Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Warriors Hire New Asst Coach - John MacLeod

John MacLeod
joins the team
Today, Mike Montgomery's staff welcomed its newest addition, John MacLeod, as an assistant coach. Who? Okay for those who don't know, this man has 707 NBA coaching victories making him 15th all time.

He's coached basketball in all or part of 6 decades: "For the first time in his life, MacLeod sat out an entire basketball season in 2004-05. He treated himself to an overdue vacation from a coaching career that started in 1959 at DeSales High School in Louisville."

"Chris Mullin, Golden State's executive vice president of basketball operations, called to inquire about MacLeod's plans. The Warriors had an opening on their coaching staff after Terry Stotts left for the top job with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Mullin wanted to add someone with MacLeod's experience.

MacLeod was intrigued by joining an organization that has not made the playoffs since 1994, even if that meant doing so as an assistant."

"MacLeod did not want to return to the NBA with just any team, but Golden State was too good an offer to ignore. He's still on the West Coast and a two-hour flight from home. The Warriors are a young team that, with a little more fine-tuning, may be on the verge of something special."

"Troy (Murphy) is tremendously talented," MacLeod said. "It's going to be a fun year."

John, we sure hope so. Welcome to the team, sounds like a great addition to a staff that lacks NBA coaching experience.


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