Thanks but no thanks was the message Connecticut men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie essentially delivered Wednesday when he issued a statement regarding the rumors he is an NBA coaching candidate. “As I have said many times, I am proud and honored to be the head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and I have no plans to pursue other opportunities,” Ollie said, per NBC Sports. “We are already excited about next season and I am looking forward to preparing our team to be the best we can be on the court, in the classroom and in our community.”
July 31, 2015 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Alpharetta police arrested Indiana Pacers’ Jordan Hill earlier this week after he allegedly drove 107 mph on GA 400, telling an officer he was “in a hurry.” A shirtless Hill, 28, was driving a Range Rover when he was charged with reckless driving and speeding Tuesday afternoon, according to a police incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
July 31, 2015 | 6:15 pm EDT Update
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the team has waived point guard Toney Douglas. Douglas, 6-2, 185, appeared in 12 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. Originally signed by the Pelicans on February 4, Douglas was waived on February 19 before subsequently re-signing with the team for the remainder of the season on March 24.
July 31, 2015 | 5:09 pm EDT Update
I had a chance to speak with former Huskies Forward Bobby Jones who recently released a documentary made about his life playing basketball overseas. The very first recruit signed by Lorenzo Romar when he took the job at Washington, Jones was picked in the NBA Draft and carved out a career playing in Italy. Although his career in Europe may not be over, the documentary is a revealing look at life outside of the NBA.
The movie which Jones released on July 24th entitled, “Basketball Jones: The Overseas Journey,” chronicles the paths of American players in Europe. Jones came up with the concept for the documentary while playing in Italy. “There’s a big void on what people know about overseas basketball in America,” Jones explained. He did a bulk of the work including coordinating interviews, editing, producing, and coming up with the music for the documentary among other things. “It wasn’t easy but definitely worth it,” Jones said of his passion project. The documentary was Jones’ second attempt at chronicling his journey as a first try was scrapped as he was unhappy with what was made. “I wanted to make sure that the message was the right message.”
July 31, 2015 | 4:35 pm EDT Update
The Iowa Energy and its NBA affiliate, the Memphis Grizzlies, today jointly announced Nicki Gross as an assistant coach for the Energy. With her promotion Gross becomes the only female assistant coach in the NBA D-League. Gross enters her second season with the Iowa Energy. Gross spent the 2014-2015 season with the Energy as video coordinator after previously serving as the assistant video coordinator for the Bakersfield Jam in 2013-2014. Pending league approval, Gross will begin her assistant coaching duties this upcoming season.
“I am very excited to promote Nicki within our staff as she becomes the only female assistant coach in the NBA D-League,” said Energy Head Coach Bob Donewald. “Nicki joined our franchise last season as video coordinator and did an outstanding job in helping the team prepare for each game. She is a tireless worker who has a bright future in basketball.”
July 31, 2015 | 3:50 pm EDT Update
Danilo Gallinari: We did it. Very happy day. A special thanks to the entire Nuggets organization. @nuggets #nuggetsnation. Eccoci. Oggi e’ un giorno molto importante e felice per me. Un ringraziamento speciale alla franchigia dei Denver Nuggets
The Sacramento Kings has signed Chad Iske as associate head coach and John Welch, Anthony Carter, and Nancy Lieberman as assistant coaches, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. Iske, Welch, Carter and Lieberman join Corliss Williamson and Vance Walberg on George Karl’s staff.