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September 20, 2014 Updates

Gary Payton is visiting Athens, Greece, which is the last stop of the “NBA3x” tour and he had something Greek-related to announced in the local media. As the “Glove” revealed he was invited by his childhood friend Jayson Kidd to visit the Bucks during the training camp in order to help in Giannis Antetotokounmpo. Payton will not have a formal role in the coaching staff of Milwaukee, but he can be part of the process to turn the “Greek freak” into the first 7-foot point guard. As the former great player said in a joined interview, organized by OTE TV, the NBA’s television rights holder in the country: “When Jayson said to me that he intends to use him as a point guard, I told him to stop making jokes. “Gary don’t talk before you see him”, was his answer and I watched him during the Las Vegas Summer league. He can handle the ball, he can drive, he is smart and he is really athletic. That’s why I was asked to go to Milwaukee during the training camp in order to help him adapt to the demands of the modern point guard position”. EuroHoops.net

Coming off a 43-39 record and a first-round playoff appearance in his first season with the Bobcats (who changed their name to the Hornets during the offseason), Clifford is optimistic he will spend more time on the sidelines this season with a team that can go deeper into the playoffs. “I feel like we built a foundation for how we want to do things and the way we need to play,” said Clifford, who led the Bobcats to the biggest turnaround in the league (+22 wins) and finished fourth in voting for Coach of the Year. “Our defense was really good (ranked sixth in the league). Our offense needs to get better and it was towards the end of the season. I think we have a better roster, and with the work that the guys have done with the team in the off-season, I think we can build on that foundation. CentralMaine.com

September 18, 2014 Updates

The Utah Jazz today announced that Andrae Patterson and Travis Walton have been named assistant coaches on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. In addition, the Jazz announced that Brady Howe will serve as the head athletic trainer and strength-and-conditioning coach and Hans Steinbrenner as the director of basketball operations for the Stampede, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced. NBA.com

Fernandez, 31, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Charge on Steve Hetzel’s staff. Before joining the Charge, he served as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009-13. In both prior roles, Fernandez’s responsibilities included conducting individual skill workouts with players, assisting with practice and game preparation, and forming international scouting reports. “The Cavaliers and Charge are the model relationship for NBA D-League as far as the right balance between developing individual talent and attaining collective team success, and I am very thankful that they have given me this opportunity,” said Fernandez. “Canton has been like a second home to me since I arrived last year and I cannot wait to get started with a team that Charge fans can be proud to get behind.” NBA.com

Jason Kidd had a vision going to Milwaukee: to see Giannis Antetokounmpo running the point for the Bucks from the "1" position. The new coach of the "Bucks" is not only determined to implement this idea, but will have the help of one of the top point guards of the 90s in this effort: Gary Payton. Gary Payton is in Athens today and at an event held during the afternoon in the northern suburbs, he revealed that he has agreed with the Bucks to assume the role of 'Special Advisor' for Giannis Antetokounmpo during next season. The "Glove" will start work during pre-season, which will begin at the end of the month, and said that he has met with the 19 year old forward in Las Vegas, as well as with Jason Kidd, with whom he has a long friendship from the years they have both played in the NBA. Brew Hoop

Popovich, in his own way, is always trying to surgically tweak brains. It's not manipulation as much as it is a search for the clearest, most honest message. He doesn't want to do what the Heat did, which is not handle success well. A year ago, even as he said he was tormented by Game 6, Popovich secretly loved that the disappointment could be used as fuel. So facing the opposite problem now, is he concerned? “I'm worried for one reason,” he said. “They are human beings. They are going to feel satisfied.” San Antonio Express-News

Jordi Fernandez named head coach of Canton Charge. Fernandez, 31, was Steve Hetzel's assistant last year. Has been with #Cavs since '09. Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

September 17, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics have hired a new head coach for their D-League affiliate in Maine. Scott Morrison was officially announced Tuesday as the head coach of a Maine Red Claws. He will replace Mike Taylor, who coached the Red Claws for two seasons before being relieved of his duties earlier this summer. The hiring of Morrison comes as no surprise, as there were many indications around the web, including Morrison's own Twitter bio, that signaled the team would be bringing aboard the former head coach of Lakehead University in Canada last month. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boston Globe

September 16, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen will serve as assistant coaches on Byron Scott’s staff. Additionally, it was announced that Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Larry Lewis (assistant coach/director of player development), Thomas Scott (assistant coach/player development), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach), and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development) will round out Scott’s staff. “I’m excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique skills, but all share my vision for the future of this team,” said Scott. “Paul is a great basketball mind with vast experience and someone with whom I have worked before, while Jim returns to the Laker family with a proven track record and a tremendous amount of respect around the league. Thomas has worked very hard through the ranks of the video department, player development and the NBA Development League to earn this position. I’m delighted to retain Mark, Clay, Larry, Tom and J.J., who are all highly qualified and have worked tirelessly with our players throughout the summer to prepare for next season. I can say with certainty that our staff is dedicated to upholding the winning culture and tradition of the Los Angeles Lakers.” NBA.com

Juan Antonio Orenga stepped down as Spain National Team head coach. Orenga coached Spain at Eurobasket 2013 and at FIBA Basketball World Cup losing at home in Madrid in the quarterfinals against France. Sportando

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