Mario Elie Rumors
Athletic trainers see the impact of back to backs traveling from West to East. But others believe the longer four-in-five stretch is more debilitating. “Four in five nights,” one current general manager said. “Back to backs are tough, but not as bad as four in five. Fatigue is a lot greater at the end of the four in five.” The brutal travel every NBA team has, even though every team uses charter service, also weighs on players playing four in five. “You can be in four different cities,” former player Mario Elie said. “Different time zones.”
Who was the toughest player for you to guard during your career? DA: There was a couple. When I played it was tough. I was a tough guard but think about it, you had these shooting guards: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, JR Rider… Just naming those guys, you knew you had a tough night every night and if you watched on TV you said ‘Man, this is a great game!’ Now you can’t name me five apart from Kobe [Bryant], [James] Harden and maybe Joe Johnson… It was fun back then. Mario Elie, Allen Iverson was a two-guard back then… There was a bunch of talent. Now? There’s nothing.
If anyone had any doubt that Mario Elie wouldn’t be back on the Nets bench next season, he seemed to erase them Thursday night when he made a televised pitch to Dwight Howard on behalf of the Rockets. “Hopefully, Dwight Howard, you’ve got to come down to Texas, man,” Elie said. “No state taxes, ain’t no pressure down here. You don’t have to worry about LA, Hollywood, or Brooklyn. Texas is great. The fans are terrific down here. We support. We’re not like the Miami fans leaving when the game’s not even over. We stay until the end here in Houston. Come on down to Texas, Dwight.”
“I like him,” said Elie, an 11-year veteran of six teams. “It’s not just that he’s good. I like how hard he works.” “He’s going to stick around,” said Stackhouse. “When you see a guy with a shirt that wet, you know he’ll be sticking around.”
Kris Joseph’s 10-day contract with the Nets expires at midnight and Joseph tells Tim Bontemps that he hasn’t heard yet what the Nets are thinking. But P.J. Carlesimo tells Bontemps he likes what he sees and Mario Elie and Jerry Stackhouse tell Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the ex-Celtic’s work ethic will rule the day. “I like Kris a lot,” Carlesimo said. “I think he’s active. … I’d like to be able to get him some more time so we could look at him. I think Kris Joseph can be a good player in the league. It’s just hard for us to get him time right now.”
It’s been common knowledge for months that P.J. Carlesimo and Mario Elie were going to join the Nets’ coaching staff, but the Nets wouldn’t announce that until today, when head coach Avery Johnson finally welcomed the two men on board. “When you talk about guys that I really respect that are coaches around the league — guys like Coach (Gregg) Popovich, who’s my mentor, and (New Orleans Saints coach) Sean Payton, who’s my really close friend, and I can go on and on, sometimes it’s about compatability and coachability, it’s about chemistry amongst the coaching staff, as well as chemistry amongst the players,” Johnson said in making the announcement about Carlesimo and Elie, who will join holdovers Popeye Jones, Tom Barrise and Doug Overton from last year’s staff. “We feel we got the right fit this year and hopefully, the guys that we have, they’ll be able to provide some continuity for us, so now we can have a staff that I can move forward with, not only this year, but the next couple of years.”
On another note, Johnson finally made the long-awaited announcement that P.J. Carlesimo and Mario Elie have joined the Nets’ coaching staff. Those two, and Popeye Jones, will sit on the bench with Johnson, with Tom Barrise and Doug Overton in the row behind. Sam Mitchell, who was an assistant last season, will become a scout for the team.
The Nets will be adding two assistant coaches. He won’t say it until the deals are signed, but they are P.J. Carlesimo and Mario Elie. If there was any question that Elie was going to be on Avery Johnson’s staff, he walked past the press room at one point and headed into the gym, wearing gray Nets’ gear.
I can’t imagine Cousins is happy to see Hughley gone. Elie had a good relationship with Tyreke Evans but there’s no reason to believe Smart won’t work well with him.
Gone are Truck Robinson, Mario Elie, Pete Carril (who I would not be surprised to see in some capacity) and Otis Hughley.
Cowbell Kingdom sources have confirmed the appointment of Jackson, but no word yet on who may or may not be returning from the 2010-11 Kings staff, which included Head Coach Paul Westphal, assistants Jim Eyen, Mario Elie, Truck Robinson, Otis Hughley and basketball legend Pete Carrill.
The names I’ve heard are the leading candidates to join Avery Johnson’s staff are P.J. Carlesimo and Mario Elie – both of whom have relationships with Johnson. As we’ve written before Sam Mitchell probably won’t be back. But the Nets won’t do anything with their staff until the lockout is settled. Tom Barrise, Popeye Jones and Doug Overton return, of course.
The Nets haven’t replaced Sam Mitchell on Avery Johnson’s bench yet, waiting for the end of the lockout to make formal offers. But word is they’d very much like to talk to Kings assistant Mario Elie, Johnson’s former teammate on the first Spurs’ championship team and one of Elie’s best friends in basketball. The Nets may also look at former Warriors coach Keith Smart.
Several names have emerged as candidates for Jackson as he begins to put together his first coaching staff. Included in the list of possible assistants are former Rockets assistants Jack Sikma and Elston Turner; Kings assistant Mario Elie; and Jerry Sichting, who was on Keith Smart’s staff in Golden State.
Former Hawks coach Mike Woodson is scheduled to interview today. “These guys know what they want,” Elie said. “They’re going to take their time. A lot of guys will be coming through.
Though in many ways Mario Elie never left Houston, he met with the Rockets’ front office on Wednesday determined to “come home.” Elie, who has kept his home in Houston since his days with the franchise’s Clutch City-era teams, interviewed for the Rockets’ vacant head coaching position on Wednesday, saying he is ready to recapture the successes from his playing days here. “I’m very excited,” Elie said. “I like their commitment to winning and bringing back the success of the championship years. “We knocked it around for quite a bit, about three to four hours. Those guys are very sharp. They know what they want. I had a good time with these gentlemen.”
Rockets assistant coach Jack Sikma and former Rockets forward Mario Elie, who has been an assistant with Sacramento, Golden State and San Antonio, will interview Wednesday. Former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson, a former Rockets player who still lives in Katy, is expected to meet with Morey on Thursday.
KHOU 11 Sports has confirmed that the Houston Rockets will interview both former player Mario Elie and current assistant Jack Sikma for the vacant head coaching job. Both men have been rumored to be candidates for the job from the start and are expected to meet with the team later next week. Elie, who is currently an assistant with the Sacramento Kings, played for the Rockets from 1993-1998, helping bring to NBA Championships to Houston.
The first interviews, however, will go to Elston Turner, Jack Sikma and Mario Elie. They would need to wow Morey and Alexander in interviews, which will mean showing an emphasis on developing players.Rockets assistants Elston Turner and Jack Sikma and former Rockets player Mario Elie, who has been an assistant with the Kings, Warriors and Spurs, will interview for the position, according to a person with knowledge of the process.
As reported by CBSSports.com, the Maloof family that owns the Kings has been strongly considering firing basketball president Geoff Petrie and coach Paul Westphal. But sources close to the team told FanHouse that the Maloofs have been exploring options for weeks, among them the idea of hiring former Sacramento Monarchs general manager/coach and Maloof family friend John Whisenant to either coach the team or have a front office role.
When pressed, Maloof said definitively that Petrie and Westphal will be in their positions for the remainder of the 2010-11 season regardless of how many games the team loses. “Yes,” Maloof said. “We’re not making any moves. The answer is yes.”
A person with direct knowledge of recent statements by a high-ranking member of the organization painted a different picture, telling CBSSports.com that frustration with the Kings’ 5-22 record had reached a breaking point. At one point after the Kings’ 84-79 home loss to the Bucks Thursday night, owner Gavin Maloof was overheard in the tunnel saying that the culture of the organization had to change. “It’s time to hit the reset button,” Gavin Maloof said, according to the source.
Kings owner Joe Maloof denied a report by CBSSports.com Friday that the team was considering firing GM Geoff Petrie and coach Paul Westphal after 21 losses in 23 games. “There’s nothing going on,” Maloof told CBSSports.com by phone. “Paul Westphal is the coach and Geoff is our general manager. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”
Kings coach Paul Westphal wasted no time in addressing assistant Mario Elie’s arrest early Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence. As soon as members of the media approached following Friday’s practice, Westphal revealed that he addressed his players about the situation – as did Elie. “We’re here to play basketball against Miami,” the coach continued. “It’s something you can’t dwell on. Everybody knows better.” No action by the league is expected until the case has been resolved by the legal system.
Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested in downtown Sacramento Wednesday overnight on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Kings organization confirmed. CHP arrest report California Highway Patrol Officer Adrian Quintero said an officer initially noticed a 1993 Mercedes on westbound L Street coming up to 15th Street at 12:55 a.m.. The right taillight on the car was not working and the officer put on his patrol unit lights. The Mercedes turned left on L Street, left on Capitol Mall and then pulled over.