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October 8, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings have hired an NCAA Division III assistant coach to become head coach of their NBA Development League affiliate in Reno, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings have reached agreement with Grinnell (Iowa) College assistant David Arseneault Jr., presumably to try and incorporate the Division III program's well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Bighorns. Arseneault Jr. has been an assistant coach and point guard under his father, David Sr., as Grinnell has routinely set scoring records on the small college level. Grinnell averaged 116 points in the 2013-14 season. Yahoo! Sports

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my tenure as Pacers’ coach,” said Vogel. “It’s an honor to represent this franchise and lead this team. I look forward to the challenge ahead. I’m grateful to have had good, coachable teams along with coaching staffs that have been second to none.” Vogel will be available to the media after Thursday’s practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. NBA.com

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, have named Kevin Whitted as the team’s first head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Westchester Knicks will tip off their inaugural season this November and play all home games at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains. “Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.” NBA.com

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As his NBA playing career hinged on uncertainty, former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers offered Marquis Daniels advice he is pursuing three years later. After suffering a terrifying injury mid-game in 2011 due to spinal stenosis, Rivers made a suggestion for Daniels’ future during his rehab process. “He said, ‘If you don’t come back and play, you could come back and be a good coach,'” said Daniels. “It kind of stuck with me.” Basketball Insiders

October 5, 2014 Updates

Daniels did return to the game and last played for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2012-13 season. On Sunday he visited his old stomping grounds at the Celtics training facility to explore a new career on the sidelines. The 10-year veteran has already made stops with the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. “I always had a knack for it,” he said. “(I) just wanted to be involved with trying to develop stuff, Xs and Os, just seeing how it goes. I’ve been getting a lot of advice from different coaches, just going around getting a feel for it.” Basketball Insiders

Daniels, 33, has been staying around basketball by helping at high schools in Macon, Georgia. Ultimately he would like to work in the NBA, but he is exploring options at different levels. He interviewed for an assistant coaching position for the NBA Development League’s Austin Toros. Although he did not land the job, he continues to work on his resume while picking up insight along the way. Basketball Insiders

The Reno Bighorns are in search of a new head coach and an NBA lifer who’s most remembered for his time with the New York Knicks is being considered for the job. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, former NBA guard Darrell Walker is one of a handful candidates who have interviewed for the position. Multiple reports have suggested that the Sacramento Kings, who run basketball operations for the Bighorns, have already decided on the team’s next head coach. However, sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that they’ve yet to make a hire. Cowbell Kingdom

"I'm sure that [being the first European coach to run an NBA team] was a consideration on the part of the management and the ownership," Blatt said. "I know that back then I was a serious candidate, but probably the out-of-the-box candidate. But fortunately, they saw it fit to want to have me here and I'm hoping that I can justify that." Blatt knows that getting the Cavs job makes him a trail blazer in the basketball coaching profession, but that is the least of his concerns as he tries to shape his new team during training camp. "I think to a certain extent, I feel a responsibility recognizing that I spent 30 years of my life overseas and learned a lot of basketball overseas, came into contact with a lot of great people over there that helped me and taught me or competed with me and raised my level," Blatt said. "But really what I'm focused on is the here and now and how happy I am and how proud I am to coach this team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's really what's on my mind." ESPN.com

Messina made the first adjustment during his unofficial apprenticeship with the Spurs in 2011: Freeing his mind of the stereotypes about the NBA that prevailed among European players, coaches and fans. “Honestly, you find it is much more different from what we think in Europe,” Messina said. “It's completely different. We think we work hard in practice (in Europe) and in the NBA, they don't do anything; that they don't practice. Then you find out, first of all, that there is a lot of individual work; a lot of player development. I found when I was here that all players work a lot on their skills; that good coaches teach them, work them, whatever.” San Antonio Express-News

Messina understands Popovich's obsession with managing the minutes of his veteran players as well as his devotion to the more open European style of play. He recalls Popovich telling reporters after the Spurs played Messina's CSKA club in a preseason game last October that he would make his players watch film of the entire game because Messina's players understood the free-wheeling style better than the Spurs. “He was being kind,” Messina said. “You have no idea how much we study Pop's and the Spurs' offense in Europe because of all those DHOs (dribble handoffs) and dribble drives and drive-and-kick. It really would work the opposite (of Pop studying my offense).” “It is also much more fun to watch when you see all these five players dancing around with the ball.” San Antonio Express-News

Darren Erman’s exit from the Warriors was controversial; he was fired by coach Mark Jackson for apparently recording private conversations after feeling betrayed by the rest of the coaching staff. But he has received nothing but positive reviews in his return to the Celtics as an assistant coach, replacing Ron Adams. “Darren’s really a great defensive coach,” Stevens said. “He’s more than that. He is as detail-oriented as detail-oriented gets. If your hands aren’t in the right place as you’re guarding the pick-and-roll or if your body positioning is not at the right angle, he’ll stop it and he’ll correct it. He’s really studied the game and I think that adds another good, young, ambitious guy that’s really excited to help these guys get better.” Boston Globe

October 4, 2014 Updates

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