Southwest Notes: Pelicans, Powell, House, Grizzlies

The Pelicans have become the latest NBA franchise to add a female assistant coach to their ranks, announcing today in a press release that WNBA Hall-of-Famer Teresa Weatherspoon has joined the franchise as a player development coach.

According to the Pelicans, Weatherspoon and newly-hired coach A.J. Diggs will serve as two-way assistant coaches, working closely with the club’s two-way players and accompanying them as they go back and forth between the Pelicans and the Erie BayHawks. Currently, New Orleans’ two-way players are Josh Gray and Zylan Cheatham.

“I am thrilled to welcome and AJ and Teresa to our coaching staff here in New Orleans,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement. “As we continue to put an increased emphasis on player development, AJ and Teresa will play an integral role with our younger players and will be a huge asset to our players and staff both here in New Orleans and Erie.”

Weatherspoon is the second former WNBA star to be hired the Pelicans this offseason, joining Swin Cash, who was named the club’s VP of basketball operations and team development.

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3 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Pelicans, Powell, House, Grizzlies

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Danuel House may not be a dynamic shot creator, but he hit 46.8% of his shots during his rookie season. He also averaged 9.4 PPG and made 41.6% of his threes.

    • x%sure

      Iko really pushes playmaking from forwards while ignoring that the Harden-era Rockets have a firm and very different formula. House is a great find though.

  2. Major Factuh

    I like Powell as a rim-runner, and we’ll see if he kept improving his 3 over the offseason.

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