HoopsHype David Wesley rumors
Former New Orleans Hornets guard David Wesley played 14 seasons in the NBA and was known for his drive and durability. Now he’s a rookie all over again. Not on the court, but in the broadcast booth. He begins his first season as a color analyst for the Hornets’ broadcast team on the new Fox New Orleans Sports network that launches Wednesday with the Hornets' opening night game against San Antonio. With no prior broadcast experience, Wesley had spent the past two years as an assistant with the Texas Legends in the National Basketball Development League, before he was extended the broadcasting offer. New Orleans Times-Picayune
Wesley, 41, replaces longtime broadcaster Gil McGregor, an original member of the Hornets’ broadcast team who had spent 24 years behind the microphone. "Right now I’m trying to figure out my way, what to do,’’ Wesley said. "I’ve been doing a a lot of tape watching, studying and preparing. and doing this to the best of my ability. I want to be good; not average. When I hear stories about Gil, people miss him. People have talked to me and asked if you are replacing Gil. They say, 'We loved him, because he made us understand.' So I want to be like that.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune
What’s certain is that, for would-be coaches trying to break into the ranks of assistants, times are especially tough. Take veteran David Wesley, for example. By all rights, he fits the profile of an ideal assistant coach. He went undrafted by the NBA, played in the CBA, forged a career in the league with hard work and high basketball IQ, and collected a wealth of experience with 14 years in the league. Welsey is intelligent and disciplined -- after his playing career, he fulfilled a promise to his mother and, in 2009, completed his degree in education and general studies at Baylor. Now he wants to coach. But teams aren’t exactly knocking themselves out to hire new assistants. “The lockout is affecting things, very much so,” Wesley told Sporting News Feed. “You talk to everybody you can, but everybody says, ‘I just don’t know what we’re going to do.’ It’s really been a lot of, ‘Wait and see, we’ll let you know.’ They could hire me now and I will deal with the lockout with them. But that’s not been happening.” Sporting News
Wesley said he has wanted to coach since before his playing career took off, when he coached his brother’s team in a city league while he was a sophomore in high school. He said the two biggest influences guiding his coaching outlook are two very disparate personalities -- Paul Silas and Jeff Van Gundy. “I liked Paul Silas from the simple fact that he is a motivator,” Wesley said. “He is great at controlling egos and tempers, making sure everything is right and that you can function as a team. That is what he excelled at a lot. Jeff Van Gundy was more of a tactical, instinct guy. He would just say, ‘This is how it is,’ he would give you the hard truth, take it or leave it. I think you can learn a lot from personalities like that.” Sporting News
David Wesley has his next ultimate career destination in mind. He wants to be an NBA coach. He knows he's going to accomplish that goal, too. When talking about it, he says, ''When I'm an NBA coach.'' The word ''if'' does not replace ''when'' in that statement. "I will do my part and let the other stuff take care of itself," said Wesley, with a smile. Longview News-Journal
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