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Bringing aboard Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistants aren't the only changes for the U.S. men's national basketball team. New Denver Nuggets assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas replaces Tony Ronzone as the international player personnel scout, and Oklahoma City scout Scott Simpson joins the Los Angeles Clippers' T.J. Zanin as advanced scout for the national team, which began preparations Monday in Las Vegas for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Miami Heat scout Pat Delany is no longer an advanced scout with USA Basketball. USA Today Sports

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Blatt has earned a reputation around the world as one of basketball's best coaches. He has won everywhere over the last decade, culminating in Russia's upset victory to capture the 2007 EuroCup over dominant Spain, a tournament hosted by Madrid. "He's got respect from Russia, which is a really difficult country to get respect from," says Tony Ronzone, the longtime international scout now working with the Mavericks, and who has scouted opponents for USA Basketball for the past several years. NBA.com

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Joan Nielsen: I spoke to Tony Ronzone from London with Team USA. Gave me an interesting stat: 59 of 144 basketball Olympians this year have played in NBA. Twitter

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Tony Ronzone, the former assistant GM in Detroit and Minnesota, also is a free agent and sources say he'd be amenable to joining a revamped Magic front office with Bower in the lead role. Thus far, Martins has not reached out to any potential candidates as he settles into his new role, but sources believe the direction of the team -- and Howard's fickle approach when it comes to staying or leaving -- could prime the pump for sweeping changes. CBSSports.com

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With assistant GM Tony Ronzone gone, Kahn will reconfigure the front office: Adelman's son R.J. will bring some of the statistical analytics the Rockets use in Houston and assume a front-office player personnel/game preparation role. A new advance scout -- Brent Haskins followed Kevin McHale and J.B. Bickerstaff to Houston -- will report to R.J. Last season's assistant coaches Bill Laimbeer, Reggie Theus and Dave Wohl will be paid for their contract's remaining year but won't be reassigned new jobs. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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So rejoice, you basketball geeks who clamored for the Wolves to hire Rockets VP of basketball ops Sam Hinkie from Morey's staff instead of David Kahn two-plus years ago! I was told yesterday that the Wolves might not hire anyone to replace departed Tony Ronzone. I guess now that's because they've already in essence hired him, even though none of those assistant coach hires or RJ's hire will be announced and official until it's clear this lockout is ending. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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This is the most impressive moment of Kahn's brief history as a basketball boss. So many of his other decisions smacked of desperation and naiveté. He hired Kurt Rambis because of his image as a Lakers champion and his proximity to Phil Jackson on the Lakers bench, not because Rambis had ever demonstrated coaching chops. He brought in, by his phraseology, "long and athletic" players who don't know how to win, such as Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, hoping to catch lightning in a long and athletic bottle. He brought in foreign scout Tony Ronzone, who wound up, according to my sources, leaving the organization because of internal disputes. He drafted Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio because they were spectacular at lower levels of basketball, not because they could rationally be projected to become NBA stars. He brought in players such as Darko Milicic, because if such a long shot ever cashed in, Kahn could take the credit. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone has left the organization after 16 months on the job. Known for his international scouting connections, he was hired in spring 2010 just about the time Fred Hoiberg headed for Iowa State's coaching job. Since then, he was involved in negotiations to get Spanish guard Ricky Rubio signed in June and focused on improving the team's international scouting operation. In the two drafts he worked for the team, the Wolves selected three international players with second-round picks. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone has left the organization. Known for his international-scouting connections, he was hired in spring 2010 just about the time Fred Hoiberg was headed for Iowa State's head-coaching job and had a voice in personnel moves that included drafting Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams as well as trading away Al Jefferson, acquiring Michael Beasley and re-signing center Darko Milicic. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Walsh will stay on as a consultant and head up the search for his replacement, which immediately could focus on the two best candidates not tied to teams: former Trail Blazers executive Kevin Pritchard and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower. Former Cavs GM and current Spurs executive Danny Ferry also is expected to be considered, and a name to watch is Timberwolves assistant GM Tony Ronzone, whose strong international presence and close relationships with the stars of Team USA could be appealing to Dolan. Ronzone also has a working relationship with Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni through USA Basketball. D'Antoni has one year left on his contract. CBSSports.com

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Mike Cristaldi, director of public relations of the Wolves, confirmed to ARA that David Khan, general manager in Minneapolis, and Tony Ronzone, assistant general manager, will travel to Barcelona next week. In addition to watch the Final Four to be held at Palau Sant Jordi, they want to close the deal so Ricky Rubio (Regal Barça) can play for coach Kurt Rambis next season. Ara

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