Steve Clifford Rumors
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash expects Steve Clifford around a good amount this season. Said the players love him and he’s fortunate to have him. Clifford is a consultant and won’t be around the team daily but expects him around “quite a bit.”
Bamba’s supporters argue that he did not have a clear path to playing time over the last 12 months, if not longer. All-Star Nikola Vucevic was entrenched as the Magic’s starting center until he was traded last March, and Khem Birch seemed to be former coach Steve Clifford’s preferred choice as the primary backup to Vucevic. “I think Mo’s got talent,” Scout B said. “I just think the last regime was just not a fan of his. They weren’t enamored with him, and I think his confidence took a hit.”
What is Steve Clifford’s role on the Nets coaching staff? — James X. Alex Schiffer: He will be with the team sporadically throughout the season. He gives Steve Nash someone to bounce ideas off of and could contribute to game-planning and adjustments, especially in the playoffs. The position gives him the flexibility to look for his next head coaching job and he has a relationship with Nash from their time together in Los Angeles. Clifford was living in Central Florida last I heard, so it’s unknown if he’ll be in New York all season and occasionally on the road or stay in Florida and fly up when needed.
If Bacon, who turns 26 on Monday, is cut, he will get a $50,000 guarantee if he plays with the Westchester Knicks of the G-League. There’s a chance the final roster spot will become a battle between Bacon and Argentine combo guard Luca Vildoza, who has a four-year, $13.6 million non-guaranteed deal. Vildoza, 25, already got paid for the first season despite signing in May. Bacon is a Creative Artists Agency client — team president Leon Rose’s former firm. But multiple sources contend the Knicks are taking a flier on Bacon because of Tom Thibodeau’s close friend, Steve Clifford, the former Charlotte and Orlando coach who now is a Nets consultant.
The Nets have brought two-time head coach Steve Clifford on as a consultant. But Clifford isn’t going to be an assistant, and he told The Post he’d be less of an adviser and more of an asset, used however the coaches or front office see fit. The role is still being clarified, but in essence, it’ll be whatever Steve Nash or GM Sean Marks needs.