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2A- The Michigan Daily - Thursday October 8, 1998
After a year of unemployment,
r Fisher now King of assistants
By Josh Kleinbaum last year's staff. short NBA career he has already
SyDa Sprs Eor "I feel very good about the coach- been traded three times. With a mnve
Steve Fisher, who has been unem- ing staff we have put together here," to a new environment, having
played for more than a year now will Adelman said in a released state- Fisher's familiar face around col
be getting back to work - eventual- met. "Steve has had great success at provide some much-needed stabil
ly. the collegiate level, and after talking Adelman and Kings' general man-
The former Michigan basketball with him at length it became apparent ager Geoff Petrie were unavailable tc
coach was hired as an assistant yes- that he will be successful at the pro- comment on whether Fisher's ties to
terday by the NBA's Sacramento fessional level." Webber helped him land the job.
Kings, but will have to wait until the The job seems a natural fit for At Michigan, Fisher put togethera
NBA owners and Player's Fisher. Before the NBA lockout, the 184-82 record over nine seasons
Association settle their squabble and Kings traded for all-star forward including an three Final Four appear-
end the NBA lockout before Fisher Chris Webber, a member of Fisher's ances and an NIT Championship.
can start patrolling the sidelnes famed Fab Five recruiting class that He was awarded the Michigan job
again, twice went to the Final Four. The two just before the 1989 NCAA tourna-
"I can confirm that Steve Fisher have stayed close since Webber bolt- ment, and led the Wolverines to
was named one of our assistant ed for the NBA after his sophomore only NCAA championship title.
coaches," Sacramento director of year in 1993, when the Orlando "After 30 years of working in the
media relations Paul Thompson said. Magic made him the first overall pick coaching industry, I'm anxious and
"A contract was agreed to in princi- in the NBA Draft. excited to be coming out to
ple and will be signed next week." When Fisher was fired by Sacramento," Fisher said in a written
Kings coach Rick Adelman, who Michigan more than a year ago, statement. "I've heard many good
was just hired three weeks ago him- Webber publicly spoke out in defense things about the city of Sacramento
self, also added John Wetzel and of the embattled coach. and the great Kings fans, so I m an
Byron Scott to his coaching staff. He Webber himself has been plagued ious to get out there and become part
retained assistant Pete Carril from by off-the-court problems. And in his of the community."
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ired as an assistant coach, will join former Michigan standout Chris Webber.
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By Rick Freemen
Daily Sporis Writer
Brian Ellerbe and his coaching
staff have already been operating at
full speed, and the first exhibition
game is still more than three weeks
But as soon as school starts,
Ellerbe's program goes "a hundred
miles an hour," he said.
That still might not be fast
There are still recruiting trips to
make, players' academic well-being
to check on, and inaccurate recruit-
ing stories to ignore.
Especially ones about potential
recruits, the kinds that Ellerbe said
are easy for publications to fudge.
"I don't know where they get that
information," Ellerbe said "There's
always a lot of kids, a lot of people
who are listing us ... and we have not
contacted. Or if we did, it was very
minimal. Our contact varies, it could
just be us sending a questionnaire."
But in the rumor-driven world of
college basketball recruiting, some-
thing like that can lead to a swirl of
"That can be labeled as us 'heav-
ily involved' in the recruiting,"

Ellerbe said. "I really don't know
how that happens."
He's the one doing the recruiting,
so Ellerbe doesn't need to read a
word on the subject. He also said he
doesn't pay any attention to presea-
son predictions, some of which have
predicted a dead-last-place finish for
his team.
"You always have to go to the
source, and you know most people
don't know the motivation of the
source as much as we do," Ellerbe
said. "So if I saw that article and who
wrote it, I'd probably know exactly
where that was going and where it
came from.
"But I don't pay a whole lot of
attention to that."
And most of those predictions
from last season were wrong any-
"People said we were going to be
terrible last year, we won the Big
Ten tournament, we had some out-
standing players, and no one gave us
credit for that last season," Ellerbe
After surprising the conference
last season, Ellerbe's team is going
through a more rigorous off-season
conditioning program this fall.

"Once you start playing, because
you're out of town so much, it does
get a little tough," forward Brandon
Smith said.
Although there aren't any typical
days in coaching, Ellerbe said he's
usually awake at 7:30 a.m. and
expects to get to bed around 1i p
Precious little of that time is
spent with his family he loves.
Instead, it gets spent on the spot
the loves.
But last night, he hoped to have
an ace up his sleeve.
"I'm looking forward to having
dinner with my wife," Ellerbe said
yesterday. But even then, he won't
escape work.
An assistant coach from le
NBA's Utah Jazz was to eat with
them, and they planned to be "talk-
ing ball," Ellerbe said. But last
night's dinner was meant to be "half-
and-half," Ellerbe said.
"We'll be talking ball, but it's
kind of a break in the day," he said.
It's the kind of break that's harder
to come by when you're on the road
so often.
And once the season gets inol
swing, as Smith said, "you really
have no social life."

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