Dean Demopoulos Rumors
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.
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.
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.”