Camden expected to hire Brunson as boy’s basketball coach
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NBA player Rick Brunson has found a new job. However, it is not in the Association.
Brunson is expected to be hired as the Camden High School Panthers boy’s basketball head coach. An official hire is expected at the end of the month.
The Philadelphia Inquirer was the first to report the news. His hire is expected on June 25th when the Camden Board of Education has their next meeting.
He replaces Vic Carstarphen, who resigned following one season. He is focusing on a run for the Camden City Council.
Under Carstarphen, the Panthers went 17-10. Camden lost 69-67 to Haddonfield in the South Jersey Group 2 final in March at Cherry Hill East High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
As a player, Brunson played for the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, and the Houston Rockets. The Syracuse, New York native played the majority of his career with teams on one-year deals.
He spent three seasons with the Knicks.
In his career, he made 337 appearances, including 51 starts. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks in 13.5 minutes per game.
Much of his playing career, the family lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. When Jalen Brunson — who plays for the Dallas Mavericks — was in high school, the family lived in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Following his playing career, he accepted a position as the Denver Nuggets assistant coach from January to April 2007. He spent one season as the Hartford Hawks assistant coach.
He also worked two seasons as the Bulls assistant coach from 2010 through 2012. He also spent one season as the Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach in 2012-13.
He spent two seasons as the Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach from 2016 through 2018. He resigned in May 2018 after allegations came to light about his alleged misconduct towards women.
It’s also worth noting that Brunson was arrested in June 2014 and was eventually indicted on attempted criminal sexual assault charge. He was also charged with criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, and domestic battery following an encounter in Chicago with a message therapist at Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills.
He allegedly used the name Patrick Ewing to make an appointment, according to the authorities. The massage therapist previously said she would not provided anymore messages to Brunson, yet he allegedly went through with the appointment.
While he pled not guilty to the charges, he testified in court that it was consensual sex as the two were on an ongoing extramarital relationship. He was acquitted on the charges.