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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

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The Oklahoma City Thunder has made multiple promotions and additions to its Basketball Operations and Blue staffs, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder has promoted Jesse Gould to director of basketball research and analysis and Ryan Lambert to college scout. In addition, the club has added Adam Harrington as shooting coach, David Howarth as athletic performance coordinator, Steve Scalzi as video analyst, and Oliver Winterbone as basketball information analyst. The Blue has hired Phil Beckner, Royal Ivey, and Drew Jones as assistant coaches. NBA.com

After 13 years, point guard Earl Watson will retire from the NBA to accept a coaching position with the San Antonio Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate, the Austin Toros, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has yet to make an official announcement. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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But as Orlando Sanchez suggests, one possibility for him, should he be cut following training camp, is donning a Westchester Knics uniform in the NBA D-League soon after. Already a local favorite having played for the Red Storm, the 26 year old also attended Monroe College (in Westchester) prior to his time at St. John’s. The Knicks Blog

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

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