Sam Cassell
American basketball player
Sam Cassell
Samuel James "Sam" Cassell Sr., is a retired American professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. The 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) point guard was selected out of Florida State University by the Houston Rockets with the 24th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He won two NBA Championships in his first two seasons in the league as a member of the Rockets, and his third with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
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Sam Cassell and two Wizards players put on hoops clinic at Dunbar
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Former NBA player Sam Cassell made a visit to his old stomping grounds Thursday, conducting a basketball clinic for more than 75 students at Dunbar.
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GIF: NCAA Final Gets Spiked!
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
ATLANTA -- Louisville is getting Spiked in the NCAA finals. As in, Spike Albrecht. The freshman guard for Michigan has nearly outscored the Cardinals by himself – he had 17 points as the Wolverines raced to a 33-21 lead late in the first half. Albrecht was 4 for 4 from beyond the arc, running his NCAA tournament to 9 for 9 and matching Sam Cassell of Florida State (1993) for the most 3-pointers without a miss in tourney history. Albrecht came into the game averaging about 2 points, with nine made 3s all season. His season high had been just seven points. Late in the half, he got the ball on the wing and pumped faked from beyond the arc, not only bringing his defender off his feet but also about 50,000 fans. Albrecht wisely passed the ball away, but got it back moments later and converted on a nifty driving layup. He furiously punched the air as Louisville called timeout. _ Dave Skretta – ___ NCAA Finals Watch follows ...
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Terps Trio: Alex Len unveiled, Sam Cassell Jr.'s plans, football season so far
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Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports.
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Maryland loses its NCAA appeal over Sam Cassell Jr.'s eligibility
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Maryland has lost its appeal with the NCAA over the eligibility of Sam Cassell Jr.
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Meet the Recruit: Terps point guard commitment Sam Cassell Jr.
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Sam Cassell Jr. was just 9 years old in the spring of 2002, but one particular memory from that time still resonates in his mind.
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Game Of Thrones Recap: How Not To Train Your Dragons
Best Week Ever - almost 5 years
It’s Game Of Thrones Episode 16, entitled “The Old Gods And The New,” which refers to both the symbolic ‘changing of the guard’ at Winterfell and King’s Landing, as well as the literal disparity between the Wildlings’ “Old Gods” (The Gods of Murder and Rape) and the modern society’s “New Gods” (The Gods of More Humane Murder and Slightly Lighter Rape). The episode opens with Winterfell instantly being conquered by Theon, thus confirming Bran’s prophetic dream: Theon instructs Bran to yield the town to him and Bran does, prompting the wildling Osha to tell Bran “Don’t you see? It’s your dream – the sea has come to Winterfell.” Bran’s like, “Thanks, Sparknotes, but we all figured that out a week ago.” With this dream now come true, Bran worries, “Uhoh, I hope I don’t have to take the SATs naked at this place that’s kind of like my high school gym but also part of it’s like my friend Jeff’s house, and Jeff was there but it wasn’t really Jeff, you know? But I knew him in the drea ...
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Charles Barkley thinks Sam Cassell looks like Gollum
Larry Brown Sports - almost 5 years
On the left is Sam Cassell, a former All-Star point guard who’s now coaching with the Wizards. On the right is Gollum, a character from “The Lord of the Rings.” Charles Barkley thinks they look alike. During a discussion on “Inside the NBA” about Amare Stoudemire punching a fire extinguisher, Kenny Smith said that some players like when a teammate gets hurt or sick because it gives them an opportunity to play. He pointed out that Sam Cassell, who shared the point guard position with him on the Rockets, used to think that way. That led Barkley into an unprompted Gollum comparison. “Sam Cassell, the guy, he won an Oscar!” Barkley said. Smith, clearly annoyed, pleaded with Barkley to leave Cassell alone. Barkley of course continued. “Y’all got a picture of Gollum?” Barkley asked the TNT production crew. “Have you ever seen Sam Cassell and Gollum at the same place? You know I love Sam Cassell …” Here’s video of the exchange: Cassell is frequently ridiculed for his look ...
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Tudor: ACC hoops outlook changes yet again with Stoglin's exit
News Observer - almost 5 years
The only constant during off-season ACC basketball of late has become constant change. The 2012-13 league outlook changed radically again when Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin opted for the NBA Draft on Sunday. The university announced today that Stoglin and teammate Mychal Parker also received one-year suspensions for rules violations. Parker had already announced his intention to transfer to another school.  A rising junior, the 6-foot Stoglin led the ACC in scoring with a 21.6-point average last season and was expected to be the primary factor in a step forward by the Terps in Mark Turgeon’s second season as coach. School officials would not go into detail about the suspensions, but athletic director Kevin Anderson released the following statement: “Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility. As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibili ...
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Cassell Sr. says he wanted his son to consider all options before picking Terps
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Cassell Sr., a former NBA star, had said original reports on commitment were premature For years, Sam Cassell would ask his son one question after the youngster finished playing basketball.
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Guard Sam Cassell Jr. makes it official, signs with Maryland
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Two days after announcing his (re)commitment to Maryland, Sam Cassell Jr. made it official with the Terps.
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Timberwolves Shut Down Love For Final 2 Games
Huffington Post Sports - almost 5 years
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love has passed all concussion tests and been cleared by the NBA to return to the court, but the MInnesota Timberwolves aren't about to take any chances with the new face of their franchise. The Wolves shut their All-Star power forward down on Sunday, not wanting to risk further injury in the final two games of the season. Love has been out since being knocked woozy in a game at Denver on April 11. He suffered what the team called a mild concussion and a strained neck, but the possibility remained that he would return before the season came to a close. But coach Rick Adelman said before Sunday's game against Golden State that the combination of missed time and the sensitive nature of head injuries made it not worth the risk. Love returned to practice on Saturday and said he felt good back on the court, but said he would do what was in the best interests of his long-term health. Guard Luke Ridnour also has been shut down with a sprained r ...
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Sam Cassell Jr. picks Terps, again, in Maryland-heavy Capital Classic
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Baltimore native one of five UM-bound players to help U.S. All-Stars to win over Capital All-Stars Baltimore native one of five UM-bound players to help U.S. All-Stars to win over Capital All-Stars
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NBA Draft Lottery Watch: Timberwolves Offer Gift To The Hornets
SB Nation - almost 5 years
What has happened to the Minnesota Timberwolves is nothing short of amazing. We have the first tank job by a team that in no way benefits from tanking. The Wolves' first-round pick is headed to New Orleans as a result of a Sam Cassell-Marko Jaric trade six years ago and the Chris Paul trade four months ago. There are no protections on it: whether it is No. 1 or No. 14, the Hornets get it. As such, there is no incentive for the Wolves to lose. The same cannot be said for the New Jersey Nets or Golden State Warriors. The Nets keep their pick if it lands in the top three only; the lower in the standings the Nets finish, the greater the probability that New Jersey Brooklyn keeps it. The Warriors keep their pick if it lands in the top seven, which creates an even stronger incentive for Golden State to tank. The only way the Nets can land in the top three is by luck of the ping pong balls. The Warriors can almost assuredly stay in the top seven if they finish with the sixth-wors ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Cassell
  • 2015
    In 2015, Paul Pierce stated that he felt he, Garnett and Cassell were the real "Big 3" of the Celtics 2008 championship team.
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    As of the 2015 playoffs, the Timberwolves have still not qualified for the postseason since Cassell was traded.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell appeared to have found a home with the Clippers, as he helped lead them back to the playoffs for the first time since 1997, with their best record in team history at 47–35. Since the team moved to California in 1978, they had compiled just three winning seasons. In the first round, they beat the Denver Nuggets in five games, but would fall to the Phoenix Suns in seven games in the Conference Semifinals. Between their move to California in 1978 and Chris Paul's arrival in 2011, this would be the only year that the Clippers won a playoff series.
  • 2014
    After five seasons with the Wizards, Cassell was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers on September 29, 2014 to join Doc Rivers' staff as assistant coach.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell appeared on TNT's NBA Fundamentals series, in which basketball players describe certain aspects of the game. He was chosen to illustrate the "mid-range game", i.e. shooting from the area around the free throw line, the paint, the wings and the baseline. In this clip, Cassell explains how to post up against opposing guards, shoot pull-up jump shots and hit buzzer beaters. He admires retired NBA players Terrell Brandon and Jeff Hornacek, two prolific mid-range shooters after whom he modeled his game. His son, Sam Cassell Jr., is a redshirt senior for Iona College. Cassell Jr. also played for and earned his associate's and bachelor's degrees from Chipola College and the University of Connecticut respectively.
    Cassell encouraged Pierce to sign with the Washington Wizards in 2014 while he was the Wizards assistant coach.
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  • 2010
    John Wall, who was drafted first overall by the Wizards in 2010, credits Cassell for his development into one of the NBA's premier point guards and leadership during the team's Eastern Conference semi-finals appearance in 2014 – their first playoff series win since 2005.
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  • 2009
    On May 21, 2009, Cassell was named assistant coach under Flip Saunders of the Washington Wizards.
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    On February 17, 2009, Cassell was traded to the Sacramento Kings for a conditional second-round draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
    More Details Hide Details The move was done strictly for salary cap purposes and Cassell was not expected to play for the Kings. One day later, Sacramento waived him.
  • 2008
    During the 2008–09 season, Cassell served as an unofficial assistant to head coach Doc Rivers; though he did not play in any games, he was still officially listed as an active player.
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    On March 17, 2008, Cassell had a standout performance in a Saint Patrick's Day matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, when he led the team from a 22-point deficit to a 2-point victory, scoring 17 points and hitting a clutch shot late in the game.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell, along with Eddie House, James Posey, P.J. Brown, and Leon Powe, gave the Celtics arguably the best bench in the NBA that season. They helped the Celtics finish with a NBA-best 66–16 record en route to the NBA Finals. The Celtics defeated the Lakers 4–2, with the Celtics bench out-scoring the Lakers in five of the six games. The win gave Cassell his third championship, which would also be the last game he played.
    He made his debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 10, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In Boston, Cassell was reunited with former teammates Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
    On March 4, 2008, Cassell officially signed with the Celtics, but immediately flew back to his hometown of Baltimore to attend funeral services for his deceased family member.
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    According to his agent, Cassell had signed a contract with the Celtics on March 3, 2008, but the signing was pending an official league announcement.
    More Details Hide Details His arrival was delayed because of a death in his family.
    On March 1, 2008, Cassell's agent, David Falk, confirmed that Cassell would sign a contract with the Celtics for the remainder of the season if he cleared waivers, receiving a prorated amount of the veteran minimum of $1.2M. Cassell said that he would wear either No. 28 or No. 91 on his jersey, and eventually chose No. 28.
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    Cassell became an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2008, 6 p.m.
    More Details Hide Details ET, when he cleared waivers, and was eligible to sign with a team of his choice. Although the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns were interested in his services, he was strongly linked with a poised move to the Boston Celtics and was expected to be in Boston once he cleared waivers.
    On February 28, 2008, the Clippers reached a contractual buyout agreement with Cassell and placed him on waivers.
    More Details Hide Details According to the agreement, Cassell received half of his remaining salary, roughly $850,000.
    In his first two seasons, he helped the Houston Rockets win back to back championships and won a third with the Boston Celtics in 2008, his last season.
    More Details Hide Details He also helped the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves reach the Conference Finals of the playoffs in 2001 and 2004 respectively, the latter's first-ever in franchise history, and helped the Los Angeles Clippers to their first-ever playoff series victory in 2006. Known for his mid-range jumpshot, Cassell often made clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter to help his team win games. After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar Community High School in East Baltimore, Maryland, Cassell spent a post graduate year at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine under coach Max Good. From MCI, Cassell was successfully recruited to attend DePaul University. He was declared academically ineligible based on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Proposition 48 standards, and ended up starting his college career at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he was known as a big scorer. He moved on to Florida State University in Tallahassee for his junior and senior years.
  • 2006
    Before the 2006–07 season, Cassell was reportedly offered a two-year, $15 million offer from the Atlanta Hawks, but eventually re-signed with the Clippers on a two-year, $13 million deal.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell struggled with injuries that season, and the Clippers missed the playoffs by two games. With Elton Brand, Shaun Livingston, Chris Kaman and others suffering major injuries, the Clippers started rebuilding throughout the 2007–08 season. Although Cassell was initially reluctant to discuss leaving the Clippers, he eventually decided to listen to their buyout offers.
  • 2004
    After the 2004–05 season, the Timberwolves traded Cassell and a conditional first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Marko Jarić and Lionel Chalmers.
    More Details Hide Details The trade is widely considered among the NBA's most lopsided ever; Chalmers never played another game in the NBA, and Jaric was traded after three unproductive yet overpaid seasons. Cassell meanwhile led the Clippers to their then-most successful season, and the draft pick from Minnesota was used by the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul trade.
    He was named to the All-NBA Second Team and voted into the 2004 NBA All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell, Latrell Sprewell and Kevin Garnett formed what was widely considered the best trio in the NBA that season, vaulting past Western Conference powerhouses the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers for the number one seed in the Western Conference, with a franchise-best 58–24 record. Cassell made his playoff debut with the Timberwolves scoring a franchise playoff record 40 points, in a first round game 1 win against the Denver Nuggets. Minnesota would win the series in five games. They faced the Sacramento Kings in the next round, with Cassell again dropping 40 points in the series opener. A series of late-game heroics from Cassell helped the Timberwolves defeat the Kings in seven games. Cassell however sustained a back injury that limited him in the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers, which the Lakers would win in six games.
  • 2003
    After spending four seasons with the Bucks, he was traded along with Ervin Johnson to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Joe Smith and Anthony Peeler following the 2003 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell enjoyed his most successful season as an individual that year. He posted 19.8 points on 49% shooting, 7.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 35 minutes per game on the year.
    He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game and All-NBA Team once, both in the 2003–04 season.
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  • 2002
    During the 2002–03 season, he passed 10,000 points for his career.
    More Details Hide Details On March 28, 2008, Cassell was honored as one of the 20 greatest players in Milwaukee Bucks history during the team's 40th Anniversary Celebration.
  • 2001
    During All-Star Weekend in 2001, he won the Fleer Shootout at Jam Session on All-Star Saturday.
    More Details Hide Details That season, after defeating the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, he almost reached the Finals with the Bucks, falling just short when they lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
    On March 3, 2001, he scored his career-high of 40 points against the Chicago Bulls.
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  • 1999
    On March 11, 1999, Cassell was again traded in a three team, eight player trade that sent Stephon Marbury to the Nets, Terrell Brandon to Minnesota Timberwolves, and Cassell to the Milwaukee Bucks.
    More Details Hide Details Under their new coach George Karl, Cassell formed a "Big 3" with Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson.
  • 1996
    Midway through the 1996–97 season, after appearing in 16 games for the Mavericks, he was traded with Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, George McCloud, and Eric Montross to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Shawn Bradley, Ed O'Bannon, Robert Pack, and Khalid Reeves on February 17, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The Nets would be the third team that Cassell played for just that season. Following the season, he elected to re-sign with the Nets. He averaged 19.6 points, 8 assists and 1.6 steals in 34 minutes per game for the Nets that year, and helped lead them to the playoffs for their first time in four years. However they were swept by Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the first round. During his time with the Nets, Cassell lived in Teaneck, New Jersey.
    On December 27, 1996, just 22 games into the season, he was traded along with Michael Finley, A. C. Green, and a second-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas, and Loren Meyer.
    More Details Hide Details Though Cassell had begun to develop chemistry with the Suns and Coach Ainge, team management felt they could not pass up the opportunity to trade for Kidd.
    On December 12, 1996, Cassell led the 5–14 Suns into Utah and defeated the Jazz who at the time were on a 15-game winning streak.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell scored 21 points in the 95-87 road win. Under new head coach Danny Ainge, the Suns saw marked improvement with Cassell leading the team with 14.8 points per game.
  • 1995
    After the 1995–96 season, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, along with Robert Horry, Chucky Brown, and Mark Bryant, in exchange for former league MVP Charles Barkley.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell, who was in the last year of his rookie contract, frequently clashed with head coach Cotton Fitzsimmons; Fitzsimmons subsequently resigned following an 0–8 start.
  • 1994
    He was a key contributor during the Rockets playoff run his rookie year, notably dropping 22 points and seven assists in a game 7 win against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Semifinals, and scoring 7 points in the final 32 seconds of a 93–89 win in game 3 of the 1994 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details The Rockets would win the championship in seven games. Cassell saw an increase in his role during his second year, appearing in all 82 games that season. He again helped the Rockets reach the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year. In game 3 of the Finals against the Orlando Magic, Cassell scored 31 points. The Rockets swept the Magic, giving Cassell his second championship in just two years in the league. In his third season, the two-time defending champion Rockets were swept out of the second round of the playoffs by the Seattle SuperSonics. Rockets management feared their window of winning another championship with Olajuwon, Drexler and Smith was closing, and looked to trade for another star caliber player.
  • 1993
    Cassell was selected out of Florida State University with the 24th overall pick of the 1993 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.
    More Details Hide Details Playing mostly as a backup to Kenny Smith, Cassell developed a reputation as "clutch" and was usually on the court for the fourth quarter of close games.
  • 1992
    Cassell's 1992–93 Seminoles team finished with a 25–10 record and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to the University of Kentucky's Wildcats.
    More Details Hide Details On February 14, 2008, in a game against Wake Forest, Cassell's jersey was retired by Florida State.
    In his senior year in 1992–93, he averaged 18.3 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game and led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in steals.
    More Details Hide Details Cassell and teammate Bob Sura formed the highest scoring and rebounding backcourt in the nation with 38.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
  • 1969
    Born on November 18, 1969.
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