Sidney Moncrief Rumors
26 Sep 13
Milwaukee Bucks assistant coaches Joe Wolf, Sidney Moncrief, Chris Gilmartin, Bill Peterson and Anthony Goldwire will not have their contracts renewed, club officials confirmed Wednesday. New Bucks coach Larry Drew is in the process of putting together his own staff. Although nothing has been announced yet, two of his former assistants in Atlanta, Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, helped Drew run the team’s draft workout Wednesday.
While head coach Jim Boylan was dismissed from the team two weeks ago, his assistant coaches — Sidney Moncrief, Bill Peterson, Anthony Goldwire, Joe Wolf and Chris Gilmartin — are still under contract until the end of June. Whether any of them will be retained is uncertain. They aren’t the only ones in the Bucks organization on shaky ground. Player personnel director Dave Babcock, scouting director Billy McKinney and head athletic trainer Marc Boff, among others, are also in the final year of their contracts.
Bucks assistant coach Sidney Moncrief not only played for Nelson in Milwaukee but was later an assistant coach for him, Monrief, one of the NBA’s greatest defensive guards ever and the recipient of the first two Defensive Player of the Years awards, said he wouldn’t have accomplished as much as he did without Nelson’s mentoring. “I would not have been a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the year, an all-pro without Don Nelson and playing in his system,’’ Moncrief said. “The way he coached us, the way he trained us was exceptional. “He had high expectations for us and expected us to play at a high level.’’
Moncrief played for the Bucks from 1979-’89 and was part of Nelson’s string of seven consecutive division titles. Moncrief was a five-time all-star and two-time NBA defensive player of the year. “I remember when I was a rookie I was trying to play defense a certain way, like I played in college (at Arkansas),” Moncrief said. “I was very passive. “He said, ‘You can’t play defense like that in the NBA. You’ve got to get up on the guy, body the guy, be physical. All the things that were very important to me later as a player, he was able to bring out. Also from an offensive standpoint, I don’t know if I would have been a five- time NBA all-star and do the things I’ve done without Nellie being my coach.”