Mark Price is the latest former NBA player with no NBA head coaching experience to interview for a head coaching job. Price, who played nine seasons with the Cavaliers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, interviewed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 10.
While Price hasn’t been a NBA head coach, he has much more experience than Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd, Golden State’s Steve Kerr and the New York Knicks’ Derek Fisher did when they were hired. The 50-year old was an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats, under Steve Clifford, last year. Before joining Charlotte, Price served as a player-development coach for the Orlando Magic and shooting coach for the Memphis, Atlanta and Golden State.
Price also has been a head coach in Australia and led the Magic’s summer league team.
Cleveland is hoping to have a coach in place prior to the NBA draft on June 26, where they hold the No. 1 overall pick. The Cavs have been without a coach since firing Mike Brown on May 12, after just one season. Cleveland finished last season with a 33-49 record.
Price is the sixth known candidate to meet with the Cavs, joining Alvin Gentry, Tyronn Lue, Adriann Griffin, Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro. Gentry is expected to receive a second interview though no meeting has been officially scheduled.
Also, the Cavs reportedly offered University of Memphis coach John Calipari $80 million to coach the team and have contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt, but have not yet set up an interview with the highly regarded international coach.Calipari will stay with Kentucky after signing a seven-year, $52 million contract extension last week.