Sidney Moncrief Rumors
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.’’
Bucks assistant coach Sidney Moncrief became a star player with the franchise in the 1980s. And he gives much of the credit to coach Don Nelson, who learned Wednesday he will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Nelson won 540 games with the Bucks from 1976-’87 and went on to win 1,335 NBA games, the most of any coach in league history. “Nellie has had such a profound impact on the game of basketball, on the offensive and defensive end,” Moncrief said Thursday. “A lot of people don’t realize that Nellie was one of the first coaches in the NBA, that had the creative defenses that looked like a zone but was a man-to-man. “I think one thing you have to remember is his ability to adapt to his players and his players’ style.”