HoopsHype Eric Musselman rumors
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
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
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
Former NBA head coach and Timberwolves assistant Eric Musselman was a top candidate for assistant jobs with the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. St. Paul Pioneer Press
Sam Amico: Ex-NBA coach Eric Musselman has interviewed for assistant jobs with two Eastern Conference clubs, source says. Twitter
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