HoopsHype Scott Williams rumors


September 4, 2013 Updates

General Manager John Hammond announced today that Jim Cleamons, Scott Williams and Josh Oppenheimer will complete Larry Drew’s coaching staff as assistant coaches. They join Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, who were named to Drew’s coaching staff earlier in the summer. In addition, Scott Barthlama has been named head athletic trainer, Chris McKenzie has been named director of physical therapy and athletic trainer, and Robert Hackett has been named strength and conditioning coach. NBA.com

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Williams, along with head coach Mike Peck, and fellow assistant coach Barry Rohrssen, started the season off 4-16 as the Idaho Stampede quickly fell to the bottom of the D-League standings. However, Peck and his crew (Williams included, of course) turned things around and went 15-15 over their last 30 games, also ending the year with a three-game winning streak. Yet, the highlight for Williams this past season wasn't their turn around, but a Call-Up for Justin Holiday. "Without a doubt, having Justin (Holiday) get a GATORADE Call-Up was the pinnacle for us as a coaching staff. He wasn't necessarily a guy on many NBA teams' radars, or a top prospect going into the season, but he worked very hard, and seeing that hard work pay off was very gratifying. He put in all the extra time, the late night workouts, and we were very proud." Williams said. Ridiculous Upside

Williams explained, "I learned and grew so much as a coach in the NBADL. Head coach Mike Peck and myself didn't even know each other entering the season, but we quickly developed a connection, and he was amazing to me. He assigned me in charge of our "bigs" and defense. I could probably have been a sixth assistant coach at another level, but I wouldn't have learned as much as I did coaching in the D-League. I was able to get my hands in the clay." Ridiculous Upside

As with any offseason, coaching vacancies pop up, so the opportunity for a guy like Williams to continue his coaching career in the NBADL is almost a sure thing. Williams said he feels confident in his abilities after his first season. "I now know that I can do it, I can coach. Interacting with guys from Solomon Alabi to Sean Evans, I felt like I could connect, and deal with each personality that was apart of our team. I'm moving in baby steps, and I have a lot to learn still as a coach, but I feel confident in my abilities." Williams concluded. Ridiculous Upside

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September 4, 2011 Updates

The Suns have not given up on selling tickets or keeping their brand name out there this summer. Both ideas might seem like spitting in the wind during a lockout but they are doing what they can without the ability to use active players or optimism for a season starting on time. Instead, they are leaning on their "alumni" with events like this week's evening affair, "Cocktails on the Court." Fans were invited to come to the US Airways Center main floor, eat some free food, buy a cocktail and listen to Suns broadcasters Eddie Johnson and Scott Williams tell engaging stories from their basketball lives with Tom Leander hosting. Arizona Republic

August 28, 2011 Updates

The Phoenix Suns will unveil two half-season ticket plans for the 2011-12 season at a happy hour event hosted by team announcers and former players Scott Williams and Eddie Johnson. Those ticket plans start at $325 per seat. The event will be held at US Airways center on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.. Interested fans are asked to RSVP and Suns.com. Click on the pictures to the right to see some of the highlighted games from the Suns 2011-12 schedule if the season isn’t impacted by the lockout. The team has continued with some of its marketing plans despite the lockout’s potential impact. Business News

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