10-11-2005, 07:18 PM
Former Seattle SuperSonics player and 17-year NBA veteran Detlef Schrempf works with SuperSonics players Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 during a training camp practice in Seattle. Schrempf, who played six seasons with the Sonics, worked as a volunteer during camp and he could carry that role into the regular season.
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
10-11-2005, 07:47 PM
Looks Tired but fine to me...
Good Luck D.. hope ya score a Gig there....
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10-11-2005, 08:37 PM
Schrempf taking first step toward possible coaching career
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press Writer
October 11, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) -- Bob Weiss has seen it before -- a former player, a few years removed from the game, getting the urge to still be part of the NBA.
The latest case -- 17-year veteran Detlef Schrempf.
``You find after you've been out of basketball for a little while you start to get the itch again,'' said Weiss, Seattle's first-year coach. ``And he's been working with young people all along with teaching and he's been good at that. He said he had some interest in getting back in.''
Schrempf, 42, is working as a volunteer during Seattle's training camp, and could carry that role into the regular season. Weiss has given him the go-ahead to attend practices, meetings, workout players before games and work with injured players who may be left behind during road trips.
It's a move Schrempf initiated late last season with a phone call to former teammate Nate McMillan, then Seattle's coach. Rumors were that McMillan was going to lose some assistants off his staff, and Schrempf was interested in discussions to see if he could possibly be a fit.
Schrempf didn't know McMillan was about to bolt Seattle for the Portland Trail Blazers.
``There was a lot of talk about a couple of coaches leaving, and if they were I was at least interested in talking about and seeing if it would make sense,'' Schrempf said. ``When Bob got hired I told him the same thing.''
Weiss already had an idea of his coaching staff when Schrempf contacted him. Still, he welcomed the idea of having an experienced NBA vet around, willing to work voluntarily.
``If there was ever an opening, he'd be a guy I'd consider,'' Weiss said.
Schrempf's ties with the northwest run deep. Schrempf moved to Washington for his senior year in high school, and was a standout at Centralia High, about 80 miles south of Seattle.
He enrolled at Washington, and developed into an all-Pac-10-Conference selection his senior year, before being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the eighth pick of the 1985 draft.
Early in his career, Schrempf struggled to crack the starting lineup, but developed into one of the best bench players, winning the NBA's sixth-man of the year award in '91 and '92, while with Indiana.
Schrempf made the All-Star team in '93 with the Pacers, but was traded that offseason to Seattle, where he became a full-time starter during Seattle's run at the top of the Western Conference in the mid-1990s. He averaged at least 15 points per game in each of his six seasons with the SuperSonics and was picked for his second All-Star game in '95 when he averaged a career-high 19.2 points.
Schrempf retired after the 2001 season, spending his last two years with Portland. Today, he stays in shape by riding road bikes, and said he's played maybe three games of full-court basketball in the last four years.
``Every time I think I can still play, I know better,'' Schrempf said. ``I had my time.''
Schrempf wasn't given any specific requests, but said he would like to work with the Sonics' small forwards on their postups. Rashard Lewis often plays down near the basket, but Schrempf said he'd like to see Seattle develop other options.
He's also worked with point guard Luke Ridnour on some of his shooting. Schrempf was a career 38 percent 3-point shooter and holds the Seattle team record of 51.4 percent in '95.
Whether this is the start of a foray into coaching, Schrempf won't say. But he's enjoy the camaraderie of being back on the court.
``So far everyone's been really receptive to it and having a good time with it,'' Schrempf said. ``I enjoy working with the guys on the court and we'll go from there.''
Updated on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2005 6:47 pm EDT
10-11-2005, 08:45 PM
Lost some weight and missing the patent flat-top.
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