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[…]

The Interview: Jerry Stackhouse

Former NBA player and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse. The retired NBAer, 41, has transitioned from player to coach after finishing a pro career that spanned 18 seasons. I grew up in Kinston, North Carolina. It was great place then. They had a big plant in town: DuPont. When it closed, a lot[…]

On Ime Udoka: The making of an assistant coach

Now in his fourth year on Pop’s staff and coming off a summer where he helped bring prized free agent LaMarcus Aldridge to San Antonio, Ime Udoka’s notable career continues to silently trend upward. I spoke with former NBA player and coach Sam Vincent about the qualities that Udoka brings as an assistant on the[…]