Darrell Walker Rumors
Jeff Goodman: Former NBA guard Darrell Walker — now an NBA assistant — is in the mix for the Arkansas-Little Rock opening, source told ESPN.
The Reno Bighorns are in search of a new head coach and an NBA lifer who’s most remembered for his time with the New York Knicks is being considered for the job. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, former NBA guard Darrell Walker is one of a handful candidates who have interviewed for the position. Multiple reports have suggested that the Sacramento Kings, who run basketball operations for the Bighorns, have already decided on the team’s next head coach. However, sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that they’ve yet to make a hire.
Jon Santiago: Interesting note: Former Knicks guard Darrell Walker was at Kings practice today. Was an assistant on former Knicks HC Mike Woodson’s staff.
His persistence was on display before the tip Wednesday. He spotted Darrell Walker, a Knicks assistant whom Bhatia has known since Walker’s brief tenure as the Raptors’ coach, from 1996 to 1998. “Darrell!” Bhatia yelped. “Darrell! Coach! Darrell! Darrell!” Walker turned around — what choice did he have? — and grabbed a seat. “What’s up, Nav?” he said. “Look at you with the bling!” Bhatia was wearing several sparkly pieces of jewelry. His watch was practically the size of a chandelier. “I have to be in touch with these young people!” Bhatia said. “I have to look good! I have to have my bling bling on!”
If Woodson is fired it is believed that his entire coaching staff will be dismissed as well. That includes Jim Todd, Darrell Walker, Jerry Dunn, David Hopla and LaSalle Thompson.
Off to the side of the Knicks’ practice court yesterday, standing in a corner outside the locker room, J.R. Smith was talking to reporters when assistant coach Darrell Walker chimed in. “Got your back to the corner, huh, young fella?” Walker said. “You know what happens when they back a dog in the corner?” “Oh, I know,” a cheerful Smith replied. “We’re gonna find out.”
The list of known candidates for the Pistons’ coaching vacancy, currently at four, appears poised to swell to five. Sources say that Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker will soon get an interview for the position vacated by Lawrence Frank. The Pistons have already interviewed the available Nate McMillan, Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter, Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff.
Chris Mannix: Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker is a candidate for the Pistons coaching job, sources say. Walker was a Pistons assistant from ’08-’11
Richardson spoke to Williams for 45 minutes Monday. “We talked about the olden times, about how life isn’t fair but sometimes it’s what you do with it,’’ Richardson said. “He was a tough defender, he could do it all. A big guy in the locker room. We all did think that (he’d be a superstar). Things happen. He was traded. I was traded. I got into something I shouldn’t have gotten into.’’
On the day Ray Williams passed away, was it karma or coincidence Micheal Ray Richardson was on the Knicks’ scene Friday night at Air Canada Centre? The Knicks drafted Williams with the 10th pick in 1977 to be Walt Frazier’s successor. Williams and backcourt mate Richardson were supposed to lead the Knicks back to the promised land. Last night, the Garden held a moment of silence for Williams and original Knick, Bud Palmer. Never worked out that way. “I’m real sad,’’ Richardson told The Post Friday night while watching the Knicks beat the Raptors. “He and I were like brothers.’’ Williams died yesterday after battling colon cancer at Sloane Kettering Hospital at age 58. Richardson is living in Canada, coaching the nearby London Lightning of the NBL, and had stopped by to visit his former teammates, Knicks coach Mike Woodson and assistant Darrell Walker.
“A lot of different teams were reaching out to me and I was weighing my options,” Brewer said to HOOPSWORLD. “At the end of the day, it didn’t come down to money. It came down to the best situation for me, as a person and as a player. I wanted to go somewhere I could win and have success. I wanted to go to a situation where playing basketball would be fun and I would enjoy doing it. You can go to a team that’s not as a good so that you thrive a little bit more, even though you’re losing, but that’s not fun to me. I wanted to go to a place where I could win.” “From day one, the Knicks were on me and my agent,” Brewer said. “I had some relationships with people in the organization. Darrell Walker, one of the assistant coaches, and Damon Jones, who works in the front office, both went to Arkansas and they reached out to me. Coach Woodson reached out to me and the GM reached out to me as well. I felt like they really wanted me and I was an important target for their team, maybe the missing piece for them to be successful. It felt good to have the coaches and management reach out to me and recruit me.”
Amar’e Stoudemire was back at the scene of his crime, and some Knicks wouldn’t let him live down what he did the last time he was here. Rookie Josh Harrellson called Stoudemire “The Extinguisher.” Assistant coach Darrell Walker pulled out an autographed copy of a newspaper with Stoudemire on it, leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with his left arm in a sling and his left hand heavily wrapped from punching a fire extinguisher in frustration after Game 2.
It’s getting tougher and tougher to scoff when someone suggests that ex-Knicks coach and general manager Isiah Thomas continues to possess a decent measure of influence in Madison Square Garden matters. Mike Woodson and Glen Grunwald, two longtime Zeke cohorts, happen to be the Knicks’ current coach and GM. The sudden arrival of longtime Thomas pal Darrell Walker as a Knicks assistant, without any clear ties to Woodson, only strengthens such suspicions.
Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson is close to hiring former Knicks point guard Darrell Walker as an assistant coach, according to two sources. Walker played point guard for the Knicks for three seasons between 1983 and 1986 after being their first-round pick (12th) out of Arkansas and made the All-Rookie team. Woodson is also a former Knicks first-rounder.
Marc Berman: Former Knicks first round pick Darrell Walker was hired today, a source told The Post earlier today. Coached under Isiah in Toronto.
Then add to that list assistant coach Darrell Walker, who had a rather public feud with Kuester after the head coach removed a red-hot Will Bynum late in a game against the Trail Blazers in February. And those are just the battles that actually became public. Those are the battles we know about. There have to have been a few more.
Ken Berger: Confirmed by @CBSSports source: Paul Silas, Mike Woodson, Darrell Walker strong candidates for #Bobcats job. Patrick Ewing also in mix.