Henry Bibby Rumors
While the Nets have yet to announce who will be part of Hollins’ coaching staff, one likely option will be Henry Bibby, a longtime Hollins assistant in Memphis who spent last season working under Maurice Cheeks with the Pistons. Other names that have been reported as possibilities for Hollins’ staff include former Suns, Sonics and Kings coach Paul Westphal, Lakers assistant Johnny Davis — a teammate of Hollins on the 1977 champion Trail Blazers and a former assistant on his staff in Memphis — and current Nets assistant Joe Prunty.
Peter Vecsey: Henry Bibby, like Westphal, almost sure to join Hollins’ staff. NY brings back Jax, ’73 title member. BK does same w Bibby? I’d call it even
Now, the young player around whom the franchise plans to build has taken the appearance of someone who feels disrespected by his coach. Drummond eschewed a consoling effort from assistant coach Henry Bibby after he was pulled. Less than three minutes later, he returned to the game, but managed only two rebounds in 10 minutes of second-half playing time.
Cheeks said he does not divide offensive and defensive responsibilities among his coaches, though he did seek staff members with particular strengths at each end of the floor. Cheeks added that he won’t have a chief assistant. “We’re all here to help us win,” he said. And who takes over in the event the coach is ejected from a game? “I’m not getting ejected,” Cheeks said.
Henry Bibby has been named a Detroit Pistons assistant coach, rounding out new head coach Maurice Cheeks’ staff. Bibby, who spent the last five seasons as a Memphis Grizzlies assistant, joins a staff which already had Maz Trakh, who previously served with Cheeks on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s staff, and holdover Pistons assistant John Loyer. In addition to coaching together previously, Cheeks and Bibby were teammates with the Philadelphia 76ers. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, particularly on the defensive end — he knows the defensive end of the floor,” Cheeks said of Bibby. “And he’s been in games. He’s coached in games, he’s played in games, so any time you have a guy like that, who’s been around as long as he has, the knowledge can only be helpful for me.”
Mike’s father, former UCLA and NBA point guard Henry Bibby, wasn’t around much during his formative years on the court. It is partly what drives Mike Bibby, making sure his son is getting his attention. Mike hasn’t joined an NBA team this year. He still waits for a call, feeling he has at least a year or two left in his playing career. He goes to all of his son’s games, sometimes with his brother-in-law, former Arizona State star and ex-NBA player Eddie House. He doesn’t sit on the bench at games. But he has been in the gym to install the defense and has work with some of the younger players. “There are a lot of people out there that probably look at it, ‘He’s just playing because that’s his dad,'” Mike said of his son. “But he puts the work in. As far as me growing up, I never really had anything to put the work in for me.”
An ESPN.com article attempted to shed light on the situation but erred on how playoff bonuses were handled. According to sources on both sides, Hollins and the assistants each had playoff bonuses written in their contracts. Hollins received a set amount while each coach negotiated a percentage of their salary. For example, the lowest paid assistants received 10-percent of their salary as a playoff bonus. Other assistants received more per the terms of their contract.
After talking to people on both sides and sifting through the B.S., here’s the deal with the Grizzlies assistant coaches. Johnny Davis, Henry Bibby, Barry Hecker and Dave Joerger have contracts that run through June 30. They all (including the departed Damon Stoudamire) signed one-year deals just before the team left for summer league last year. Even after making a 16-game improvement and locking up head coach Lionel Hollins, the coaching staff went through the draft without new deals. Management is taking a similar approach this year: slow to negotiate deals while it researches how most NBA teams will handle a potential lockout. A source emphatically said that the Griz intend to have deals with the coaching staff by the June 23 draft. Those deals, according to the source, will likely include full pay during a lockout if it occurs. But don’t expect the Griz staff to go from being one of the lowest paid to receiving significant raises.
Bibby hooked up with engineer Alan Fujii, co-founder of Pulse Global, a California-based product design consulting company. To duplicate the type of behavior Bibby wanted his basketball to have, Fujii designed a bladder to go inside the ball that made it bounce at a specific degree. After much experimentation, it was decided that four nodules needed to be placed on the ball so that the bounces weren’t too erratic.
Roughly 10 years later, Bibby is hoping those lopsided balls were the impetus for the next great basketball training tool. After finding an engineer to help develop his idea, the result is DribblePro, a basketball with four strategically placed nodules that cause the ball to bounce erratically. The concept is for youngsters to master the art of dribbling while improving their hand-to-eye coordination. A marketing campaign for DribblePro, which costs $34.95, was launched this month and features an infomercial. DribblePro can also be found at DribblePro.com, on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.