This should be interesting. Hall of Fame NBA player Scottie Pippen is expressing interest in becoming a head coach in the league. Pippen has no head coaching experience, but is looking to link with his former coach Phil Jackson and work his magic for a team.
“It is (my goal to be head coach),” Pippen said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I still enjoy the game. I’m around the game. I’m a guy that has always loved basketball, and I love being a part of it.”
There were rumblings during the summer that the Orlando Magic were flirting with Jackson for a possible executive role with the understanding Pippen would be the coach, but Jackson withdrew from consideration and that scenario disappeared.
Asked if during the offseason he was close to becoming a coach, Pippen said: “No, I don’t think so. I just think it was some rumors that got out there. Nothing really stuck. I can’t say I sat down to talk to any team about being a head coach.”
Pippen, who is an ambassador for the Chicago Bulls, was considered one of the greatest defensive forwards in NBA history, but he has no coaching experience. That may be why, ideally, Pippen would like to be reunited with Jackson. The two combined with Michael Jordan to win six titles with the Bulls in the 1990s.
“That would be great,” Pippen said. “Phil is a great person, a great mind for the game and I know he still wants to be a part of the game, so if that scenario were to happen, yes, it would be great to be able to work for a guy who’s been your mentor throughout your career.”
Earlier today it was announced that the son of Philadelphia Eagle’s head coach Andy Reid was found dead on the campus of Lehigh University.
Reid’s son Garrett was working with the team as a strength and conditioning coach during training camp. He was 29 years old and had recently rebounded from a past filled with drug charges. Garrett was incarcerated off and on between 2007 and 2009 for various drug charges.
A Lehigh University police official said there was no evidence of foul play.
The Eagles came together for a group prayer before practice today. Andy Reid was not present.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said, “This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children.”
Serena Williams spoke with Sister 2 Sister magazine recently about what she is looking for in a man nowadays…Pay attention fellas because Serena is single and ready to mingle daaaaaaaawg *Tommy From Martin Voice*
“I think it’s important when you marry to be evenly yoked…I’ve been studying to be a Jehovah’s Witness, so I go to Kingdom Hall. I grew up a Witness and it’s what I know and we teach things that come from the Bible.”
This is a change for Serena, because in the past she has dated rapper Common and tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, neither o f whom are Jehova’s Witness.
NBA star Dwyane Wade plans on telling his story of fatherhood via a new book. Wade has joined William Morrow of HarperCollins Publishers to release his first book entitled “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball”. The book will focus on Wade’s childhood in Chicago, but also talk about the challenges that he has faced as a divorced father of two sons.
You may remember that Wade had a very nasty custody battle with his ex wife last year, and was awarded custody of the couple’s two sons. Throughout all of the tribulations that he has face, Wade has remained a positive influence in the lives of his children. He told the Associated Press “I don’t have to share it with people, But I felt there was a need. So many people came up to me in this process, so many fathers, so many men came up to me to congratulate me and to ask me how, how I did it and why I believed I could do it.”
Wade has been honored by the National Fatherhood Initiative for his hard work and dedication in fatherhood, and he also hosted a round table discussion in Orlando earlier this year as a part of President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.
As a writer, Dwyane wants to use this book as an opportunity to give people more insight on him as a father. “I think the biggest thing when I set out to write a book was just to share my experiences, from when I was a kid, my upbringing, my struggles, my joyous times, to becoming a father,” Wade said. “I’m trying to compare them, how they’ve been the same in a sense, even though my worlds are totally different. But we’re still dealing with the same things. From rags to riches, it really doesn’t matter.”
Michael Vick has come closer to being released of the financial burden caused by his jail stint a few years ago. According to Forbes, Vick is about to make his way out of that chapter 11 bankruptcy that he went through.
“Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who landed in jail on dog-fighting charges, found a new lease on life and a new $100 million deal in Philadelphia. With some good luck and better football play, Vick has turned around his finances. After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2008 on debt of close to $20 million, he is now less than $400,000 away from being back in the black.
“According to his latest bankruptcy filing in a Virginia court, Vick had 45 claims against him worth $18.97 million. The largest claims included $6.5 million owed to the Falcons to pay back part of his signing bonus and another $6 million to his former agent.
“Vick has turned all of that around now. He has paid back in full all of the biggest claims and now only owes about $350,000 in unresolved claims to two final debtors.”