Clifford Ray Rumors
The Sacramento Kings today announced that Kings Assistant Coaches Jim Eyen, Alex English, and Clifford Ray will not be retained for the upcoming season, effectively immediately. In addition, Bobby Jackson will no longer serve as an assistant coach but will continue with the organization in another capacity.
Petrie insisted Monday that both he and the organization are committed to Cousins for the long haul. “When I talk to him periodically, it can be about basketball, it can be about life, it can be about last night’s game, it can be about today’s practice,” Petrie said. “We’ve got an unbelievable staff that works with him on a daily basis. We’ve got Clifford Ray, who’s one of the best big men coaches around. We’ve got a head coach that continues to invest a tremendous amount of energy to help him. He’s all about moving forward and trying to help solve this.”
Clifford Ray said he wanted to coach two more years before heading back to Florida. But the Celtics dismissed him after the 2009-10 season. After a year and a half off and time to rehabilitate a troublesome left foot, Ray is working as a consultant with the Sacramento Kings, working with mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins. Ray was an assistant on Doc Rivers’s staff since Rivers’s days in Orlando, but he was removed in favor of Roy Rogers, who lasted one season before joining Lawrence Frank’s staff in Detroit. Now the Celtics lack a big man coach. Ray, meanwhile, is grateful to be in better health and back in the NBA. “I hadn’t really wanted to come back to work but [Sacramento coach] Keith [Smart] and I went through minor league ball together and I was with him when he got his first [NBA] job, pretty much like it was with Doc when he had his first job,’’ Ray said. “It was more caring for somebody – that was the motivation – and I want to see how I physically progressed.’’