Sidney Moncrief and Joe Wolf Named To Coach D-League All-Stars
GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 1, 2007 – Sidney Moncrief of the Fort Worth Flyers and Joe Wolf of the Colorado 14ers will serve as head coaches for the Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.
Moncrief and Wolf, both former NBA Draft first round selections, earned the right to coach the teams by having the best winning percentage in their respective divisions as of today’s league deadline. Moncrief’s Flyers lead the Eastern Division with a 17-7 (.708) mark, while Wolf’s 14ers are 17-8 (.680) and lead the Western Division.
In 11 NBA seasons after being the 5th overall selection in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Moncrief was a five-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-NBA First Team choice and a five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team.
“I am pleased to represent the D-League and the Fort Worth Flyers as the coach of the Eastern Division All-Star team. This is a tribute to the hard work and continued effort of our players and staff in Fort Worth,” said Moncrief. “I am looking forward to a fun game and a great event.”
Wolf was the 13th overall selection in 1987 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and went on to play 11 NBA seasons with the Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.
“It is quite and honor for me and my staff to represent the Colorado 14ers at the All-Star Game in our inaugural season,” said Wolf. “The success of the team is indicative of the kind of support we have from the coaches, players, staff and ownership.”
Rounding out the Eastern Division staff are Flyers assistant coach Paul Mokeski and athletic trainer Takashi Onuki. Mokeski played 12 years in the NBA, including a stint as Moncrief’s teammate with the Bucks (1983-89). Mokeski and Moncrief also worked together as part of the Dallas Mavericks staff from 2000 to 2003.
Colorado assistant coach and D-League veteran Kent Davison, along with 14ers athletic trainer Mark Morrissey, comprise the remainder of the Western Division staff. This is Davison’s sixth season in the D-League, serving the first five as head coach of the Roanoke Dazzle where he had 13 GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including 2005 MVP and current Charlotte Bobcats guard Matt Carroll.