Brett Gunning Rumors
Former Rockets assistant coach Brett Gunning on Friday began working with Rockets players on an informal, unofficial basis, a person with knowledge of his work with the team said. Gunning will not be added officially to the Rockets coaching staff because it is so late in the season with just 11 games remaining, but is considered a top assistant coach who was a candidate to join the Rockets staff last off-season before opting to remain with the Orlando Magic. Gunning left the Magic and returned to Houston when Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn was fired last month.
Orlando will consider his possible hiring during the All-Star break next week, or could possibly wait until season’s end and do an extended search. Nevertheless, the firing of three assistant coaches Thursday – Wes Unseld Jr., Brett Gunning and Zack Guthrie – as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, suggests a new head coach could come sooner than later.
The Magic have hired Brett Gunning to join head coach Jacque’s Vaughn’s staff as an assistant coach, a league source tells the Sentinel. Gunning spent the last four seasons with the Houston Rockets, including last season as an assistant coach. He served as the team’s director of player development the previous three seasons.
The Houston Rockets have officially announced the additions of four assistants to Kevin McHale’s staff, including former college coach Kelvin Sampson. McHale was hired June 1 to replace Rick Adelman. J.B. Bickerstaff, Chris Finch and Brett Gunning will join the staff, along with Sampson, who will serve as McHale’s lead assistant. Sampson has worked as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks for the past three seasons. Bickerstaff, the son of former NBA head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, has been an assistant in Minnesota since 2007.