HoopsHype Bryan Gates rumors

September 25, 2014 Updates

NBA head coaching jobs are the holy grail of the profession, with the highest-paid leading men with president titles making between $7 million (Stan Van Gundy) and $10 million (Doc Rivers) annually. (Gregg Popovich, who agreed to an extension with the Spurs this summer, lives in that neighborhood, too.) Last season, the average head coaching salary in the NBA was $3.05 million, according to industry data. But when Gates left his $100,000-a-year job as head coach of the Idaho Stampede to join the Kings, the reward for finally making it to the NBA was a 50 percent pay cut. This with a D-League championship and multiple coach-of-the-year awards on his resume. CBSSports.com

On another trip, Gates and Nurse left Oklahoma with the team at 4 a.m. and drove to Wichita, Kan., for a flight to Newark, N.J. They won a game that night and allowed themselves a brief moment of celebration before heading back on the road. "What a day," Nurse said. "We woke up and the sun was rising over the great plains of Kansas. We won a basketball game and watched the sun set over the Statue of Liberty." They're all connected by the memories and the journeys -- and by the career paths of fugitives. Joerger was Ticknor's assistant with the Dakota Wizards in Bismarck, N.D., of the D-League. (That team has since relocated to Santa Cruz, Calif.) Joerger replaced Ticknor as the head coach in Bismarck; Ticknor later replaced Joerger in the same job. Gates was Ticknor's assistant with the Rapid City Thrillers of the IBA (which later merged with the CBA). Ticknor now works for Joerger in Memphis. And so on. "I was married in the morning and coached a game that night in Sioux City, Iowa," Ticknor said. "Actually, I remember we lost that game, and so does my wife. She always says that's all I remember about the honeymoon." CBSSports.com

June 26, 2011 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Two darkhorse names for Wolves job, based on history with GM: Mike Fratello and New Orleans assistant Bryan Gates, who won a D-League title. Twitter

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