Steve Kauffman Rumors reported Wednesday that Jeff Hornacek, through his agent, declined to meet with Iowa State about its coaching vacancy. However, Steve Kauffman, who represents Hornacek, called the story “simply inaccurate” on an attached message board. A source confirmed to that Kauffman is the actual poster. Subsequent to his initial post, Kauffman posted this: “[Iowa State officials] knew they had to request permission in a certain manner from the Phoenix Suns. I do not wish to allocate the blame as to the parties at fault here. But it’s a shame.”
A team source confirmed reports coach Mark Jackson hired super agent Arn Tellem and fired Steve Kauffman. The move happened months ago, but the source said it was not part of Jackson’s plan to get a new contract form Golden State. Jackson hired Kauffman presuming he had to hire an agent of coaches. When he learned he could retain Tellem, Jackson’s representative as a player, Jackson made the switch.
As the calendar moves closer to the June 30 expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, one thing is growing more clear. “There will definitely be a lockout,” says agent Steve Kauffman, who for years represented players but now has coaches as his clients. “The question is whether there will be (regular-season) games missed.” “A lockout is going to happen,” says Frank Brickowski, one of six regional representatives for the NBA Players Association. “After that, you draw a series of lines. “You draw a line at training camp. You draw a line at the start of the preseason. You draw a line at the start of the regular season. And at some point, the final line is, do we lose the season?”