Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Kings not keeping assistant coaches Alex English, Jim Eyen and Clifford Ray. Bobby Jackson moving to another role. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 5, 2013 If we were to discuss Danny Ainge's mistakes, I'd put letting Clifford Ray go right at the top. Clifford Ray is one of the best big man coaches in the NBA. Dwight Howard and his dad credit Cliff with Dwight's development when he was a rookie with the Magic. When you watch classic Celtics' games from the 80's and see Parish dominate in the middle, think Clifford Ray. Parish credited Clifford Ray with helping him to develop his game when they were teammates on Golden State. He has succeeded everywhere he has been and the emergence of Kendrick Perkins as a defensive force in the middle along with Al Jefferson's emergence as a low post presence are largely due to their work with Clifford Ray over their first few seasons. As an assistant coach who specializes in teaching big men, Ray has had wonderful results wherever he has worked. If you follow his career, teams where he has been an assistant have seen amazing improvement in rebounding numbers. That's a huge fact since as the old adage goes "offense sells tickets, defense wins games and rebounding wins championships. He has molded a long list of players including P.J. Brown, Adonal Foyle, Roy Tarpley, Erick Dampier, and Nazr Mohammed. In his first year as a part-time coach in Dallas, the Mavericks led the league in rebounding. When Ray was an assistant in New Jersey in 1995-96, the Nets led the league in rebounding. In Ray's two years at Golden State (2000-01 and '01-02), the Warriors ranked first and second in rebounding. In Cleveland, Ray had the Cavs up to second in the league in rebounding. The Magic, who ranked 23rd in rebounding the season before Ray arrived, ranked second the following year under his tutelage. In spite of Ray's success with the Celtics' bigs, they treated him pretty shabbily at the end. Peter Vescey reported that Cliff had contracted a MRSA infection in his foot from the contaminated Celtics' locker room and that Danny pressured him to sign an agreement to receive $100,000 to go away quietly. The Celtics had just hired Lawrence Frank to replace Tom Thibodeau, and Frank wanted to bring his big man coach, Roy Rogers, with him. I should add that Roy Rogers is not even in the same league as Clifford Ray. Cliff has worked the last couple of years with the Kings and with the new owners and the new direction, I would imagine that they are starting fresh with a new coaching staff. They still have DeMarcus Cousins though and if anyone can get through to him, Cliff can. Back to the Celtics. The Celtics have Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger, both of whom can use a good big man coach. They also may pick up another one in the draft, although rumors are leaning more toward a point guard. But the fact is that the Celtics no longer have a good big man coach, unless you count KG as being the big man coach. But, he's more like a mentor. I say that Danny needs to eat some crow and bring back Clifford Ray. It might be his best move this off season. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC rematch either

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Dustin Penner apologizes after sending rape joke on Twitter

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

WATCH: NIU C brings down basket on dunk

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

Chris Sale out three weeks with foot injury

NHL analyst calls out media over Blackhawks report

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Rousey beats Zingano in 14 seconds

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.