HoopsHype Mark Bryant rumors

September 19, 2013 Updates

In a dramatic and definitive end to a two-year odyssey that began in 2012 with a search of his Larkspur, Colorado home by the Douglas County Sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children unit, Andersen was found to have been a victim of an internet impersonator in Canada, with that announcement made Wednesday. "I would describe him today as solemn," agent Mark Bryant told the Sun Sentinel of Andersen's reaction. "If they would have just left this, then he would have been left with this. And not only would he have been left with this, a lot of victims would have gone undetected." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bryant not only praised authorities in both Colorado and Canada for the thoroughness of their investigation, but also of handling matters in a fashion in the intervening months that did not interfere with what turned into Andersen's first NBA championship. "Chris had texted me on Monday, 'Two more days, right?' " Bryant related to the Sun Sentinel. "He's usually a little more jovial. The onus of these labels that were out here and he had to live with, I can't even describe it. Thank God for the distraction down there called the Miami Heat World Champions." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 18, 2013 Updates

Former Denver Nuggets basketball star Chris Andersen was the victim of a wide-ranging and complex Internet impersonation scheme when authorities searched his home last year, an attorney for Andersen said Wednesday. Mark Bryant, the attorney, said Andersen was being impersonated online by a woman in Canada. The woman, posing as Andersen, sought relationships and gifts but also threatened at least one person, Bryant said. The woman in Canada was also posing online as other people to Andersen, Bryant said. Denver Post

Bryant said the woman, whose name he would not release, has been charged in Canada with multiple crimes. She has not yet been charged in Colorado but could be. "It is my understanding that this case involves numerous victims," Bryant said. "... Chris was a victim in this case." Denver Post

July 31, 2013 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Robert Pack and Mike Terpstra as assistant coaches, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. They join Rex Kalamian, Mark Bryant and Brian Keefe on Head Coach Scott Brooks’ bench. “We’re excited to add Robert and Mike to our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” said Head Coach Scott Brooks. “These additions bring diverse backgrounds to our group that will help the further development of our players.” Pack joins the Thunder after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers where he served as the head coach for the Clippers’ entry in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he spent one season on the New Orleans Hornets bench. NBA.com

July 10, 2013 Updates
June 25, 2013 Updates

The Birdman has let it be known. He wants to continue to fly south for the winter. Chris Andersen, who becomes a free agent July 1, told fans at the Miami Heat’s championship rally Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, “Let’s try to get a three-peat next year.’’ If there was any doubt about what the center said, his agent confirmed to FOX Sports Florida that Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat. “He put it clearly,’’ said Mark Bryant, who attended the rally for Miami’s second straight title. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity, and he absolutely wants to come back.’’ FOXSports Florida

Bryant had told FOX Sports Florida early in the playoffs his client was “certainly hopeful’’ of re-signing. Andersen, who was unavailable for comment after Monday’s event, previously had been noncommittal about his desire to return. FOXSports Florida

Bryant anticipates beginning negotiations with the Heat about Andersen when free agency starts July 1. Bryant said it would be “totally unfair’’ to speculate on how much money Andersen should command. FOXSports Florida

November 10, 2012 Updates

“Serge is as good a mid-range shooter as we have. And the reason why is because he spends a lot of time with coach [Mark Bryant] working on that,” Scott Brooks said. DailyThunder.com

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