Chris Fleming Rumors
I recently told Satoranský that his first pro coach in Prague, an American named Ken Scalabroni, had also coached Lauri Markkanen’s father Pekka in Germany. “I didn’t know Lauri’s dad played basketball,” Satoranský said. Scalabroni coached Pekka for Bamburg, a team that Bulls assistant coach Chris Fleming has also coached.
But contrary to viral speculation, Boylen did not have dinner with Butler at La Scarola, which would be a violation of tampering rules as Butler is still under contract to Philadelphia. According to a source, Boylen instead dined with new lead assistant Chris Fleming while the Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Boylen and Butler crossed paths in the small restaurant as the coaches were were departing and Butler and his party were arriving. The men briefly exchanged pleasantries and went their separate ways. The grainy photo does depict the mutual respect between Butler and Boylen. But a preemptive strike in free agency, it does not.
The Bulls have made no secret about their desire to upgrade their assistant coaching staff, and Jim Boylen is on the verge of landing his top target. Chris Fleming, who has head coaching experience in Europe and worked on Kenny Atkinson’s Nets staff the last three seasons, has accepted an offer to be Boylen’s lead assistant coach, a source confirmed Wednesday.
Atkinson and his staff gained a reputation for getting involved with the players, a first-hand approach in developing young players. Atkinson was a guard at Richmond University. One of his primary assistants, Chris Fleming, also played at Richmond with him. These are just two of several Brooklyn coaches who played at a high level. “I think what differentiates Kenny from different people is that he played at a really high level, so he’s very understanding of what we’re going through,” Dinwiddie explained. “For me, for DLo [D’Angelo Russell], for Caris [LeVert], etcetera, he really helped all of us grow. He was a primary ball handler back when he played, he’s shared some of those same mentalities on how we play the game and he’s open, he’s willing to be collaborative as a coach, as a leader, and it really helps all of us out.”