Stacey Augmon Rumors

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Stacey Augmon
Stacey Augmon
Position: None
Born: 08/01/68
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:212 lbs. / 96.6 kg.
A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats have interviewed former UNLV star and current Running Rebels assistant coach Stacey Augmon for a spot on Mike Dunlap’s coaching staff. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no hiring decisions have been made. The person also says assistant coaches Rob Werdann and Ralph Lewis will not be retained.
Augmon becomes the latest branch on the George Karl coaching tree that includes NBA head coaches Scott Brooks, Nate McMillan and Vinny Del Negro. “I was really happy with him this year,” Karl said of Augmon. “He was in a good place, moving in a good direction. You have opportunities and options that you have to make decisions on.” During his four years in Denver, Augmon made an impact as someone who could relate to players during the grind of an NBA season. “He has a quiet humility to him that I think players enjoy,” Karl said. “A lot of coaches are more vocal and more physical. Stacey has this quiet demeanor that I think is respected by everybody.”
Because of his fierce loyalty, Stacey Augmon recently found himself faced with one of the most difficult decisions of his career. Should he remain with the Denver Nuggets, who gave him his first coaching opportunity four years ago, or should he join his friend and former college teammate to help restore glory at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas? “Very hard decision,” Augmon said Thursday as he sat in the Nuggets training room. In his first extensive comments since accepting an assistant coaching position at his alma mater, Augmon expressed gratitude for the opportunity that Nuggets coach George Karl gave him in 2007 and voiced excitement for the challenge that awaits at UNLV. “It’s a cool and unique situation,” he said. “I think if any other college would’ve called, it would’ve been ‘No’ right off the bat. I wouldn’t leave Denver for any college other than UNLV – and even that was hard.”
Augmon, 42, has spent four years on George Karl’s staff, working with the Nuggets’ young players. In an interview two years ago, Augmon said he would consider returning to UNLV to coach. “I think I’d have a lot to offer,” said Augmon, who played 15 years in the NBA. “I’ve been at peace with (UNLV) for quite a while.” Jerry Tarkanian, who coached Rice and Augmon, said if Augmon comes on board, it would be a real positive for the program. “Stacey is well known,” Tarkanian said. “He’s done a really good job in Denver from what I hear and he’d be a real asset to Dave on the floor and in recruiting. If Dave can pull that off, it would be a real plus.”
As Dave Rice prepares to return to his alma mater, he might not be the only former Rebel coming home to coach basketball. Stacey Augmon, Rice’s teammate on UNLV’s 1990 national championship team and 1991 Final Four squad, is considering whether to return to the school where he became an All-American and NBA lottery pick in 1991. “Nothing’s been finalized,” Augmon said Sunday from Denver, where he is the Denver Nuggets’ player development coach. “I should know something in a day or two. But I probably should hold off commenting until everything gets finalized.”