Sam Cassell RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:184 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:184 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
In five years working under Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman, Cassell was able to see the Wizards rise from league-wide laughingstock to a legitimate playoff contender. Wall and Beal both credited Cassell for helping them improve. Wall ranks second in the league assists and third in steals and Beal has been slowly recovering from a left wrist injury that kept him out the first nine games. “It was great,” Cassell said of working with Wall and Beal. “I don’t think John had a great playoffs last year. He was solid. He was solid. Like I always tell him, ‘John, you’re the best decoy we can have.’ It’s just not him scoring the ball, it’s all the other intangible things John Wall brings to the basketball court that’s going to make him one of the best guards in this league.”
Pierce’s move to Washington was the most stunning non-LeBron free agent decision last summer, but it became a source of amusement a few weeks later when the man who helped make it happen was gone. “I couldn’t be around for him,” Cassell said with a chuckle. Pierce “understood my situation when I explained it to him, my situation. He understood it. Him being a professional … he understood it. Did he get pissed off? I don’t think he got pissed off, but he gave me some jabs.”
David Aldridge: Was Washington your first choice? I heard all summer you wanted to go home to L.A., to the Clippers. Paul Pierce: Obviously, this is my first time in free agency. I really didn’t know where I was going to end up. Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you’re not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn’t give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then. I thought I probably would end up with the Clippers with Doc [Rivers], but they wound up signing Spencer Hawes [and using the full mid-level exception] at the time. That’s when Sam Cassell gave me a call, shortly after Trevor Ariza signed with Houston. That kind of happened so fast. He signed, and Sam called me, and [asked] what I thought. We both were in Vegas at the time, talking on the phone. Then met him for lunch. Then met him again for dinner. It took some convincing, because I never really thought about Washington. It just wasn’t on my radar. But I started thinking about it, and everything he was telling me, based on what they did last year, the guys they have here, he talked about the culture, he talked about Coach [Randy Wittman], Ernie [Grunfeld, the GM], talked to him.
Pierce chose the Wizards this offseason in free agency, only after discussions with then-Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell and former Wizards forward Al Harrington convinced him that this place was right to continue and possibly finish his Hall of Fame-bound career. “I asked them at first what the guys were like to work with, you know, Bradley and all these guys,” Pierce told USA TODAY Sports. “I asked them about the culture, ‘Are there good guys in the locker room?’ And they kept on saying, ‘You’re really gonna like these guys. You’re really gonna like these guys.’ ”
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team has added Sam Cassell, Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson as assistant coaches to the staff of Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. The trio joins current assistant coaches Armond Hill and Brendan O’Connor as well as assistant player skills coaches JP Clark and Dave Severns on the bench. “We have an impressive and experienced group of coaches who are excited to get to work,” Rivers said. “Mike and Lawrence have enjoyed tremendous success as head coaches and Sam is someone who I coached as a player and respected as an assistant with the Wizards. I am excited to continue to work with the entire staff as we prepare for the season.”
The Clippers are also close to finalizing their coaching staff. Former New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson joined Rivers’ coaching staff, which lost three assistant coaches this offseason, in July. He is expected to be joined by Sam Cassell, who was let out of his contract with the Washington Wizards last month, and Lawrence Frank, who is still under contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
Sam Cassell is leaving the Washington Wizards after five seasons to take an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Saturday. Cassell joined the Wizards as a member of Flip Saunders’s staff in 2009, one year after winning a third championship in Boston with Doc Rivers, the current president and coach of the Clippers.
Khem Birch doesn’t pay much attention to what’s said about him, turning pro after his junior season at UNLV. Assistant coach Sam Cassell, who is running the Wizards’ summer league team that plays Saturday vs. the San Antonio Spurs, paid the highest compliment to the undrafted free agent. Cassell said if it were up to him, Birch would be part of the Wizards’ 15-man roster to begin the regular season. “Oh really? That’s cool,” Birch said when told of Cassell ‘s comments. “A lot of people doubted me, thinking I shouldn’t have left early. I know I was ready. Even if I don’t make the team it shows that I still have a chance to make it in the league.”
Don Zierden, Sam Cassell and Saunders’s son, Ryan, were all brought to the organization as part of Saunder’s coaching staff in Washington. A person with knowledge of the situation said Saunders has yet to contact the Wizards about hiring any of them, but the team “wouldn’t be surprised” if he called. Saunders already brought former Wizards executive Milt Newton to Minnesota as general manager.
Everybody was complaining that the scoring was low, but what the hell you expect?” said Sam Cassell, a rookie guard for that Rockets team and now an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. “You had the two best defensive teams in basketball going at each other.” Appointment television? More like disappointment television. Then, just as the series arrived at its tipping point, a white Ford Bronco cruised into America’s living rooms and captivated the nation. “I couldn’t believe it was happening to us,” said David Stern, who had escorted Olajuwon and Ewing into the NBA with the first two No. 1 draft picks of his 30-year reign as commissioner. “It was just surreal.”
Sam Cassell has something in common with John Mayer — they both bought expensive watches from the same guy … a guy accused of selling FAKES … and now the former NBA star tells TMZ Sports he’s bringing in experts to see if he got ripped off. We broke the story … Mayer is suing Charlie Sheen’s BFF Robert Maron — claiming he bought $5 million worth of Rolex watches from the guy … some of which turned out NOT to be 100% authentic. Cassell tells TMZ Sports he also bought a watch from Maron — “It’s an A. Lange & Sohne. It cost me a nice piece of change.”
And this week, at last, I got my chance. Seeing the Washington Wizards these days usually means, first and foremost, that you’re there to check out the fast-blossoming Bradley Beal, but my mission was finding out how Cassell feels about the $15,000 fines this month dished out to Brooklyn’s Andray Blatche and Milwaukee’s Caron Butler. “Obscene gesture?” Cassell bellowed, shaking his head disapprovingly.
Otto Porter hit his first two shots of the Washington Wizards’ Summer League opener against the Golden State Warriors … and then hit one of his last 13, often disappearing from the offense in an ugly 56-52 loss. Afterwards, multiple people with the Wizards noted that they wanted to see him find ways to be more aggressive. “He’s got to be more assertive. He’s got to find some of his own offense sometimes on the court. I could run plays for him, get him shots. But if those don’t work, now what?” Wizards summer league coach Sam Cassell said. “There are things he’s got to do himself. He did it at Georgetown, and he can do it here.”
Belinelli hit a three-pointer with 4:52 left in the game, giving the Bulls a 91-81 lead. After he made the shot and Brooklyn called timeout, Belinelli headed back to the Bulls bench doing the “Sam Cassell dance,” a move made famous by the former NBA guard and frowned upon by the league.
The ever-brash Cassell broke into the league more than a decade before Livingston and played extrovert to Livingston’s introvert. They once shared the court in a game against Utah. Livingston took the ball out of bounds and nearly drew a five-second violation before signaling for a timeout. “I ripped into his ass,” said Cassell, now an assistant with Washington. “He didn’t speak to me for a couple of days because of the tone. I verbally went at him. I told him, ‘I’m not going to be wide open with eight seconds left in a game. You’ve got to get the ball to me.’ He took it personally. He didn’t speak to me, but I didn’t care. I’ve seen the change right there in him: getting guys in the right position, running the offense, not having to rely on me to bring the ball up when guys are on him. I just saw him start to take off from there.”
The Shooting Stars competition involves an NBA play, a WNBA player and a retired player shooting from various locations on the court. Team Bosh: Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash Team Lopez: Brook Lopez, Muggsy Bogues, Tamika Catchings Team Harden: James Harden, Sam Cassell, Tina Thompson Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook, Robert Horry, Maya Moore
Sam Cassell (Assistant coach, Washington Wizards; recruited to Florida State by Williamson): I was playing at a junior college, San Jacinto. He came down there and our coach at the time had what he called talking time, a talk period where D-1 coaches could talk to you. Eggman came down and coach told him, ’15 minutes, Kenny.’ He said, ‘boy, you can come to Florida State.’ I didn’t know anything about Florida State basketball. You couldn’t tell me what conference they was in. But he said ‘you coming to Florida State. I’ve got a situation that’s perfect for you.’ I said, ‘if I do come to Florida State, what would be my role?’ He said, ‘how many points do you score now?’ I said about 22, 23 a game. And he said ‘I want you to try average 22 points at Florida State. And we’re moving to the ACC next year. And you can play on Tobacco Road for eight games.’ That did it for me. I didn’t tell him that, but that did it.