Steve Jones Rumors
Jones was a three-time All-Star in eight ABA seasons, averaging 16.0 points in 640 regular-season games for Oakland, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas, Carolina, Denver and St. Louis. He finished his career with Portland in 1975-76, averaging 6.5 points in 64 games in his lone NBA season. “Steve was as positive and good-natured a broadcasting partner as I could have had,” Blazers broadcast partner Bill Schonely said. “He loved to call me ‘Pops’ as a nickname, and we worked very well together on Trail Blazers games during some of the early years of the franchise. He was a terrific guy.”
Steve “Snapper” Jones — former ABA All-Star — has passed away, per source. He was 75. The former Trail Blazer, Oregon Duck, and Franklin High basketball star was a well-known broadcaster as well. He led Franklin High to the state basketball championship in 1959.
Peter Vecsey: Nobody has been able to contact Steve Jones — ailing for many years from Lupus — since Hurricane Harvey slammed Houston. NBC colleagues, ABA accomplices and the NBA Players’ Association are all at loss regarding his whereabouts. If anybody knows where ‘Snapper’ can be reached, there are many of us who are worried and would appreciate knowing he’s okay.
The Brooklyn Nets are no longer spending as extravagantly as they once did and their announcement of staff promotions on Monday is just the latest example. Steve Jones, formerly the team’s manager of video operations, replaces veteran assistant coach John Welch, who departed for Sacramento. Trevor St. Agathe, formerly an intern with the team two seasons ago, replaces veteran strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Bettle, who left for a similar position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King announced today the promotions of Steve Jones to assistant coach for player development, Mike Jones to manager of video operations, Nick Resavy to video coordinator and Trevor St. Agathe to strength and conditioning coach/nutritional director. In addition, the Nets have named Brett Levy as video assistant. Steve Jones will begin his second season with the Nets and first as an assistant coach for player development after serving as the team’s manager of video operations during the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the Nets, Steve served in a variety of capacities with the Memphis Grizzlies, including video intern, video associate and video coordinator/player development from 2011-14. A native of Portland, Ore., Steve was a walk-on for the men’s basketball team at Arizona State for three years (2005-08) before transferring and completing his collegiate career as a walk-on at UNLV (2008-10), where he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies.
Officially announced Monday, Joerger will lean on his coaching mentor (famed minor league coach Duane Ticknor), a longtime and well-respected NBA assistant (Elston Turner), a holdover from the Lionel Hollins regime (Bob Thornton) and an up-and-coming young coach (Shawn Respert). The Griz also announced the addition of Chattin Hill as athletic performance coach and hired Mark Sanford as assistant video coordinator/player development. Jason March, video coordinator for several seasons, was promoted to advance scout. March’s former assistant Steve Jones moves in to the role as video coordinator/player development.