ASSISTANT COACHES

ASSISTANT COACHES

Wonderful winding road of coaching brings Jim Boylen to Bulls

Jim Boylen was hired for his first NBA gig after a mere eight-minute job interview. Here’s why: In the summer of 1991, four years after then-Michigan State assistant Tom Izzo helped convince then-Spartans coach Jud Heathcote to hire Boylen as his first graduate assistant, Boylen asked Heathcote for a month off. Boylen borrowed $5,000 from[...]

Woodson, O’Connor Reflect on Title Run in Detroit

DETROIT – Brendan O’Connor looked up at the rafters at The Palace of Auburn Hills, his gaze fixated near the ceiling of the arena. It took no time at all for him to answer what comes to mind first when he returns to Detroit. “2004,” the Clippers’ assistant coach said. “That’s it. That big banner[...]

Kurt Rambis can be a perfect mentor for Kristaps Porzingis

One of the reasons the Knicks brought Kurt Rambis into town last season was to mentor first-year head coach Derek Fisher. New York wanted someone with head-coaching experience to share the bench with Fish, and Rambis’ history with Phil Jackson obviously played a role. Now, the second-year Knicks assistant has a new assignment, according to[...]

Pacers Assistant Coaches Dan Burke and Popeye Jones Visit Local Children’s Hospitals

On Thursday afternoon, Pacers players Myles Turner, Solomon Hill, Chase Budinger, Glenn Robinson III, and Lavoy Allen, joined by coaches Dan Burke and Popeye Jones, visited two children’s hospitals in Indianapolis. The players and coaches brought gifts for the kids, and many of the children challenged the Pacers players to arcade games that were in[...]

Luke Walton learns about being a head coach leading the Warriors

via The Sacramento Bee The man directing the best team in the NBA looks young enough to suit up for the squad. Luke Walton, 35, retired from the NBA in 2013 and is in just his second season as an assistant coach. And when Golden State coach Steve Kerr announced he was taking a leave[...]