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Kohaku
05-22-2009, 12:16 AM
Sam Cassell, who won three NBA titles in a 15-season career, announced his retirement as a player Thursday and immediately joined the coaching staff of the Washington Wizards.

Cassell and Randy Wittman, the former head coach of Cleveland and Minnesota, were hired as assistants to new Wizards coach Flip Saunders.

"After 15 seasons playing in this league, I have accomplished all that I have dreamed of as a player," Cassell said. "Now the time has come for to me to take my love for the game to the coaching ranks and pass on what I've learned. This team is loaded with talent, and it's a great way for me to start my coaching career."

Cassell played in 993 regular season games for eight teams, averaging 15.7 points and 6.0 assists. He won championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995 and the Boston Celtics in 2008. He made his only appearance in the All-Star Game in 2004, the same season he reached the Western Conference finals with the Timberwolves under Saunders.

His former coach had been discussing the job with Cassell even before he accepted the Wizards job in April.

"I always regarded Sam as a coach on the floor during his playing days," Saunders said. "And he brings instant credibility as a three-time NBA champion and a proven winner."

Wittman and Cassell are the replacements for Randy Ayers and Phil Hubbard, who were assistants under fired coach Eddie Jordan and interim coach Ed Tapscott. Assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. remains on the staff, while Dave Hopla is not expected to return.

Wittman coached the Timberwolves for nearly two seasons before he was fired in December 2008. He coached the Cavaliers from 1999-2001 and has been an assistant with three other teams.

He had a nice career didn't he? Knew he'd be on the coaching team sooner or later..sadly the only thing I remember him by is the 8 second violation call :pity:

IRUAM #21
05-22-2009, 12:16 AM
Good for him.

Jahari Kavi
05-22-2009, 01:12 AM
as a long time rockets fan who remembers Sam playing in his rookie season, I must say thank you for the memories Sam-I-Am.

Thanks for your big game 7 in the 94 semi-finals against Phoenix. Thanks for your game winning 3 in game 3 of the 94 Finals.....Thanks for your outstanding Game 2 in the '95 Finals................true rockets fans never forget!!!!

maxcaster989
05-22-2009, 03:18 AM
I think Cassell just took the 'Ugliest Coach' award away from Eddie Jordan.

T-Wolf
05-22-2009, 03:36 AM
he will be great coach!!! and yes, he had great career... and I want to thank him for what he did in Minnesota!!!

PennyMy#1
05-22-2009, 04:44 AM
I thought he would go back to his planet ?

But, Sam Cassell ... man ... he always reminds me of that great Rockets team. He had a very good carreer and I hope he can continue having success as a coach.

aloysius8
05-22-2009, 05:25 AM
I was waiting on an alien reference hahaha.

Frrrrank!!!
05-22-2009, 10:04 AM
Was hoping he would be back on the bench helping coach the C's. But Congrats.

Super.
05-22-2009, 10:10 AM
Was hoping he would be back on the bench helping coach the C's. But Congrats.

x2

Kakaroach
05-22-2009, 10:32 AM
Great career and a really nice guy. Hope he becomes a good coach in the NBA.

IBleedPurple
05-22-2009, 11:01 AM
I thought he would go back to his planet ?

:laugh2:

Yeah he was a great player, but definitely time to go.

op12
05-22-2009, 11:35 AM
if that is all you remember about him you must not have watched bball very long. along with bob sura he made FSU bball somewhat relevant in the early 90s. he was a huge part of the rockets repeat titles. he was on 2 other conference final big 3s in minny and mil. some great years with ray and big dog for the bucks and finally gave kg some help with spree for the wolves. even though he wasnt huge for the celtics last year, he had some solid games and was a good leader. great career.

Brooklyn Mets
05-22-2009, 11:48 AM
Cassel was always a good player and tough competitor.. his knowledge of the game should make him a good coach..

Missing56&33
05-22-2009, 12:37 PM
et finally phoning home huh? :)

superkegger
05-22-2009, 03:45 PM
Bout time, he should do well as a coach.

MiamiHeat
05-22-2009, 03:46 PM
no surprise everybody saw Cassell becoming a coach when he retired

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