Chip Engelland Rumors
Marc Stein: But Gentry and Blatt are both leading candidates for Cleveland’s head coaching opening. Can fellow Cavs finalist Tyronn Lue beat both out?
Marc Stein: Some coaching stuff: Word is Warriors would love, if they could pull it off, to hire Alvin Gentry, David Blatt AND Chip Engelland. But …
“He literally changed my shot and changed my life, not to be too cliché,” Battier said. “He said, ‘Look, you want to make it to the league, you’re going to have to make some changes.’ So we basically reconstructed my shot and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Whenever Engelland works with a player, it starts with a conversation: How comfortable do you feel with your mechanics? Are there areas where you think you can improve? Where do you need help? “It’s hard,” Engelland said. “To improve and change mechanics that you’ve had for 18, 19, 20 years? It takes times to rewire those things.” Leonard was an easy sell, Engelland said. The Spurs acquired him in June 2011, and Engelland already knew from scouting him that his release point could use some refinement. Leonard had a tendency to bring the ball too far behind his head, and it reminded Engelland of the way Richard Jefferson shot the ball when he came to the Spurs in 2009. After working with Engelland for a season, and reconfiguring his release point, Jefferson shot a career-best 44 percent from 3-point range during the 2010-11 season.
Marc Stein: Among postseason challenges for Spurs is hanging onto Engelland. New GSW coach Steve Kerr, I’m told, covets Chip on his bench as assistant. Engelland, who famously worked w/Grant Hill & Tony Parker before helping Kawhi w/his J, also said to be sought by new Jazz coach Quin Snyder.
Ben Bolch: Shane Battier credited Spurs assistant Chip Engelland with making him an NBA player by fixing his shot when he was a freshman at Duke. Shane Battier said he made 4/24 threes and Engelland said, ‘Look, if you want to be a player, you have to learn how to shoot the right way.” Chip Engelland went on to be a personal coach for Shane Battier his first few years in NBA before landing an assistant job.