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David Vanterpool among candidates for the Suns head coach - Apr 23, 2019

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The Phoenix Suns are expected to request interviews with Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams for their head-coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Phoenix fired ex-coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday after he spent just one season on the job, which resulted in a 19-63 record. The Suns are currently in the midst of a nine-year playoff drought and have posted a winning record just once during that span.

The 46-year-old Vanterpool has no prior head-coaching experience. He served as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow from 2007 to 2012 and has spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach in Portland.

He interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic openings last offseason.

While Vanterpool has yet to be given a head-coaching job, he has earned plenty of respect around the league. He was tied for the third-most votes for best assistant coach in's 2017-18 GM poll. He also received votes last year.

Vanterpool has gotten a reputation as a defensive-minded coach, per Chris Haynes, then of ESPN:

With David Vanterpool running the defense, Trail Blazers finished seventh in defensive efficiency. At the 104:30 mark of this Damian Lillard/CJ McCollum interview, Vanterpool joined the dinner table to discuss his innovative coaching techniques.

Vanterpool spent part of one season as a player in the NBA, appearing in 22 games for the Washington Wizards in 2000-01.


Pan American Games Draw LIMA, PERU - 3 hours ago
FIBA held the draw for groups for men's basketball of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, leaving the Virgin Islands in group A with Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States. A select team of men's basketball standouts from the BIG EAST Conference will represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American Game while Puerto Rico will be sending their B team as their A team is set to play in the World Games. While Group B consists of Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. Pa...   [read more]

Claxton: I would love to play with UGA's incoming class - 2 days ago
By CHANCE LINTON Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) was on hand in Chicago last week for the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, but he's facing a major decision in the coming week. Claxton declared for the NBA Draft following a breakout sophomore season, but he still hasn't made a final decision on whether to return to Georgia for his junior year. The deadline for him to withdraw from the draft and retain his college eligibility is May 29. Ahead of the NBA Combine, he sat down with Draft...   [read more]

NBA Draft Combine Notebook: Nicolas Claxton Displays Versatility - 5 days ago
CHICAGO - The on-court portion of the draft combine wrapped up on Friday, with two more scrimmages giving prospects a chance to perform in front of the entire league. As a whole, five-on-five play was heavily watered down this year as a vast majority of potential first-round picks opted not to play, aiming to protect their draft stock. Regardless, there were a number of intriguing players who benefited this week. There were also some guys who struggled. Some of the more noteworthy perform...   [read more]

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