HoopsHype Popeye Jones rumors
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
"When it needs to go fast he speeds it up," Cole says. "When it needs to go slow he slows it down. His poise and maturity are an interesting combination. He's a tremendously mature young man as well." Cole pauses. "That kid was born to play hockey," he says. Yahoo! Sports
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
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
Former Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak is among those in the running for a job as an assistant to Avery Johnson, the new coach of the New Jersey Nets. Krystkowiak is expected to interview for the position sometime this week. Johnson has so far added Sam Mitchell – a former Bucks assistant – and Popeye Jones to his staff that also includes holdovers Tom Barrise and John Loyer. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
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