Report: Dan Dickau a finalist to become Idaho Stampede head coach

Report: Dan Dickau a finalist to become Idaho Stampede head coach
September 6, 2012, 7:49 pm
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ChrisHaynes, Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)ThePortland Trail Blazers have decided not to bring back playerdevelopment assistant, Dan Dickau, for the 2012-13 season.

However, has learned that Dickau is a finalist to become the head coach of the NBA D-League's Idaho Stampede, the Trail Blazers' minor league affiliate in which they have full control over the team's basketball operations.

Accordingto a source close to the situation, Dickau recently concluded his second interview for the head spot.

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 their 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.