January 23, 1992 |
K.C. Jones spent 14 years in Boston as either a player or a coach for the Celtics, but Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan didn't express much sympathy when Jones was fired as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics--and not only because Jones is owed nearly $2 million over the next four years. "What (General Manager Bob) Whitsitt did was furlough K.C. to do what he does best: Relax on a guaranteed income," Ryan wrote. "K.C. was fired because the Sonics needed a coach, not a cruise director. . . . K.C.
January 19, 1992 |
Adieu, K.C.: Under intense Bernie Bickerstaff, the Seattle SuperSonics were a rough, tough bunch with a lot of depth who would dog you from one end of the court to the other. Under amiable K.C. Jones, they developed another personality: Five players starting, seven complaining about playing time. Stuck at .500 and unable to accommodate 12 unhappy men, the Sonics did the overmatched Jones a favor and fired him, with this season and three more left on his contract, $1.9 million worth in all.
January 16, 1992 |
The Seattle SuperSonics fired K.C. Jones Wednesday after consecutive home losses to Orlando and Charlotte and named assistant Bob Kloppenburg as interim coach. Another assistant, Kip Motta, also was fired. "This is the most difficult decision I have ever made," club president Bob Whitsitt said. "K.C. is a class person in the truest sense of the word. But at this time, it has become clear that we need to go in a different direction on the court."
December 4, 1990 |
Sal Tecce was conducting a tour of the family restaurant the other night when he led a visitor into a dining area they call the Street Cafe Room. "Now this," he said, speaking out the side of his face, "this I don't think K.C. will be real excited about. We took the piano out this summer. K.C., he's never been here when there wasn't a piano." The narrow, rectangular room is decked out to resemble a street in Rome. It has small tables on raised platforms on either side of the room.
May 20, 1990 |
One year and one day ago in a tiny dilapidated Seattle Center Coliseum office he called his own, Seattle SuperSonics Coach Bernie Bickerstaff looked ill. His tie loosened and his face drained of life, Bickerstaff had just watched his team blow a 29-point lead to get eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA playoffs. In any venue, he had a helpless look about him. "You know, I don't know if I can do this anymore," he said.
May 16, 1990
K.C. Jones took over as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics as Bernie Bickerstaff became vice president of basketball operations Tuesday. Bickerstaff, 46, gave up his coaching position with a year left on a five-year contract. "It took us about eight seconds to decide that K.C. was the guy to take over Bernie's job," club President Bob Whitsitt said. Jones had been an assistant coach under Bickerstaff.