Gene Cross Rumors
After practice, asked if Smith had the potential to play in the N.B.A., coach Gene Cross (Erie BayHawks) paused and said, “I think he has the potential to work, to continue to grow, and make himself a good ballplayer. And whatever situation he finds himself in, I think he can be successful. But you never know which situation any player will find himself in.”
Tyler was the last player off the court. He said his right foot, which was operated on in September, felt fine. Cross expected him to play by early December. In the meantime, Tyler said, he was working on moving his feet in the post, playing hard without fouling, being more vocal, and mastering defensive schemes.
The Knicks announced yesterday that Gene Cross will be the head coach of their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, this season. “We are extremely excited that Gene Cross is the new head coach of the Erie BayHawks,” said Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston in a statement. Houston runs the basketball operations for the D-League team. “We believe that his passion for the game, experience in evaluating players, knowledge of the NBA Development League, and his commitment to winning and developing young talent on and off the court will make him a great addition to not only the BayHawks, but to the New York Knicks, as well.”
Former University of Toledo men’s basketball coach Gene Cross has accepted an assistant coaching position with the NBA Development League’s Utah Flash, the organization announced Wednesday. The Rockets finished a program-worst 4-28 last season under Cross and were 11-53 in his two seasons before he submitted his resignation last March. Under the terms of his resignation, Cross was paid his normal biweekly salary of $10,769.23 until Aug. 1.