After completing a two-month suspension for a drunken driving charge, Marshall University assistant coach Chris Duhon – a nine-year NBA veteran – insists he’s returned far more serious to the coaching craft and committed to living a less cluttered post-playing life. After having something you love taken away from you like this, you have to really sit back and be honest with yourself, and understand there are lifestyle changes that you need to make,” Duhon told The Vertical recently.
“I had recently retired and I wasn’t putting all my focus and energy into coaching,” Duhon told The Vertical. “I still had some ideas that maybe I would make another comeback, find another way to get back and play again. It is not always an easy transition out of your playing career, but that part of my life is done. It isn’t an easy transition, but I’m learning from what happened and I want to focus my energy on becoming a good coach.”
Evan Turner’s number will hang in the rafters next to Celtics legend John Havlicek’s — just not in Boston. Ohio State University has announced plans to honor Turner’s three-year career during a Feb. 16 halftime ceremony at Value City Arena. From that day forward, his jersey will hang next to Havlicek’s, Jerry Lucas’s, Jim Jackson’s and Gary Bradds’s. The latter three all won college player of the year awards, while Havlicek, a Hall of Famer, settled for eight NBA championships, 13 NBA All-Star appearances, five NBA All-Defensive first teams, and becoming the leading scorer in Celtics history.
“I’m sure he’ll be great anywhere he goes but he’s in a perfect spot. I spoke to him [Tuesday], we talk all the time. He’s not happy with the way his playing but Cal’s teams always get better at the end of the year. He really teaches his kids how to win. “I hope he stays where he is. Not to say the NBA’s not great, not a wonderful opportunity but gosh, I can’t think of a better program for him to be the head of.”
Mike Brown: The former NBA head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers is being mentioned by local and national media, but multiple sources have said Brown is not getting serious consideration.
The NCAA pushed back the date in which early entrant candidates for the NBA draft could withdraw their name until 10 days after the conclusion of the NBA draft combine in May. Previously, the NCAA’s deadline for a player to withdraw his name from the draft was during the spring signing period in early April. The NCAA also will allow early entrant candidates to participate in the NBA draft combine and work out for one NBA team without jeopardizing their eligibility, and players can enter the draft multiple times without losing eligibility.