Phil Handy Rumors
Chris Fedor: Why Kyrie as the guy you’d pick from any team to play with? Jimmy Butler: “I like his game. But more than anything I know Phil Handy and that’s who trains (Kyrie). I know how hard he works and I think someone like that makes you better. I know a lot of guys work hard, but I’ve spent a countless amount of days and hours with Kyrie – even before USA Basketball. I like him as a player, as a human being, really good friend of mine. That’s not knocking anybody else, but the kid can play.”
J.R. Smith was on the Cavs’ practice court prior to their free-agent workout bonanza Wednesday, going through drills left handed with assistant coach Phil Handy. Lue said Smith was “improving his ball handling and stuff like that, passing.”
Jason Lloyd: Kevin Love on the court working out with coach Phil Handy. No one else, likely a sign of no contact. He’s already been ruled out for tonight
Additionally, Damon Jones was named a Cavs Assistant Coach, joining Jim Boylan, Mike Longabardi and James Posey. Phil Handy returns as Cavs Director of Player Development/Assistant Coach and Vitaly Potapenko remains as Assistant Director of Player Development. Mike Gerrity has been promoted to Director of Player Development for the Charge and will serve as Player Development Assistant with the Cavs.
Chris Haynes: “The assistant coaches of Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach Tyronn Lue obviously they still don’t have a contract in place. People I’ve spoken with, they have told me that frustration is at its worst regarding why they do not have contracts. Their contracts expired July 1st. Assistant coach Damian Jones, Phil Handy, James Posey, Jim Boylan and to a certain extent, Larry Drew. Frustration is mounting. It’s at an unbelievable point, that’s how it has been described to me.”
Indeed, Larry Drew, Mike Longabardi, Jim Boylan, James Posey, Phil Handy, and Vitaly Potapenko are all coming back to Lue’s bench. Former Cavs guard and LeBron James’ friend Damon Jones is also joining as an assistant, replacing Bret Brielmaier, who as previously reported got a promotion when he joined Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson’s staff.
Irving credits Phil Handy, who was also on the FaceTime, for sparking his relationship with Bryant. Handy serves as Cavs Director of Player Development/Assistant Coach, a position he has held since 2013, previously serving as Lakers Director of Player Development. “[Bryant] was telling me congrats,” Irving says of the FaceTime. “I had been speaking to him throughout the entire playoffs and during the season. During the Finals, we didn’t really talk as much, because for me, I wanted to experience it full on, and if I needed his help, I would reach out to him. He would send me some texts here and there, but mainly he kind of let me be, and let me grow into my own space.”