Mark Price Rumors
The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday that they’ll turn back the clock this season with six Hardwood Classic Night games at Quicken Loans Arena, starting on Dec. 9. In addition to commemorative in-game videos, music and entertainment, the Cavs will rock the retro bright-orange uniforms that the team wore in the mid-1980s, paying homage to rosters headlined by World B. Free, Ron Harper, Mark Price and John “Hot Rod” Williams.
One of his former teammates and fellow shaprshooters, Steve Kerr, just happened to be the coach of the Warriors team victimized by the Cavs for the title. “The Warriors were such a good team. When they went up 3-1 (in the finals), I assumed it was over,” Price said. “I think everyone probably assumed that. But the momentum of the series really changed after the Draymond Green incident. When he got suspended for Game 5, things really shifted.”
Price missed Game 1 of that series with a groin injury. The Cavs lost and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. They almost did, but it wasn’t to be — as the shot that buried the Cavs helped propel Jordan to his status as the measuring stick for basketball greatness. “The next season, we traded Ron (for the draft rights to Danny Ferry), and that hurt us,” Price said. “I felt like other than the Lakers, and maybe the Pistons with Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, we had the best backcourt in the league.”
“The two guys I’d maybe compare him the most to are Mark Price and Steve Nash in terms of the combination of ball-handling and passing and shooting range and creativity. But Steph has taken it to a new level,” the Warriors coach says. “Mark and Steve were pioneers in a lot of ways. Mark was the first guy that I’ve ever seen who split the double-team at the top of the circle and then shoot a runner in the lane. Nobody else used to do that. Now everybody does it. Steve also sort of revolutionized the NBA, along with Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix. They changed the way the league looks and operates.
“Every young player wants to be an NBA player when he comes to college ball. I know what it takes to be an NBA player: I know what one looks like, I’ve been one and I’ve coached them,” Price said. “Somebody might be a great college coach, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he has the tools to get a kid to the next level. Hopefully that’s a big selling point.”
Q: Are you looking for a long run in college or is the goal ultimately at some point to become an NBA head coach? Mark Price: I’ve never been a guy that’s tried to look too far down the road, to be honest with you. I like focusing in on what I’m doing at the time and kind of letting things happen the way they happen. Obviously I like it here a lot. I’m happy here at Charlotte. I’m trying to build a program here. What happens down the road you can never predict. But I’m always open to opportunities.