Bob MacKinnon Rumors
Actually, I got a few props from Legends owner Donnie Nelson and Legends coach Bob MacKinnon. “Congratulations, you made history,’’ Nelson said. “I think the oldest guy that we had tryout before you that came in was actually 40, so you beat him by 22 years. “The odds are that it’s also a D-League record as well. I was just waiting for you to break out one of those old school sky hooks, but you stayed with the new school.’’
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.