HoopsHype Coaching rumors

August 11, 2014 Updates

Although men have coached women’s teams for decades, there has been an unhealthy line separating women’s coaches and men’s teams. Capable women’s coaches have either stayed in the women’s game by choice or by force. The NBA may some day be the first major sport to embrace a female head coach, and Hammon’s hire is a significant step in that direction. “I think this happens to be a situation where they have been observing me for years playing down here,” Hammon said. “They decided this can work. There’s a lot of things that go into it besides ‘This would be a cool idea.’ It’s got to fit and it’s got to be the right fit and it just so happens that it is down here — and the environment they create. “It is big and I definitely hope little girls can say, ‘Hey look people can do whatever they put their mind to.’ It’s exciting and honestly it’s too early to tell what kind of [future] impact it is going to have.” Boston Globe

Former Cougar guard Anthony Johnson is considered the leading candidate for the job. Johnson, who interviewed for the position in 2012 before Wojcik was hired, has been contacted by athletic director Joe Hull and members of the search committee. In the next few days, the committee is expected to interview Johnson, who was the first player from the College of Charleston to be selected in the NBA draft when Sacramento picked the former Stall High star in the second round in 1997. Post and Courier

August 9, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons are in advanced negotiations to hire former Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith to coach their NBA D-League franchise, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy has targeted Smith -- his former boss and close associate in Orlando -- to move to the coaching side of the business by taking charge of Detroit’s new D-League expansion team, which will begin play this season in nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. ESPN.com

August 8, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy has targeted Smith -- his former boss and close associate in Orlando -- to move to the coaching side of the business by taking charge of Detroit’s new D-League expansion team, which will begin play this season in nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. One source said Friday that a deal is not done but that the sides are closing in on an agreement. ESPN.com

Scalabrine outlined some of those differences in an interview on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Thursday in his third radio interview in as many days that touched on his stint with the Warriors. “We had a very difference of opinion as far as what it takes to push and win a championship,” said Scalabrine, who as a player won an NBA title with Boston. “I don’t think championships are given out. I think championships are earned, and I just felt like along the way we thought…something was going to happen. Like it’s OK to be average. It’s OK to be .500. It’s OK to be an eighth seed, ninth seed, or move our way up to a sixth seed. I mean, that’s just not the right mentality if you’re trying to win with a team with a lot of young players. Contra Costa Times

“Generally, as a staff we really didn’t prepare our team to be championship-caliber nor did we prepare our team to eventually be championship-caliber. “I respected him as a head coach going into that, but after a while, it was just like us not doing what I would feel like our job is. It was just kind of frustrating.” Contra Costa Times

Scalabrine offered examples of how he disagreed with Jackson on how to challenge players “to be great,” including All-Star guard Stephen Curry, who Scalabrine said wasn’t given the opportunity at times to do more on defense to the player’s detriment because of Jackson. “Taking the easy way out, right?” Scalabrine said. “Like putting (Curry) on not the best player, and that wasn’t his decision. That’s not Steph Curry’s responsibility. Steph wanted to guard Chris Paul. He wanted to guard Tony Parker. I can guarantee you. Everyone that knows Steph Curry knows that he’s like an elite competitor. “But as a staff, Coach Jackson made that decision in saying, ‘Hey, I’m not going to challenge this guy. I’m not going to push this guy to be better on both ends of the floor. I want to save him for the offensive end.’ Look, I think Steph Curry if he was challenged day in and day out to defend, if you want to win a championship, you have to be able to defend your position.” Contra Costa Times

On offense, Scalabrine said Golden State could have been “better organized” and was ultimately “an average offensive team with all that talent.” “Harrison Barnes should have been like an elite player in the NBA, taking the next step after his rookie year,” Scalabrine said. “It’s just like unfortunate that he didn’t get a chance to do it.” Contra Costa Times

August 7, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have hired former NBA star Tim Hardaway as an assistant coach. Pistons coach and team president Stan Van Gundy announced the hiring Thursday. Hardaway, a five-time All-Star, averaged 17.7 points during an NBA career that lasted from 1989-2003. Boston Herald

Scott isn't worried about motivating Bryant. "I don't think Kobe needs anybody to motivate him, because he has a pretty keen sense on what he wants to do and how it wants it done," said Scott. "He has a one-track mind and that's winning championships." Scott continued, "I know what it takes to get there, just like he does. It's a pretty easy sell when you're talking to him about winning championships." Los Angeles Times

Indeed, he already considered Hammon an unofficial member of the staff after she spent last season observing the Spurs, sitting in on games, practices and meetings and chipping in with her input when asked. Said Green: It wasn’t a big shock to me, being that she was with us the previous year. She’s been around the organization for some years now, but she’s was with us pretty much full-on last year. I don’t think things will change much. We’re used to being around her, she’s a coach, we respect her. It will be an adjustment, but not much of one. I think we have the guys who are very professional enough to handle it. San Antonio Express-News

Tim Haraway Sr. said Thursday that he is leaving the Miami Heat as a scout to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons. “I’m ecstatic,” Hardaway said. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players." RealGM

Tim Hardaway, who combined with Alonzo Mourning to help lead the Heat to four consecutive Atlantic Division titles and was at the epicenter of the compelling Heat-Knicks rivalry during that era, said Thursday he is leaving his job as a Heat scout to become an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Detroit. “I’m ecstatic,” he told me this afternoon. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players.” And he was comfortable with Van Gundy, who was an assistant coach during Hardaway’s time with the Heat. “Stan and I have great rapport. [Heat president] Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me.” Miami Herald

Hardaway --- who will join Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer, Charles Klask and former Heat forward Malik Allen on Van Gundy’s staff --- said a coaching job on Erik Spoelstra’s staff wasn’t realistic because “there are guys before me here and I didn’t want to take anything from them.” The Heat acquired Hardaway and Chris Gatling from Golden State, for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles, in a midseason trade in 1995-96, and Hardaway and Mourning --- over the next 5 ½ seasons --- led the Heat to its most success as a franchise up to that point, though kidney disease sidelined Mourning for most of Hardaway's final season with the team. Miami Herald

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