Nate Tibbetts Rumors
Less than five minutes into the game, as the teams headed toward their benches for a timeout, Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic brushed against Michael Porter Jr. The Nuggets youngster took exception and pushed Nurkic in the back. Blazers’ associate head coach Nate Tibbetts rushed onto the court and confronted Porter Jr. at halfcourt as players and coaches converged. With bodies being held back, players exchanged words. Porter and Tibbetts were given a technical foul. “We ain’t got no suckas on our roster,” CJ McCollum said. “And we not really going for a lot of stuff. I think they have a lot of players who play hard and do a lot of those same things. So, I enjoy it. I don’t mind it. It’s just part of the playoffs.”
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger are among more than a dozen candidates who are expected to participate in a first round of virtual interviews for the Indiana Pacers coaching job, sources told ESPN. The Pacers are embarking on a wide-ranging search that has included seeking permission to speak to several assistant coaches in the league, including the Spurs’ Hammon and Will Hardy, Miami’s Dan Craig and Chris Quinn, Dallas’ Jamahl Mosley and Stephen Silas, Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, Orlando’s Pat Delany, Minnesota’s David Vanterpool, Philadelphia’s Ime Udoka, Brooklyn’s Jacque Vaughn and Portland’s Nate Tibbetts.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis has been granted permission to interview Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts for franchise’s head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.
The Cavaliers also interviewed Orlando Magic assistant Steve Hetzel in Denver on Saturday, sources said. The Cavaliers had received permission to interview another Trail Blazers assistant, Nate Tibbetts, but scheduling conflicts will push that meeting until after the Blazers-Nuggets Western Conference semifinals series ends, sources said. The Cavaliers interviewed San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina in the past several days.
After meeting with top coaching candidate Monty Williams on Friday night in Toronto, Phoenix Suns officials are flying to Portland to interview the Trail Blazers’ two top assistant coaches on Saturday, league sources told ESPN. Suns GM James Jones and VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower will meet with Blazers assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool on Saturday, sources said.