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September 29, 2014 Updates
September 25, 2014 Updates

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder say the team's NBA Development League team will be called the Blue. Thunder senior vice president Brian Byrnes said Wednesday that blue is a primary color for the Thunder and represents the loyalty of the team's fans who wear blue shirts and fly blue Thunder flags. USA Today Sports

September 24, 2014 Updates

The only basketball executive to survive last year’s purge under the Kings’ new ownership could be out now, too. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Kings, league sources told The Bee on Wednesday. The Kings declined to comment. Abdur-Rahim wasn’t a visible presencewith the rest of the front office during the NBA Summer League, leading some to question if he was still with team. But he was credited with adding many of the players that won the summer-league championship. Abdur-Rahim, a former NBA All-Star forward, was the Kings’ director of player personnel and general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate. Sacramento Bee

Chris Gilbert, the Bighorns’ assistant general manager, could take over the Reno team if no one is brought in to replace Abdur-Rahim. Gilbert is also the Kings’ coordinator of basketball operations, working closely with D’Alessandro and assistant general manager Mike Bratz. Gilbert joined the Kings last season after eight seasons with the Warriors in various roles. He started working for the Warriors after playing four seasons at UC Santa Cruz and graduating in 2005. Gilbert was with the Warriors when D’Alessandro was Golden State’s assistant general manager under Chris Mullin, who now is an adviser to Ranadive Sacramento Bee

The Miami HEAT announced today that Phil Weber has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history after serving as a consultant for the HEAT since 2012. An introductory press conference with be held for Weber in the Sanford Pentagon on Wednesday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. Prior to joining the HEAT as a consultant, Weber worked as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks (2008-12) and Phoenix Suns (1999-2008). Weber also has experience in the college ranks where he was an assistant coach at Iona College (1991-95), Chaminade University (1990-91) and the University of Florida (1984-89). A North Carolina State University graduate in 1984, Weber played basketball under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Valvano for the Wolfpack. NBA.com

September 23, 2014 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that Phil Weber has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history after serving as a consultant for the HEAT since 2012. An introductory press conference with be held for Weber in the Sanford Pentagon on Wednesday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. NBA.com

September 21, 2014 Updates

They came from near and far on Saturday to the Nets’ practice center in East Rutherford, where it was just infinitesimally possible that a cup of coffee in the NBA awaited their arduous efforts. The cost of this farfetched daydream was $150, the entry fee to try out for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the independent D-League team that occasionally feeds short-termers to injured and shorthanded NBA rosters. Of these 40 candidates, maybe two or three would be invited to return to the main training camp in Fort Wayne. They would still then have to make the D-League roster, and then... well, that’s where the dream comes in. New York Daily News

September 18, 2014 Updates

The Utah Jazz today announced that Andrae Patterson and Travis Walton have been named assistant coaches on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. In addition, the Jazz announced that Brady Howe will serve as the head athletic trainer and strength-and-conditioning coach and Hans Steinbrenner as the director of basketball operations for the Stampede, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced. NBA.com

Fernandez, 31, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Charge on Steve Hetzel’s staff. Before joining the Charge, he served as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009-13. In both prior roles, Fernandez’s responsibilities included conducting individual skill workouts with players, assisting with practice and game preparation, and forming international scouting reports. “The Cavaliers and Charge are the model relationship for NBA D-League as far as the right balance between developing individual talent and attaining collective team success, and I am very thankful that they have given me this opportunity,” said Fernandez. “Canton has been like a second home to me since I arrived last year and I cannot wait to get started with a team that Charge fans can be proud to get behind.” NBA.com

Jordi Fernandez named head coach of Canton Charge. Fernandez, 31, was Steve Hetzel's assistant last year. Has been with #Cavs since '09. Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

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