New Orlando Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel is heavily pursuing San Antonio Spurs Assistant Chad Forcier to be his top aide in Orlando according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
This is nothing new to hear from around the league, as San Antonio has ultimately been the spot for teams around the league to help bolster their front office and head coaching vacancies. There have been many that have come out of the San Antonio system to make their way as head coaches in the league and even General Managers.
More Assistant Coach Buzz: New Magic coach Frank Vogel is pursuing in-demand Spurs assistant Chad Forcier to be his top aide in Orlando
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 15, 2016
Many that have come across San Antonio have had the luxury and guidance of Gregg Popovich. Learning from one of if not the league’s best coach in the NBA today has its advantages.
With Forcier being the latest to draw interest from teams, let’s take a look at others under Popovich that have gone on to their own coaching careers in the league.
May 8, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts to a call against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Budenholzer was a Spurs assistant from 1996-2013 and was heavily sought out for the head coaching vacancy in Atlanta. He not only is the head coach of the team but also President of Basketball Operations.
Feb 23, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and former University of Utah head basketball coach Jim Boylen during warm-ups prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Boylen is with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant coach, but was a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach during the 2013-15 seasons.
Jun 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to media during a press conference after game three of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Kerr was never an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, but a player with the team on two stints. From 1998-2001 and then from 2002-03 seasons. He is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, where in his first season took the team to the NBA Finals and captured their first title in 40 years. This season has been a historic one for him and the team. They won an NBA record 73 games and are on the verge of a back-to-back title.
Jun 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry walks off with general manager Dell Demps (right) during a press conference at the New Orleans Pelicans Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dell Demps played for San Antonio in the 1995-96 season. He transitioned to the Director of pro player personnel from 2005-10. He was later appointed the General Manager of the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League from 2007-10. He was also the Vice President of Basketball Operations in 2010. He now serves as the New Orleans Pelicans general manager.
April 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams instructs against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Monty Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach): San Antonio Spurs player (1995-1998); San Antonio Spurs assistant coach (2004-2005); served as a coach for the San Antonio Spurs summer league team in 2005.
Jan 16, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti watches college basketball between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder general manager): San Antonio Spurs video coordinator (2000-2002); San Antonio Spurs assistant director of scouting (2002-2003); San Antonio Spurs director of player personnel (2003-2005); San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager (2005-2007).
Apr 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown reacts during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers head coach): member of the San Antonio Spurs basketball operations department (1998-1999); San Antonio Spurs assistant coach (2002-2013).
Mar 24, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Sean Marks general manager of the Brooklyn Nets talks at a press conference announcing the Long Island Nets D League team before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sean Marks is the latest to make the jump to action off the hardwood. He was appointed the General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets in March. The first New Zealand-born player in the NBA, was drafted by the Knicks in the second round in 1998. Although he never played with the Knicks, the 40-year-old spent time with the Raptors, Heat, Spurs, Suns, Hornets and Blazers in his 11-year NBA career.
Marks retired in 2011 and became the Spurs’ director of basketball operations the following year. He also has served as the GM of their D-League team, the Austin Toros.