HoopsHype Eric Musselman rumors


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American coach Eric Musselman on Wednesday was unveiled as the new head coach of Venezuela's men's national team that will look to qualify for the London Olympics at this summer's FIBA Americas Championship. Musselman, a former NBA head coach with the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, takes over the position previously held by Nestor Salazar and will lead the team at the FIBA Americas Championship to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, between 30 August and 11 September. "I will work hard to achieve the objectives set out for Mar del Plata," said the 46-year-old of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation's (FVB) hopes to qualify for the 2012 Games or the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. "I will count on a talented selection, a group of energetic players that will work effectively." FIBA.com

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I know many of you think the NBA's Development League is a bit wonky in the way it operates, but the fun thing is that there are always neat little surprises around every corner that always keeps the millions (and millions) of D-League fans on their collective toes. Take, for instance, the complicated system former NBA head coach Eric Musselman used to select his Reno Bighorns' first round opponent in this week's D-League playoffs (via the Erie Times-News' Duane Rankin). To decide its first-round opponent for the D-League playoffs, Reno had its player personnel assistant pick one out of a hat. Sammy Glefand chose the Erie BayHawks. "He's our money-ball guy," first-year Reno coach Eric Musselman said with enthusiasm. Ridiculous Upside

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In 2006, he replaced Rick Adelman in Sacramento. The Kings had made a few runs in the playoffs and in 2002 reached the Western Conference finals. "Sacramento was a tough situation," said Musselman, who didn't help himself when he was arrested for DUI after the Kings' first preseason game on Oct. 20. "Rick Adelman had done such a good job. ... There were a lot of changes in players. When I got to Sacramento, they were still trying to win but also trying to rebuild. We were kind of in between." Reno Gazette-Journal

And all on a yeoman's salary. The Bighorns don't release such figures, but it's unlikely he makes more than $100,000 a year, a far cry from his days of about $2.5 million when he was in the NBA. "I'm not doing this for the money," he said. "I'm doing it because I love the game." Moser, the Bighorns associate head coach, believes Musselman will get a job in the NBA or at an elite college program. Musselman said he's not closing the door on any opportunity, and said in regards to college that it has to be the right situation. "I think he's got a real shot," Moser said. "It's such a volatile business. Reno Gazette-Journal

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Twenty or so candidates, many with NBA connections, have been floated to FGCU Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh for the head men's basketball position. Through a public records request, Eagle News has learned of a wide-ranging group of candidates who have expressed interest in replacing Dave Balza. The list includes former NBA coach Eric Musselman, former NBA standouts and Division I coaches Kyle Macy and Jan van Breda Kolff, and former Iowa and Butler coach Todd Lickliter. Eagle News

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He credits former Golden State Eric Musselman with giving him his first real chance in 2002-03. "He was the first coach to say, 'OK, I don't care about the height, I don't care about the size. I'm going to give you the ball and you're going to prove whether you can play,'" Boykins said. "He not only gave me the ball, but he gave me the ball in the fourth quarter. That's what separated me from other players -- not only can he play during the game, but in crunch time he not only can play but he can win games. That's where my career changed." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Musselman has always been around coaching. His father, Bill, was a coaching legend in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) as he led the Tampa Bay Thrillers to four championships, and earned himself a Coach of the Year award in 1988. “Since the 7th grade, I always knew I wanted to be a professional basketball coach,” Musselman proclaimed. “I idolized my dad, and felt that being a head coach at a young age at a minor league level was better preparation than being an assistant at the collegiate or NBA level.” Bleacher Report

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One look at the website of the Reno Bighorns and you can quickly figure out that Musselman is going about this job a bit differently than everyone else, as he has with every job he has undertaken since his stint with the old CBA franchise Rapid City Thrillers as a 22-year old General Manager. Musselman has assembled a staff larger than most NBA teams, with two assistant coaches, one advanced scout, two player development coaches, three basketball operations assistant, one player personnel assistant, you get the idea. “Why not give some guys a chance to learn and get their foot in the door in professional basketball,” said Musselman, who quietly had the highest winning percentage of any Golden State Warriors head coach in the Chris Cohan era. “It gives young people an opportunity and enables us to get some things done here that haven’t been done before?” CSNBayArea.com

November 1, 2010 Updates

New Reno Bighorns head coach Eric Musselman, who has previously held the same position in the NBA with both the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, has taken an innovative approach in his attempt at building a winner in the D-League, just as he was able to in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association as head coach of the Rapid City Thrillers in the early 90's. "(Regional scout) Adam Engroff from the Miami Dolphins came in to help give us ideas on different ways the NFL would rank guys -- different color coding systems, evaluation processes," Musselman explained. "It was neat to learn from another sport and he gave us some of his ideas that were really useful for us." "We never had a 'Moneyball'-type guy, either, so we also hired a statistical analysis guys and have combined his statistical rankings with some of the stuff that the Dolphins have done with stats," Musselman said. "It also helps just with the general formatting of ranking everyone because unlike the NBA Draft where there are so few rounds, this is more of an MLB or NFL-type draft with a mass number of names, so rather than just stick with ideas and formats that we were familiar with and had seen in the NBA, we wanted to get with somebody who's had success with a mass number of picks." FanHouse.com

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