Grant Hill has taken over as USA Basketball’s managing director and one of his first tasks is to find a replacement for coach Gregg Popovich. Hill told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears that he plans to hire a new coach before the NBA season begins on October 19.
Candidates that have previous experience with USA Basketball will have the upper hand, according to Spears. That group would include Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce, Jay Wright, Doc Rivers, Nate McMillan, Monty Williams, Tom Thibodeau, Erik Spoelstra and Jeff Van Gundy.
We have more from around the basketball world:
- Former NBA guard O.J. Mayo has reached an agreement with Russia’s Unics Kazan, Sportando relays. Sport-Business.ru was first to report the news. Mayo was banned by the NBA in 2016 for violating the league’s drug program. Mayo has recently played in China.
- Former Mavericks big man Salah Mejri has reached an agreement with Al Jahra in Kuwait, according to Sportando. Mejri appeared in 204 games with Dallas from 2015-19.
- In case you missed it, Jarrell Brantley is expected to sign with a Russian team after being waived by the Jazz. Get the details here.
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9 thoughts on “And-Ones: USA Basketball, Mayo, Mejri”
Steve Kerr is favored IF he wants the job, and if he can rebuild his relationship with KD. At the end of the day, KD and players call the shot.
Doc Rivers used to be highly regarded but no longer, not only with players but in his personal life as well.
Would not discount hay wright
Hay is grown, not manufactured.
How would/could anyone expect a positive, appealing result from the combining of:
OJ and MAYO ??
Orange juice and mayonnaise go together like cocaine and waffles, per Ricky Bobby.
Nate McMillan would be a good choice, imo.
Steve Kerr, as well.
And, isn’t Becky Hammon’s name supposed to be mentioned with every men’s job vacancy?
doc rivers would be an absolutely terrible choice!
Mayo would was born a tad too early, would have been a better fit in the current NBA
Always thought he fell under the umbrella of being so over-rated early (and not hitting the bar) that he became very under-rated the rest of his career once he adjusted