Bob MacKinnon Rumors
Veteran coach Bob MacKinnon, who has led several NBA Development League teams, will be the new coach of the Frisco-based Texas Legends. MacKinnon confirmed the hiring Monday evening and will be announced Tuesday. He has been helping with the Mavericks’ summer-league workouts and will coach the squad that they send to the Orlando summer league later this week. He replaces Nick Van Exel, who took a job as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Still, he thought he had plenty of basketball left. He said once he returns to playing shape, his shooting stroke should earn him a spot on an NBA roster. “Once I get my feet back under me,” he said, “I definitely see a place for me in the NBA.” That belief is reinforced by a pro game increasingly predicated on shooting and spreading the floor. “The most important thing offensively is your spacing,” D-Fenders Coach Bob MacKinnon said. “When you can space the floor with shooters, people have to respect that. It creates a lot of other opportunities for players.”
Q: What is the biggest asset about directly working and being affiliated with an NBA team? Bob MacKinnon: The biggest thing is that your players know that the way things are done are the “Lakers Way”. We’re trying to be a mini-model of the Lakers and I think that’s attractive for players who want to achieve their dreams.
The D-Fenders on Wednesday officially named Bob MacKinnon head coach. “We are excited to announce Bob MacKinnon as the next head coach of the D-Fenders,” said D-Fenders President and Chief Executive Joey Buss. “Bob brings a successful coaching background to our franchise, winning at multiple levels and developing countless players at different stages of their careers. Most importantly, Bob shares our vision of cultivating prospects who can deliver quality minutes for the Lakers and the NBA while also contending for an NBA Development League championship.”
After hiring their last three head coaches primarily based on their NBA experience, the Los Angeles D-Fenders are targeting a former D-League champion this time around. The D-Fenders, the Los Angeles Lakers’ D-League affiliate, are in advanced discussions to hire Springfield Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon to fill the vacancy caused when Mark Madsen joined Mike D’Antoni’s staff on the Lakers, according to multiple league sources.
Mikhail Prokhorov entrusted his franchise to Avery Johnson, and soon we’ll see whether his unified system of three C’s – one that stretches from Newark to Brooklyn to Moscow to Springfield, Mass – will succeed. Today the Nets announced the hiring of Bob MacKinnon Jr. as coach of the Nets’ D-League team, the Springfield Armor, after he was interviewed by Johnson and instructed on the schemes and philosophies he’ll use in this hybrid system. MacKinnon Jr. replaces Dee Brown, he of Reebok Pump fame (yes, he’s still making money off that).