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October 6, 2014 Updates

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

“That’s very possible. I always said that [he'd leave with Duncan], because it’s kind of a funny line. It seems pretty logical and smart to do that. I know where my bread is buttered,” Popovich said with a laugh. “But I basically made the same commitments to Manu [Ginobili] and to Tony [Parker] that when they signed contracts, they wanted to know if I’m going to be here and I tell them I am, so it’s pretty tough to go ahead and leave.” Washington Post

"Randy Wittman has a great philosophy offensively and defensively. I'm very familiar with the system," Pierce said after another three-hour practice. "A lot of the different coaches run kind of the same system in a way. Some of the things he put in I'm very familiar with. I'm picking up stuff fast. "I like it. I've been with pretty much every kind of coach. When you've been with a guy like Rick Pitino, Doc Rivers, J. Kidd. He has his own demeanor. All coaches are different with their demeanor and how they handle players. But I think Witt, being a former player, he understands the players. He understands how hard to push you and when to pull back." CSNWashington.com

October 3, 2014 Updates
October 2, 2014 Updates

The Austin Toros today announced that Earl Watson and Jason Fraser have been hired as assistant coaches. Watson and Fraser join current head coach Ken McDonald and assistant coach Mike Miller on the Toros bench. “I'm thrilled with the addition of Earl and Jason to our staff,” said head coach Ken McDonald. “Both have valuable basketball backgrounds and will bring depth and experience to our group.” NBA.com

"Terry seems real even-keeled, level headed,'' Kaman said. "He jokes a little bit, is serious a little bit. I like him so far. But it always starts off that you like a guy, but by the end of the year you can end up hating him. You just never know. Hopefully, I don't hate Terry.'' Oregonian

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