Damany Hendrix coaching with Phoenix Suns G League team
“There is a lot of coaching turnover in the NBA. Jerry (Stackhouse) took the job in Memphis, so I started looking elsewhere. I didn’t have too many options, but I went through the process and I have a good feeling about the new Suns’ head coach Igor Kokoskov,” Hendrix said. “He’s very innovative and I see a lot of improvement coming to the team. We won’t be relying on isolation for offense all the time.”
“Right now our big thing is trying to fill out a roster for the NBA team and making sure everyone is ready to go,” Hendrix said. “Once the season settles in I will be doing a lot of scouting of opponents and watching a lot of film with the guys and breaking it down.”
“Deandre is a big kid with a lot of great energy,” Hendrix said. “He’s got a great personality. He’s loud and boisterous, but I think that’s a good thing. Tyson Chandler is one of our leaders on the team and I think Deandre and him are forming a real good relationship.”
“In this league there are a lot of rookies still learning the game, so you’re still teaching them, while once a player gets a few years in the NBA you don’t teach them as much as just polish there skills,” Hendrix said.
“Reunions are a little different these days due to social media,” Hendrix said with a laugh. “I see most of the families I saw at the reunion online all the time. But it was nice to hear some people talking to me about my career as a coach. People I didn’t even know said they were following me as a good, and that was a really nice thing to hear.”
“I want them to know that if you can’t make the NBA or whatever sport you’re interested in as a player, you can still find ways to have a job in that area whether it be somewhere in the front office, or on the bench as a coach,” Hendrix said. “I just want to give all the kids hope that they can do something big. My journey to become a coach has been like my journey as a player. It’s been very trying and has had a lot of ups and downs, but I love what I do.”