ASSISTANT COACHES

ASSISTANT COACHES

Becky Hammon Explains Why Gregg Popovich Was Instrumental in Her Hiring

Becky Hammon and Gregg Popovich have formed a bond over coaching. The San Antonio Spurs have long set the precedent of how to run an organization, and they continued that trend in 2014, when they hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Hammon, who played 16 years in the WNBA, became the first paid female[...]

Timberwolves Assistant Bryan Gates Doing What He Loves

“Everybody has their different path to the NBA.  Mine just happened to go through a lot of states, a few leagues and a couple countries,”  Minnesota Assistant Bryan Gates said.  After coaching in the IBA, CBA, CBL, USBL, and NBA D-League, from Beirut to Boise, Gates has finally landed where he always dreamt of, the[...]

Chicago Bulls Statement on Passing of Johnny Bach

January 18, 2016 – Johnny Bach, a prominent coaching figure in Chicago Bulls history, passed away today at age 91. A 56-year coaching veteran, Bach joined the Bulls as an assistant in 1986, and his highly effective “Doberman” style defense played a pivotal role in the Bulls’ three championship titles from 1991 to 1993. The[...]

Raptors Assistant Coach Nick Nurse Returns to England

From playing to coach, Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach Nick Nurse spent 10 years in the British Basketball before coming back across the pond.  As Nurse is back in London for the Raptors 2016 Global Games London matchup versus Orlando, he recalls how much he enjoyed his time over there.  “I think the British people are[...]

Miami Heat Assistant Coach Keith Smart Returns From Rare Skin Cancer

After nearly a month away from the team, Miami Heat Assistant Coach Keith Smart returned to the bench Monday night in Oakland as the team took on the Warriors.  Smith was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of skin cancer on his cheek, but after a 15 hour surgery he was able to return to[...]