Nate Tibbetts Rumors
There are NBA assistants who love to be caught on camera piping in authoritatively during a huddle or whispering into a nodding superstar’s ear. That’s not Tibbetts, who’s an understated but vital presence in Portland. The Blazers’ young backcourt praises him for his ability to communicate and provide players with cheat codes — nuanced observations such as opposing players’ tendencies or a play call from the other bench. They also appreciate that he’ll gladly hop in a taxi with them at 3:30 p.m. if they want to get in an early pregame workout at the arena.
After locking in three members of his new coaching staff, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is pursuing an ambitious list of ex-NBA head coaches and assistant coaches for the two most prominent roles on his bench, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Donovan has a targeted interest in several potential candidates, including ex-New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, Chicago Bulls assistant Andy Greer and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, league sources said. Another possibility could be the return of New York Knicks assistant Brian Keefe, league sources told Yahoo Sports
Clifford becomes the sixth known candidate to fill the opening created when the Bobcats fired Mike Dunlap last month. The others: Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry and four assistants: Nate Tibbetts (Cleveland), Kelvin Sampson (Houston), Jeff Hornacek (Utah) and Elston Turner (most recently with the Suns).
he list of known candidates for the Charlotte Bobcats head-coaching job is at five and probably growing. Various news sources have identified four current NBA assistants, plus Shelby native Alvin Gentry, who has been a head coach with four NBA teams. The assistants (in alphabetical order): Jeff Hornacek (Utah Jazz), Kelvin Sampson (Houston Rockets), Nate Tibbetts (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Elston Turner (most recently with the Phoenix Suns).