Eric Musselman Rumors

The state Board of Regents approved a five-year contract worth $2 million Thursday for new Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman, a two-time former NBA coach who says he’s already on the recruiting trail and is planning to run a high-octane offense. Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth formally introduced Musselman at the Lawlor Events Center on the Reno campus shortly after the regents in Las Vegas approved the deal that offers additional incentives, including $10,000 for winning the Mountain West Conference title and another $10,000 for making the NCAA tournament.
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Two-time NBA head coach Eric Musselman has been selected to coach the Nevada men’s basketball team and a five-year contract will be presented to the Board of Regents for their approval at a meeting on Thursday, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today. Musselman, 50, returns to Reno after spending the last three years as an assistant coach at a pair power five schools, first at Arizona State and most recently helping the LSU Tigers to the NCAA Tournament this season. He spent the 2010-11 season in Reno, coaching the NBA D-League’s Bighorns and leading them to the only Western Conference title in franchise history. He has been a head coach with seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07), and has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340).
That leaves us with Musselman – whose name surfaced as early as last week and since then we have heard his name mentioned several times by people associated with the University. No one has gone on record saying he is the top target. But the talk is there. The son of former NBA coach Bill Musselman, Eric has paved his own path in the game of basketball coaching since 1988. His career has spanned all across the country and even to the international level.
Former NBA head coaches Terry Porter and Eric Musselman are interested in the vacant Oregon State basketball coaching job. Another ex-NBA head man, Lionel Hollins, probably isn’t, though he would entertain the idea if a representative of the OSU athletic department were to call. Porter, reached Friday in Minneapolis, said he hasn’t heard from anyone at Oregon State, though several people outside the program have reached out to him. “I’d be willing to listen,” was all Porter wanted to be quoted as saying.
Oregon State will move quickly in its search to replace Craig Robinson as men’s basketball coach but, according to a source close to the process on Wednesday evening, the Beavers are not expected to make a hire until late next week. An athletic department source tells The Oregonian that there has been enthusiastic interest from candidates such as Terry Porter and Lionel Hollins, who have contacted the Beavers directly, as well as a push from boosters to consider others including Eric Musselman and Damon Stoudamire.
Former NBA coach Eric Musselman recently interviewed for the head coach opening at California, a person with knowledge of the process said. Musselman met with athletic director Sandy Barbour about replacing Mike Montgomery, who announced his retirement last month. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the school hasn’t released details of its search since Montgomery’s announcement on March 31. Musselman, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arizona State, with the goal of landing a head coaching job in college. He has a proven track record of developing young players.
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Arizona State associate head coach Eric Musselman, a former NBA head coach, has emerged as a “legitimate candidate’’ for South Florida’s men’s basketball opening, according to a CBSSports.com report Sunday. Musselman, 49, has been on Herb Sendek’s ASU staff for two seasons, helping the Sun Devils to a 43-25 mark, but that is his only college experience. He was head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04, then the Sacramento Kings in 2006.
Green credits Eric Musselman, coach of the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders during the 2011-12 season, for his NBA return. Musselman asked Green to play for him with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, for a pittance of what he would earn going back overseas. “And thank God for Eric Musselman,” Green said. “He just really had all the confidence in me in the world. He put me in situations to succeed and he was a great coach for me, a great guy, a guy that I will always be friends with.” Musselman couldn’t believe it when Green told him that he wanted no part of the dunk contest at the D-League’s All-Star festivities that year. “I remember sitting in our staff meeting and I said, ‘I can’t believe this guy is willing to just sit in his hotel room while the dunk contest is going on in front of NBA people,’ ” said Musselman, now associate head coach at Arizona State. “But that’s how much that athleticism, that dunking label kind of wore at him.”
Another former NBADL player of Musselman’s, Marcus Landry, is in training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers. Landry was a member of Musselman’s extremely talented Reno Bighorns team which consisted of Jeremy Lin, Danny Green, Steve Novak, and Donald Sloan. Landry has a shot at cracking the roster for head coach Mike D’Antoni in L.A. Musselman spoke about the many different attributes which he thinks Landry possesses, ”Marcus has such great versatility. He could play the 3, or 4 in the D-League, and even played the 5. He is a rare player that is a two-way pick-and-roll player, meaning he can handle the ball in the pick-and-roll, and also be a screen setter. Marcus is a great family man, and a real pro. I felt in Reno he was a D-League MVP candidate, and felt like our staff and organization failed in not having him called up.”
Musselman spoke with D-LeagueDigest.com, and explained the run in with his former player.”Prior to the Suns’ camp Ish Smith worked out at ASU’s facility. Ish came to the ASU football game last Saturday vs USC, and we got a chance to catch up.” Green is also calling Phoenix home now after he was traded from Indiana, and still remains close to Musselman. Green earned a Call-Up as a member of Musselman’s D-Fenders squad that nearly won the NBADL championship, and has since gone on to earn a roster spot with a few different NBA teams. Musselman issued nothing but praise regarding the athletic swingman, “Gerald is one of my all-time favorites. He really embraced coaching, and was all in as far as coming to the D-League for all the right reasons.” Musselman said.
According to a person close to former Kings, Warriors and D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman, the former D-League Coach of the Year is also interested in the UOP and USC openings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of coaching searches. Musselman is currently an assistant at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils are 14-3 overall heading into a Pac-12 showdown against Arizona on Saturday.
After extended stops in Russia and China, he was invited to a Lakers mini-camp in the summer of ’11 but participated in just two practices—hardly enough, in Green’s mind, for the team to get a good look at him. So Green landed in the D-League, with L.A. D-Fenders, coached by Eric Musselman. A former NBA head coach with the Warriors and Kings, Musselman pushed Green to improve his handles and defense. “Eric Musselman, I really have to thank him a lot in terms of my career,” begins Green. “If I could thank him every day, I would, because he was probably the one person that helped me get back in the League. He helped motivate me, he prepared me. He just showed me a different way of scoring, a different way of playing defense. I have to give a lot of credit to him for me being back.”
Arizona State men’s basketball coach Herb Sendek hired two assistants with NBA experience Tuesday. Eric Musselman has had two NBA head-coaching stints — with the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04 and the Sacramento Kings in 2006-07 — and Larry Greer was an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers last season. “In talking to several people it was clear to me Larry and Eric were great additions to the Sun Devil family because of unique backgrounds and a passion for the game,” Sendek said in a statement. “I love the fact Eric has coached at so many levels, including leagues where guys are trying to make the next step. Larry comes highly recommended by several people in the basketball world that I have a lot of faith in and are good friends with. Together with coach Dedrique Taylor I am really looking forward to our future as we bring the experience of the NBA game to our program.”
Sendek lost two assistants last week when Scott Pera left for Penn and Lamont Smith joined mentor Lorenzo Romar in Washington. Practice starts in October. According to sources, Sendek would like to add at least one coach with NBA ties. If so, Musselman fits the mold. He was head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2002-2004 and the Sacramento Kings from 2006-07. Musselman also has served as an NBA assistant with Minnesota, Atlanta and Orlando.
Arizona State coach Herb Sendek could be on the verge of a coaching coup. He lost two assistants this month when Scott Pera left for Penn and Lamont Smith departed for rival Washington. Multiple sources said that Sendek has had serious conversations with L.A. D- Fenders head coach Eric Musselman. The Sun Devils, who finished 6-12 in the Pac-12 and 10-21 overall, get high-profile Jahii Carson back after he sat out last season. Musselman was a head coach with Golden State and Sacramento and an assistant with Minnesota, Orlando and Atlanta and also the head coach of the Venezuelan National Team. The Sun Devils need all the help they can get to climb in the Pac-12 and adding a teacher like Musselman will only help speed up the process.
Eric Musselman has expressed the hope that he will remain in charge of Venezuela when the country hosts the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The American, who was at the helm of the national the past two summers, including this summer when Venezuela staged the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), saw his contract with the “squadra criolla” expire after the team fell short of the Quarter-Finals. He met with Venezuelan Basketball Federation President Carmelo Cortez after the OQT, and has now stated clearly his hope of staying in the job. “I would like to continue with the national team,” said Musselman, who is right now gearing up for another season in the NBDL with Los Angeles D- Fenders. “I feel a special tie with the players and the Venezuelan federation. “I hope to continue talking with Carmelo (Cortez).”
Los Angeles D-Fenders’ Coach Eric Musselman, who won 2012 #NBA D-League Coach of the Year, will serve as head coach of the Development League Select team at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Musselman joins the Select team coming off his first season in Los Angeles in which he guided the D-Fenders to an NBA D-League record 38-12 win-loss mark, the first Regular Season Champion award in franchise history and the first NBA D-League Finals berth in team history.
Even after so many diverse experiences in the world of professional basketball, Green understood that he had something to learn from his stint with the Defenders this season. “I feel good. I have to give a lot of credit to the Los Angeles Defenders organization and Eric Musselman as a coach. He’s a great guy developing me. I’ve learned so much being with him. He’s just done a great job with all of our bodies. Giving us rest, making sure that we get the proper sleep and the proper treatment so that our bodies can feel right. … I have dedicated myself the last two or three years to keep working on my game. I feel like my defense has gotten stronger. I feel like my jump shot is a little more consistent. I feel like I’m a smarter player than I was a couple years ago, the last time I was in the league.”
Eric Musselman’s offseason plans are officially booked. Over the weekend the Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach completed a verbal contract to return to coach the Venezuela National Team for this summer, Musselman informed Ridiculous Upside. “It’s important for me to return because the players gave so much to the coaching staff last year,” Musselman said via email. “We pushed them hard with the preparation and felt no resistance from the players other than wanting to get better every day.”
As expected, the D-Fenders took former NBA point guard Jamaal Tinsley with the first overall pick in the NBA Development League draft Thursday night. “Our goal all along with the first overall pick was to take the player who we felt gave the D-Fenders the best chance of winning right now,” D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman said. “In this case, we were able to do just that with the selection of Jamaal. The guard position was a point of emphasis for us entering the draft, and Jamaal’s extensive experience in the backcourt provides the D-Fenders with a great foundation as we work towards our ultimate goal of winning a D-League championship.”
But as Musselman prepares for the D-League draft — in which the D-Fenders have the No. 1 pick — on Thursday, he insists he is not putting in this work primarily to reenter the NBA head-coaching realm. “In my mind this is the best job outside of the 30 NBA head-coaching jobs. For me, at this stage with where I am, I would rather be the D-Fenders coach than an NBA assistant. So I couldn’t be luckier.”
NBA Developmental League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders, have hired Clay Moser as the Associate Head Coach on Head Coach Eric Musselman’s staff. Moser is quite experienced with D-League basketball and he is very familiar with the current head coach of the D-Fenders. Moser worked alongside Musselman as Associate Head Coach with the Reno Bighorns last season. The Bighorns finished the season with the best record in the Western Conference at 34-16, and the D-Fenders hope Moser can carry that success over to Los Angeles.
Former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, a former Magic assistant, knew he was still growing as a coach …..when John Calipari told him he had reached the same observation. Musselman is coaching the Venezuelan national team in the FIBA Americas tournament. Calipari — the current Kentucky coach — is leading the Dominican squad. “Talking with John, we both realized that, over here, you have to work on teaching and your communication so much more,” said Musselman told me Friday night via Skype. “I know it’s making me a better coach.”
The D-Fenders are back and again under Buss family rule, and their new coach is actually a pretty interesting one: Eric Musselman. It’s not hard to imagine Musselman, who went 75-89 in two years as Golden State Warriors head coach, eventually re-establishing himself as a quality NBA coach. “He has vast experiences in both the NBA and NBA Development League and will be a great addition to our franchise,” said Joey Buss, D-Fenders president.
When Venezuela made Eric Musselman their national team coach last month, they opted for a man who has lived and breathed basketball for his entire life. Musselman ate, drank and slept basketball because of his father, former NBA boss Bill Musselman. “When most kids were watching cartoons when they woke up in the morning, at my breakfast table I was watching a game-tape with Dad,” Musselman said to FIBA.com. “When I was done with school, my mom used to drop me off at Dad’s practices and I used to sit there and watch until they were done.
American coach Eric Musselman on Wednesday was unveiled as the new head coach of Venezuela’s men’s national team that will look to qualify for the London Olympics at this summer’s FIBA Americas Championship. Musselman, a former NBA head coach with the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, takes over the position previously held by Nestor Salazar and will lead the team at the FIBA Americas Championship to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, between 30 August and 11 September. “I will work hard to achieve the objectives set out for Mar del Plata,” said the 46-year-old of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation’s (FVB) hopes to qualify for the 2012 Games or the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. “I will count on a talented selection, a group of energetic players that will work effectively.”
I know many of you think the NBA’s Development League is a bit wonky in the way it operates, but the fun thing is that there are always neat little surprises around every corner that always keeps the millions (and millions) of D-League fans on their collective toes. Take, for instance, the complicated system former NBA head coach Eric Musselman used to select his Reno Bighorns’ first round opponent in this week’s D-League playoffs (via the Erie Times-News’ Duane Rankin). To decide its first-round opponent for the D-League playoffs, Reno had its player personnel assistant pick one out of a hat. Sammy Glefand chose the Erie BayHawks. “He’s our money-ball guy,” first-year Reno coach Eric Musselman said with enthusiasm.
And all on a yeoman’s salary. The Bighorns don’t release such figures, but it’s unlikely he makes more than $100,000 a year, a far cry from his days of about $2.5 million when he was in the NBA. “I’m not doing this for the money,” he said. “I’m doing it because I love the game.” Moser, the Bighorns associate head coach, believes Musselman will get a job in the NBA or at an elite college program. Musselman said he’s not closing the door on any opportunity, and said in regards to college that it has to be the right situation. “I think he’s got a real shot,” Moser said. “It’s such a volatile business.
In 2006, he replaced Rick Adelman in Sacramento. The Kings had made a few runs in the playoffs and in 2002 reached the Western Conference finals. “Sacramento was a tough situation,” said Musselman, who didn’t help himself when he was arrested for DUI after the Kings’ first preseason game on Oct. 20. “Rick Adelman had done such a good job. … There were a lot of changes in players. When I got to Sacramento, they were still trying to win but also trying to rebuild. We were kind of in between.”