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RWB
05-19-2006, 01:46 PM
Isn't this something we've been harping about for the Pacers?



http://celtics.bostonherald.com/celtics/view.bg?articleid=139918


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C’s take big step with Ray
By Mark Murphy
Friday, May 19, 2006 - Updated: 06:37 AM EST

Considering the Celtics’ significant investment in their young big men, Doc Rivers is about to add a specialist to his staff who can develop the nascent skills of Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins and Dwayne Jones.

Clifford Ray, a former center who enjoyed a 10-year career with the Bulls and Warriors during the 1970s, including Golden State’s 1975 NBA championship team, is close to signing a contract with the Celtics.

“We’ve agreed to things for the most part,” Rivers said yesterday. “He won’t be on the bench, but we really need him to work with our young guys.”



Rivers, who plans to reassign assistants Paul Pressey and Jim Brewer to scouting positions within the organization, still plans to hire one more assistant, though unlike Ray, that coach won’t be a specialist.

Though the contracts of assistants Dave Wohl and Armond Hill are set to expire, Rivers said they’ll get new deals. Top assistant Tony Brown, like Rivers, has three years left on his contract.

Ray also worked under Rivers in Orlando, where he received considerable credit for developing the Magic’s young big man, Dwight Howard, who is now one of the NBA’s top rebounders.

“He did a lot of work with Dwight Howard,” Rivers said. “But he’s worked with just about every young big man there is in this league. He worked with (Dallas’ Erick) Dampier, (Jermaine) O’Neal, you name it.

“He will be terrific,” he said. “He brings a real physicality to the job that he really tries to encourage in his players.”

Over the last two years, the Celtics’ coaching staff took more of a communal approach to training their big men, with Brewer and Wohl in particular working with the post players.

But considering Jefferson’s disappointing second season, which was stunted by injuries, Rivers turned to a specialist.

Ray had developed such a close relationship with Howard, the young forward considered keeping him on as a personal coach when Orlando changed coaching regimes two years ago.

“It’s his experience that makes him real attractive to us,” Rivers said of Ray, who is a close friend of Celtics great Robert Parish, dating to their time together with Golden State in the late 1970s.

OTD
05-19-2006, 02:32 PM
Is not Mel Daniels still working with the Pacers, He sure could teach some young guys.

ABADays
05-19-2006, 02:47 PM
Is not Mel Daniels still working with the Pacers, He sure could teach some young guys.

That's been the question for the ages. Daniels was a smart, fierce competitor.

jcouts
05-19-2006, 03:12 PM
That's been the question for the ages. Daniels was a smart, fierce competitor.

who could manhandle Artest...

CableKC
05-19-2006, 03:13 PM
Why?

Cuz it would be the obvious thing to do.

Pacersfan46
05-19-2006, 03:16 PM
Someone call Rik Smits to help teach Harrison how to rebound, and block shots.

Diamond Dave
05-19-2006, 04:58 PM
Someone call Rik Smits to help teach Harrison how to rebound, and block shots.

:-o

I think they must have already called him

Knucklehead Warrior
05-19-2006, 05:06 PM
There is no reason why a professional athlete cannot hire his own trainer, coach, dietician, chef, masseuse, psychologist, hooker.
This is standard practice in individual sports like tennis, golf, track, etc.
Why not bball? Oh I know why. "We just don't have time".

There is no reason to rely ONLY upon the coaches that are there. I can't imagine any team saying no, unless they disapproved of the person selected. But of course they wouldn't have any say in hiring most of these people.

Players do it some during the summer, but not all. Probably only the ones committed to playing their best.

Kegboy
05-19-2006, 07:57 PM
As I've said before, Mel Daniels has worked with guys before, with negligible results.

Tim
05-19-2006, 08:08 PM
Someone call Rik Smits to help teach Harrison how to rebound, and block shots.

EEEEEeeeekkkk!!!!!! bad joke, bad joke.

naptownmenace
05-22-2006, 11:30 AM
As I've said before, Mel Daniels has worked with guys before, with negligible results.


Yep, that's so true. He worked with Smits in the early years but I don't think he's a good teacher.

IMO, the best bigman coach the Pacers ever had was Mark Agguire. He knew his stuff and you have to give him most of the credit for JO and Al Harrington's inside game.