HoopsHype Elston Turner rumors


April 27, 2015 Updates

Chris Wallace wonders why Elston Turner has not been hired as a head coach in the NBA. Turner, currently the lead assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, has assembled an impressive resume that is filled with wins and playoffs appearances. Turner has interviewed for a number of vacant head coach positions during his career, but has never been hired. "He's certainly deserves a head coaching job," said Wallace, general manager of the Grizzlies. "He's been successful as a player - collegiate and pro level. He's been around." Oregonian

April 22, 2015 Updates

So is Turner bitter about not getting an opportunity? "Not at all," he said. "Most definitely, I still want to be a head coach. I'd love the opportunity. No question, I'm prepared. But I know there are only 30 jobs, and when one opens up, 300 people have their names in the hat. If it doesn't happen for me, I'm just as blessed as can be to be where I am." I hope Turner -- one of the classiest guys ever to come through the Blazers' organization -- gets his shot. His demeanor reminds me a lot of Paul Silas, who served 12 years as head coach with Cleveland, the San Diego Clippers, Charlotte and New Orleans. And also of Lenny Wilkens, the Hall of Famer who is second on the NBA coaches' career win list. Portland Tribune

Turner is still hoping it will happen. "The chances are small, but I have a hell of a résumé, and I'm still adding on to it," he said. "I'm not bitter at all, but I'm ready if the opportunity comes, that's for sure." Portland Tribune

May 13, 2014 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Elston Turner to leave Pesaro (invited by Warriors for a workout). Vuelle trying to keep Anosike sportando.com/en/italy/serie… Twitter @sportando

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Officially announced Monday, Joerger will lean on his coaching mentor (famed minor league coach Duane Ticknor), a longtime and well-respected NBA assistant (Elston Turner), a holdover from the Lionel Hollins regime (Bob Thornton) and an up-and-coming young coach (Shawn Respert). The Griz also announced the addition of Chattin Hill as athletic performance coach and hired Mark Sanford as assistant video coordinator/player development. Jason March, video coordinator for several seasons, was promoted to advance scout. March’s former assistant Steve Jones moves in to the role as video coordinator/player development. Memphis Commercial Appeal

August 4, 2013 Updates

Longtime NBA assistant Elston Turner has accepted a lead assistant position with the Memphis Grizzlies, a league source relayed to CSNNW.com. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Turner was the No. 1 option for newly crowned Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger. CSNNW.com

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How far away do you think you are from getting an opportunity to be a head coach? Shawn Respert: You know what? Not far away. I don't think any young coach could ask for a better coaching staff that I came into. All of them are former NBA players: Adelman, Terry Porter, TR Dunn, Jack Sikma and then in Houston we had Elston Turner. All I had to do was just sit back and keep my mouth shut, listen and learn. After almost six years of working with a staff like that in the NBA, I'm sure I'm ready for a head coaching job for a college level or maybe a D-League opportunity. The NBA? Let's say maybe five years. Then I'll be ready to do something in the NBA and lead a team. HoopsHype

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Lucas also runs a pre-draft workout group. Last year’s group included 16 of the 60 players that were selected. Among the players working with Ledo in Houston are Solomon Hill (Arizona), Zeke Marshall (Akron) and Elston Turner (Texas A&M). Lucas says what he does is tell talented, young players what they don’t want to hear. Providence Journal

May 3, 2013 Updates

Clifford becomes the sixth known candidate to fill the opening created when the Bobcats fired Mike Dunlap last month. The others: Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry and four assistants: Nate Tibbetts (Cleveland), Kelvin Sampson (Houston), Jeff Hornacek (Utah) and Elston Turner (most recently with the Suns). Charlotte Observer

he list of known candidates for the Charlotte Bobcats head-coaching job is at five and probably growing. Various news sources have identified four current NBA assistants, plus Shelby native Alvin Gentry, who has been a head coach with four NBA teams. The assistants (in alphabetical order): Jeff Hornacek (Utah Jazz), Kelvin Sampson (Houston Rockets), Nate Tibbetts (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Elston Turner (most recently with the Phoenix Suns). Charlotte Observer

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Speaking of Phoenix, some executives believe former Suns assistant Elston Turner will join Rick Adelman's coaching staff in Minnesota, with the understanding being that if Adelman steps down, Turner will take over as head coach. Turner, one of the league's most respected assistants, has worked much of his career with Adelman and the two are very close. ESPN.com

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