Scott Roth Rumors

It’s a farce that prompted Marca, Spain’s biggest daily national sports newspaper, to refer to Roth as Sevilla’s Entrenador Fantasma. The Phantom Coach. Suffice it to say none of this was in the brochure when the job was offered. Despite Roth’s attempts to round up letters of support in recent weeks from the likes of the NBA, USA Basketball and both the Dominican Republic and Turkish national federations with whom he has worked, Sevilla has yet to convince the ACB that its new coach is already more than worthy of the license. Worse yet, Roth can’t do anything to obtain a license in-season, since one of the three required courses is not until June.
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He certainly never imagined that his new employers, thanks to the ACB’s petty rules, aren’t even allowed to list him as a head coach in league play. According to ACB regulations, specifically those ordained by the Spanish coaches association, head coaches must possess a league-sanctioned license as well as FIBA clearance to coach league games. Roth didn’t have the license when Sevilla hired him but was assured by his new club that, after a decade as an NBA assistant as well as head-coaching experience in both the D-League and internationally with the Dominican Republic, Sevilla would either have the grounds to obtain the license for him or be able to pay some sort of fine to clear him.
In August, former NBA player Scott Roth agreed to take a detour from the volatile world of assistant coaching in the NBA to serve as the head coach of Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. It sounded like a truly special opportunity, since only a select few Yanks had previously coached in Spain’s top league, most notably ESPN’s own George Karl. So Roth, who had multiple playing stints in Spain in the early 1990s after his brief NBA career with Utah, San Antonio and Minnesota, decided he couldn’t refuse the opportunity to take charge of his own team at such a high level. Especially because serving as Sevilla’s coach would also mean overseeing the development of Latvian 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis, who is widely projected to be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft with a skill set scouts say takes the best from both Ersan Ilyasova and Andrea Bargnani. On my ESPN.com colleague Chad Ford’s latest Big Board, Porzingis is the No. 4-rated prospect.
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The timing of the Mavs’ lone visit of the season to Detroit was fortuitous for two old friends. Former Mavs assistant coach Scott Roth, who forged a close bond with Nowitzki during Dirk’s early seasons as a member of Don Nelson’s first coaching staff with the Mavs, was just hired by Detroit this week to hop onto the bench beside Pistons interim coach John Loyer … and serve as Nowitzki’s welcoming committee at The Palace.
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Scott Roth, Philadelphia 76ers player development coach Quin Snyder and former University of Utah head coach Jim Boylen are the three finalists for a position on the staff of new Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, according to sources close to the situation. Roth and Snyder have already interviewed for the position, sources said, with Boylen scheduled to meet Monday with Brown.