Eric Musselman to coach D-League team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Musselman is finally getting another chance to coach: in the NBA's Development League.
He has enjoyed some of his best coaching success in basketball's minor leagues.
The former Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings head coach is set to be formally introduced by the Reno Bighorns in a news conference Thursday. The Reno team is affiliated with both the Kings and Warriors.
The 45-year-old Musselman just finished coaching the class of 2011 to-be college players at the adidas Nations camp in Chicago and also the Dominican Republic national team. He has also been working in television in recent seasons, though he has expressed interest in returning to coaching. He shared the news of his new job in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
"I'm excited, glad to get back to coaching and back in the NBA family," said Musselman, who owns a 108-138 career record in three NBA seasons.
The Kings fired Musselman in April 2007 after a 33-49 season. Musselman was arrested on a drunken-driving charge after Sacramento's first preseason game in October 2006. He immediately issued a public apology, later pleaded no contest to the charge and served a two-game suspension in February.
He led the Warriors to two surprisingly successful seasons from 2002-04 as one of the game's most impressive young coaching minds.
Golden State fired him after the franchise missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year in his second season at the helm. Golden State went 37-45 in his final season and he led the Warriors to 38 victories in his first year for the team's best finish since 1994 -- the last time this team made the playoffs.
The Warriors have been to the postseason only once since them, advancing to the second round in 2007 under coach Don Nelson.
After being dismissed by the Warriors, Musselman spent two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant under Mike Fratello.
His first NBA coaching experience came with the Minnesota Timberwolves under his father in 1990-91. Musselman also worked as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks under Lon Kruger and as an assistant for the Orlando Magic under Chuck Daly and Doc Rivers.
Musselman went 270-122 during seven years as head coach of the Continental Basketball Association's Florida Beach Dogs. From 1990 through 1997, Musselman had 24 players called up to the NBA, the highest number in the league during that span.
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