Tim Shea Rumors
“Just give him two years with diet, weight training with guys who will put on [muscle] mass without taking away his speed and with the facility [the Knicks] have over there, this kid’s a gym rat,’’ Shea said. “He said he can’t believe he’ll get a key to the practice site. You’ll go in at 3 a.m. and he’ll be shooting shots. The kid’s dedicated his life to basketball.’’ There are skeptics in New York, and Shea — more than anyone — knows why. “Of course fans were disappointed because of [international players] such as [Andrea] Bargnani, [Maciej] Lampe, Slavko [Vranes],’’ Shea said.
Sources repeatedly have told The Post that Shea and former Knicks scout Scott McGuire tried to steer Tapscott away from Weis. Shea admits he was against drafting Ron Artest because of hometown distractions, but won’t confirm his feelings on drafting Weis. “I’m always going to be associated with Frederic and I’m never going to say publicly what happened,’’ Shea said. “We made a team decision. We were seven people and we all voted and I’m not telling who voted for whom. Scott had an opinion. Kenny Williamson, may he rest in peace, had an opinion. Ed had an opinion and you’re not going to get that from me. What happened later to him in summer league had much more an effect on Frederic than who decided to draft him.’’
Weis had a horrible experience in 1999 summer league, with Shea saying he was treated harshly by former coach Jeff Van Gundy, who opposed the pick. Weis never came back to the US. “You still want to talk about 1999, but it’s 2015 and Phil just made his first-ever first-round pick and he gets an A,’’ Shea said.
Jorge Sierra: Former Bobcats scout Tim Shea tells HoopsHype he has not been named head coach of the Nigerian National Team. “I’m just on the coaching staff,” Shea said. “Ayo Bakare is the official head coach. I’m very happy just to be on the staff. We go to China at the end of the month and then on to USA, Brazil and then Caracas for the pre-Olympic tournament with some great players and I’m very very happy to be part of this team and this country.”