September 15, 2007 |
Villanova assistant coach Ed Pinckney is returning to the NBA ranks as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, two sources confirmed yesterday. Pinckney, 44, was entering his fifth season as an assistant to Jay Wright at Villanova, a school he led to the 1985 NCAA championship. He had developed into a top recruiter and a tutor to the Wildcats' big men. Reportedly, the Timberwolves thought they had a deal with Pinckney last week, but he turned it down. Team president Kevin McHale came up with another offer this week and Pinckney accepted, although final details were being worked out yesterday.
May 16, 2003 |
The most valuable player of Villanova's 1985 national championship team is returning to campus. According to a Villanova source, Jay Wright today will name Ed Pinckney as an assistant coach, replacing Joe Jones, the former top 'Nova assistant named last month as head coach at Columbia. Pinckney, who also was named the outstanding player of the 1985 Final Four, played 12 NBA seasons for seven teams. He worked for five years as the radio and then television analyst for the Miami Heat before being replaced last year by Mike Fratello.
May 17, 2003 |
Ed Pinckney, the newest assistant basketball coach at Villanova, said he wasn't necessarily looking to get into college coaching. "It was more this specific job," Pinckney said yesterday after being named formally to Jay Wright's staff. "It was something special that I couldn't pass up. If it was maybe another school, I probably would not have considered it at all. " The outstanding player of the 1985 Final Four was with his new boss yesterday at a golf outing hosted by another Villanova alum, Howie Long.
July 17, 1996 |
Ed Pinckney, at 33, with 11 seasons of NBA experience, knows he will have to patiently wait his turn. "The only people signing now are mostly the $100 million guys," he said. "When things die down, that's when the low level guys will sign. I'll be happy if I'm one of them. " Pinckney's tour with the 76ers, his first opportunity to play for what has become his hometown team, lasted 27 games. He came to Philadelphia from Toronto with Tony Massenburg in the deal that sent Sharone Wright to the Raptors.
September 26, 1996 |
When the Miami Heat dialed Ed Pinckney's number, the onetime Villanova hero saw it as "a chance to get back in the mix. " "I haven't been in the playoffs for a few years [1991-92, with the Boston Celtics], and that was something I missed," Pinckney said after signing a one-year contract as a free agent for slightly more than the NBA veterans-minimum of $247,500. Pinckney missed all but seven games of the Celtics' '92-93 season with an injury, then spent the next three seasons locked in the lottery with the Celtics, Milwaukee, Toronto and the 76ers.
July 18, 2013 |
Two more names apparently have been added to the 76ers' coaching wish list. The Sixers have received permission to speak to Chicago Bulls assistant coaches Ed Pinckney, 50, and Adrian Griffin, 39, for their vacant coaching position, ESPN reported. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has not interviewed either coach, according to the report, but has done background checks on both. Coaching the Sixers would be a homecoming of sorts for Pinckney. He was named the most outstanding player of the 1985 Final Four after leading Villanova to the NCAA title.
March 27, 1989 |
The first option was Charles Barkley, as it almost always is, as the Celtics certainly figured it would be. "Game's on the line, chance to win the game, you had to know they were going to try to get it to Barkley," Celtics forward Ed Pinckney said. So, with just two ticks left on the clock, with the Sixers down by two, with Ron Anderson standing at halfcourt ready to inbound the ball, Pinckney shadowed Barkley from under the basket all the way up to the top of the key. Anderson chose to pass it in toward Barkley, only to watch Pinckney dart in and steal the ball away to seal the Celtics' 105-103 victory yesterday afternoon.
March 26, 2009 |
(Published in Daily News March 8, 1985) NEW YORK - It was the kind of basket you concede, even in a Big East Conference Tournament game. Give 'em the two points, shrug and forget it. Pitt guard Joey David took the lead pass at midcourt and there wasn't a Villanova player in sight. Gary McLain was on the floor, Dwight Wilbur was tied up in traffic and David was all alone. The Pitt lead was eight points going on 10 and along the Villanova bench, the memory of Saturday's 85-62 humiliation was rising in a dozen throats.
January 11, 1994 |
In past years, the 76ers would have lost last night's game with the Boston Celtics - like in 1993, for instance. This group would have tossed away the 12-point fourth-quarter lead and not lived to brag about it. It would have missed the big shots down the stretch, turned the ball over and spoken bravely about trying to get things together. There was no need for that last night, though. The Sixers held on to beat the Celtics, 99-94, breaking a six-game losing streak against Boston.
March 29, 1989 |
Hersey Hawkins' smile spoke volumes about the way he played last night against the Boston Celtics. Hawkins scored eight of his 21 points in overtime to help the Sixers to a 117-115 victory. And he did it as if the game belonged to him alone. The Sixers' rookie guard went into the game with the words of coach Jim Lynam still fresh in his mind. "Yes, Jimmy talked to me," said Hawkins, sounding as if he had grown very used to informal chats with his coach. "He's always talking to me about something.