Mario Elie

Brooklyn Nets Assistant

  • Born: 11/26/63
  • Age: 50
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 225
  • Seasons: 0

Elie Gone? He's recruiting Howard for Houston

If anyone had any doubt that Mario Elie wouldn't be back on the Nets bench next season, he seemed to erase them Thursday night when he made a televised pitch to Dwight Howard on behalf of the Rockets.

With Kidd on the job, Nets push for assistants

Jason Kidd was dressed in sweats Monday as the Nets worked out and interviewed six draft prospects, including first round possibilities Tony Mitchell and C.J. Leslie. But the big news may have been going on behind the scenes.

Popeye interviewed for job in Toronto

Popeye Jones, whose contract is up on June 30, was in Toronto recently to talk to Raptors officials about becoming an assistant in the Canadian city. With the hiring of Masai Ujiri, there has been a house cleaning in the Raptors front office.

Bruce Bowen on the Nets, Why Avery Lost His Job

In a discussion, Bruce Bowen and Israel Gutierrez of ESPN painted an optimistic picture of the Nets this season while calling Avery Johnson as a micro-manager who had Deron Williams looking over his shoulder and players not understanding their roles.

Nets keep tapping Spurs for talent

Look closely at the picture of the Nets coaching staff and you'll see Gregg Popovich's face emerge. Of the six, Avery Johnson and his five assistants, four worked or played for Popovich in San Antonio, including the newest, Patrick Spurgin.

The Most Hated Phoenix Sun Ever?

There are one or two one former Phoenix Suns who stand out as universally-hated players to me. That they even played for the Suns at one point still makes my shake my head in disgust, and ruins an otherwise loving memory of the Colangelo's tenure.

MarShon, Mario, Mikhail in Moscow

MarShon Brooks and Mario Elie, in Moscow for the first Basketball Without Borders, met up with their boss Thursday evening at U.S. Ambassador Mike McFaul's residence. Prokhorov posed with his (shorter) employees who are working with Russian youth

Nets Promote Patrick Spurgin

Patrick Spurgin, the Nets' 27-year-old video coordinator, has a new title: Player Development Coach. He becomes one of the NBA's youngest assistants.

Spurs Model Takes Nets Overseas

One part of the Spurs success is finding "diamonds in the rough". Other than Tim Duncan, no Spur was a lottery pick and 10 played in Europe. So, it shouldn't be surprising that a lot of the Nets activity this off-season has been directed at scouring Europe and elsewhere for complementary players.

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Nets' Diamonds in the Rough Shine

No one (other than Billy King) thought that much of MarShon Brooks last June, letting the Nets take him at #25 in the Draft. Similarly, no one (other than King) thought Gerald Green deserved a second chance in the NBA. The Nets called him up after the All-Star Break. Now both are excelling in New Jersey and hopefully will do the same in Brooklyn.

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