Will Iavaroni & Smart Join Toronto's Coaching Staff?
Old 04-07-2009, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WOW, first Iavaroni but Dave Smart from Carleton U. is apparently coming down to meet with the deal later this week.

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Also, there is the presumed arrival of former Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni to join the Raptors staff for next season.

The groundwork for such speculation was laid a few weeks ago when Iavaroni turned up at a practice as an "observer."

Well, the "observer," according to some reports, has since become a slam-dunk addition to Triano's staff next season as an assistant with Triano remaining head coach and GM Bryan Colangelo supposedly behind all this.

Turns out the Iavaroni cameo at Raptors practice had nothing to do with Colangelo.

Iavaroni and Triano bumped into each other earlier this year when the Raptors were visiting Philadelphia and Iavaroni was in town to get together with members of that 1982-83 championship Sixers team that he played on. Triano, who attended a big-man camp for coaches in Italy with Iavaroni a few years ago asked what else Iavaroni was up to these days and was told he was visiting various teams to stay sharp with coaching philosophies and the like.

He was planning on "hanging out" with four or five teams to accomplish this and Triano invited him to Toronto to do the same.

Iavaroni expressed concern that this might be awkward for Triano, who has yet to have the interim tag removed from his own position. Triano quickly waved that off at which point Iavaroni said he would clear it with Colangelo first.

"I did not feel threatened at all," Triano said yesterday. "Marc and I have a relationship ... nor do I feel threatened by the fact that Dave Smart from Carleton (University in Ottawa) who won another Canadian championship just recently is coming in later this week. Coaches do that. Coaches always want to help other coaches because it can be a pretty tough world."

More concerning for Triano is finishing up on a high note this season. With six games to play, three against playoff teams, Triano said there is still some judgments to be made on personnel.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know Smart to well
what is his specialty?
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I don't him him very well either but what I do know is that he is a really good coach that won a lot of championships with Carelton. It would be nice to have him bolster the staff
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I was part of an elite development program coached by Dave Smart. He knows his stuff. And I'm sure what he was teaching us is juvenile compared to what he'll be schooling the Raptors in. Really nice guy too.
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I think this article looks mighty good on Triano.

Well liked, willingness to ask for/look for help, clearly listens to assitant coaches.

These things seem like no-brainers but it wouldn't surprise me at all to see how some of the big ego's out there in the coaching world would react to similar situations.
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Wow! Triano our head coach next season and some schmo from Carleton University as one of his assistants? I'm starting fear what happens to this team next season and beyond. If BC does keep Triano and brings on this guy, i'm gonna really question his judgement.
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Those would be great moves. I like it.
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Dave Smart is a good coach who, from what I've been told, runs excellent camps for players looking to add more pieces to their game. He is also an assistant coach for the Canadian national men's team.
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