Jerry Stackhouse Rumors
However, Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse believes a potential All-Star may exist when the Knicks come to bat at No. 8: Aaron Nesmith, his 6-foot-6 sophomore small forward/shooting guard marksman. Stackhouse likens him to Bucks’ swingman Khris Middleton. Middleton, a two-time All-Star, and the 21-year-old Nesmith not only hail from Charleston, S.C., but also attended the same high school, Porter-Gaud.
Some scouts tag Nesmith as the top 3-point shooter in the draft, but his standing isn’t as a high lottery pick. He was injured in his sophomore season, suffering a stress fracture in his right foot that limited him to 14 games. “We compare him to Khris Middleton,’’ Stackhouse told The Post in an email Sunday. “He’s perfect for the wing spot. He has the size. He has the strength and in addition to being a shooter, he is dedicated to the defensive side as well.”
“Obviously, he can shoot the ball,’’ said Stackhouse, who weaved an 18-year NBA career as an elite shooting guard. “In the NBA, there is always a demand for shooters, and he’s one of the best shooters in all of college last year. There aren’t many better than him in the draft. But he’s also just a great person who cares about his teammates. He’ll always do what’s best for the team. He was a great leader for us, even after his injury last season.’’
Stackhouse is a good one and his ties to the organization don’t hurt. I’ll throw another Clippers assistant to maybe consider: Sam Cassell. He played for the Nets in the late ’90s and it appears he’s going to start getting looks as a head coach. He just helped the Clippers incorporate two new stars this season in Leonard and Paul George and won three NBA championships as a player. I don’t know if he’s a fit for this job, but I could see him getting an interview. I mentioned at the top that Vaughn is on the list, for now. Some have speculated that he’s on there as a courtesy given he’s the current interim coach, but I’ve been told there are some in the organization that would like to see him get a shot. I wrote about Vaugn recently with our colleague Josh Robbins. To keep it simple, give me a case for or against Vaughn.
NBA analyst Chris Broussard on The Odd Couple podcast reacted to the latest comments by Jerrry Stackhouse, who said that it wasn’t a pleasant experience playing with MJ at the Washington Wizards. “I know, I covered the team, I was with the Wizards that year, about the last week or two of Jordan’s career. I wrote for the New York Times a story about his last game. The players were sick of him. I mean they were really weren’t enjoying playing with the great Michael Jordan that most of them grew up idolizing, including [Jerry] Stakchouse” analyst said.
But in an episode of ESPN’s “The Woj Pod” released Wednesday, the 18-year pro said he wishes he never would have played alongside Jordan with the Wizards in 2002-03, a year that turned out to be Jordan’s final NBA season. “Honestly, I wish I never played in Washington and for a number of reasons,” Stackhouse said. “I felt we were on our way in Detroit before I got traded there. It was really challenging to be able to be in a situation with an idol who at this particular point, I felt like I was a better player.