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September 13, 2014 Updates

The Clippers are also close to finalizing their coaching staff. Former New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson joined Rivers' coaching staff, which lost three assistant coaches this offseason, in July. He is expected to be joined by Sam Cassell, who was let out of his contract with the Washington Wizards last month, and Lawrence Frank, who is still under contract with the Brooklyn Nets. ESPN.com

September 12, 2014 Updates

Julio Lamas denies rumors on 76ers. The coach denied to Julian Mozo that he will join 76ers coaching staff. Sportando

Porschla pointed out she grew up in Gulfport, Miss., not far from Kiln, the hometown of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The Kidds met through a mutual friend in New York and were married in September 2011. "I was teaching yoga at the time, and he professed his newfound love for yoga and showed up at my class the next day," Porschla said. "I guess the rest is history." Jason remembers it this way. "It was a yoga class that I almost missed," he said. "It was a little advanced for my speed, but it was definitely worth it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 11, 2014 Updates

With the Clippers now the team to beat in Los Angeles, the rivalry between the two NBA teams at the Staples Center has started to heat up. Bringing in new head coach Byron Scott has only added more fuel to the fire in this rivalry with the three-time NBA champion clearly motivated to face the team across the hall. Scott had this to say about the Lakers-Clippers rivalry in an interview with ATVN’s Connor McGlynn: “I have a chip on my shoulder because everyone keeps saying they’re number one in Los Angeles. It’s still a purple and gold town,” said Scott. “We’re looking to make sure in the next couple of years that this rivalry is truly what it should be, which is a rivalry of two great basketball teams here in LA.” Lakers Nation

Mark Berman: More Kevin McHale: "...in the playoffs..and we need guys to rebound. We were a poor rebounding team last year." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

But over in Spain, where the U.S. will play for the FIBA World Cup title on Sunday, Mike Krzyzewski believes he has the answer. It is a bit sentimental, but to this point, you can't argue with the results. He calls it "feel-it" moments: team visits to cemeteries, trips to military bases, anything to drive home the significance of representing one's country. "When it's time to change the culture of a team, your players have to hear it, see it and understand what you're trying to do," said Krzyzewski, the coach of the U.S. national team since 2005. "But to really make change stick"—and when he describes this, he drags out the word really—"they have to feel it. "To do that," he said, "you have to create moments." Wall Street Journal

Beyond hiring Krzyzewski as coach in the wake of the Athens debacle, USA Basketball also made a point of getting its players to buy into the meaning of international competition. "We knew we had ask our players for a new level of commitment than was expected previously and we had to get them to realize we weren't going to win international competitions doing things as we had," Colangelo said. "We needed them to see themselves not as basketball players but as representatives of our country, doing our service, our piece. We had to get them to feel patriotism and selfless service." Wall Street Journal

Kidd said he and his family have enjoyed the Milwaukee summer and early fall weather while learning the city. "It's going to change; we know that," Kidd said. "But it gets cold on the East Coast, no matter where you are. The beauty of coming here, the people have been wonderful. "You hear about the buzz of the Bucks. When you have new ownership that's going to be aggressive about trying to put a contender together and young talent that's going to take the floor, there's a lot of reason to be excited." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The couple has sampled several Milwaukee restaurants already, including Screaming Tuna in Walker's Point and Carnevor in the downtown area. And they have received a sampling of Midwestern hospitality that stunned Porschla. "My neighbors baked us brownies," she said. "That's the first time that's ever happened to me. "They brought them over and said, 'Welcome to the neighborhood and welcome to Milwaukee.' It was really nice. Who does that, right? "It was really nice and made us feel at home." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 10, 2014 Updates

The interview website Piqued has published an interview with Armond Hill, an Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA). Hill talks about his time coaching the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, names some of his “dream team,” and offers insight into how he goes about coaching NBA legends and perpetual All-Stars. Excerpt: “People think, ‘Oh the pros, they don’t want to listen, etc...’ That’s the furthest thing from the truth. See, the number one thing about the pros is that—and believe it or not, they all want to get better. The key thing is, when you tell them something, you better be right. Sportando

Smith was named coach of the Drive last week in what was a Detroit-Grand Rapids game of match the personnel with the title. Smith, formerly the general manager of the Magic, will take on his first professional coaching job, and it will be under Van Gundy, who was a coach and under Smith in Orlando before he was named the president and head coach of the Pistons in May. Adding to the twist, Smith also interviewed to be general manager of the Pistons, a position Van Gundy eventually gave to another long-time associate Jeff Bower. That makes an interesting mix of 50-somethings. But not strange bedfellows, the three said. “I think Otis’ interest in being the (Pistons) GM was more because of me and how he could help me,” Van Gundy said. “He was much more enthusiastic about this opportunity than he would have been to be the GM. People look at that and say, you’re crazy. But I think this is more of Otis’ passion. It’s always been working and developing players for him and that fits perfectly with what we want to do (in Grand Rapids).” Booth Newspapers

Bower, 53, adds another element. He was a coach last season at Marist before named in early June the Pistons GM. A former assistant general manager with the New Orleans Hornets, Bower said he has known Smith for years, through his association with Van Gundy, and did not consider his hiring a threat. “When Stan talked to me, I thought he was the perfect guy because he embodies everything that the developmental league is all about,” Bower said. “He’s great for this. It (the NBA-D League) is about getting the best out of guys.” Booth Newspapers

September 9, 2014 Updates

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is finalizing plans for an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine for NBA executives to evaluate his star-laden roster of professional prospects, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send personnel to Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 11-12 to watch his players do everything from run full-court five-on-five and NBA-style pick-and-roll sets to individual skill work. Yahoo! Sports

After the combine, Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. This way, Calipari can avoid the distractions that a constant parade of NBA scouts can present to so many talented young players in the practice gym. Yahoo! Sports

The Orlando Magic have named Jay Hernandez assistant coach/player development General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. “We are extremely excited to add Jay (Hernandez) and his family to the Orlando Magic,” said Head Coach Jacque Vaughn. “Jay will bring a tireless work ethic and dedication to development to our coaching staff.” Hernandez established Pro Hoops, Inc. in 2004, a basketball training service based in New York for teams and individuals seeking to improve their performance. Their mission is to help basketball players of all ages reach their full potential. Under his leadership, Pro Hoops has grown in its scope of players that are training there, as well as programs that have been established. NBA.com

“The thing that separates Popovich from many other coaches is his simplistic view of how the game should be played. He thinks the game should be played to make others better, not just focus on one individual. Let’s use everyone!”. Spanish Hoops

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