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August 28, 2014 Updates

The latter group, even bigger, includes Jack Sikma, Mario Elie, Terry Porter, T.R. Dunn, Igor Kokoskov, Scott Williams, Bill Peterson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Brian Hill, Bob Ociepka and, hey, Rasheed Wallace. Actually, you could go dozens deep with solid coaching pros who once were in but now are out, the one place few of them want to be. “There’s an old expression in the NBA, ‘Never get off the bus. Stay on the bus!’ ” said Jim Boylan, an NBA assistant for most of his 22 years in the league who survived a coaching change in Cleveland this offseason. “We all realize it too — it’s a privilege for us to be involved in the NBA and to coach athletes at this level.” NBA.com

When asked about how money affects roles in the NBA, Hollins referred specifically to loyalty, reminding the radio hosts that players, coaches, and management should stay in their roles. "I think it's up to players to play, coaches to coach, and management to do what they have to do to provide the talent for the coach for the great players that are on their team to help them go further," Hollins said. "I think everybody, our society has moved towards now not a lot of loyalty, run for this, run for that, whether it be money, whether it be for to be with better players." The Brooklyn Game

August 27, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers' extension will be worth more than $50 million over five years, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers that will keep him with the team through the end of the 2019 season, the team announced Wednesday. Rivers, who joined the team last year, will continue to serve as its head coach and president of basketball operations during the duration of the deal. Terms of the extension were not disclosed, but Rivers had two years remaining on the three-year, $21 million deal he signed last year when he came to Los Angeles from the Boston Celtics. ESPN.com

"This is an important day for this organization," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court. Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team." ESPN.com

August 26, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. “We are excited to welcome Bill (Peterson) and his family,” said Hennigan. “Bill’s passion for teaching and development fit seamlessly into our vision of creating a culture of collaboration and synergy between the Orlando Magic and Erie Bayhawks. His wealth of knowledge and experience will help our players fulfill their ultimate basketball potential.” NBA.com

Larry Drew said he was "blindsided" by the way he lost his job as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Commenting at length for the first time since he was fired by the Bucks' new ownership June 30, Drew said his firing was "definitely mystifying." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Word leaked out that the Nets had given permission to Milwaukee to speak to Kidd, without the knowledge of either Bucks general manager John Hammond or Drew. Kidd was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract a few days later. "From their (the owners') standpoint, there's no set time for these type of things," Drew said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. "It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work. I don't have any hard feelings, any grudges against anybody. "Marc (Lasry) called me and I just wished him luck. I've got to keep moving forward." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 24, 2014 Updates

76ers coach Brett Brown was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s first class. Brown was a two-time All-State player at South Portland High School. He went on to play at Boston University under Rick Pitino. Boston Globe

Bzdelik, who made a name for himself as a strong defensive coach with the Miami Heat under Pat Riley, makes his NBA return with a Grizzlies team that speaks the same language as those Riley-led Heat squads once did. "The timing was right," said Bzdelik, who joined Griz coach Dave Joerger's staff as an assistant coach last month. And Joerger appreciates the timing of Bzdelik's sudden availability. In search of another coach with NBA head coaching experience and someone to help sustain the Grizzlies' elite defense, Joerger tabbed Bzdelik. "That's where his focus will be," Joerger said, referring to his desire to tap into Bzdelik's highly regarded defensive mind. "I value his head coaching experience but everybody brings a different strength. … What he brings is great experience having worked with Riley in Miami. He's a detail guy. He's very organized. He's going to fit with the level of toughness that we have and want to keep having here." Memphis Commercial Appeal

"He's a great basketball mind," Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. Bzdelik made the case that being away from the NBA for so long shouldn't be viewed negatively because of the extent of his resume. "Players are so young now in the league that I've got a sense of how to connect with them by being in college and I have an understanding of that generation," Bzdelik said. "I've been around a lot of veteran (NBA) players, too. My first year in the NBA with Washington we had Moses Malone and Bernard King. I can draw from both experiences as far as veteran players and younger players. I really missed the NBA. I love the NBA. I always stayed connected with it. It's great to be back in it. Memphis Commercial Appeal

MassLive: What specifically needs to come together right away? Walter McCarty: We have to turn the ball over less. We have to be more successful on our fast breaks. We have to be better at defending the fast break, and we have to shoot the ball better. It sounds easy, but it’s not. But if we can get better in all those areas, we could be a playoff team. Booth Newspapers

August 22, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.” NBA.com

Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Mark Daigneault to lead the 66ers – OKC’s D-League affiliate which is relocating from Tulsa to Oklahoma City this season. Daignealt is replacing Darko Rajakovic, who was promoted to the Thunder's coaching staff this offseason. Oklahoman

August 20, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have added Charles Lee and Ben Sullivan to the coaching staff, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. "Charles and Ben bring unique skills and abilities to our staff. Both have strong backgrounds in player development that will complement our emphasis on internal team improvement,” Budenholzer said. “We feel very fortunate to add them and are excited to see how they positively impact our group." NBA.com

Additionally, Jim Thomas, a member of the coaching staff in 2013-14, has been moved into a front office role as a scout, a position he previously served in with Oklahoma City, New York and Toronto. NBA.com

August 19, 2014 Updates

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