Jack Sikma Rumors
Q: What facets of your game have improved the most? A: My footwork, my quickness, my ability to be lighter and quicker on my feet and my ability to know what my opponents are doing. But those are things I also feel like I need to keep working at and continuing to get better at. Q: You’ve been working a lot with Jack Sikma. What has he been able to teach you? A: Footwork in the low post to get your opponent adjusting. How he’s playing you — is he close, is he far away? — and which move you should use.
The contracts for Adelman assistant coaches Terry Porter, Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn all expire after this season, and each has been given permission to talk with other teams about jobs, Saunders said. Adelman’s sons R.J. and David have a season remaining on their contracts and will remain with the team next season.
So much has changed since the Sonics won the city’s only major pro title — the Seattle Storm won two WNBA championships and soccer’s Sounders won as well — way back in 1979. It was so long ago that the Sonics have since moved away, to Oklahoma City in a disappearance Sikma still calls disturbing. “There was an even more personal connection with fans back then,” Sikma said. “I knew most all the season-ticket holders in the front row. You could pretty much walk out after games and it was bedlam as far as autograph seekers and talking to kids. That personalized it. The media attention has changed, the world has changed. It was pretty special the connection with the city we had back then.”
How far away do you think you are from getting an opportunity to be a head coach? Shawn Respert: You know what? Not far away. I don’t think any young coach could ask for a better coaching staff that I came into. All of them are former NBA players: Adelman, Terry Porter, TR Dunn, Jack Sikma and then in Houston we had Elston Turner. All I had to do was just sit back and keep my mouth shut, listen and learn. After almost six years of working with a staff like that in the NBA, I’m sure I’m ready for a head coaching job for a college level or maybe a D-League opportunity. The NBA? Let’s say maybe five years. Then I’ll be ready to do something in the NBA and lead a team.
“He reminds me of Jack Sikma,” Casey said, a big smile coming across his face as he launched into a story from the good old days. Sikma, a seven-time All-Star in the 1970s and 1980s, is remembered in coaching circles for the “Sikma move,” a face-up motion with the ball kept high in a flexible position that allows for a quick jumper or an up-and-under fake to set up a drive to the basket.