Kiki Vandeweghe Rumors

For several weeks this spring, the Kings had considered hiring Kiki Vandeweghe as the franchise’s president, but those talks lost traction, league sources said. Vandeweghe is the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, and previously had been the GM of the Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets. Eventually, Ranadive backed away from the idea and turned to hiring Divac, league sources said. Most believed Ranadive had hired Divac in a ceremonial position, but the owner quickly decided to usurp general manager Pete D’Alessandro’s authority to place Divac in charge.
As I reported from the summer league in July, the league introduced an odds-reform proposal that would have made Cleveland-style leaps more likely by cutting the chances for the worst teams. The proposal was an anti-tanking measure clearly aimed at the Sixers, and it didn’t get the required supermajority in an October vote. Kiki Vandeweghe, the league’s senior vice-president of basketball operations and last night’s drawing room MC, told me the discussion has been tabled for now. “I don’t see anything happening in the immediate future,” Vandeweghe said. “We will continue to study it.”
Ernie Vandeweghe, a New York Knicks player in the post-World War II era and father of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe and three other top athletes, has died. He was 86. The death was confirmed Sunday night by Kiki Vandeweghe, who said his father died of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach. Vandeweghe averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 224 regular-season games for the Knicks from 1949-56. In college, he averaged 19.1 points in four seasons at Colgate.
The Detroit Pistons plan to conduct a comprehensive search to replace Joe Dumars in the front office, a job that is coveted around the league. Several names are on the Pistons’ radar, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The latest names to surface are: Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, Boston Celtics assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.
Ginobili’s strong belief in Messina is shared by Kiki Vandeweghe, the former Nets’ GM who started working for the NBA in April in a multifaceted role primarily involving basketball operations. He hired Messina as his first summer league coach when he ran the Nuggets from 2001-06. “He didn’t have a problem at all,’’ Vandeweghe said. “I think the players respect his knowledge of the game. He is tremendous in getting through with his message. And they saw that he could help them get better. When players see that you are going to help them get better, then they’ll listen to you.”
Tyson Chandler: A big part of that preparation involved working with former Knick Kiki Vandeweghe before the Olympics. He really helped me out with my footwork, jumpshot, being aggressive and a lot of mental things. It was really good for me. I always play up-tempo and fast, so I worked with him on slowing it down and making an impact on offense as much as I do on defense. I’ve had a relationship with Kiki for my entire career, and he’s always been around — even when he was with different teams. He lives maybe 15, 20 minutes from me in California in the summertime, so it’s a great connection.
Former Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe is the only candidate to have formally interviewed for the job, according to sources. The club has also had preliminary conversations with Jim Paxson, Larry Harris, Jeff Weltman and Tony DiLeo, according to sources, but the Clippers seem to have turned their focus to Thursday’s draft, where they hold the 53rd pick, and free agency.
Among the top candidates expected to be interviewed are former Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard, Mark Warkentien, the former Denver GM who is working for the Knicks on an interim basis to help with the draft, former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, who used to coach at Marist College, Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston, former Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry and former Nets president Kiki Vandeweghe.
What’s former Net GM and coach Kiki Vandeweghe up to these days? He’s back home in the Los Angeles area, thinking about doing some TV work or consulting work. Toronto executive Maurizio Gherardini was a top candidate to succeed Vandeweghe as general manager, and had the backing of some of Mikhail Prokhorov’s top executives. But Gherardini lost out when another faction in Prokhorov’s executive team pushed for Billy King, who got the job.