Denver Nuggets assistant coach Adrian Dantley has not been retained by the team and it appears to be due to Dantley’s unwillingness to rotate sitting on the Nuggets bench.
We get more from Denver Stiffs:
“I got fired because I didn’t rotate on the bench,’’ said Dantley, who was regarded as Karl’s lead assistant and filled in for Karl for the final 1 ½ months of the 2009-10 season when the head man was battling a form of throat cancer.
NBA teams are allowed to have three assistants sit on the bench, with others having to sit behind it. Dantley, who always had sat on the bench, said Karl approached him early last season and requested he rotate along with other assistants either sitting on or behind the bench.
Dantley said he sat behind the bench for the final 67 games of the regular season and during the playoffs and wouldn’t rotate to the front of the bench. Nuggets assistants Chad Iske, John Welch and Melvin Hunt sat on the bench for those games.
“I didn’t rotate,’’ said Dantley, an NBA star forward from 1976-2001 who was named in 2008 to the Hall of Fame. “I wasn’t going to rotate. If they (other assistants) want the publicity to sit up front, I don’t need the publicity… I got no problem not being seen on TV and sitting at the back of the bench.’’
Dantley has worked for the Nuggets as an assistant coach since 2003 and it’s somewhat sad to see him leave over an issue like this.
However as a warning to future assistant coaches, if you’re ask to rotate on the bench, you rotate on the bench.