Bobcats Hire New Black Coach

Updated: May 24, 2007
Sam Vincent


Sam Vincent just got

a new job now the question

is who is Sam Vincent

Glad you asked

Sam Vincent is the new and second African American head coach of the ONLY Black owned professional franchise of any note in American Sports. Good to see a Black NBA owner hiring Black coaches.

TIt turns out Michael Jordan recently installed as a “minority owner” of the Charlotte Bobcats recruited by Robert Johnson the Real Owner – that Jordan is largely behind Vincent’s hiring. It does not hurt they were teammates on the Chicago Bulls.

Vincent has most recently been an assistant coach on the staff of the Dallas Mavericks who BOMBED out of this season’s Post-Season, Going back much further Sam Vincent was a First Round NBA Draft choice in 1986 of the Boston Celtics. Well turn to one of the treasures of the Internet Wikipedia for a good summary of Sam Vincent’s playing career …..

” A 6’2” point guard, Vincent attended Michigan State University, where he earned Sporting News All-America honors in 1985. After graduating from college, he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the twentieth pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. He played two seasons for the Celtics, winning an NBA Championship ring as a reserve in 1986, before joining the Seattle SuperSonics, who promptly traded him to the Chicago Bulls for Sedale Threatt.”

” After one-and-a-half solid seasons with the Bulls, he was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1989 NBA Expansion draft, and he finished his NBA career with the Magic in 1992. He scored 3,106 points and tallied 1,543 assists during his seven-year tenure in the league.”

That’s the skinny on Sam and

plenty for anyone but his mother

What about after his playing days

OKOK here is more ….

” Shortly after retiring, Vincent worked at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World. During the late 1990s, he coached basketball in South Africa, and he has also coached in Greece, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and the NBDL. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he led the Nigerian women’s basketball team to a 68-64 victory over South Korea, which was Africa’s first ever victory in an Olympic women’s basketball contest.”

” He was coach of the Fort Worth Flyers in the 2005-2006 season. Shortly after coaching the Nigeria men’s team to the second round of the 2006 FIBA World Championship (including a shocking upset of traditional power Serbia & Montenegro), he was hired as an assistant by the Mavericks.”

So now you know everything

in fact you are a Sam Vincent

scholar if you remember all this

What about the future …..

Since Wikipedia doesn’t do the future we will tell you. First of all his critics claim his single season as an assistant coach in the NBA isn’t enough to make him a good head coach. We’ll see. His recent boss Avery Johnson does not agree. Avery says “You’ve got to start somewhere. Every head coach, somebody had to give them a shot. When I took over, or Gregg Popovich or Phil Jackson or anybody, you always look back at your first opportunity.”

Avery had more to say, “I’m really excited for him,” Johnson said. “Sam really did a good, solid job here. He made his first year on the bench seem like he’d done it before and that’s what I wanted. He knows what he’s doing. He’s very competent. I knew he would become a head coach pretty quickly.”

Here is another admirer SI found. Lee Rose a former college coach and NBA assistant who became Vincent’ mentor of sorts. “He’s very poised in everything he does, and he’s very thorough, cerebral,” Rose said of Vincent. “I found him to be a really outstanding candidate that would be able to work his way to an NBA head job. Obviously, it’s happened.”

Here is a little more …..

” The big thing is he is a very good people person. And I think that is one of the qualities that the good coaches like Popovich and some of these guys have that are in the NBA.”

Enough said Charlotte’s

Lowly Bobcats have

reason to hope now

along with their brand

NEW head coach

Sam Vincent

Smile Sam

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