Tom Sterner Rumors
They are keeping the gang together. With Dwane Casey re-signed for three years as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors, the team will bring back his entire staff, according to NBA sources. Assistant coaches Nick Nurse, Bill Bayno, Tom Sterner, Jesse Mermuys and Jama Mahlalela have all agreed to new deals that mirror Casey’s contract. Toronto’s Jamaal Magloire remains in a position that combines assistant coach-basketball development and community relations.
Not that Dwane or Masai would ever confirm this at the moment, on or off the record, the word around the Finals has been that Johnny Davis, Scott Roth and Tom Sterner will not be back next fall.
Aldridge is reporting that Johnny Davis will be joining Casey’s staff as his lead assistant and Tom Sterner will come aboard in Toronto as well. Davis played 10 years in the NBA – winning a championship with Portland in 1977. Davis has been a head coach in the Association on 4 separate occasions: during Allen Iverson’s rookie season in Philly, in two difference stints in Orlando, and as an interim head coach in Memphis … when he replaced Marc Iavaroni. This fall will mark Davis’ 35th season in the NBA as a player, coach, or front office executive. It’s not yet known if Alex English will catch-on with another club.
David Aldridge: My apologies: the Raptors are also hiring Tom Sterner, late of the 76ers, Mavericks, Golden State and Magic, to the staff.