Eric Musselman Rumors

The state Board of Regents approved a five-year contract worth $2 million Thursday for new Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman, a two-time former NBA coach who says he’s already on the recruiting trail and is planning to run a high-octane offense. Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth formally introduced Musselman at the Lawlor Events Center on the Reno campus shortly after the regents in Las Vegas approved the deal that offers additional incentives, including $10,000 for winning the Mountain West Conference title and another $10,000 for making the NCAA tournament.
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Two-time NBA head coach Eric Musselman has been selected to coach the Nevada men’s basketball team and a five-year contract will be presented to the Board of Regents for their approval at a meeting on Thursday, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today. Musselman, 50, returns to Reno after spending the last three years as an assistant coach at a pair power five schools, first at Arizona State and most recently helping the LSU Tigers to the NCAA Tournament this season. He spent the 2010-11 season in Reno, coaching the NBA D-League’s Bighorns and leading them to the only Western Conference title in franchise history. He has been a head coach with seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07), and has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340).
That leaves us with Musselman – whose name surfaced as early as last week and since then we have heard his name mentioned several times by people associated with the University. No one has gone on record saying he is the top target. But the talk is there. The son of former NBA coach Bill Musselman, Eric has paved his own path in the game of basketball coaching since 1988. His career has spanned all across the country and even to the international level.
Former NBA head coaches Terry Porter and Eric Musselman are interested in the vacant Oregon State basketball coaching job. Another ex-NBA head man, Lionel Hollins, probably isn’t, though he would entertain the idea if a representative of the OSU athletic department were to call. Porter, reached Friday in Minneapolis, said he hasn’t heard from anyone at Oregon State, though several people outside the program have reached out to him. “I’d be willing to listen,” was all Porter wanted to be quoted as saying.
Oregon State will move quickly in its search to replace Craig Robinson as men’s basketball coach but, according to a source close to the process on Wednesday evening, the Beavers are not expected to make a hire until late next week. An athletic department source tells The Oregonian that there has been enthusiastic interest from candidates such as Terry Porter and Lionel Hollins, who have contacted the Beavers directly, as well as a push from boosters to consider others including Eric Musselman and Damon Stoudamire.
Former NBA coach Eric Musselman recently interviewed for the head coach opening at California, a person with knowledge of the process said. Musselman met with athletic director Sandy Barbour about replacing Mike Montgomery, who announced his retirement last month. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the school hasn’t released details of its search since Montgomery’s announcement on March 31. Musselman, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arizona State, with the goal of landing a head coaching job in college. He has a proven track record of developing young players.
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Arizona State associate head coach Eric Musselman, a former NBA head coach, has emerged as a “legitimate candidate’’ for South Florida’s men’s basketball opening, according to a CBSSports.com report Sunday. Musselman, 49, has been on Herb Sendek’s ASU staff for two seasons, helping the Sun Devils to a 43-25 mark, but that is his only college experience. He was head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04, then the Sacramento Kings in 2006.
Green credits Eric Musselman, coach of the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders during the 2011-12 season, for his NBA return. Musselman asked Green to play for him with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, for a pittance of what he would earn going back overseas. “And thank God for Eric Musselman,” Green said. “He just really had all the confidence in me in the world. He put me in situations to succeed and he was a great coach for me, a great guy, a guy that I will always be friends with.” Musselman couldn’t believe it when Green told him that he wanted no part of the dunk contest at the D-League’s All-Star festivities that year. “I remember sitting in our staff meeting and I said, ‘I can’t believe this guy is willing to just sit in his hotel room while the dunk contest is going on in front of NBA people,’ ” said Musselman, now associate head coach at Arizona State. “But that’s how much that athleticism, that dunking label kind of wore at him.”
Another former NBADL player of Musselman’s, Marcus Landry, is in training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers. Landry was a member of Musselman’s extremely talented Reno Bighorns team which consisted of Jeremy Lin, Danny Green, Steve Novak, and Donald Sloan. Landry has a shot at cracking the roster for head coach Mike D’Antoni in L.A. Musselman spoke about the many different attributes which he thinks Landry possesses, ”Marcus has such great versatility. He could play the 3, or 4 in the D-League, and even played the 5. He is a rare player that is a two-way pick-and-roll player, meaning he can handle the ball in the pick-and-roll, and also be a screen setter. Marcus is a great family man, and a real pro. I felt in Reno he was a D-League MVP candidate, and felt like our staff and organization failed in not having him called up.”
Musselman spoke with D-LeagueDigest.com, and explained the run in with his former player.”Prior to the Suns’ camp Ish Smith worked out at ASU’s facility. Ish came to the ASU football game last Saturday vs USC, and we got a chance to catch up.” Green is also calling Phoenix home now after he was traded from Indiana, and still remains close to Musselman. Green earned a Call-Up as a member of Musselman’s D-Fenders squad that nearly won the NBADL championship, and has since gone on to earn a roster spot with a few different NBA teams. Musselman issued nothing but praise regarding the athletic swingman, “Gerald is one of my all-time favorites. He really embraced coaching, and was all in as far as coming to the D-League for all the right reasons.” Musselman said.
According to a person close to former Kings, Warriors and D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman, the former D-League Coach of the Year is also interested in the UOP and USC openings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of coaching searches. Musselman is currently an assistant at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils are 14-3 overall heading into a Pac-12 showdown against Arizona on Saturday.
After extended stops in Russia and China, he was invited to a Lakers mini-camp in the summer of ’11 but participated in just two practices—hardly enough, in Green’s mind, for the team to get a good look at him. So Green landed in the D-League, with L.A. D-Fenders, coached by Eric Musselman. A former NBA head coach with the Warriors and Kings, Musselman pushed Green to improve his handles and defense. “Eric Musselman, I really have to thank him a lot in terms of my career,” begins Green. “If I could thank him every day, I would, because he was probably the one person that helped me get back in the League. He helped motivate me, he prepared me. He just showed me a different way of scoring, a different way of playing defense. I have to give a lot of credit to him for me being back.”
Arizona State men’s basketball coach Herb Sendek hired two assistants with NBA experience Tuesday. Eric Musselman has had two NBA head-coaching stints — with the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04 and the Sacramento Kings in 2006-07 — and Larry Greer was an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers last season. “In talking to several people it was clear to me Larry and Eric were great additions to the Sun Devil family because of unique backgrounds and a passion for the game,” Sendek said in a statement. “I love the fact Eric has coached at so many levels, including leagues where guys are trying to make the next step. Larry comes highly recommended by several people in the basketball world that I have a lot of faith in and are good friends with. Together with coach Dedrique Taylor I am really looking forward to our future as we bring the experience of the NBA game to our program.”