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Michael Curry
Michael Curry
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Born: 08/22/68
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $14,445,122 ($21,271,454*)
Like the veteran Speights, Magic guard Arron Afflalo has played for all types of coaches over his 11 years in the NBA. Six of his 10 former coaches – Michael Curry, Brian Shaw, Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Karl and Vaughn – played in the NBA prior to going into coaching. Afflalo said the essence of the player/coach relationship depends far more on relatability than whether or not a mentor once played NBA basketball. “It’s more of a communication thing,’’ Afflalo stressed. “Sometimes former players relate to other players and sometimes guys who didn’t play in the NBA are just really great communicators and motivators. They know the game and know how to teach the game. So, I can’t stand here and say for a fact that a former player would be better, but communication and accountability will always be the key with any coach.’’
Michael Curry has led a team into the NBA playoffs, served as president of the National Basketball Players Association and spent 11 years playing in the league. And now, Florida Atlantic has lured him back to college. Curry was introduced Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla., as the Owls’ new coach, replacing Mike Jarvis, whose six-year tenure at the school ended at the conclusion of this season. Curry most recently was an associate coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, plus was the Detroit Pistons’ head coach and guided them to the playoffs in 2008-09. FAU went 10-20 this season, and Curry — who has already broken down the Owls’ play from this season — knows a rebuilding project awaits. “We want to be a top-25 team in the country,” Curry said. “We have to recruit some very good basketball players. But more importantly, we want to recruit good young men. Total package.”
Curry has continued to do just that, even coaching the Sixers’ summer league team in Orlando. Young believes that work ethic and a familiarity with the team makes Curry a nice replacement for Collins. “I think he would be the perfect man for the job. He already knows the players and he knows what we need and what we need structure-wise to win games,” Young said. “And he is great defensively. He is a great candidate for the job and I for sure would love to see him as a coach. But that is Sam’s (Hinkie) job. To go out there and basically find the best coach, the best person for the job.”