HoopsHype Popeye Jones rumors


August 23, 2012 Updates

You may remember Popeye from his brief stint with the Celtics, or his years as a well-traveled but serviceable rebounder, or his numerous coaching jobs around the league or his role as captain of the NBA’s all-time All-Ugly team. (Dale Ellis, Gheorghe Muresan, Jeff Hornacek and Sam Cassell round out the starting five). But I bet you didn’t know that Jones’ son is currently one of the best hockey prospects in the entire world. (I didn’t either, until I read about it this morning on Ben Rohrbach’s tumblr.) Seth Jones is a projected top-three pick in next year’s NHL Entry Draft and the 17-year-old is USA Hockey’s top rated underage prospect. He’s also the son of a well-traveled NBA player and coach.

 “I guess when you sit back and think about it, it is odd for a professional basketball player’s son to play hockey at such a high level,” Popeye Jones said in a phone interview with CSNWashington.com. CSNNE.com

May 20, 2012 Updates
November 2, 2011 Updates

The names I’ve heard are the leading candidates to join Avery Johnson’s staff are P.J. Carlesimo and Mario Elie – both of whom have relationships with Johnson. As we’ve written before Sam Mitchell probably won’t be back. But the Nets won’t do anything with their staff until the lockout is settled. Tom Barrise, Popeye Jones and Doug Overton return, of course. Bergen Record

September 13, 2011 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Popeye Jones will b promoted on Nets bench, Tom Barise also coming back, D. Overton has more responsibilities but remain bhind the bench Twitter

June 7, 2011 Updates

Popeye doesn't know much about hockey, not like basketball where he is an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets. Over the years, he has stood in the back of rinks, a giant of a man trying to hide as he watched his sons skating across the ice. He calls out encouragement. He has learned the game but not enough that he can break down their performances. Once, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, he bumped into Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche. "My sons want to play hockey, what do I do?" he asked. Sakic stared at the man towering before him. "They'll probably be big," Sakic replied. Yahoo! Sports

Popeye can tell Seth is going to be very good. It doesn't take the trained eye of a hockey expert to realize he has skill. He's a defenseman, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, physical but not intimidating. When Popeye watches Seth play, he sees a leader. The first word that comes to mind is "intelligent." He glides with purpose, weaving through players, never firing the puck too hard or too soft. "When he's playing I see a calmness," Popeye says. "I see the ability when he is on the ice that more often than not he will make the right decision." Yahoo! Sports

May 19, 2011 Updates

You might remember he released a short list of finalists for the football job that eventually went to Chris Hatcher a year and a half ago. Ward says he does not plan to do that with this vacancy. Tuesday's hot rumor had former Racer great Popeye Jones being interested in the position. After a long nba career, he's currently an assistant with the New Jersey Nets. Jones is the school's all-time leading rebounder, fourth-all-time leading scorer, and his jersey hangs from the rafters of the CFSB Center. He told the Murray Ledger and Times he hasn't talked with Ward or anyone at Murray State, but called the opening 'intriguing.' "It was something where I thought, 'Man, it would be fun to do that someday,'"As I'm growing in coaching, I'm loving what I'm doing, but Murray State is in my heart. I'm a Racer for life. I still follow the Racers very closely." WPSD Local 6

July 19, 2010 Updates

Former NBA head coaches Sam Mitchell and Larry Krystkowiak have been named assistants for Avery Johnson with the New Jersey Nets. John Loyer, Popeye Jones and Tom Barrise were also named to Johnson's staff. "Avery has assembled a staff that brings a wealth of NBA experience to the sidelines," said new Nets general manager Billy King. "Their collective knowledge of the game, gained from both playing and coaching in the league, will be an invaluable asset to the head coach as well as our players." Toronto Sun

July 5, 2010 Updates

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