HoopsHype Bernie Bickerstaff rumors

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He also gives his feelings on the team's coaching carousel and his near-trade to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul in 2011. "The last two season have been challenging and difficult. The constant trade rumors, injuries and coaching changes -- from Phil Jackson to Mike Brown, from Mike to Bernie Bickerstaff and from Bernie to Mike D'Antoni -- have been a lot to take in." Los Angeles Times

June 29, 2013 Updates

Former Nuggets coach Bernie Bickerstaff will be an assistant on Mike Brown's new staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers. General manager Chris Grant divulged the hiring of Bickerstaff on Friday after the team introduced top pick Anthony Bennett, who was taken first overall by Cleveland in Thursday night's NBA draft. Denver Post

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Jamison is fine with the scrutiny attached to a major media market and the Lakers’ winning tradition. What he didn’t anticipate was Los Angeles firing coach Mike Brown five games into the season. Former Bobcats coach/general manager Bernie Bickerstaff filled in before D’Antoni took over. “We had three different training camps with three different coaches,” Jamison said. “So it’s been a lot of confusion on the players’ parts, trying to figure everything out.” Charlotte Observer

November 22, 2012 Updates

Bernie Bickerstaff will celebrate Thanksgiving with the greatest winning percentage of any former Lakers coach, and you laugh, and he laughs, but those five games he served as the interim boss between Mike Brown and D'Antoni were a triumphant lap in a lifelong trip across a landscape of poverty and racism. In quieting Lakers chaos and leading them to a 4-1 record that may eventually represent four of the most important wins of the season, Bickerstaff traveled from a Kentucky mining hollow to Hollywood. From a gravel court and coat hanger rim to Staples Center. From childhood outhouses to basketball's penthouse. "Growing up the way I grew up, you get through all that, this is like candy," he said. Los Angeles Times

For parts of 13 seasons, he has been the head coach for four different franchises — Seattle, Denver, Washington and Charlotte. He came to the Lakers with a 427-538 record that is considered as reflective of his rosters — he was the first coach for the expansion Bobcats — as his coaching ability. When he was asked by General Mitch Kupchak to replace Brown moments after the coach was suddenly fired, Bickerstaff shrugged and said fine. The Lakers loved him, averaging 103.8 points a game during his tenure, a figure which would currently lead the league. And now that it's over? Now that his moment of national glory has come and gone in seemingly seven seconds or less? "The one person I've got to be all right with is me, and I'm OK with me," said Bickerstaff. "There's no levitating here. I'm going to keep my feet on the ground and enjoying everything around me." Los Angeles Times

November 19, 2012 Updates

The feel-good story even extended to assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who improved to 4-1 since taking over game responsibilities after Mike Brown was fired Nov. 9. Bickerstaff was all but guaranteed a spot on D'Antoni's coaching staff. "Unless he loses tonight," D'Antoni joked before tipoff. "No pressure." Los Angeles Times

D'Antoni told reporters before the game that Bickerstaff would remain on his staff for the remainder of the season. "That's nice to know," Bickerstaff said, when informed of D'Antoni's plans to keep him as an assistant coach. ESPN.com

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Question: Will Bickerstaff be retained on the staff? Kupchak: "That is going to be Mike’s decision, but Bernie has done a wonderful job. He stepped into an awkward situation and really did a wonderful job." Sulia

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