HoopsHype Eric Musselman rumors

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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

January 23, 2011 Updates

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

November 3, 2010 Updates

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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The 45-year-old Musselman was introduced as the new coach of the NBA Development League team Thursday, after a three-year sabbatical from the NBA. It was a journey that has taken him from China to the Caribbean as a coach for adidas; to Brazil and Greece, where he learned from international coaches and ran clinics for young players. "I feel like I am a much better coach today than I was three years ago," said Musselman, whose late father, Bill, coached the Bighorns in 1978-79. "The last three years have really been good for me from a philosophical standpoint, because I've had an opportunity to watch and observe so many games and practices, travel all over the world ... to kind of use all of that as a laboratory and experiment with different thought processes. Sometimes, you know, we get so set on seeing only one brand or one style of play." Reno Gazette-Journal

August 13, 2010 Updates

Long before coaching the Kings (2006-07) and the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) – before his NBA crash, so to speak – he polished his bona fides in Albany, N.Y., and Rapid City, S.D., and before that, while tagging along on his late father's rollicking minor league escapades. This is what he knows, and right now, what he needs. Another job. A fighting chance. "I've been like a musician these last three years touring with a rock band," Musselman said Thursday after being introduced as coach of the Reno Bighorns, the NBA Development League franchise affiliated with the Kings and Warriors. "I've been everywhere, running clinics, observing practices, coaching in the Dominican Republic. But that's not what I want to do. I missed this so much." Sacramento Bee

During his tenures with the Kings and Warriors, he hung banners with inspirational messages on the walls, fretted about the lighting, enforced dress codes. On a Kings team with a toxic mix of injured, disgruntled veterans and ambitious youngsters, even some of his most reasonable attempts at imposing discipline – say, fining players for chronic tardiness – were perceived as unduly punitive and unnecessary. Some of that will change. Some of it won't. "You are who you are by nature," Musselman said. "But everyone can grow. I do things now … I change my 6-month-old daughter's diapers, and (laugh) I never did that with my sons." Sacramento Bee

August 12, 2010 Updates

I just spent about an hour with Eric Musselman after he was officially named head coach of the Reno Bighorns of the NBA's Developmental League. The press conference was held just outside the Reno Aces AAA baseball stadium, in a cozy little entertainment district (four restaurants and bars) known as the Freighthouse District. I'm writing a column about the former Kings coach for tomorrow's Bee. Meantime, Musselman revealed that he is bringing ex-Kings staffer Clay Moser with him. The two have longstanding ties, going back to their days with the Continential Basketball Association. Sacramento Bee

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