Blazers reopen Stampede coaching search, Dickau out

Blazers reopen Stampede coaching search, Dickau out
September 7, 2012, 7:07 pm
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 ChrisHaynes, Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)ThePortland Trail Blazers have not only informed Dan Dickau formerlythe team's player development assistant that he won't be broughtback next season, but he has now been notified that he's not gettingthe head coach position with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, has learned.

Infact, no one is filling the Stampede's coaching vacancy at the momentbeing that the Trail Blazers have decided to reopen the search.

The Stampede are the TrailBlazers' minor league affiliate in which they have full control overthe team's basketball operations.

Dickauwas a finalist for the gig after concluding his second interview with Trail Blazers' brass this week.

Theformer NBA point guardGonzaga standout joined the Trail Blazersstaff last offseason and his main duty was the skill development ofthe guards.

TrailBlazers guards Elliot Williams and Nolan Smith credited Dickau forthe countless hours of help improving their shooting mechanics aswell as helping perfect their pick-and-roll game.

Dickau'srole with the Trail Blazers never required him to travel on the roaduntil the last few games of the season when Chad Buchanan thegeneral manager at the time asked Dickau to go on the road withthe team to get some more experience, being that the Trail Blazerswere mathematically out of the playoff picture.

Fromthere, Dickau was appointed to be one of the assistant coaches underKaleb Canales during Summer League in which the team went 4-1.Dickau's future with the team was immediately up in the air followingSummer League.

TheTrail Blazers then hired Terry Stotts as the team's new head coachand Stotts later informed that he did not know the statusof Dickau's situation and said he wouldn't be making that decision.

Dickau,a fan-favorite around these neck of the woods, played six seasons inthe NBA and last season was his first in a coaching role.