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Isaac has been through a coaching change before in the pros, the transition from Frank Vogel to Clifford. Isaac hopes that the team will rally around Mosley like it did with Clifford. “With Coach Cliff, I feel like everybody bought in and we were serious about the team that we wanted to be and the place that we wanted to get to, and there were results,” Isaac said. “So it’s going to be the same thing with Coach Mosley: everybody coming in and being locked-in, wanting to be there and putting our best foot forward. And we’ll get better as a team.”
Heading into this offseason, several NBA sources said the expectation was that most of the head coach openings could be filled by African Americans. According to NBA sources, the list of African American assistant coaches who interviewed for jobs included the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jason Kidd and Phil Handy, the Dallas Mavericks’ Jamahl Mosley, the Denver Nuggets’ Wes Unseld Jr., the Golden State Warriors’ Mike Brown, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Sam Cassell, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, the Brooklyn Nets’ Udoka and Jacque Vaughn, the Clippers’ Billups, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Teresa Weatherspoon and the Timberwolves’ David Vanterpool. Sources said Dawn Staley, USA Basketball women’s head coach and University of South Carolina women’s head coach, was another African American considered for NBA openings, but she was focused on the Olympics.
Jake Fischer: The Orlando Magic are expected to hire former Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts to Jamahl Mosley’s coaching staff, according to league sources. Tibbets also interviewed for a position under Luke Walton in Sacramento.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks have an opening for a lead assistant after Orlando hired Jamahl Mosley as its new head coach. Detroit’s Sean Sweeney was the first to join Kidd’s coaching staff. The Lakers’ Greg. St. Jean, who worked alongside Kidd in LA, is also expected to join the Mavericks.
Would you describe the feeling of getting your first head coaching job? Jamahl Mosley: It’s very hard to describe. It’s exciting. There’s such a level of joy just when you start to realize that everything you’ve worked for when you started playing, and then started coaching, has come to pass: being able to impact and influence (players) and be part of a great organization.
You’ve had the opportunity to interview for coaching positions before. When did you get the sense that this situation was different? Jamahl Mosley: I always talk about relationships. I had known some of the guys here for years. I knew Jeff (Weltman, president of basketball operations) a bit from years past in Denver. I also knew (Magic front office official) Anthony Parker from coaching him in Cleveland. But I started to sense that there was a little bit of a joy to where it was going. That happened after the second or third interview. It felt good. And I met the DeVos family, and you just saw family. That’s when it really kind of set in.
Were there any elements of this process that were different from some of the others? Jamahl Mosley: They were very thorough in their approach and their process and the questions they asked — the important things to them being family, building and growing. That made it very exciting. That’s when I knew it was real.