Coaching Rumors

Joerger is regarded as an excellent tactician even among those associated with his former organization. Asked his thoughts about losing his job despite a 147-99 (.598) record and playoff appearances in all three seasons in Memphis, he nodded briefly. “Why did they want to go in a different direction?” he responded. “Good question. It was a tough year. We had nine point guards. It was exhausting, as well. Our guys fought like crazy. I don’t know. I hope that people think, ‘He’s one of the nicest people.’ Now, do I have a minor-league mindset of working your tail off and doing every single thing you can? I’m not a wild gambler, but I’m definitely not afraid to take risks.”
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Walton recently sat down with Chris McGee of Time Warner Cable SportsNet and discussed exactly why it’s so important establish that culture: “When you’re developing young players I think having an environment that makes the players want to come in, makes the players want to get better, it is everything. Because it’s a business now at this level for the most part and it’s young players making millions of dollars and a lot of times they can come in and just get their shots up and do what they need to do and get outta there, and that’s not what we want. We want them coming in, staying in, having fun, going at each other, making each other better.”
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Among the Knicks’ additions was former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. Thomas said he spoke to his new head coach shortly after Hornacek signed his three-year deal this off-season. “I like him. He wants to win,” he said. “When you’re talking to him, you can tell that he didn’t come here just to get a job. He came here to help us win this season. So I’m on board with that, and I think everyone on the team who has met him already is on board with that. So I’m ready to work.”