First reported by international basketball writer David Pick, the report was confirmed by the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell this morning:
I confirmed after the lottery last night that new @hornets coach James Borrego is interviewing Jay Triano for his staff. Would be good to have a former head coach there as a resource.https://t.co/oofTLoJWRw— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) May 16, 2018
In addition to serving as interim head coach for the Suns, Triano was head coach of the Toronto Raptors for 2008 to 2011, and served as an assistant for the team six years prior to that. In between Toronto and Phoenix, he worked as an assistant for the Portland Trailblazers from 2012 to 2016.
Triano is the kind of coach James Borrego should be seeking out. Head coaching experience at two different stops along with over a decade of work as an assistant for three different teams is quite the resume, even if Triano’s head coaching record isn’t quite as good as he’d like it to be (he’s 108-200 in four seasons as a head coach). Having a former head coach on staff should provide Borrego with a wealth of knowledge about the day-to-day activities of the job. For a rookie head coach, it’s almost always good to have experience around you.
It will be interesting to see who else Borrego brings in to complete his staff. We grew accustomed to the same faces on the sidelines for the past five seasons so next season’s staff could throw us off, at least initially. We should hopefully know soon, but until then, share your thoughts on the possibility of Triano.