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There were plenty of safety rules in place, and it made the environment different. There is usually a coterie of observers and helpers when Tatum is shooting jump shots. Maybe two coaches to rebound, another to offer instruction, and sometimes even a member of the medical staff to oversee it all. But in this case, there was just assistant coach Jay Larranaga, wearing a mask and gloves and wondering whether he still had the legs to chase down the errant shots all by himself. “I’m lucky Tatum doesn’t ever miss,” Larranaga said. “So I just stay under the hoop. He looks like he’s in midseason form right now.”
Despite that uncertainty, there did not ever appear to be a time when Tatum lost his focus, according to Larranaga. “It’s frustrating when you’re in the midst of a really great season and having the responsibility that he likes and has wanted to have on the team,” Larranaga said. “It’s frustrating to have the season interrupted. “But he’s a pretty amazing athlete and player that, regardless of circumstance, regardless of if he’s able to work out or takes a few days off, his consistency day-to-day is pretty extraordinary.”
Larranaga is constantly demanding and encouraging. Smart is constantly pushing and accepting direction. And no matter what they’re working on, there’s a dap in between. There’s a thing with these two. It goes beyond the typical coach-player connection. The way they work together, the way the dap each other, the way they communicate; there’s a bond. “Jay’s been a big help for me,” Smart said. “He spent countless hours out of his day, out of his life, out of his family’s life to spend with me.” It started two years ago, when they spent a summer together in Miami. The bond was built through hard work, arguments, philosophical challenges and an understanding that both were working toward a common goal.
Boston lost the next two games, ending their season, but the series began Smart’s journey towards becoming a better shooter. “Coming off that season,” Larranaga said, “he really wanted to take his game to another level, physically, skill-wise.” Smart planned on working out in Miami that summer. Larranaga saw an opportunity to help, especially since he had access to the practice facility at the University of Miami, where his father, Jim, is the head coach. “I talked to Brad,” Larranaga said. “I said… I’d like to try to devote this summer to help Marcus just continue to grow as a young player.” “He came down and spend the whole summer with me working,” Smart said. “So, we got that bond and I trust him with everything he says to make sure he’s setting me up for success.”
For Smart, it was getting the right rest, getting the right treatment, watching the right film and consistently honing his craft. He needed to build better habits to reach a new level, even if he didn’t want to at first. “The reason I love Coach Jay is he’s always been honest,” Smart said. “Regardless of whether I liked it or not, he didn’t care. He was going to tell me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear.” Larranaga believes his job is to have a genuine interest in helping players be better. “I think I’ve shown that over time, that my number one goal is for him to have the happiest and most successful life he can possibly have.” he said. “So a lot of the stuff we did in Miami was not just shooting related. It was just continuing to grow as people.”
“I think with every rookie that comes into the NBA it’s really a race to maturity, and some people are further ahead like a Jayson Tatum,” Larranaga said after Tatum practiced with the summer leaguers on Sunday. Tatum will not participate in summer league, but Stevens asked him to join the Celtics’ youngest players for practices before they head west.
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Schlenk interviewed seven candidates for head coach. The Hawks hoped to hire David Fizdale before he accepted the head coach job with the Knicks. After that, Pierce emerged as the favorite among a group of finalists that also included Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, Hornets assistant Stephen Silas and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.
The Hawks have narrowed their head coaching search down to four candidates, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans. They are Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce, Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, Hornets assistant Stephen Silas and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.
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Larranaga is the top assistant to Celtics coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics have taken a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in a second-round playoff series. He is the son of Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga. He was actually born in Charlotte in 1975. Larranaga had a long playing career in Europe before going into coaching in 2008. He worked in the NBA’s Developmental League, coaching the Erie Bay Hawks, before being hired by the Celtics in 2012.
Fizdale emerged as a leading candidate after the Knicks fired Jeff Hornacek once the end of the season, but the front office made sure to do its due diligence in meeting with more than 10 coaching candidates. The Knicks’ front office met with accomplished head coaches – such Budenhozler, the 2014-15 Coach of the Year, Jackson, Mike Brown – as well as strong assistant candidates in San Antonio’s James Borrego, Boston’s Jay Larranaga and Miami’s Juwan Howard.
Larranaga, 43, is a rising young coach, who has been with the Celtics for six seasons, the last four as Brad Stevens’ top assistant. Larranaga was considered for the Celtics’ job before they hired Stevens, one of the best coaches in the league. He has interviewed for head coaching jobs in Philadelphia and Memphis previously. The Celtics have reached the postseason for four straight seasons, and had the NBA’s top-rated defense. One of Larranaga’s strengths is a Knicks’ focus now: player development. He spent two seasons coaching the Erie BayHawks, which was the Knicks’ Developmental League affiliate before they purchased their own team in 2014.
“I think role models are always really important,” Larranaga said. “And as Marcus Smart and I have worked more and more together, you start to break down all the different parts of Marcus as a person — physically, athletically, career path, all those different things.” Larranaga noticed similarities between Smart and retired seven-time All-Star Chauncey Billups. So he contacted former Celtics assistant and current Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, who is one of Billups’s closest friends, and asked if Billups might be open to meeting with Smart. Billups responded almost immediately.
“He said he was already a big fan of Marcus’s, but also thought there were things in his game he could refine, and maybe had some experience and knowledge he could pass on that would be helpful,” Larranaga said. “I just thought it was a great role model for Marcus. Even their style of play as physical guards that are really good in pick-and-rolls, really good at hitting the open man and just making all their teammates better, it just seemed to make sense.”
On the court, Billups showed Smart simple things, like new and creative ways to find openings for his shot. But Smart found Billups’s advice about preparation most useful. “Just becoming more of a professional and working smarter, and doing things to help in the long run,” Smart said. “Just getting a routine down, keeping that routine and finding what works for you. Keeping it short and sweet to get to the stuff you’re going to do in the game.”
Ranadive will soon be on the hunt for a new coach, though don’t be surprised if interest in the Kings’ gig is lukewarm. “One of 30 jobs in the world” is a popular cliché spouted by recently hired coaches, yet Ranadive has made it 29 and a “Well, if I have to” proposition. Established coaches won’t touch the Kings’ job while rising assistants like Atlanta’s Kenny Atkinson or Boston’s Jay Larranaga won’t run toward it either. Coaches with options don’t fight to work for management that refuses to support the people it hires, and they don’t sign on with an owner who seems more interested in the cache that comes with owning an NBA team than the business of operating one.
The Boston Celtics, with entries in both the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas summer leagues next month, will split their coaching duties between assistants Jay Larranaga and Micah Shrewsberry. Larranaga will be head coach for Boston’s three-game stint in Salt Lake City, while Shrewsberry will take the baton for the duration of the Celtics’ stay in Las Vegas. The reason for the split? Celtics head coach Brad Stevens doesn’t want to burn out Larranaga. “I was actually worried about [Larranaga] coaching this year because he coached last year, then he went to the Ukraine [for work with the national team], so I don’t want to burn anybody out,” said Stevens. “He hasn’t had as much time maybe as the rest of us had to recharge last year. So I actually didn’t want him to do more than the first one.”