HoopsHype Eric Musselman rumors

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
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

November 3, 2011 Updates

Every rival team consulted says LA D-Fenders and Eric Musselman will use No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's D-League draft on Jamaal Tinsley. Only other name to come up as potential No. 1 is DePaul-ex Mac Koshwal ... but even in D-League you know L.A. teams desperate for star power Twitter

November 2, 2011 Updates

But as Musselman prepares for the D-League draft -- in which the D-Fenders have the No. 1 pick -- on Thursday, he insists he is not putting in this work primarily to reenter the NBA head-coaching realm. "In my mind this is the best job outside of the 30 NBA head-coaching jobs. For me, at this stage with where I am, I would rather be the D-Fenders coach than an NBA assistant. So I couldn't be luckier." Los Angeles Times

October 28, 2011 Updates

NBA Developmental League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders, have hired Clay Moser as the Associate Head Coach on Head Coach Eric Musselman’s staff. Moser is quite experienced with D-League basketball and he is very familiar with the current head coach of the D-Fenders. Moser worked alongside Musselman as Associate Head Coach with the Reno Bighorns last season. The Bighorns finished the season with the best record in the Western Conference at 34-16, and the D-Fenders hope Moser can carry that success over to Los Angeles. Lakers Nation

September 5, 2011 Updates

Former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, a former Magic assistant, knew he was still growing as a coach …..when John Calipari told him he had reached the same observation. Musselman is coaching the Venezuelan national team in the FIBA Americas tournament. Calipari --- the current Kentucky coach --- is leading the Dominican squad. "Talking with John, we both realized that, over here, you have to work on teaching and your communication so much more," said Musselman told me Friday night via Skype. "I know it's making me a better coach." Orlando Sentinel

September 3, 2011 Updates
August 19, 2011 Updates

The D-Fenders are back and again under Buss family rule, and their new coach is actually a pretty interesting one: Eric Musselman. It’s not hard to imagine Musselman, who went 75-89 in two years as Golden State Warriors head coach, eventually re-establishing himself as a quality NBA coach. “He has vast experiences in both the NBA and NBA Development League and will be a great addition to our franchise,” said Joey Buss, D-Fenders president. Orange County Register

August 18, 2011 Updates

Eric Musselman has been hired by the Los Angeles Lakers to be head coach of the team's D-League affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team announced on Thursday. Musselman coached the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns this past season after a brief layoff in his coaching career. Ridiculous Upside

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