Wes Unseld Rumors
Orlando will consider his possible hiring during the All-Star break next week, or could possibly wait until season’s end and do an extended search. Nevertheless, the firing of three assistant coaches Thursday – Wes Unseld Jr., Brett Gunning and Zack Guthrie – as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, suggests a new head coach could come sooner than later.
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“I’m flattered, to be honest,” said Garnett. “When they told me that I passed Wes Unseld on the rebounding, I was at a loss for words. You guys have no idea what I was like as a kid. I didn’t have all the magazines, but for some reason I had all the pictures that were in the magazines. I don’t know how I was able to acquire that, but that’s another story. I just fantasized, mimicked, appreciated — all the things that a young kid does when he’s creating heroes, when he’s creating stories in his head. Anything to generate any type of motivation, and I guess at times to generate a distraction. I used it for inspiration, getting through a hard day.
Jackson also plans, in the near future, to bring assistants Michael Malone, Pete Myers, Wes Unseld Jr., Jerry DeGregorio, Darren Erman and Kris Weems to Southern California, where he pastors a non-denominational church, for more basketball prep. “They’ll make life easy for me,” said the first-time coach in a lunch meeting with the three local beat reporters. “We’re going to be on point. There won’t be a learning process when the season gets here.”
I e-mailed Leonsis on Tuesday to ask about this story. He expressed extreme surprise, saying he has given Unseld “carte blanche here to come to every game and park wherever he wants, same as the Pollin family. He wrote that Unseld attended a recent game and did a program with Leonsis in the Dewar’s Club, that he was invited to the owner’s box this Friday along with Bobby Dandridge and Kevin Grevey, and that there is a seat behind the basket that is “forever his.” “He isn’t just a player — he is legend and family,” Leonsis wrote. “He is beloved and respected; he is family. He has the same invite as the Pollin family; our house is your house. Lifetime offer. Come anytime. Always welcome; lights are on for you.”