Sunday, September 2, 2012
Sources: ASU to hire ex-NBA coaches
By Andy Katz ESPN.com
Arizona State coach Herb Sendek made a bold move to save a struggling program by hiring two professional coaches as assistants, including former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, multiple sources told ESPN.com Sunday night.
Sendek will also hire Larry Greer, who was an assistant for the Trail Blazers last season and worked as a scout for Houston. Greer was a former college assistant at Wright State and Boston University.
Arizona State will announce the hires Tuesday, a source told ESPN.com. Details of the two contracts were still being finalized Sunday.
Musselman was the coach of the Lakers' D-League team, the D-Fenders, last season, leading the team to a 38-12 record. Musselman, who was also the head coach of the Venezuelan national team in 2012, was a former head coach of the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and Sacramento Kings (2006-07).
Musselman also had stints as an assistant coach with Minnesota, Orlando and Atlanta as well as Memphis.
Associate head coach Dedrique Taylor is still on staff.
Getting Musselman could end up being a coup for Sendek, who needs to inject new energy into the program. The Sun Devils lost two assistant coaches -- Scott Pera (Penn) and Lamont Smith (Washington) -- recently. ASU finished 6-12 last season, 10-21 overall. But the Sun Devils add Jahii Carson, who was a highly-touted recruit, after he sat out last season for academics.
The Sun Devils return four productive players from last season, led by senior forward Carrick Felix (10.5 ppg, 4 rpg) and senior guard Chris Colvin (7 ppg, 4 rpg).
Sendek is in his seventh season at Arizona State. ASU reached the NCAA tournament once in Sendek's tenure, his third season in 2009. The Sun Devils have missed the postseason the past two seasons.