HoopsHype Eric Musselman rumors


January 17, 2014 Updates

Green credits Eric Musselman, coach of the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders during the 2011-12 season, for his NBA return. Musselman asked Green to play for him with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, for a pittance of what he would earn going back overseas. “And thank God for Eric Musselman,” Green said. “He just really had all the confidence in me in the world. He put me in situations to succeed and he was a great coach for me, a great guy, a guy that I will always be friends with.” Musselman couldn’t believe it when Green told him that he wanted no part of the dunk contest at the D-League’s All-Star festivities that year. “I remember sitting in our staff meeting and I said, ‘I can’t believe this guy is willing to just sit in his hotel room while the dunk contest is going on in front of NBA people,’ ” said Musselman, now associate head coach at Arizona State. “But that’s how much that athleticism, that dunking label kind of wore at him.” NBA.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

Musselman spoke with D-LeagueDigest.com, and explained the run in with his former player.”Prior to the Suns’ camp Ish Smith worked out at ASU’s facility. Ish came to the ASU football game last Saturday vs USC, and we got a chance to catch up.” Green is also calling Phoenix home now after he was traded from Indiana, and still remains close to Musselman. Green earned a Call-Up as a member of Musselman’s D-Fenders squad that nearly won the NBADL championship, and has since gone on to earn a roster spot with a few different NBA teams. Musselman issued nothing but praise regarding the athletic swingman, “Gerald is one of my all-time favorites. He really embraced coaching, and was all in as far as coming to the D-League for all the right reasons.” Musselman said. D-League Digest

Another former NBADL player of Musselman’s, Marcus Landry, is in training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers. Landry was a member of Musselman’s extremely talented Reno Bighorns team which consisted of Jeremy Lin, Danny Green, Steve Novak, and Donald Sloan. Landry has a shot at cracking the roster for head coach Mike D’Antoni in L.A. Musselman spoke about the many different attributes which he thinks Landry possesses, ”Marcus has such great versatility. He could play the 3, or 4 in the D-League, and even played the 5. He is a rare player that is a two-way pick-and-roll player, meaning he can handle the ball in the pick-and-roll, and also be a screen setter. Marcus is a great family man, and a real pro. I felt in Reno he was a D-League MVP candidate, and felt like our staff and organization failed in not having him called up.” D-League Digest

June 2, 2013 Updates

Two NBA teams have inquired about ex-Wolves assistant Eric Musselman as an assistant, but after Arizona State gave him a new title and nice pay raise, he said no thanks. St. Paul Pioneer Press

May 6, 2013 Updates
January 17, 2013 Updates

According to a person close to former Kings, Warriors and D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman, the former D-League Coach of the Year is also interested in the UOP and USC openings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of coaching searches. Musselman is currently an assistant at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils are 14-3 overall heading into a Pac-12 showdown against Arizona on Saturday. USA Today Sports

December 7, 2012 Updates

After extended stops in Russia and China, he was invited to a Lakers mini-camp in the summer of ’11 but participated in just two practices—hardly enough, in Green’s mind, for the team to get a good look at him. So Green landed in the D-League, with L.A. D-Fenders, coached by Eric Musselman. A former NBA head coach with the Warriors and Kings, Musselman pushed Green to improve his handles and defense. “Eric Musselman, I really have to thank him a lot in terms of my career,” begins Green. “If I could thank him every day, I would, because he was probably the one person that helped me get back in the League. He helped motivate me, he prepared me. He just showed me a different way of scoring, a different way of playing defense. I have to give a lot of credit to him for me being back.” SLAM

September 28, 2012 Updates
September 5, 2012 Updates

Arizona State men's basketball coach Herb Sendek hired two assistants with NBA experience Tuesday. Eric Musselman has had two NBA head-coaching stints -- with the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04 and the Sacramento Kings in 2006-07 -- and Larry Greer was an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers last season. "In talking to several people it was clear to me Larry and Eric were great additions to the Sun Devil family because of unique backgrounds and a passion for the game," Sendek said in a statement. "I love the fact Eric has coached at so many levels, including leagues where guys are trying to make the next step. Larry comes highly recommended by several people in the basketball world that I have a lot of faith in and are good friends with. Together with coach Dedrique Taylor I am really looking forward to our future as we bring the experience of the NBA game to our program." Arizona Republic

September 3, 2012 Updates

Sendek will also hire Larry Greer, who was an assistant for the Trail Blazers last season and worked as a scout for Houston. Greer was a former college assistant at Wright State and Boston University. Arizona State will announce the hires Tuesday, a source told ESPN.com. Details of the two contracts were still being finalized Sunday. ESPN.com

September 2, 2012 Updates

David Locke: One name to consider for Jazz assistant - Eric Musselman. His late father was Ty's head coach in Minnesota - Eric is D- League HC right now. Musselman is known as a huge preparation guy - when in Sacramento he did many things with film preparation that were unprecedented Twitter

August 31, 2012 Updates

Sendek lost two assistants last week when Scott Pera left for Penn and Lamont Smith joined mentor Lorenzo Romar in Washington. Practice starts in October. According to sources, Sendek would like to add at least one coach with NBA ties. If so, Musselman fits the mold. He was head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2002-2004 and the Sacramento Kings from 2006-07. Musselman also has served as an NBA assistant with Minnesota, Atlanta and Orlando. Arizona Republic

August 30, 2012 Updates

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek could be on the verge of a coaching coup. He lost two assistants this month when Scott Pera left for Penn and Lamont Smith departed for rival Washington. Multiple sources said that Sendek has had serious conversations with L.A. D- Fenders head coach Eric Musselman. The Sun Devils, who finished 6-12 in the Pac-12 and 10-21 overall, get high-profile Jahii Carson back after he sat out last season. Musselman was a head coach with Golden State and Sacramento and an assistant with Minnesota, Orlando and Atlanta and also the head coach of the Venezuelan National Team. The Sun Devils need all the help they can get to climb in the Pac-12 and adding a teacher like Musselman will only help speed up the process. ESPN.com

August 25, 2012 Updates

Eric Musselman has expressed the hope that he will remain in charge of Venezuela when the country hosts the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The American, who was at the helm of the national the past two summers, including this summer when Venezuela staged the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), saw his contract with the "squadra criolla" expire after the team fell short of the Quarter-Finals. He met with Venezuelan Basketball Federation President Carmelo Cortez after the OQT, and has now stated clearly his hope of staying in the job. "I would like to continue with the national team," said Musselman, who is right now gearing up for another season in the NBDL with Los Angeles D- Fenders. "I feel a special tie with the players and the Venezuelan federation. "I hope to continue talking with Carmelo (Cortez)." FIBA.com

June 5, 2012 Updates

Los Angeles D-Fenders’ Coach Eric Musselman, who won 2012 #NBA D-League Coach of the Year, will serve as head coach of the Development League Select team at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Musselman joins the Select team coming off his first season in Los Angeles in which he guided the D-Fenders to an NBA D-League record 38-12 win-loss mark, the first Regular Season Champion award in franchise history and the first NBA D-League Finals berth in team history. Sulia

February 29, 2012 Updates
January 30, 2012 Updates

Eric Musselman's offseason plans are officially booked. Over the weekend the Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach completed a verbal contract to return to coach the Venezuela National Team for this summer, Musselman informed Ridiculous Upside. "It's important for me to return because the players gave so much to the coaching staff last year," Musselman said via email. "We pushed them hard with the preparation and felt no resistance from the players other than wanting to get better every day." Ridiculous Upside

November 4, 2011 Updates

As expected, the D-Fenders took former NBA point guard Jamaal Tinsley with the first overall pick in the NBA Development League draft Thursday night. “Our goal all along with the first overall pick was to take the player who we felt gave the D-Fenders the best chance of winning right now,” D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman said. “In this case, we were able to do just that with the selection of Jamaal. The guard position was a point of emphasis for us entering the draft, and Jamaal’s extensive experience in the backcourt provides the D-Fenders with a great foundation as we work towards our ultimate goal of winning a D-League championship.” Orange County Register

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