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Report: Wizards hiring Roy Rogers to replace Sam Cassell

Aug 7, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

Jason Kidd, John Welch, Roy Rogers Jason Kidd, John Welch, Roy Rogers

Lionel Hollins hired his own coaching staff with the Nets – Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries as assistant coaches and Jim Sann.

That left a former Jason Kidd assistant, Roy Rogers, on the open market.

And with Sam Cassell headed to the Clippers, the Wizards were shopping.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Cassell distinguished himself for his work with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. Rogers, on the other hand, has been a big-men coach.

Washington’s top bigs, Marcin Gortat and Nene, are established veterans with fairly well-rounded games. Of course everyone can using coaching, but those two don’t require especially close attention.

Maybe the Wizards believe Rogers can handle more diverse responsibilities. If so, this is the type of job that could eventually propel Rogers into a head-coaching position.

  1. irvness21 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Why hire a big man coach after you let 2 of your bigs walk out the door. T Booker could have learned a lot from him and Vesely could have put in lots of work. Everytime i think they have finally turned the corner they make a head scratching move like this. I though Gary Payton to DC was all but done??

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      GP was supposedly being courted by Milwaukee and the Lakers.

  2. genericcommenter - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I miss his fried chicken and burger toppings bar.

    • wethog66 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Oh yes, I also miss the Roy’s Free Fixings Bar. I used to load up on pickles.

      Here is hoping Rogers was hired to focus primarily on the development of Otto Porter.

    • jimmyintheburg - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      don’t forget about his gold rush

      • genericcommenter - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Well, yeah. Trigger and Dale, too.

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