Mike Longabardi Rumors
Not only had Rivers told the Clippers on Friday that he was no longer interested in the job, he had told his defensive coordinator, Mike Longabardi, that he was completely done discussing the Clippers position and would not accept it, sources said. Soon, Longabardi finalized a deal to become the top assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. He now won’t be able to join Rivers’ staff with the Clippers.
Celtics assistant Mike Longabardi, who was Doc Rivers’ “defensive coordinator” in Boston, has accepted an offer to become an assistant for Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek, a league source told the Globe. Longabardi becomes the first assistant coach to leave the Celtics this offseason, which has been filled with questions about whether Rivers will return to coach the team.
Baxter Holmes: Can confirm that Celtics assistant coach Mike Longabardi has interviewed with Phoenix. Currently mulling options.
The Boston Celtics, having lost their lead assistant for the second year in a row, have filled the void from within. Mike Longabardi, who has been with the Celtics since the 2007-2008 season, has been promoted to bench assistant coach.