Last season, NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse was on the sidelines for Dwane Casey as the Toronto Raptors won the most games in franchise history then went deeper in the playoffs than the team ever had before, getting to the conference finals.
Now Stackhouse may be getting his own team — in the D-League.
League sources have informed Upside & Motor that the Raptors 905 are expected to name Jerry Stackhouse as their new head coach for the 2016-17 season. The 905 are the D-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors and were an expansion team last season.
Stackhouse was an assistant coach under Dwane Casey this past season with the Toronto Raptors. Jesse Mermuys left the 905 after one season at the helm to take an assistant coach position with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving a vacancy in Mississauga.
Stackhouse coached the Raptors entry in the Summer League that just ended.
If Stackhouse’s goal is to get his shot at an NBA head coaching job someday (and you have to think it is), then this could be a smart move. Simply, it is different to be the man rather than be the man next to the man. A little head coaching experience in the D-League looks good on the resume. Show he can do player development, which is crucial in today’s NBA. He can jump from Mississauga back to the NBA sideline in a year or two.
Something to keep an eye on as we head into the season.