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Elston Turner

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Update – 1:00 AM, Sunday:

In the article, Haynes reports that Turner was Coach Joerger’s top choice for the gig.

Original – 3:15 PM, Saturday:

The Commercial Appeal is tweeting that Elston Turner has the inside track at becoming Dave Joerger’s lead assistant this season. They are saying that Turner’s experience trumps that of secondary candidate, Ed Pinckney.

Turner played college ball at Ole Miss before being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft. At Ole Miss, Turner led the Rebels to their first ever NCAA tournament.

Turner played 8 years in the NBA for Dallas, Denver and Chicago. He also played in Europe and for Quad Cities of the CBA as a player/coach. After retiring as a player, Turner became a coach  for the Sacramento Kings for 6 seasons. He has also coached at Houston and Phoenix. Turner has interviewed for a head coaching job several times, but has not been given an opportunity as of yet.

Turner’s son, Elston Jr., played for the University of Washington from 2008-10, so he might already be familiar with current Grizz swingman, Quincy Pondexter.

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