Joe Prunty 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.
Nets lead assistant Joe Prunty has agreed to a new deal to remain as the head coach of Great Britain’s national team for this summer’s EuroBasket qualification round. Team sources confirmed that approval has been granted for him to take the helm for a second campaign after guiding an inexperienced side to the brink of the second round of the finals in Slovenia in September 2013 — without the services of Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joel Freeland of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nets lead assistant Joe Prunty has agreed a new deal to remain as the head coach of Great Britain’s national team for this summer’s EuroBasket qualification round. Team sources confirmed that approval has been granted for him to take the helm for a second campaign after guiding an inexperienced side to the brink of the second round of last September’s finals in Slovenia — without the services of Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joel Freeland of the Portland Trail Blazers. British Basketball has called a press conference Wednesday to formally announce the return of Prunty, who was an assistant in Cleveland before coming to Brooklyn last summer.
Sources say Nets veteran players support Kidd, who has coached in 11 of the Nets’ 13 games so far. Kidd opened his first season as a head coach serving a two-game suspension, with assistant coach Joe Prunty moving from behind the bench to serve as the team’s interim coach. Frank and fellow bench assistant John Welch respectively remained in their defensive and offensive coordinator-like roles ostensibly for continuity.
His passport now has stamps from Finland, Greece, Spain and Slovenia, places he might never have otherwise passed through. Regretfully, too often he admits, the travel schedule has closely resembled that of the NBA: bus to hotel, hotel to arena, arena to airport, flight to next destination — with little chance to catch a breath in between. “The other day, someone asked me, ‘What’s Europe like?’ I said, ‘There are some incredible hotels and gyms and arenas,'” he says. “You don’t get a whole lot of time to spend out there, but when you can, you take those walks. You go down the street, you find a cobblestoned path somewhere. Or you find a little corner that has a new nuance, something you’ve not seen before. That hour can rejuvenate you. And all the people I’ve talked to told me not only would I enjoy the experience, but I’d get to help other people too, and that’s certainly been true.”
He will hope for more happy occasions in Slovenia before he returns to the United States, packs up his belongings, and moves his wife and young son to New York. Back to the NBA. Back to being one voice among several on the Nets’ bench. One day, perhaps, he will get to do what he is doing here, and be the first among equals, as a head coach in his own right in the NBA. “If you’re asking me would I like to do it, the answer is yes,” Prunty says. “But I’ll take care of the things that will prepare me to be in that position. Which is this.”
Great Britain have appointed long-time NBA assistant Joe Prunty as their new national team boss. The American takes over from Chris Finch, who ended several years at the helm after the Brits’ Olympic campaign. Prunty will lead the national side at the EuroBasket in Slovenia in September. The team has taken giant strides in recent summers, winning promotion from Division B and climbing to No. 23 in the FIBA Ranking Men. Britain have qualified for the past two EuroBaskets.
New Great Britain coach Joe Prunty has begun to contact prospective recruits for his first squad this summer, despite delays in finalising his bench staff for EuroBasket. However MVP can reveal that Charlotte Bobcats pair Ben Gordon and Byron Mullens are among those on Prunty’s long-list for Slovenia. The surprise move – which is likely to prove unpopular with the existing squad – comes a year after both declined selection for the Olympic Games despite a lengthy courtship from British Basketball officials.
News of Prunty’s impending appointment was met with shock by a number of current internationals who had expected someone with prior working knowledge of international basketball to take charge. “I cant believe we are considering an NBA guy with no European experience,” said one member of the 2012 Olympic team, speaking to MVP on condition of anonymity. “I was hoping for a Euro coach that would teach the guys not just compete. That really is disappointing. I thought for sure they would want a fresh start and create a more European-style team.”
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Great Britain’s men are set to find out their new coach next week, with Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Joe Prunty to be named in charge, according to sources in the NBA. MVP has learnt that final contractual arrangements are likely to be signed off following Easter Weekend to name a successor to Chris Finch, following an extensive recruitment process arranged, somewhat controversially, by an external agency.
Joe Prunty, a former assistant in Portland, apparently has been added to Scott’s coaching staff with the Cavs. Both Melvin Hunt and Chris Jent, holdovers from Mike Brown’s staff, are with the Cavs in Las Vegas. Jent doesn’t appear to be following James to Miami, as has been rumored. Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce was told he wouldn’t be rehired by the Cavs last week. He’s a free agent and is attending NBA Summer League. “I’ll let everyone know where I’m going in ‘The Decision II’ this week,” he joked.