scott Brooks’ staff. ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman has reported that Anthony Grant will follow Donovan from Florida to be an assistant with the Thunder.
Donovan will keep Oklahoma City assistant Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic on staff, and make former Alabama coach Anthony Grant his No. 3 assistant coach, league sources said. Another member of Donovan’s Florida staff, Billy Schmidt, could join Oklahoma City in a player development role, sources said. Donovan spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, but has a strong network of NBA coaching relationships that are helping to construct his staff. Thunder management is playing a part in the process too.
The Thunder has an array of video analysts, trainers and shooting instructors, but we’ll narrow it down to the five listed on their website as assistants – Rex Kalamian, Robert Pack, Mark Bryant, Mike Terpstra and Darko Rajokovic. At this point, none of the five have been relieved of duties. But Kalamian, Pack and Terpstra were very close to Scott Brooks. It’s likely they don’t return and possible they follow Brooks to another job, should he get one. All five remain candidates to stay, but two stick out as the most likely.
The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams.
Adams is on a hot streak of late — averaging 9.1 points and 9.9 rebounds on 68 percent shooting the past nine games. He’s playing so well that Brooks has routinely called for clearout post-ups for Adams over the past week. And teamed up with Westbrook, he’s formed a nightmare pick-and-roll combo — becoming the rare (only?) Thunder center that been able to consistently catch a Westbrook bullet and quickly finish. “(Bryant) throws the ball as hard as he can at me and I have to try and catch the ball,” Adams said of a drill he’s been working on. “Because Russell is going like a 100 miles an hour. You have to be ready at all times.”
The clear and considerable defensive improvement is a result of time and needed experience, which the Thunder continues to give him. But it’s also a result of two trusty mentors — Perkins and assistant coach Mark Bryant. Before, during and after both practices and games, Perkins is constantly in Adams’ ear. He’s on him about the scouting reports. He’s teaching him the tricks of the game. “I always go to Perk,” Adams said. “Perk knows like everyone. He should write a book. It’s crazy. He knows all their tendencies and I just try to do what he does.”
Bryant not only praised authorities in both Colorado and Canada for the thoroughness of their investigation, but also of handling matters in a fashion in the intervening months that did not interfere with what turned into Andersen’s first NBA championship. “Chris had texted me on Monday, ‘Two more days, right?’ ” Bryant related to the Sun Sentinel. “He’s usually a little more jovial. The onus of these labels that were out here and he had to live with, I can’t even describe it. Thank God for the distraction down there called the Miami Heat World Champions.”
In a dramatic and definitive end to a two-year odyssey that began in 2012 with a search of his Larkspur, Colorado home by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit, Andersen was found to have been a victim of an internet impersonator in Canada, with that announcement made Wednesday. “I would describe him today as solemn,” agent Mark Bryant told the Sun Sentinel of Andersen’s reaction. “If they would have just left this, then he would have been left with this. And not only would he have been left with this, a lot of victims would have gone undetected.”
Bryant said the woman, whose name he would not release, has been charged in Canada with multiple crimes. She has not yet been charged in Colorado but could be. “It is my understanding that this case involves numerous victims,” Bryant said. “… Chris was a victim in this case.”
Former Denver Nuggets basketball star Chris Andersen was the victim of a wide-ranging and complex Internet impersonation scheme when authorities searched his home last year, an attorney for Andersen said Wednesday. Mark Bryant, the attorney, said Andersen was being impersonated online by a woman in Canada. The woman, posing as Andersen, sought relationships and gifts but also threatened at least one person, Bryant said. The woman in Canada was also posing online as other people to Andersen, Bryant said.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Robert Pack and Mike Terpstra as assistant coaches, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. They join Rex Kalamian, Mark Bryant and Brian Keefe on Head Coach Scott Brooks’ bench. “We’re excited to add Robert and Mike to our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” said Head Coach Scott Brooks. “These additions bring diverse backgrounds to our group that will help the further development of our players.” Pack joins the Thunder after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers where he served as the head coach for the Clippers’ entry in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he spent one season on the New Orleans Hornets bench.
It’s possible that Andersen might have been able to get more money on the open market. However, on Wednesday, the free-agent center will re-sign with the Heat on a one-year, $1.68 million minimum deal. “Chris will formalize his commitment (Wednesday) to rejoin the Heat family. … It was not a financial decision,” Andersen’s agent, Mark Bryant, wrote in a text to FOX Sports Florida. “It was an effort of a joint commitment of trust, family and championships that is personified from top to bottom with the Heat organization.”
Bryant anticipates beginning negotiations with the Heat about Andersen when free agency starts July 1. Bryant said it would be “totally unfair’’ to speculate on how much money Andersen should command.
Bryant had told FOX Sports Florida early in the playoffs his client was “certainly hopeful’’ of re-signing. Andersen, who was unavailable for comment after Monday’s event, previously had been noncommittal about his desire to return.
The Birdman has let it be known. He wants to continue to fly south for the winter. Chris Andersen, who becomes a free agent July 1, told fans at the Miami Heat’s championship rally Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, “Let’s try to get a three-peat next year.’’ If there was any doubt about what the center said, his agent confirmed to FOX Sports Florida that Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat. “He put it clearly,’’ said Mark Bryant, who attended the rally for Miami’s second straight title. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity, and he absolutely wants to come back.’’