Marc Iavaroni Rumors
Gasol has stuck in his craw a failed 2009 trade — driven by former Griz coach Marc Iavaroni — that would have sent Conley to Milwaukee for Ramon Sessions and Joe Alexander. Conley hasn’t dwelled on it. He’s instead allowed his play to speak loudly as one of the main voices among the Grizzlies’ cry for relevancy as a Western Conference contender. Conley is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 17.2 points by attacking the rim at a rate that ranked 15th in the league. Conley’s 8.6 turnovers per 100 possessions ranked third among point guards behind Chris Paul and Jose Calderon. “Man,” forward Zach Randolph said, “I don’t know where we would be without Mike.”
Madelyn Burke: #Clippers coaching staff now stands: Vinny Del Negro (HC), Marc Iavaroni, Robert Pack, Bob Ociepka, Howard Eisley, & Dave Severns
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that “chaos” isn’t too strong a term for what’s happening in the Clippers’ locker room — with Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans said to be clashing — but sources likewise insist that former Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni is not considered an option to replace Del Negro even on a rest-of-the-season basis.
The Clips have all the body language of a team eager for a coaching change, and they have a perfectly serviceable interim on the bench in Marc Iavaroni. Del Negro’s camp has been given no indication a change is imminent, and all the key figures in the organization are up in the air contractually. So if a move is going to be made, it’s going to be made by one Donald J. Sterling. No telling what he’s going to do.
This really is not news; in fact if you re-wind to 2010 in Chicago, similar commentary was coming out of the Bulls locker room. The good news for the Clippers is that they have two qualified coaches on their staff already – the first is Marc Iavaroni who coached the Grizzlies for two seasons. The second is Dean Demopoulos a long time assistant that has been mentioned as a head coaching candidate for several years.
D’Antoni is expected to add a defensive specialist to the staff, at the behest of the front office. D’Antoni called it “an option we will look at.” It would not be a new concept. In Phoenix, Marc Iavaroni served as D’Antoni’s defensive coach for three and a half seasons.
Chris Palmer: Clippers assistant Marc Iavaroni on Blake Griffin: “He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been around. He’s extremely driven and you can see why he was the No.1 pick for a reason and it’s not just superior talent but because of his work ethic.”
Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has three new assistants. Dean Demopoulos, Marc Iavaroni and Robert Pack will work under Del Negro when he begins his first season with the team this fall.
In Las Vegas for Summer League, Marc Iavaroni confirmed that he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers, joining newly appointed head coach, Vinny Del Negro. The move to LA comes after Iavaroni spent the past season on the Toronto Raptors bench, serving as an assistant to Raptors head coach, Jay Triano. Iavaroni first gained national recognition while working under Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix with their high-octane, “seven seconds or less” offense. It will be interesting to see whether Iavaroni’s history of working with uptempo offenses will mesh with Del Negro’s more traditional offensive principles in Los Angeles.
02 Jun 07