According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the press conference will be used to announce Eric Musselman, the former NBA head coach who compiled 108-138 record over three seasons, as the next head coach of the Bighorns.
The 45-year-old Musselman will become the second coach in league history with NBA head coaching experience following Sam Vincent, who coached the Anaheim Arsenal after a season at the helm of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Musselman most recently coached the 2011 adidas Nations team to a championship Monday. Earlier this summer, he also coached the Dominican Republic's National Team 2010 Centrobasket Championships in the team's quest to qualify for the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament. Prior to that, he was a commentator for the D-League's nationally televised games on VERSUS last season and college basketball on Comcast Sports California as well as an NBA analyst on FOX Sports Radio.
Musselman hinted this summer that he was interested in getting back into coaching and was rumored to have interviewed for several NBA assistant coaching jobs.
"I think if the right opportunity presented itself to get back on the floor, I'd love to do that," Musselman told FanHouse in June of the opportunity in the Dominican. "Having watched and observed so many different practices since I've been out of the league and watching games live and on TV, all of that stuff is going to be invaluable and I'll finally be able to put a lot of that into place now."
Not only does Musselman come from a coaching lineage -- his father Bill coached 295 games between the ABA and NBA -- but Eric's coaching roots began in the NBA's minor leagues when he coached the now-defunct CBA's Rapid City Thrillers from 1990-1995. At the age of 23, Musselman became the youngest coach in CBA history
During his time with the Thrillers, Musselman helped 24 players reach the NBA, proving that he has valuable experience in developing players on their way to the big leagues -- certainly a quality that will help him in Reno. While development is always the biggest thing touted about the D-League, teams are also interested in winning, which Musselman's been able to do as a minor league head coach as well.
Musselman posted a 270-122 record in the CBA, the second best ever behind Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, and coached in five All-Star games on his way to being the first-ever professional head coach to win 100 games by the age of 28.
Musselman will replace former Bighorns head coach Jay Humphries, who served as an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Vegas portion of the NBA Summer League.