Eric Musselman, whose one season as the Kings' coach (2006-07) was doomed before the regular-season tipoff when he was charged with driving under the influence, quietly continues rebuilding his career.
In his first year with the NBA Development League's Los Angeles D-Fenders, he led the team to the Western Conference title amid a league-record 38 victories. On Thursday, he was named Coach of the Year in voting by his peers.
Musselman, 47, who also coached the Golden State Warriors for two years (2002-04) and took over the Reno Bighorns (2010-11) after a three-year absence from the game, had eight of his players recalled during the season by NBA teams. They included Jamaal Tinsley, Gerald Green and Jamario Moon.
Cordova High School and Bradley University graduate Zach Andrews, an outspoken advocate for homeless in the Sacramento region, led the club with seven rebounds per game. While the 6-foot-9 forward-center failed to make the Lakers after a training camp tryout, Musselman believes he could play in the NBA in the right situation.
"Game experience has really helped him," Musselman said via email. "He could be an energy player because he'll do all the dirty work. Any team that brings him in for summer league or veteran camp will like him. He is a great locker-room guy."
Musselman, who had extensive experience in the minor leagues and as an NBA assistant before being named the Warriors' head coach, has his current club in the D-League playoffs against the Austin Toros.
What to watch
Baseball, San Diego at Giants, 6:05 p.m., Ch. 31: It's always worth tuning in when Tim Lincecum pitches.
What to do
Track and field, Meet of Champions, 11 a.m., American River College: See some of the best high school athletes for just $5 (children under 12 are free).
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