Archive for September 2nd, 2008

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts, Mario Elie and Tom Sterner will complete Head Coach Rick Carlisle’s coaching staff. Popeye Jones and Brad Davis remain with the franchise as a player development coaches, Robert Hackett returns as an assistant coach in strength and conditioning, Monte Mathis is back as the team’s head video coordinator and Gary Boren continues as the team’s free throw coach.

“This rounds out what I believe is a very strong staff,” said Head Coach Rick Carlisle.  “We have an excellent mixture of playing experience, head coaching experience, on-court teachers and technical knowledge. It has been a busy and productive summer for us connecting with our players individually and during the summer league environment. We now look forward to a productive remainder of the summer and the beginning of training camp.”

Casey, 51, joins the Mavericks after serving as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from June 17, 2005 to Jan. 25, 2007. In his only stint as an NBA head coach, he earned a 43-59 record (.422).

Casey began his NBA coaching career as an assistant for the Sonics, where he served for 11 seasons (starting in 1994-95). He joined the Sonics for the 1994-95 season after spending five years as a head coach in Japan. During his time abroad, he coached Japan’s National Team with basketball legend Pete Newell. In the summer of 1998, Casey coached the team to its first World Championship appearance in 31 years.

Prior to coaching in Japan, Casey was an assistant under Head Coach Eddie Sutton at the University of Kentucky from 1985-90. He also served as an assistant under Clem Haskins at Western Kentucky University from 1980-85.

Out of high school, Casey played at Kentucky for Coach Joe B. Hall and helped the Wildcats to a 30-2 record his junior season and the 1978 NCAA Championship. Casey was named team captain his senior year and won UK’s all-academic award.

Stotts most recently served as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2005-07. Stotts guided the Bucks to their last postseason appearance in 2005-06 after earning a 40-42 (.488) regular season record. He was released from his coaching duties on March 15, 2007. Stotts began his coaching career under George Karl, spending five seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics and four with the Bucks. During that stretch, his teams finished each season above .500 and qualified for the playoffs in eight of nine seasons.

Stotts, a 14-year NBA coaching veteran, spent the 2004-05 season as the lead assistant for the Golden State Warriors under Head Coach Mike Montgomery. Prior to the 2004-05 campaign, Stotts spent two seasons in Atlanta. His first head coaching experience came with the Hawks after he replaced Lon Krueger on Dec. 26, 2002 where he coached current Maverick Jason Terry.

Stotts was a second round selection of the Houston Rockets in the 1980 NBA Draft. He began his professional playing career in Italy before joining the CBA’s Montana Golden Nuggets. He returned to Europe for several seasons, playing in Spain and France, before joining the coaching staff of the CBA’s Albany Patroons in 1990-91. During his first year on a professional coaching staff, he helped lead the Patroons to an all-time CBA-best 50-6 record.

A four-year starter at Oklahoma, Stotts earned All-Big Eight honors as a senior and was named Academic All-America in each of his final two collegiate seasons. He was named the University’s outstanding senior student-athlete and was one of three individuals chosen nationally to receive an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native earned a BS in Zoology and, in 1988, earned an MBA from his alma mater.

Elie, an 11-year NBA veteran, begins his second season on the Mavericks bench after also serving as an assistant coach with San Antonio (2003-04) and Golden State (2004-05, 2005-06).  As a pro, Elie averaged 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 732 regular season games with Golden State, Philadelphia, Portland, Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix. He also played in 116 career playoff contests, winning three NBA Championships with Houston (1994 & 1995) and San Antonio (1999).

Sterner comes to Dallas after coaching with Orlando and Golden State. He served as assistant coach for 11 seasons (1994-2002, 2005-07) with the Magic after originally joining the organization as video scout in 1989. He also served as the top assistant coach for the Warriors from 2002-04.

From 1994-2004, Sterner served as chairman of the NBA Technology and Scouting Committee and was instrumental in the development of the Coaches’ Tools software currently used by NBA teams for scouting purposes.  He has consulted with companies such as IBM, IDS, Avid Technologies and XOS Technologies.

Sterner served as assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. (1987-90).  While at F&M, the Diplomats achieved a 76-12 record, won three straight Middle Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made three NCAA postseason tournament appearances and had the distinction of being the #1 Division III team in the nation as voted by The Associated Press.

Sterner earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education from Millersville (Pa.) State College and his master’s degree in sports administration and computers from Temple University. He and his wife, Marcia, have two daughters, Malorie and Paige.

Now starting his third season with the Mavericks, Jones will continue his role as player development coach. A former Maverick (1993-96, 2002-03), Jones’ NBA career spanned 11 seasons with Dallas, Toronto, Boston, Denver, Washington and Golden State.

Davis, one of just two Mavericks to have his jersey retired, is in his ninth season as a player development coach.  He also serves as a radio color analyst on ESPN 103.3 FM for all Mavericks games.

Hackett is in his seventh season as the team’s assistant coach in strength and conditioning.  He joined the team in the summer of 2002 after spending seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies in the same capacity.

Mathis, the team’s head video coordinator, begins his fourth season with Dallas.  Prior to his role with the Mavericks, Mathis was an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks with five different universities (McNeese State, South Alabama, Toledo, Ohio State and Xavier).

Finally, Boren enters his 12th season as the team’s free throw coach.

Sixers sign Donyell Marshall

Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today that the team has signed free-agent forward Donyell Marshall. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

InsideHoops.com editor says: Marshall at this point is basically good for coming off the bench, firing a few outside shots, maybe grabbing a rebound (two at the most), and sitting down. The only problem is, lately he’s actually missing those outside shots. In which case, he’s not helpful at all. He’s an old veteran. If he can’t contribute on the court he can tell the younger Sixers players about the good old days, when there was no electricity and basketballs were made out of wood and stuff like that. And, here’s more about Donyell:

“Donyell Marshall has proven time and time again his value as a player in this league,” Stefanski said. “We believe his ability to stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting will prove to be a great asset for our team and we look forward to having him back home in Philadelphia.”

Marshall (6-9, 245) has played for seven teams during his 14 NBA seasons, averaging 11.4 points (43.5% FGs, 34.8% 3FGs, 73.3% FTs), 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.90 blocks in 932 games with 422 starts. He has also appeared in 41 career playoff games, averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.

Since the start of the 2003-04 season, Marshall has hit 520 3-pointers in 335 games played while shooting 37.0% from behind-the-arc. In a game for the Toronto Raptors against the Sixers on Mar. 13, 2005, Marshall tied the NBA single-game record for most 3-pointers made with 12.

The native of Reading, Pa. was the fourth overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by Minnesota following his junior season at the University of Connecticut in which he was named a consensus All-America First Team selection and Big East Conference Player of the Year.

Midway through his rookie season, the Timberwolves traded Marshall to the Golden State Warriors, where he would spend the next five seasons. Marshall enjoyed two of his best seasons with the Warriors, averaging a career-high 15.4 points in 1997-98 and averaging a double-double with 14.2 ppg and a career-high 10.0 rpg in 1999-00.

In August of 2000, Marshall was traded to Utah as part of a four-team, nine-player deal, which teamed him with future hall-of-famers John Stockton and Karl Malone. After two years with the Jazz, Marshall signed as a free-agent with the Chicago Bulls, where he averaged 13.4 points and 9.0 rebounds during the 2002-03 season. In December of 2003, he was traded to Toronto and averaged 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds the remainder of the season for the Raptors.

Marshall signed as a free-agent with Cleveland in August of 2005 and played in all but two games during his first two seasons with the Cavaliers. In his first two seasons with Cleveland, the Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2006 and the NBA Finals in 2007. Marshall started last season with Cleveland before being packaged in a three-team trade to Seattle in February. Seattle, now Oklahoma City, waived Marshall back on Aug. 20.

Heat sign Jamaal Magloire

The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed free agent center Jamaal Magloire. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to multiple reports it’s either for the league minimum, or close.

Scroll down for InsideHoops.com’s opinion on the news.

“We are very fortunate to be able to come to terms with Jamaal Magliore,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “We feel that he will dramatically support our post position. He is an excellent rebounder with a big body. On the defensive end he will plug up the paint and the offensive end he can score. We feel that this is definitely the right place for him to re-energize his career.”

A former NBA All-Star (2004), Magloire has averaged 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.03 blocks and 24.2 minutes during an eight-year NBA career which has included stints with the Hornets (Charlotte: 2000-02 and New Orleans: 2002-05), the Milwaukee Bucks (2005-06), the Portland Trail Blazers (2006-07), the New Jersey Nets (2007-08) and the Dallas Mavericks (2007-08). In his 537 NBA regular season games he has connected on 47.9 percent of his field goal attempts. Additionally, Magloire has appeared in 36 postseason contests and has averaged 9.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.11 blocks while hitting 47.7 percent of his field goal attempts.

Four times in his career the 6’11”, 265-pound center has appeared in all 82 games during a season and five times in the past seven seasons he has played at least 81 games. His best season occurred during the 2003-04 campaign with the New Orleans Hornets where he was selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star and averaged career highs in both points (13.6 ppg) and rebounds (10.3 rpg) and was one of just 11 players in the NBA that season to average a double-double. He topped the Eastern Conference in scoring in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game with 19 points. Magloire finished the 2003-04 season ranked among the NBA leaders in offensive rebounding (5th), overall rebounding (7th) and field goal percentage (tied for 27th).

Magloire split the 2007-08 season between the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks. He saw action in 31 games (two starts) and averaged 1.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 9.2 minutes.

InsideHoops.com editor says: Magloire is worth a shot. For whatever reason he seems to have gotten worse almost each season since his All-Star year. But he’s worth adding for the minimum. Mark Blount, who isn’t very good, is still the better center right now. It would be a pleasant surprise for the Heat if Magloire can overtake him. And there’s a chance that power forward Udonis Haslem winds up getting used as an extremely undersized center. I actually would enjoy seeing that; Haslem at center, Mike Beasley at power forward, Shawn Marion at small forward, playing fun small-ball. If the other team’s center is especially big and good then they could sit Haslem quickly, or slide him to the four quickly, and put in a real center. Anyway, Magloire is a low-risk addition.

Daniel Ewing signs in Poland

Euroleague.net reports: Polish champ Prokom Trefl Sopot has hired a pair of new point guards in a matter of days. Daniel Ewing (191, 25) arrives from Khimki of Moscow, where he was the team’s second-best scorer in ULEB Cup play last season. Khimki was the runner-up to Euroleague champion CSKA for the Russian League title, too. In his European debut last season, Ewing averaged 12.1 points in ULEB Cup play for Khimki, which lost in the second elimination round to eventual champions DKV Joventut.

Sixers to sign Donyell Marshall

The Philadelphia Daily News (Phil Jasner) reports: The 76ers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Donyell Marshall on a minimum salary contract, the Daily News has learned. Agent Andy Miller confirmed that Marshall is scheduled to meet with the Sixers tomorrow. It is likely that he will undergo a physical examination and sign a contract within the next few days… A minimum salary for players with at least 10 seasons of NBA experience is $1,262,275, with a portion covered by a leaguewide pool.

InsideHoops.com says: Marshall will probably play very limited minutes off the bench. He’s a decent 10th-12th man at this point.

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