Marc Iavaroni Rumors

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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.”
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.
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.