Dean Demopoulos Rumors
Dean Demopoulos: I realized that I also had a price. It seems like I did the wrong thing for the right reasons. I chose to earn my money and get paid by him and all that comes with that. I felt a financial responsibility to myself and my family and continued working my best to help the players do their best. I said to myself, “The information is out there, it’s so clear and obvious this man is a racist.” I rationalized that I felt everyone had to know what I knew, it was in court documents that were public and still no action or outrage.
Dean Demopoulos: I was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers for two years (2010-2012). My last year was the strike season where we beat Memphis in the first round and got swept by San Antonio in the second. During those years Donald Sterling was in litigation concerning his renting policies involving minorities, its all very well documented and accessible. In reading the information it was very clear to me Mr Sterling was certainly a racist. After watching this over time it was also clear to me that money was the tool that he used to stay above the consequences. I myself participated in this by choosing to remain employed by him.
Also Tuesday, Drew acknowledged he has offered the top assistant coaching position to a former NBA coach and is waiting for a response. Drew wouldn’t reveal the name of the individual or the names of anyone he has interviewed for the position. The Journal Times has learned, though, that Drew has interviewed Jim Cleamons, who has extensive coaching experience including being Phil Jackson’s assistant with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Drew has also interviewed Dean Demopoulos, another respected longtime coach, who most recently assisted Vinny Del Negro with the Los Angeles Clippers.
This really is not news; in fact if you re-wind to 2010 in Chicago, similar commentary was coming out of the Bulls locker room. The good news for the Clippers is that they have two qualified coaches on their staff already – the first is Marc Iavaroni who coached the Grizzlies for two seasons. The second is Dean Demopoulos a long time assistant that has been mentioned as a head coaching candidate for several years.
Former Trail Blazers assistant coach Dean Demopoulos joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show on 750-AM (3-6 p.m. on 750-AM). He called into the show from the Clippers bus as it pulled away from PDX on the way to the team hotel (Blazers-Clippers on Tuesday at the Rose Garden Arena.) Demopoulos talked about his time in Portland, which ended after the Blazers won the division and made a playoff run. Said Demopoulos: “In coaching business, you’re hired to be fired. I was out of my element. I was in a free fall. There was nothing to grab onto.”
The Rockets also have expressed interest in New Orleans’ Michael Malone, Memphis’ Dave Joeger, Dallas’ Dwane Casey, Boston’s Lawrence Frank, San Antonio’s Mike Budenholzer, Philadelphia’s Quin Snyder and the Clippers’ Dean Demopoulos.
Morey has received permission to speak with many assistant coaches still involved in the playoffs but will seek to work around the first-round schedule. The Rockets have expressed interest in Memphis’ Dave Joeger, Dallas’ Dwane Casey, Boston’s Lawrence Frank and San Antonio’s Mike Budenholzer. Morey also has shown interest in Los Angeles Clippers assistant Dean Demopoulos.
The Rockets are interested in a long list of assistants, including San Antonio’s Mike Budenholzer, New Orleans’ Michael Malone, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Dean Demopoulos, Philadelphia’s Quin Snyder and Memphis’ Dave Joeger, along with former head coaches Lawrence Frank, an assistant in Boston, and Dwane Casey, an assistant in Dallas. The Rockets will seek a meeting with the Lakers’ Brian Shaw if he is not named the successor to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has three new assistants. Dean Demopoulos, Marc Iavaroni and Robert Pack will work under Del Negro when he begins his first season with the team this fall.
Lead assistant Dean Demopoulos will not return to the team, according to his agent, Warren LeGarie. Demopoulos has been with McMillan for the past nine seasons, four in Seattle and five in Portland, but will not be retained after his contract expires on Wednesday. McMillan is in the process of shuffling his staff, and said he won’t comment on coaches until his staff is complete. Demopoulos declined comment until Wednesday.