Blazers making (assistant) coaching changes

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From The Oregonian’s Jason Quick:

Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan is poised to shake up his staff, and it appears he has targeted longtime NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff to serve as his right-hand man.

Sources say lead assistant Dean Demopoulos and assistant Joe Prunty will not be retained, which comes after assistant Monty Williams left the team to become the head coach of New Orleans.

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It is also believed that Bickerstaff’s son, John-Blair, will be added to the Blazers staff. John-Blair has spent the past three seasons as an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves after serving two years as an assistant in Charlotte.

The article also mentions that Demopoulos and Prunty are not returning in large part because of the interest they’ve shown in other coaching positions. If that was the case — and I don’t believe it is, as it’s hardly unusual for assistant coaches to show interest in other jobs — then  you can’t fault McMillan for moving on, but it’s probably fair to reserve judgment on this until the picture becomes a little clearer. It’s more than likely the real reasons for these changes will not be made public, at least for some time.

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