Jack Sikma Rumors

So much has changed since the Sonics won the city’s only major pro title — the Seattle Storm won two WNBA championships and soccer’s Sounders won as well — way back in 1979. It was so long ago that the Sonics have since moved away, to Oklahoma City in a disappearance Sikma still calls disturbing. “There was an even more personal connection with fans back then,” Sikma said. “I knew most all the season-ticket holders in the front row. You could pretty much walk out after games and it was bedlam as far as autograph seekers and talking to kids. That personalized it. The media attention has changed, the world has changed. It was pretty special the connection with the city we had back then.”
How far away do you think you are from getting an opportunity to be a head coach? Shawn Respert: You know what? Not far away. I don’t think any young coach could ask for a better coaching staff that I came into. All of them are former NBA players: Adelman, Terry Porter, TR Dunn, Jack Sikma and then in Houston we had Elston Turner. All I had to do was just sit back and keep my mouth shut, listen and learn. After almost six years of working with a staff like that in the NBA, I’m sure I’m ready for a head coaching job for a college level or maybe a D-League opportunity. The NBA? Let’s say maybe five years. Then I’ll be ready to do something in the NBA and lead a team.
“He reminds me of Jack Sikma,” Casey said, a big smile coming across his face as he launched into a story from the good old days. Sikma, a seven-time All-Star in the 1970s and 1980s, is remembered in coaching circles for the “Sikma move,” a face-up motion with the ball kept high in a flexible position that allows for a quick jumper or an up-and-under fake to set up a drive to the basket.
It isn’t unprecedented for a player of Stoudemire’s caliber to move to the three-point line. Jack Sikma—a seven time All-Star who, like Stoudemire, is 6-foot-11—underwent such a transformation at 32 while playing for Milwaukee. Threes accounted for 26% of Sikma’s attempts in 1988, a huge increase from 1987, when they made up just 1.3% of his attempts. He went on to shoot a team-best 38% from behind the arc in 1988, better than the league average of 32.3%. “If you can knock down a 20-footer for two [points], why not step back to 23 feet and get three?” said Sikma, now a Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach. “As a big man, you can do some serious damage as far as mismatches and spacing if you show you can shoot from that far out.”
Joan Niesen: Timberwolves assistant coach Jack Sikma on Alexey Shved: Sikma has helped out at Eurocamp for nearly a decade. Checks in with international scout Pete Philo about memorable/impressive players when he sees him: “Every once in a while when I see him, I ask him about some specific players. There were two this year that I was wondering about, one of which was Alexey, and he’s going to be on our team now. It’s a small world.”
“Hopefully, I soon will get an opportunity to interview for a job,” he said. “I want to be a head coach in the NBA. I have applied and expressed interest. I interviewed at Houston last year. I hope to be able to get another interview or two this year. There will be some jobs open. I feel I am very prepared to step forward and run a team. I would love to have a shot at it. I would love to prove through the interview process that I am ready to go.”
Adelman announced on Wednesday that Terry Porter, Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn and Bill Bayno will join him as assistants on his staff. Porter interviewed for the head coaching position in Minnesota before it was given to Adelman. The former point guard played for Adelman with the Portland Trail Blazers and served as an assistant on his staff in Sacramento.
Adelman would love to add Elston Turner — his No. 1 assistant in Houston — but it’s doubtful whether the Suns will let him go. Turner, a finalist for the Wolves’ head job in 2009, accepted a job in Phoenix earlier this summer. Technically, he isn’t the No. 1 assistant there, Bill Cartwright is. Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn — members of Adelman’s staff in Houston — aren’t signed, sealed and delivered as far as I know right, but are good bets to be added.
Among those kids from the state were Schrempf, Donaldson, Doug Christie, John Stockton, George Irving, Jamal Crawford, James Edwards, and more recently, Jason Terry, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman, Aaron Brooks, Martell Webster, Marcus Williams and Rodney Stuckey. “You have pride that you have a team, but when all of that went down it broke my heart,” said Hawkins, who was part of the team that played the Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. “It was disheartening in the fact that the fans were left out in the cold.” “Hopefully, we’ll get a team back because this city definitely deserves a team, with all tradition and history the Sonics have,” he added.
Earlier Saturday the discussion centered on when and if an NBA team would ever return. Former Sonics star Jack Sikma perhaps summed up the desire to get a team back to Seattle saying, “It’s hard to put it all together. That puzzle is tough. I think there is a will, but the way is not clear yet.” The final score was of little interest, even though team “Seattle” beat the “League” team 140-122. Hawes led the Seattle team with 27 points and started a chant of “Come home Sonics!” in the moments after the final buzzer. Terrence Williams was the MVP after scoring 25 points.
A day to celebrate what Seattle has produced on the basketball court also became a green and gold reminder of what the area lost with no solid idea of when the NBA might return. Saturday’s H206 Charity Basketball Classic brought NBA players back to KeyArena for the first league-sanctioned event since the messy departure of the SuperSonics for Oklahoma City following the 2008 season.
KHOU 11 Sports has confirmed that the Houston Rockets will interview both former player Mario Elie and current assistant Jack Sikma for the vacant head coaching job. Both men have been rumored to be candidates for the job from the start and are expected to meet with the team later next week. Elie, who is currently an assistant with the Sacramento Kings, played for the Rockets from 1993-1998, helping bring to NBA Championships to Houston.
Rick Adelman on how you fill the shoes of a Rick Adelman and if the team has a short list right now: “We’re going to have a wide process. It’s going to be different than last time. Actually it was similar in many ways in that we’re letting go an extremely good coach. … Last time, though, we had a pretty solid foundation with Tracy [McGrady] and Yao and we were trying to fill out that foundation. We feel like we’re in a different state this time where we’re still trying to build a foundation and we’re looking for a coach that fits that environment. That’s going to be a wider process; it’s not going to be a quick process.” Will they look at current assistants Elston Turner or Jack Sikma?: “We’re going to have a wide process and I’ll be speaking to Coach Turner and Coach Sikma over the next few days. … Depending on how the process goes, we would like to keep some continuity as possible.”