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Old 06-05-2009, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have hired Marc Iavaroni and Alex English as assistant coaches. The pair has a combined 42 years of experience coaching and playing in the NBA. They will support Jay Triano, who signed a three-year contract as head coach May 11. Per team policy, financial terms were not announced.

“I am very excited to continue working with Alex and to add Marc to the staff,” said Triano. “They share our philosophy on the direction of the team, yet possess different skill sets that will be valuable to me.”

Iavaroni brings 11 seasons of NBA coaching knowledge to Toronto. He served the past two seasons as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and prior to that was an assistant in Phoenix, Miami and Cleveland. He spent five seasons (2002-07) with the Suns, during which time they made four trips to the NBA Playoffs, including two appearances in the Western Conference Finals. In Miami (1999-2002), Iavaroni worked under Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. He was also the director of player development for the Heat. With the Cavaliers, he served under longtime NBA coach Mike Fratello.

Iavaroni played seven seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, San Antonio and Utah. He was a starter as a rookie on the 76ers’ 1983 World Championship team, voted one of the 10 best teams of all-time by the media as part of the league’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1996. Iavaroni’s teams qualified for the playoffs every season of his playing career.

Triano has worked in the past with Iavaroni at the annual Eurocamp in Italy.

English returns for his sixth campaign with the Raptors and his eighth on an NBA coaching staff. He joined the Raptors after spending the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach with Philadelphia. He served as director of player personnel and assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks during the 2002-03 campaign. English began his post-playing coaching career in 2001-02 as the head coach of the National Basketball Development League’s North Charleston (S.C.) Lowgaters. In his lone season at the helm, he guided his team to a 36-20 record and a berth in the finals of the first NBDL Championship.

English was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and finished his 16-year playing career with 25,613 points, which ranks 12th all-time in league history. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and was selected to the all-league second team three times (1982, 1983 and 1986). A second-round selection by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1976 (23rd overall), English played two seasons in Milwaukee, two with the Indiana Pacers, and 11 with the Denver Nuggets before finishing his career in 1990-91 with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Yeah, we have another coach without a winning pedigree to tell our other coach without a winning pedigree (Triano) what to do. Strike up the band.
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Triano: Listen to me. We're always sitting here. I'm always helping you with your basketball problems you're always helping me with my basketball problems. Where do we end up?

Iavaroni: Here.

Triano : Exactly. Because neither one of us can handle a team all by ourselves."

Iavaroni: I'm trying!

Triano: I've tried. We don't have it. But maybe the two of us, working together, at full capacity, could do the job of one normal man.

Iavaroni: Then each of us would only have be like a half man. That sounds about right!

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Triano: Listen to me. We're always sitting here. I'm always helping you with your basketball problems you're always helping me with my basketball problems. Where do we end up?

Iavaroni: Here.

Triano : Exactly. Because neither one of us can handle a team all by ourselves."

Iavaroni: I'm trying!

Triano: I've tried. We don't have it. But maybe the two of us, working together, at full capacity, could do the job of one normal man.

Iavaroni: Then each of us would only have be like a half man. That sounds about right!

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two great assistants
boggie will be added in time
who else is left?
do the Raps only have 3 coaches under contract?
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sweet the great big man coach we always needed,

little surprised English is back but I guess Triano has his reasons , wonder whats going on with Alvin Williams
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sweet the great big man coach we always needed,

little surprised English is back
but I guess Triano has his reasons , wonder whats going on with Alvin Williams
he is the best holdover from the previous staff and Triano needed to keep some familiar coaches
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I'm pleased that Ivaroni will be here next year.

Renihan, your 'dialogue' was funny, but the truth is it doesn't hurt to have two decent guys in place here. I mean i get the feeling that Ivaroni will have some big responsibilities, moreso than other assistant coaches.

This is a good move IMO.
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I'm pleased that Ivaroni will be here next year.

Renihan, your 'dialogue' was funny, but the truth is it doesn't hurt to have two decent guys in place here. I mean i get the feeling that Ivaroni will have some big responsibilities, moreso than other assistant coaches.

This is a good move IMO.
While I was trying to "make a funny" I actually think this is how it is going down. While Jay is going to be the head coach for all intents and purposes I think that this will be much more of a partnership than anything.

I'm actually all for that. I think these two combined will actually be very very good. I'm expecting big things!
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I'd be much happier if we had somehow gotten a 25 year old Alex English.
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Triano: Listen to me. We're always sitting here. I'm always helping you with your basketball problems you're always helping me with my basketball problems. Where do we end up?

Iavaroni: Here.

Triano : Exactly. Because neither one of us can handle a team all by ourselves."

Iavaroni: I'm trying!

Triano: I've tried. We don't have it. But maybe the two of us, working together, at full capacity, could do the job of one normal man.

Iavaroni: Then each of us would only have be like a half man. That sounds about right!
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Its all good. Someone who can push Jay knowing that someone under his wing can easily replace him. In addition, why don't we go after the Sprewell choker, PJ, I think he is only doing TV broadcasting. He spent years as the lead assistant for Poppovich, he can really improve our defence.
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Its all good. Someone who can push Jay knowing that someone under his wing can easily replace him. In addition, why don't we go after the Sprewell choker, PJ, I think he is only doing TV broadcasting. He spent years as the lead assistant for Poppovich, he can really improve our defence.
So Triano/Iavaroni can't improve our defence? WTF was the reason to bring them in then? How many coaches are we gonna get anyway?
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So Triano/Iavaroni can't improve our defence? WTF was the reason to bring them in then? How many coaches are we gonna get anyway?
Triano is a player's coach, he has great relationship with the players. Same thing with Mitchell, great motivator and good relationship with most of players, but not a great XOXO coach. The reason why the coach staff works in Boston is that have a coach in Doc Rivers who know how to handle the players, and than they have Thibodeau & staff to handle the XOXO's.

Players like Triano, the more qualified assistants helping Triano with the defense & offensive sets, the better for the team.
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Good move now all that's left is to get AW. WOOT
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I'd be much happier if we had somehow gotten a 25 year old Alex English.
Yesssss!!!!!.....we would go wayyy deep into the playoffs.....
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Marc Iavaroni, hired as an assistant to Jay Triano in Toronto on Friday, is hoping to help strength the team's defense and player development.

"If you want to have an up-tempo and a fast pace, then there has to be a great emphasis on getting back and there has to be a great emphasis on defense," Iavaroni said on Friday.

The Raptors also re-signed Alex English as an assistant.

"Jay says he wants to play up-tempo but that it's a second priority to good defense," said Iavaroni. "That's what we have to work on."
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I think you guys are basically clueless.

None of the men on staff are poor coaches.

None.

It's a poor roster.
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