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Posts Tagged ‘Kelvin Sampson.’

Kevin McHale is back coaching the Houston Rockets

 

Kevin McHale (photo by Wendy from Minneapolis via wikipedia commons)

Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has returned to the team’s bench after being away almost a month from the team after the death of his daughter.

Houston went 7-6 under interim coach Kelvin Sampson.

McHale took the leave of absence on November 10 to be with his family as his daughter’s health became worse.

Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, who was just 23, died on November 24 from complications of lupus.

McHale played his entire NBA career with the Boston Celtics.

 

Info compiled from Houston Rockets, Radio & TV news

Crean hires IU all-time leading scorer Cheaney to join staff

 

Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean has had a tough time at the once-proud basketball school trying to get it back on track.

The fallout from NCAA violations involving former coach Kelvin Sampson has hampered the program and Crean has not been able to post a winning record in three seasons.

But Crean, a hard worker, is bringing back a fan-favorite and the school’s and Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer as part of his staff.

Calbert Cheaney (file photo)

39-year-old Calbert Cheaney has been hired as the Hoosiers’ new director of basketball operations. Cheaney replaces Drew Adams, who was hired for the same position by former Indiana star Steve Alford at the University of New Mexico.

Cheaney, who played for Bobby Knight at, is the Big Ten Conference and Indiana University’s all-time scoring leader with 2,613 points.

He played in the NBA between 1993-2006 and was the first round pick, 6th overall of the Washington Bullets. The 6’7 201 lb. guard/forward also played for Boston, Denver, Utah and Golden State scoring 7,826 points, grabbing 2,610 rebounds and dishing out 1,398 points.

 

compiled from Indiana athletics news, Radio & TV news

Senderoff replaces Ford at Kent State

 

Rob Senderoff (courtesy of Kent State athletics)

When Kent State lost popular head men’s basketball coach Geno Ford to Bradley University last week, the school didn’t have far to choose a new one.

The school has hired Rob Senderoff to replace Ford.

The 37-year-old Senderoff spent three years as the associate head coach on Ford’s staff. He also coached at the school form 2002-2006.

Senderoff was also an assistant at Indiana, where he was involved in the recruiting scandal that led to Kelvin Sampson’s resignation and NCAA penalties for the school.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Kent State athletics news

Tom Izzo says no to Cavaliers; James’ future primary reason

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are left with Plan B whether it be Byron Scott, Kelvin Sampson or Mike Woodson.

Plan B comes into play because Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo turned down a chance to double his salary and possibly coach LeBron James in the NBA, choosing to stick with the Spartans to chase NCAA championships.

Tom Izzo (msu)

Izzo told members of the media at a Tuesday press conference that being unable to speak with James played a part in his life and career-altering decision.

For the past week and a half, Izzo has been trying to decide whether to leave the university that has been his home since 1983 and jump to the NBA to perhaps make $6 million dollars, a raise of $3 million that he’s being paid now and potentially coach one of the best basketball players in the world, LeBron James.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was persistent in trying to lure Tom Izzo to Cleveland. Sources have said that Gilbert was going to give Izzo a five-year $30-million contract but Izzo has said he had no contract offer and they only talked about parameters.

This past season, Izzo led Michigan State to the Final Four for the sixth time in 12 years. Only the late John Wooden of UCLA and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski also have accomplished the feat.

Coach Izzo has a chance to get back to the Final Four once again as he only loses Raymar Morgan out of his top five players.