Tony Ronzone Rumors
Bringing aboard Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistants aren’t the only changes for the U.S. men’s national basketball team. New Denver Nuggets assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas replaces Tony Ronzone as the international player personnel scout, and Oklahoma City scout Scott Simpson joins the Los Angeles Clippers’ T.J. Zanin as advanced scout for the national team, which began preparations Monday in Las Vegas for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Miami Heat scout Pat Delany is no longer an advanced scout with USA Basketball.
There will be widespread interest and the list could run the gamut from a top past candidate like Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman to people with local ties like Tony Ronzone (USA Basketball scouting director and Dallas player personnel director), Eddie Johnson (Suns analyst) and David Griffin (Cleveland vice president of basketball operations) to experienced, out-of-work GMs like David Morway (Indiana fame) and Mark Warkentien (Denver).
Blatt has earned a reputation around the world as one of basketball’s best coaches. He has won everywhere over the last decade, culminating in Russia’s upset victory to capture the 2007 EuroCup over dominant Spain, a tournament hosted by Madrid. “He’s got respect from Russia, which is a really difficult country to get respect from,” says Tony Ronzone, the longtime international scout now working with the Mavericks, and who has scouted opponents for USA Basketball for the past several years.
Indiana Pacers General Manager David Morway, former Lakers assistant general manager Ronnie Lester, Golden State Warriors assistant general manger Travis Schlenk, Detroit Pistons assistant general manager Scott Perry and former Minnesota Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone all have been viewed as good candidates if the Clippers decided to look their way, the executives said.