Former NBA Coach Ready for Challenge in D-League

November 13th, 2010 by Stephen Dyell Leave a reply »
Like father, like son.

Musselman has always been around coaching. His father, Bill, was a coaching legend in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) as he led the Tampa Bay Thrillers to four championships, and earned himself a Coach of the Year award in 1988.

“Since the 7th grade, I always knew I wanted to be a professional basketball coach,” Musselman proclaimed.

“I idolized my dad, and felt that being a head coach at a young age at a minor league level was better preparation than being an assistant at the collegiate or NBA level.”

He followed in his father’s footsteps as he entered his first year as head coach in the CBA at 22, one year younger than his father had been.

He admits it was not easy, stating his first game in Sioux Falls was more nerve racking than his first NBA game, considering he was the youngest coach ever to step on the sidelines of a CBA game.

He coached the Rapid City Thrillers for five more seasons, where he made a record five CBA All-Star Games and became the youngest coach to 100 wins.

Musselman then spent three years switching from the Uni ...

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