• Pelicans add defensive guru Bzdelik to staff

    9 days ago - By ESPN

    Jeff Bzdelik, who received credit for the Rockets' defensive turnaround over the past three seasons, has been hired by the Pelicans as an associate coach.
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  • Pelicans hire top defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik to be associate head coach

    9 days ago - By Yardbarke

    The New Orleans Pelicans have made a splashy hire to their coaching staff. The team announced on Friday that it has hired top defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik to be its associate head coach under current coach Alvin Gentry. The 66-year-old Bzdelik had previously served in the same capacity for the Houston Rockets under head coach Mike D'Antoni. While his time with the team ended rather unceremoniously, Bzdelik was credited with transforming the Rockets defense en route to a series of deep playoff runs the last few years. Bzdelik will have several above-average to elite defensive players to work...
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  • Pelicans Hire Jeff Bzdelik As Assistant Coach

    9 days ago - By Hoops Rumors

    Veteran assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik has officially joined the Pelicans ‘ coaching staff as an assistant, the club announced today in a press release. Bzdelik will be one of two associate head coaches under Alvin Gentry , handling defensive responsibilities while fellow associate head coach Chris Finch focuses on offense.
    A former head coach for the Nuggets and a handful of college programs, including Colorado and Wake Forest, Bzdelik had been the Rockets' associate head coach since 2016. He briefly retired following the 2017/18 season, but after Houston got off to a slow start in 2018/19...
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  • Wolves Hire Greg Stiemsma, Finalize Coaching Staff

    9 days ago - By Hoops Rumors

    The Timberwolves have hired former NBA center Greg Stiemsma as a player development associate, the team announced today in a press release .
    Stiemsma, who will turn 34 later this month, played in the NBA for four years from 2011-15, spending one of those four seasons in Minnesota. He has been out of the league since being waived by the Trail Blazers in the fall of 2016 before the regular season got underway.
    Stiemsma is one of a handful of new hires joining the Wolves' coaching staff, along with Kevin Hanson (assistant coach/director of player development), Jeff Newton (offensive...
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