James Borrego Rumors

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have named James Borrego assistant coach. Borrego returns to San Antonio after spending seven seasons with the organization from 2003-10. Borrego began as an assistant video coordinator with the Spurs in the summer of 2003 and finished his tenure as an assistant coach. He was on staff for two championships with the Silver and Black in 2005 and 2007. Most recently, Borrego served as the interim head coach for the Orlando Magic during the 2014-15 season. Prior to, he served as an assistant coach in Orlando beginning in 2012. Before joining the Magic, Borrego was an assistant for the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010-12.

Magic, Nuggets looking beyond interim coaches

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Orlando Magic interim coach James Borrego and Denver Nuggets counterpart Melvin Hunt worked their final games in charge Wednesday night before their two teams formally launch coaching searches, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com this week that neither Orlando nor Denver, at this point, is expected to make their interim coach full-time, with both clubs interested in pursuing full-time successors to the ousted Jacque Vaughn and Brian Shaw from outside their respective organizations.
Borrego and the Magic headed into Monday’s penultimate game at 10-18, having beaten playoff contenders such as Chicago, Portland, Boston, Milwaukee and New Orleans. And to further illustrate how the players have responded to Borrego calm, but firm ways, the Magic have had the lead in the fourth quarter in 18 of the 28 games. “I absolutely believe that I can do this,’’ Borrego said. “My confidence is very high and this position has forced me to get there. Give our players credit and our staff credit because they have helped me get through this. “My focus has always been on the players. From the minute that I took over, it’s been about the players and doing whatever I can to help them,’’ Borrego continued. “Through that process I had to grow and build a strength and a confidence about myself as a person and a coach. I’ve found that. I’m a ways from where I want to be, but I’m closer than I’ve ever been.’’
The NBA is set to become the first U.S. professional sports league to visit Cuba since President Barack Obama ordered diplomatic relations between the countries to be restored. The league will hold a four-day development camp and host clinics for youth from April 23-26. Recently retired two-time MVP Steve Nash, newly elected Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, and former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro will take part, along with NBA coaches Quin Snyder of Utah and James Borrego of Orlando. The league said it will make an official announcement on Tuesday.
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“I was so fortunate to even get a few minutes with him my first year, and he didn’t even know my name,’’ said Borrego, who quickly became known as `J.B.’ to Popovich. “But as the year went along, we spent more time in the film room together, just Pop and I one-on-one watching film. I would say nothing. He would watch. And slowly but surely, he’d begin to ask me questions. We’d talk basketball. Our relationship just continued to grow. He put me in great positions to grow as a coach, as a basketball individual.’’
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“I think about him every time I step on that floor,’’ Borrego said candidly of Popovich’s influence. “And I constantly refer to him, think back to him and wonder what he would do – while still trying to be my own coach. I have to find my own way through that, but I do often think about him.’’ In his nearly eight weeks on the job as the Magic’s interim coach since taking over for the fired Jacque Vaughn on Feb. 5, Borrego has faced off against former coaching colleagues in Monty Williams (New Orleans), Brett Brown (Philadelphia) and Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta). While those meetings were certainly packed with emotion for Borrego, this is entirely different. This is the pupil against the master; the former intern against the living legend; interim against incomparable.
Now, they have something else in common: They’re both serving as interim coaches. Borrego was moved into his current role on Feb. 5, while Hunt was moved into his current role on March 3. “My kindred brother,” Hunt said when asked about Borrego. “We may just break down and cry and just hug and [sing] kumbaya at halfcourt before the game,” Hunt added. “It’s a tough situation to be in, but we’re both big boys, and we’re both embracing it. He’s done an incredible job.”
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The head coaching job has opened at Magic interim coach James Borrego’s alma mater, the University of San Diego. The Toreros (15-16) fired Bill Grier on Monday after eight seasons. Borrego, 37, played forward for three seasons at San Diego and then served as a graduate assistant coach. The Magic will begin a coaching search after the season and the odds of Borrego being retained are long. They are 6-10 under Borrego, who took over for the fired Jacque Vaughn in early February.
“Overall, I love the city,” Frye said. “I love this opportunity to play with these guys. After the [coaching] change, I think it’s really for me, in my personal opinion, been a breath of fresh air with J.B. I’m not saying that it wasn’t awesome before. But I’m just saying the way his philosophy is a little different, it’s a little bit more my style. For me, I’ve just tried to do the best I can every day, and it’s been a learning process. I kind of know I’m not the fan favorite right now. But I think that, for me, I’m just trying to do everything I can to help the team both on and off the court and help us get wins.”