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SPARKS UPDATE: `JELLYBEAN' NAMED AS COACH.



Byline: EARL WILLIAMS Earl Williams could refer to:
  • Earl Craig Williams - a former professional baseball player
  • Earl Michael Williams - a lawyer and political leader in Dominica
  Staff Writer

During the offseason, Sparks president Johnny Buss overhauled his roster.

But Monday, he and general manager Penny Toler Penny Toler (born March 24, 1966) was a Women's National Basketball Association basketball player. She is currently the general manager of the Los Angeles Sparks. College years
Toler attended Long Beach State and was a All-American basketball player.
 decided to go with a familiar face to head the coaching staff this season.

Joe "Jellybean jel·ly·bean  
n.
A small ovoid candy with a hardened sugar coating over a chewy center.
" Bryant, who took over the team as interim coach after Henry Bibby Charles Henry Bibby (born November 24, 1949 in Franklinton, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player and current assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).  and the organization parted ways shortly before the 2005 playoffs, has been named permanent coach and will guide the team when the Sparks tip off their 10th anniversary season May 21 at Seattle.

"It's just an honor and a privilege to work with the Buss family and with the Sparks," Bryant said through a press release. "I guess you can say it's my first official tenure with the Sparks as head coach.

"So this year is going to be a great opportunity. I'm looking forward to the chance to work with a great team, great people, great personalities. I'm very excited and a championship is on our mind."

Michael Abraham, a former women's head coach at Cal State Northridge who served as assistant coach at Oregon State and Long Beach State, came aboard as one of Bryant's assistants.

Bryant, a former NBA NBA
abbr.
1. National Basketball Association

2. National Boxing Association

NBA (US) n abbr (= National Basketball Association) → Basketball-Dachverband (=
 player who is currently coaching the Tokyo Apache in Japan's BJ League, posted a record of 4-1 to guide Los Angeles into the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks finished 17-17 in the regular season.

Prior to coaching the Sparks, Bryant - father of the Lakers' Kobe Bryant - served as an assistant at La Salle University and also spent two seasons coaching the Las Vegas Rattlers The Las Vegas Rattlers were an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The team began play in the fall of 2000 as the Chicago Skyliners. After Chicago, the team became known as the Las Vegas Slam. In 2002, the Slam folded.  and the Boston Frenzy in the ABA.

In 1975, the Golden State Warriors The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The team plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Franchise history
Philadelphia Warriors
 drafted him 14th overall, and he ended up playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers and Houston Rockets over eight seasons in the NBA.

Later, he competed professionally for eight seasons in Italy.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 18, 2006
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