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Eric Musselman prefers coaching D-Fenders to being NBA assistant

With everywhere he has been, Eric Musselman can say he has seen it all.

He experienced instant success as the youngest head coach in Continental Basketball Assn. history, winning 270 games and six division titles while posting the second-best winning percentage in league history. He climbed the NBA assistant coaching rankings under esteemed colleagues such as Memphis' Mike Fratello (2004-06), Atlanta's Lon Kruger (2000-02), Orlando's Chuck Daly and Doc Rivers (1997-90) and his father, Bill, with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1990-91).

He had short-lived NBA head-coaching stints with Golden State (2002-04) and Sacramento (2006-07) and toiled in various television analyst and blogging ventures.

He coached the Dominican (2010-2011) and Venezuelan national teams (present) and has been a coach in the NBA Development League, first with the Reno Bighorns (2010-11) and then the D-Fenders, the Lakers' affiliate.

But as Musselman prepares for the D-League draft -- in which the D-Fenders have the No. 1 pick -- on Thursday, he insists he is not putting in this work primarily to reenter the NBA head-coaching realm.

"In my mind this is the best job outside of the 30 NBA head-coaching jobs. For me, at this stage with where I am, I would rather be the D-Fenders coach than an NBA assistant. So I couldn't be luckier."

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