Quick Reports Buck Williams To Be Named Assistant
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/21/2010 1:23 PM

    He talked about it on 95.5 The Game earlier this afternoon. If it is indeed true, I love the move. I love bringing back players from the golden era to be around the organization. If Duck hadn't passed away (RIP), we'd have 4 of the 5 starting 5 members from those early 90's teams working with the current regime. That's pretty awesome and a great way to stay connected to your fans.

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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 07/21/2010 2:11 PM

    I completely agree. These players need to know what it means to be a Portland Trailblazer. It is different than any other market, it is a special relationship between the players and the fans here, it is unique and should be seen as such by the players. Having guys like Buck around will help them understand that and can only help in future contract negotiations and keeping this core intact.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 07/21/2010 2:43 PM

    I like it as well.  Bring in GP too please.
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  1. dljensen
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    Posted 07/21/2010 3:03 PM

    I am in total agreement!!  Love Buck, Porter and Kersey and praying for Lucas!!
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  1. Anees
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    Posted 07/21/2010 4:51 PM

    Yes, this would be great! As you  guys have said, it is always great to have former team members part of the larger team and especially these guys from the good old days! 
    I am a fan of Lillard, Batum, Lopez, LA and T Rob taking it to other teams!
  1. Anees
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    Posted 07/21/2010 4:55 PM

    Um DH - u say we would have 4/5 of those guys with the team now if Buck does sign? Can you fill me in on that? Do you just mean at some point in time, because I don't think Kersey is with the team anymore and has TP ever been with us? And the Glide? I'm not in the loop really, so I'm probably just ignorant. Help a brotha' out!
    I am a fan of Lillard, Batum, Lopez, LA and T Rob taking it to other teams!
  1. Anees
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    Posted 07/21/2010 5:17 PM

    It's been confirmed by Nate: (Source: OregonLive.com)  by Jason Quick

    Trail Blazers legend Buck Williamswill be one of three assistants to join coach Nate McMillan's staff for the 2010-11 season, McMillan said Wednesday. 

    Williams will join Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka as new additions, with an official announcement coming as soon as today, depending on the agreement of contracts. 

    McMillan flew to Washington, D.C., to interview Williams last week, and Blazers president Larry Miller followed up with a phone interview on Tuesday. Williams on Wednesday said his appointment is "still up in the air" but he acknowledged that the two sides are talking. 

    Williams was the starting power forward for the 1990 and 1992 teams that made it to the NBA Finals. He played from 1989-1996 with the Blazers and holds the franchise mark for career-field goal percentage (.550). A rugged defender and tenacious rebounder despite his 6-foot-8 1/2 frame, Williams ranks fourth all-time in Blazers rebounds and third in offensive rebounds. 

    Williams, 50, served three seasons as the president of the Players Association (1994-1997) and for the past five years has been in the vice president and co-owner of Eagle Construction and Building Supplies in Potomac, Maryland. 

    "Buck is a professional with a tireless work ethic," McMillan said. "Now that his kids have grown, he's been looking to get back into the league." 

    McMillan said the three assistants will arrive in Portland next week and will begin formulating a plan for training camp, which begins in October. 

    The new coaches replace Monty Williams, who became the head coach of New Orleans; Maurice Lucas, who retired because of illness; and Dean Demopoulos and Joe Prunty, whose contracts were not renewed. Bill Bayno and Kaleb Canales were retained. 

    McMillan said the shakeup of his staff was not ordered by owner Paul Allen or management and that he picked all three coaches. 

    "This was all my doing," McMillan said. "I wasn't forced to do this and nobody selected these guys for me. I look at my staff, and myself, every year, and this season, with us losing Monty and Luke (Lucas), I just felt it was time to make changes. I needed to get a balance and chemistry back, not only for me, but for the players." 

    After Williams is signed, McMillan said he doesn't want to pigeon hole him as just a coach for the big men. 

    "I hate to label, because I want our coaches just to coach," McMillan said. "But if we can bring him on board, I want him to talk to all the players, but I'm sure he will gravitate towards the bigs more often than not. I'm pretty sure of that." 

    Bickerstaff has more than 30 years of NBA experience, which includes an NBA title as an assistant with Washington in 1978. He was also head coach in Seattle for McMillan's first four seasons as a pro, while also holding the top coaching position in Denver and Washington. He also held front office positions with Denver and Charlotte and for the past two seasons was an assistant with Chicago. 

    "Bernie brings a lot of experience – NBA title experience –and he's a guy I know," McMillan said. 

    Ociepka is an 18-year veteran assistant, the last two in Chicago. McMillan said Ociepka will head the team's defensive attack. 

    I am a fan of Lillard, Batum, Lopez, LA and T Rob taking it to other teams!
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 07/21/2010 6:15 PM

    That's a ton of experience behind Nate on the bench. Hoping Buck gets the job, be nice to have him back in Portland. 
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