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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

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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

Eric Musselman is finally getting another chance to coach: in the NBA's Development League. He has enjoyed some of his best coaching success in basketball's minor leagues. The former Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings head coach is set to be formally introduced by the Reno Bighorns in a news conference Thursday. The Reno team is affiliated with both the Kings and Warriors. The 45-year-old Musselman just finished coaching the class of 2011 to-be college players at the adidas Nations camp in Chicago and also the Dominican Republic national team. He has also been working in television in recent seasons, though he has expressed interest in returning to coaching. He shared the news of his new job in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "I'm excited, glad to get back to coaching and back in the NBA family," said Musselman, who owns a 108-138 career record in three NBA seasons. ESPN.com

August 10, 2010 Updates

This Thursday, the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns "will make a major announcement at a 10:30 a.m. press gathering" according to the press release they sent Monday to announce their schedule for the upcoming season. According to league sources, the press conference will be used to announce Eric Musselman, the former NBA head coach who compiled 108-138 record over three seasons, as the next head coach of the Bighorns. FanHouse.com

July 29, 2010 Updates

Too often, the pursuit of an opportunity -- a job, a promotion, a relationship with a certain someone -- is so consuming, so fervent that it becomes an end unto itself. Then when you finally get it, whatever your particular, elusive "it" is, you might feel like Robert Redford's title character in the old political film The Candidate, where he exhales at the end of election night and wonders to campaign manager Peter Boyle, "What do we do now?" There won't be any "what do we do now?" moment for Tom Thibodeau this season as rookie head coach of the Chicago Bulls. If Thibodeau and the Bulls start fast in 2010-11, he'll be one of those overnight successes that was 21 years in the making. And if he and his team falter early, it won't be because he wanted to be a coach more than he wanted to do the work of a coach. We've all seen those types, in the league and outside it. "This is not a thing where he got the job and now it's, 'What do I do?' " said Eric Musselman, the former Golden State and Sacramento coach who has known Thibodeau for a couple decades. "It was very well thought out, very well planned for at minimum three to four years, where Tom thought he could get a job at any moment." NBA.com

"Everyone thought Bill wouldn't be able to handle expansion, but that wasn't the case at all," Thibodeau said. "His thing was, 'Are you getting the most out of your team?', and there was no question in my mind that each and every night he got the most out of that team." Thibodeau made his bones by starting early, staying late, rebounding for whichever player asked, focusing on big men such as Felton Spencer and Randy Breuer and acting "like a sponge," said Eric Musselman, who joined his father's staff in 1990-91. "The players respected him because he wanted to make them better." Said Thibodeau: "I don't think anyone has ever taught half-court execution half as well as Bill did -- timing, spacing, concentration, shot selection. Bill also studied the type of guys he wanted. They were guys with great will to win, smart players, they were tough, they were students of the game." NBA.com

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