D-League Rumors

When the Toronto Raptors offered assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse the head-coaching job of their Development League affiliate last summer, he immediately consulted two of his closer colleagues, Nick Nurse and Rex Kalamian, both longer-tenured NBA assistants. “You’ve got to take it,” advised Nurse, who had spent six years coaching in the NBADL. “I got 10 times better there.” “Stack, you’re already in the NBA,” offered Kalamian. “Everybody knows you’re going to be a head coach. You don’t have to go down there and do that shit.”
“Seeing [Fisher and Kidd] get those head coaching jobs,” Stackhouse says, “I was like, I know I’m — you hate to say better — but I know I’m damn as good as those guys when it comes to coaching. I’ve had more experience. … “I wouldn’t have been ready [to be a head coach] in 2012–13, but Jason Kidd came in and my mind was like, ‘I have more of a pulse of this team than he could ever have. They respect me.’ I look at all of the other relationships you have to have to make it work, and the people you need to know in organizations. … It’s hard to get that.”
Felder, the 5-foot-9-inch Cavaliers rookie point guard, scored 26 points and dished out nine assists in his 11th NBA Development League assignment with the Canton Charge Thursday night. He also posed like a prizefighter after baskets and exhorted his teammates against a team, the Maine Red Claws, that could be Canton’s first-round opponent in the upcoming D-League playoffs. “I think the Cavs are doing a great job of bringing me down, calling me up, letting me see what Kyrie (Irving) or LeBron (James) is doing and bringing it down here and helping these guys out as well,” Felder said. “It’s not just for me. I can also help these guys as well with what I see up there.”