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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

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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

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When Venezuela made Eric Musselman their national team coach last month, they opted for a man who has lived and breathed basketball for his entire life. Musselman ate, drank and slept basketball because of his father, former NBA boss Bill Musselman. "When most kids were watching cartoons when they woke up in the morning, at my breakfast table I was watching a game-tape with Dad," Musselman said to FIBA.com. "When I was done with school, my mom used to drop me off at Dad's practices and I used to sit there and watch until they were done. FIBA.com

June 17, 2011 Updates

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

March 22, 2011 Updates

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

March 16, 2011 Updates

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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