PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson completed his staff Wednesday, naming Jay Triano associate head coach and Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches. Triano spent the last four seasons as assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, including Watson’s final season as a player in 2013-14. The first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history when he directed Toronto, he also is the coach of Canada’s national team. Corbin was Sacramento’s interim head coach for 28 games in 2014-15. He played the Suns in 1987-89. Bjorkgren remains with the Suns after spending last season as assistant coach/player development coordinator. He also was head coach of the Suns’ NBA Summer League
Andrea Bargnani said he would’ve played “for free” to prove himself with the Nets last season. That would have been about the right price. Bargnani suffered through a miserable season — full of injury, poor individual play and losing. Brooklyn eventually bought him out. Now, the entire NBA might be finished with the former No. 1 pick. Bargnani signed with Spanish team Saski Baskonia. At age 30, he faces a long road back to world’s top league — if he even wants to try. Bargnani is a one-dimensional jump shooter, and he doesn’t even shoot that well. It was ridiculous for the Knicks to trade a first-rounder for him, and that was three years ago already. Bargnani is only further from his peak now.