HoopsHype Coaching rumors

September 9, 2014 Updates

“The thing that separates Popovich from many other coaches is his simplistic view of how the game should be played. He thinks the game should be played to make others better, not just focus on one individual. Let’s use everyone!”. Spanish Hoops

September 8, 2014 Updates

Yeah, Kobe’s his own man. We know how hard he works, we know how driven he is. But I think he’s at the point too where he’s so much more mature, and he understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years. And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined. We have to sit down before training camp and go over some things because I can’t have him going twice a day in training camp. That’s what the young guys are supposed to do. He’s been here long enough and understands his game better than anybody here, what it takes to win. I got to use that knowledge that he has as well. I’m going to treat him like he’s an assistant coach as well as a player. SCPR

Last season you were an analyst for Time Warner. Watching Laker games, analyzing them, breaking them down. They had the worst season in over 50 years in Los Angeles. What happened? Byron Scott: I just didn’t think they had an identity. I know Mike D’Antoni’s identity really is on the offensive end. In this league, obviously you got to score more points than your opponent. But you have to have some type of system on the defensive end to at least slow people down and not allow them to just score at will as well. So I thought from a defensive standpoint, is where it all kind of started. I didn’t think they players bought in on the defensive end, everybody was kind of like, ‘This is going to be offense, so I can let my guy go, and if he scores, were going to get a chance to score back on the other end.’ You can’t win championships in this league or in the NFL or in baseball by trying to outscore people on a night-to-night basis. That just doesn’t work, because that comes and goes. On the defensive end, if you have a system and the effort is there every single night, that gives you a chance to stay in the games, that gives you a chance to win at the end. So that’s what we have to implement back into our system. SCPR

He isn’t looking to get hired right away by a struggling team in need of a head coach. He really wants to work with the San Antonio Spurs and get his feet wet in the NBA. Sure, he had a consulting gig with the Lakers for a season, but that didn’t quite satisfy the coaching itch he was feeling. He knows the Spurs are most likely to expose him to parts of the game they don’t usually see overseas and he also knows it’s going to be better for him in the long haul. He’s already found a school for his kids and that shows commitment right there. He could have easily opted for homeschooling or any number of other options that are no strings attached and meant he could have gone and uplifted his family at any given time. ProjectSpurs.com

September 7, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing new Lakers coach Byron Scott is closing on the addition of Igor Kokoskov, one of Europe's finest coaching exports, to his LA staff. Kokoskov, of Serbia, was on Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland last season and just led Georgia to qualification for next summer's EuroBasket. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

September 6, 2014 Updates
September 5, 2014 Updates

This past season there were a few assistant coaches that were fired or demoted in the middle of the season – Lawrence Frank, Brian Scalabrine... As a high-profile assistant coach yourself, how do you navigate those waters between really saying and doing what you want to do without stepping on anybody else's toes? Bill Bayno: Staff chemistry is so important. I've always said that if I, as an assistant, can't get along with the other assistants, or can't be able to agree to disagree, then I'm being disloyal to the head coach and the organization. I don't know what happened over those places, but I think the biggest thing is that you can't have an ego. It has to be about the team. HoopsHype

Have you coached anybody in the NBA that you could tell was going through the same problems that you had? Bill Bayno: Yeah, I've had many players. I think was able to help them. It's everywhere, there's very few families in the United States that don't have an alcoholic in their family or a friend or a distant relative... It's there, it's a big part of human being's DNA. I've had a bunch [of NBA players]. In any segment of society, certain percentage are going to have the alcoholic gene, and I've always tried to help those guys, and in many cases I have. How could you tell? Bill Bayno: It's easy. If you're an alcoholic, you know one when you see one the first day you see him hungover because you see yourself. You see it in their eyes, in their body language, in their behaviour. I can say that was me. An alcoholic knows an alcoholic when he sees one. HoopsHype

September 4, 2014 Updates
September 3, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club is appointing Otis Smith as head coach of its NBA Development League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Per team policy, terms of the deal which is pending NBA approval, were not disclosed. “I’m pleased to welcome Otis Smith to the Detroit Pistons organization as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive,” said Van Gundy. “Otis understands the vision and connectivity we want to create between the Detroit Pistons and the Grand Rapids Drive, our NBA D-League affiliate. His experiences as a general manager, director of player development and NBA player will pay dividends as he spearheads our efforts in Grand Rapids.” NBA.com

The Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. David Aldridge of TNT first reported the negotiations. Washington Post

September 2, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing former Magic GM Otis Smith will be formally unveiled as coach of @nbadleague's expansion franchise in Grand Rapids this week. ESPN reported last month that Stan Van Gundy had turned to Otis Smith, his former boss in Orlando, to coach Pistons' new @nbadleague squad Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat's revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports. In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra's bench, sources said. David Fizdale will continue as Spoelstra's top assistant, and ex-Heat player Juwan Howard will move up to an assistant coaching job after a season working in player development, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

September 1, 2014 Updates

After a summer of dramatic roster change, the Miami Heat are reassigning two prominent assistant coaches, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on head coach Erik Spoelstra's staff – and could be completely off the bench, according to league sources. Yahoo! Sports

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