Saturday, July 17, 2010
Clippers add Iavaroni as assistant
By Ramona Shelburne
LAS VEGAS -- The Los Angeles Clippers have hired former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni as an assistant coach, general manager Neil Olshey confirmed Saturday.
He joins Dean Demopoulos and Dave Severns on new coach Vinny Del Negro's staff. The Clippers are expected to hire one more assistant coach before training camp opens.
Iavaroni is best known for his work on Mike D'Antoni's staff in Phoenix during the "Seven Seconds or Less" era. He worked as an assistant coach on Jay Triano's staff in Toronto last season.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Iavaroni said while watching the Clippers play San Antonio on Saturday in the Las Vegas summer league. "They're young and they're going to be hungry. They want to learn how to win. It'll be interesting and fun to see them grow along with Baron [Davis] and Chris [Kaman]."
Del Negro said he's still deciding on the roles his new assistant coaches will play and that it would be premature to infer he'll be running an offense similar to what Iavaroni helped run in Phoenix and tried to run in Memphis.
"We like to get up and down the court a little bit," Del Negro said. "But the style we'll play is what I'll dictate based on my philosophies."
Del Negro says he intends to hire one or two more coaches this summer but didn't want to put a timetable on completing his staff.
"I'm not putting a timetable on anything," he said. "I want to really be thorough in my approach to it. I've talked to a lot of guys this week. Once I find the one or two guys I feel really fit us, then we'll move forward."
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.