Ed Pinckney Rumors

With summer league mini-camp set to begin on Monday morning, the Nuggets have finalized their coaching staff under new head coach Michael Malone, according to a source. It is a staff of five new faces, loaded with highly regarded basketball minds. Ed Pinckney comes to the Nuggets after serving under Tom Thibodeau for five years with the Chicago Bulls. Pinckney, best known for his role on the 1985 Villanova basketball team that upset Georgetown to win the national title, will be the lead assistant. The 52-year-old Pinckney has 12 years of coaching experience, including eight in the NBA with Minnesota and Chicago. Next is Chris Fleming, an up-and-coming basketball mind who is currently coach of the German national team. He also coached the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the German League from 2008-14. While he was there, his team was four-time German Cup champions, four-time German League champions, three-time German Supercup champions, and he was German League coach of the year in 2011.
Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney are close friends dating back to their Big East playing days, and sources told SNY.tv he’s the favorite to fill the third spot, which has remained open since Mullin took the job April 1. “There’s a lot of different candidates,” Mullin said last month. If Pinckney joined the staff, St. John’s would have a loaded set of recruiters going forward. Pinckney is a former NCAA champion and Villanova assistant who knows the recruiting ropes as well as anyone.
The Sixers have also contacted the Denver Nuggets about interviewing assistant Melvin Hunt, a source said. ESPN.com also has reported that the Sixers have reached out to Chicago Bulls assistant coaches Ed Pickney and Adrian Griffin while CSN Philadelphia reported that Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga is also a candidate.
The source said the Grizzlies like Pinckney for “his knowledge of defense from [Tom] Thibodeau and [Pat] Riley, and for his good rapport with players.” While the Grizzlies were No. 1 in the NBA last season in opponents’ points per game (89.3), the Bulls were third-best (92.9). Both teams demonstrated a strong persistence with their physical and solid frontcourt play. Pinckney’s coaching with first-time All-Star Joakim Noah could provide value for Grizzlies big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger is widely seen as the frontrunner to replace the departed Lionel Hollins and former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is being considered as well. Yet as was first reported by CBSSports.com, the Grizzlies will also interview Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney. The person told USA TODAY Sports that Pinckney’s interview will be on Thursday. No interview for Karl has been set up as yet.
The Grizzlies have received permission to interview Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney for their head coaching vacancy, league sources told CBSSports.com. Pinckney, a former Big East star and assistant coach at Villanova, has impressed the Memphis front office with the work he’s done in Chicago under defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau. Pinckney, 50, also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Timberwolves.
Retired NBA player Ed Pinckney was briefly an investor in a Harlem townhouse that’s in the middle of a city corruption probe. Pinckney’s lawyer confirmed Friday the ex-ballplayer sold a building to Housing Preservation and Development Assistant Commissioner Wendell Walters. Walters was charged Thursday with pocketing $600,000 in kickbacks from contractors. Federal investigators believe Pinckney acted as a middleman when Walters was buying the house from Gregory Pascal, a Bronx developer who was doing extensive work for HPD, court papers and sources say.
Joining Luol Deng, Omer Asik and Joakim Noah–the latter previously indicated, toward the end of the Bulls’ season, that he would play; reports that he will indeed suit up for the French national team were confirmed to CSNChicago.com by a source close to the player Sunday–will be Bulls assistant coach Ed Pinckney. While the trio of players will represent either native or adopted countries–Deng, a native of Sudan, will play for Great Britain, where he spent most of his formative years. Asik will play for his native Turkey and Noah will play for France, where he holds dual citizenship along with the U.S. Pinckney will be an assistant coach for the Ukrainian national team. Ukraine’s head coach is former NBA head coach and current television analyst Mike Fratello.
The Chicago Bulls announced today that Ed Pinckney has been hired as an assistant coach on Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff. In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not announced. Pinckney, 47, spent last season as the television analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-2009) and four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Villanova University (2003-2007). He also served as a member of the Miami Heat radio and television broadcasting team after his retirement in 1997.
The Bulls adding former NBA center Ed Pinckney as a big-man coach is a strong possibility, according to a team source, but nothing official yet. Tom Thibodeau was an assistant coach in Philadelphia while Pinckney was a player during the 1995-96 season. In recent years, Pinckney was an assistant coach for Villanova and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was on the 76ers broadcast team last season. He played for seven NBA teams during a 12-year career. He’s probably best known for his role on Villanova’s 1985 NCAA championship team.