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.
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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.”
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.
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.