Henry Bibby Rumors
While the Nets have yet to announce who will be part of Hollins’ coaching staff, one likely option will be Henry Bibby, a longtime Hollins assistant in Memphis who spent last season working under Maurice Cheeks with the Pistons. Other names that have been reported as possibilities for Hollins’ staff include former Suns, Sonics and Kings coach Paul Westphal, Lakers assistant Johnny Davis — a teammate of Hollins on the 1977 champion Trail Blazers and a former assistant on his staff in Memphis — and current Nets assistant Joe Prunty.
Now, the young player around whom the franchise plans to build has taken the appearance of someone who feels disrespected by his coach. Drummond eschewed a consoling effort from assistant coach Henry Bibby after he was pulled. Less than three minutes later, he returned to the game, but managed only two rebounds in 10 minutes of second-half playing time.
Henry Bibby has been named a Detroit Pistons assistant coach, rounding out new head coach Maurice Cheeks’ staff. Bibby, who spent the last five seasons as a Memphis Grizzlies assistant, joins a staff which already had Maz Trakh, who previously served with Cheeks on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s staff, and holdover Pistons assistant John Loyer. In addition to coaching together previously, Cheeks and Bibby were teammates with the Philadelphia 76ers. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, particularly on the defensive end — he knows the defensive end of the floor,” Cheeks said of Bibby. “And he’s been in games. He’s coached in games, he’s played in games, so any time you have a guy like that, who’s been around as long as he has, the knowledge can only be helpful for me.”
Cheeks said he does not divide offensive and defensive responsibilities among his coaches, though he did seek staff members with particular strengths at each end of the floor. Cheeks added that he won’t have a chief assistant. “We’re all here to help us win,” he said. And who takes over in the event the coach is ejected from a game? “I’m not getting ejected,” Cheeks said.