Archive for August 21st, 2013

The Sacramento Kings announced today the organization has added Ryan Bowen as an assistant coach and assistant director of player development, joining Brendan Malone, Corliss Williamson, Chris Jent, Micah Nori and Dee Brown on Head Coach Michael Malone’s staff.

Bowen joins the Kings after serving the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. In his new role with Sacramento, he will support Dee Brown in all areas of on-court player development.

A 10-year NBA veteran, he appeared in 507 career games with the Nuggets (1999-2000 – 2003-04), Houston Rockets (2004-05 – 2005-06), New Orleans Hornets (2007-08 and 2008-09) and Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-10). His professional experience includes time playing overseas for Oyak Renault (Turkey) and Ironi Nahariya (Israel).

As a collegian, Bowen enjoyed a four-year career at the University of Iowa, posting 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest during his senior year in 1997-98.

Following retirement from professional basketball in 2009, Bowen returned to his alma mater as video coordinator for the Hawkeyes, working in that capacity for one season before departing Iowa City for a spot on Denver’s bench serving under then Head Coach George Karl.

In addition to his coaching duties, Bowen remains an active contributor in the communities where he works, recently establishing the Ryan Bowen Family Foundation aimed at helping sponsor youth athletics and college scholarships for children.

Bowen and his wife, Wendy, have two sons, Benjamin and Zachary, and a daughter, Isabel.

Celtics

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have added Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsberry, and Walter McCarty to the team as assistant coaches.

Adams, Shrewsberry and McCarty join Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga on Head Coach Brad Stevens’ coaching staff.

“I am really excited about our assistant coaching staff that we have here in Boston,” said Stevens. “In this group, we have successfully assembled a passionate, intelligent, hard-working, and humble staff with a diverse set of experiences in coaching. We are all eager to get to work with this year’s team, and take great pride in being a part of the Boston Celtics organization.”

Adams joins the Celtics after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls. He has also had assistant coaching stints with Oklahoma City (2008-10), Chicago (2003-08), Milwaukee (1998-2003), Philadelphia (1996-98) and San Antonio (1992-94). Adams also has served as the player personnel scout for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1996-98. Prior to the NBA, Adams has coached at the collegiate level with his alma mater Fresno Pacific University as well as Cal-Santa Barbara, Fresno State University and Nevada-Las Vegas. He has also coached professional basketball in Belgium, consulted and coached with the Canadian National basketball program and two Japanese professional basketball clubs.

Shrewsberry joins the Celtics after spending three seasons with Purdue University as an assistant coach. He previously has experience with Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens at Butler University where he served as Butler’s Coordinator of Basketball Operations during the 2007-08 season and was an assistant coach on Stevens’ staff from 2008-11.

McCarty joins Stevens’ staff after re-joining the Celtics prior to the 2012-13 season as a Community Relations Consultant. McCarty was a member of Jim O’Brien’s coaching staff with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season. He also spent three seasons with the University of Louisville as an assistant coach. McCarty played 10 seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers before he retired after the 2005-06 season.

Corey Brewer feels ready to help Timberwolves

Brewer says he’s worked hard to refine his offensive game. He turned into a big threat in transition while playing the last two seasons in Denver and has become proficient at shooting the corner 3-pointer.

Brewer says he’s a “whole different player” from the one that never quite lived up to the hype as a No. 7 overall pick during his first stint with the Timberwolves.

He also says he’s ready to be a leader on the young team.

Reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press

Former professional basketball player Kenny Williams has been sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay more than $660,000 in restitution for failing to pay child support.

The 44-year-old Williams was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Williams earned a salary playing for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, played overseas and drove luxury cars while his former wife and three children were on welfare.

Reported by the Associated Press

Detroit Pistons sign Josh Harrellson

Detroit Pistons sign Josh Harrellson

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has signed free agent forward/center Josh Harrellson to a contract.

Harrellson will provide bench depth in the frontcourt. He will likely play limited minutes for the Pistons.

Harrellson was drafted 45th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets and traded to the New York Knicks on draft night. In 37 games with the Knicks in 2011-12, he averaged 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 14.6 minutes. He also saw action in four playoff games where he averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

A 6-10, 275-pound native of St. Charles, MO, Harrellson played six games with the Miami HEAT last season and also played in Puerto Rico (Brujos de Guayama) and China (Chongqing Fly Dragon).

Harrellson, 24, played collegiately at the University of Kentucky from 2008-11, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2011. As a senior, he averaged 7.6 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 61.1% from the field with the Wildcats.

Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys in several games next season

The Los Angeles Lakers have one of the richest histories in the NBA with Hall of Famers and championships galore, but even historic franchises can be fashion forward.

The Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys next season in “several” games, according to a team source.

The jerseys will be white, the same color as the alternative uniforms the Lakers introduced for the 2002-03 season and traditionally wear on Sundays.

The Golden State Warriors were the first team to wear the adizero short-sleeve jerseys designed by adidas last season.

Reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles

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