Buck Williams Rumors
The Nets may reach into their past to aid their present and future. Buck Williams, the greatest power forward in the history of the franchise, is being considered for a multi-pronged position with the team with duties including player development plus sponsorship and community relations, according to several league sources. “We’ve talked about it but it’s certainly not a done deal,” said one member of the team’s hierarchy. “We’d love to have him and could use him in a million ways. There’s no real job description as such but Buck could be [utilized] in player development, with sponsorships, with community relations. “It is something that has been discussed and we’ll likely talk about it again,” the team employee said.
“There weren’t a lot of ‘us’ in the locker room,” Johnson said. “Whether it was Earvin or Bob Lanier or Julius [Erving], we tended to get the opportunity to get more time with these emerging stars, and also get better quotes. We had an opportunity, once the conversation went past the game, we’d talk about life. Again, we were all the same age. A lot of these conversations happened over a meal. I remember Buck Williams calling me in the hotel — what are you doing tonight? It wasn’t just Earvin. It was a lot of emerging black stars, like Isiah [Thomas], who just gravitated toward us. These were smart guys who went to college, maybe just one or two years, but they were smart.”
Former NBA player Buck Williams helped with the Bucks draft workouts on Tuesday, including the individual workout for California shooting guard Allen Crabbe. On Monday it was former Bucks player Scott Williams’ turn. Bucks coach Larry Drew is searching for a “big man” coach to add to his staff.
The days of Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach, Buck Williams, in the Rose City appears to be dwindling due to other priorities the team is working on at the moment and he’s concerned. Assistant coaches for the Trail Blazers are only granted one-year deals and Williams has language in his contract that gives the team two weeks after the season is completed to notify him if they’re going to extend him another year or not.The end of that two week period is today and acting general manager Chad Buchanan says the team will not extend Williams’ deal and will let the next head coach bring in his own crew. “I just want to remain a Blazer somehow,” Williams said. “I spent a lot of time in Portland and love it here. But, I understand a new coach has the right to pick his own staff.”