Marc Iavaroni Rumors
“My first couple of years I really enjoyed Memphis. But the last years, I didn’t get a good vibe from (Coach Marc) Iavaroni and a lot of the players felt the same way. I wasn’t outspoken so I didn’t talk a lot. He didn’t come off as a good person or coach to me. He was fake to me. Sid (Lowe) was a good coach but Hubie (Brown) and (Mike) Fratello changed the mindset of the whole team. We were a decent defensive team but when Iavaroni came I can’t remember going over a defensive drill. It was almost like he was trying to turn us into the Phoenix Suns.”
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.”
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.