In his 31 years of coaching, Eric Musselman has never been one to coach sitting down. Not even during a dominant win. So when Clay Moser, Musselman’s longtime top assistant, saw the head coach approaching the bench during a 2011 D-League game in Idaho, he thought something was wrong with his boss.

“Are you OK?” Moser asked.

“I’m fine,” Musselan responded as he sat down. “This is the best team in the history of minor league basketball. If we keep this team together, nobody can beat us.”

Musselman was in the middle of his first year coaching the Reno Bighorns, and his team was toward the end of a 110-96 win over the Idaho Stampede. Musselman’s squad was relatively loaded, featuring future NBA regulars in Jeremy Lin, Danny Green, Hassan Whiteside and Steve Novak.

During his lone year in Reno, Musselman, now the University of Arkansas coach, led a team that still has its fingerprints on the NBA nearly…





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