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Len hopes to turn observations into results

PHOENIX -- When contemplating the underrated art of mimicry, we could do a lot worse than solicit input from a wide-eyed kid. The gift of imitation rarely is wasted on the young. In Alex Len, the Suns have a youngster who now is attempting to replicate the maneuvers he studied while sitting on the bench during his rookie season. And even though the Suns would have preferred to have...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns storm back to defeat the Cavaliers in Cleveland

The Suns were playing so badly that their parents might have booed them. Once down by 20 and trailing 61-43 at halftime to the league’s second-worst offense, they got a scolding no parent could muster Sunday night. Suns assistant coach Mike Longabardi, in charge of piecing back together a shredded defense, channeled his 2001 Jim “Playoffs?!” Mora with a similar rant and Suns...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns proving surprisingly adept at team defense

PHOENIX -- Having flummoxed NBA soothsayers through seven fun-filled evenings, the Suns seem committed to the game-winning properties of string music. The string were referencing is not the one attached to a rim; instead it's an imaginery implement connecting Phoenix defenders, who just happen to be performing at rare levels of competence. For contextual input on this defensive...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Assistant Longabardi brings defensive pedigree to Suns

PHOENIX -- Like the uniforms, most of the players are different. The head coach -- along with his promised offensive philosophy -- is also new, albeit still tremendously familiar. Whats the next change we can expect from the Suns? Well, theyve hired an assistant coach whose main focus last season was the defensive maneuvers of the Boston Celtics. And the C's ranked sixth in...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Assistant Longabardi brings defensive pedigree to Suns

PHOENIX -- Like the uniforms, most of the players are different. The head coach -- along with his promised offensive philosophy -- is also new, albeit still tremendously familiar. Whats the next change we can expect from the Suns? Well, theyve hired an assistant coach whose main focus last season was the defensive maneuvers of the Boston Celtics. And the C's ranked sixth in...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

New Phoenix coach Hornacek fills out staff

New Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has hired four assistants, two of them his former teammates. Jerry Sichting, Mike Longabardi, Kenny Gattison and Mark West were officially named to the staff on Tuesday. Sichting has 24 years of NBA experience as a player, coach and executive. He was an assistant with the Washington Wizards last season. Longabardi was an assistant coach for...
Via AP on Fox
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns officially confirm hiring of 4 Hornacek assistants

The Phoenix Suns on Tuesday confirmed the hirings of Jerry Sichting, Mike Longabardi, Kenny Gattison and Mark West as assistant coaches on Jeff Hornacek's staff. "I'm very excited to complete my coaching staff with such established, well-rounded basketball people," Hornacek said in a press release. "We were able to add offensive minds, defensive minds, former...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns Tap Celtics 'Defensive Coordinator' Mike Longabardi As Assistant Coach

Mike Longabardi has accepted an offer to join the Phoenix Suns under Jeff Hornacek. Longabardi previously served as Doc Rivers’ defensive coordinator in Boston. Longabardi joined the Celtics prior to the start of the 2007-2008 season.
Via RealGM
June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics assistant coach Mike Longabardi headed to the Phoenix Suns

According to the Boston Globe, Celtics assistant coach Mike Longabardi is headed to the Phoenix Suns:Celtics assistant Mike Longabardi, who was Doc Rivers’ “defensive coordinator” in Boston, has accepted an offer to become an assistant for Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek, a league source told the Globe.Like the rest of Doc Rivers’ assistant coaching staff (sans Jay...
Via Celtics Town
June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics lose assistant coach Mike Longabardi to the Suns

Boston Globe Celtics assistant Mike Longabardi, who was Doc Rivers' "defensive coordinator" in Boston, has accepted an offer to become an assistant for Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek, a league source told the Globe. Longabardi becomes the first assistant coach to leave the Celtics this offseason, which has been filled with questions about whether Rivers will...
Via Celtics Life
June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics Lose Another Defensive Coordinator

Celtics assistant Mike Longabardi has accepted an offer to take a similar position in Phoenix, a source tells the Globe. — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 22, 2013 Longabardi was Doc Rivers' defensive coordinator in Boston. — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 22, 2013 Longabardi began his career as an assistant coach for the men's basketball teams at Pfeiffer...
Via Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.
June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Footage from Tuesday's Celtics practice

The coach speaking is Mike Longabardi who was brought in last year to replace Lawrence Frank as the team's defensive coach. Some people might find this stuff boring, but personally I love it. Jeff Green should use that move at the 2:40 mark in a game. Rondo's move at 3:31 is pretty nasty as well. Video courtesy of Mike Petraglia.
Via Celtics Life
November 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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