As I first reported earlier this morning on AOL Fanhouse, Ridiculous Upside favorite Randy Livingston will be announced as the eighth head coach in the history of the Idaho Stampede this afternoon (2 p.m., Boise time, Rumble has yet to RSVP according to sources close to the situation).
You're probably wondering why I say "Ridiculous Upside favorite Randy Livingston" so I'll give you a quick answer - I tabbed him as the early favorite once Bob MacKinnon "stepped down."
Randy Livingston - Livingston has to be the presumed favorite right now, though that was the prevailing thought last season as well. Coach Livingston played five seasons for the Stampede, assisted Bryan Gates the following and moved onto become the top assistant with the expansion Maine Red Claws last season. The fans love him and he knows what he's doing. Why not?
If you think it might just be a coincidence that I tabbed Coach Liv as the favorite, it is - but it was also the most obvious choice.
Livingston, as you may or may not remember, is a cult figure in the Boise area - they even named April 10th "Randy Livingston Day." They not only retired his #32 jersey that day, but gave free beer koozies to the first 500 fans at that night's game. Basically, as my friend Clipse might say, he's kind of like a big deal. (Note: I have a lot of cool friends, but none of them are Will Ferrell so I decided not to use this link.)
The rest of the story, the meat and potatoes if you like (I'm currently training and on a chicken and tuna diet so I don't "like"), is over at Fanhouse so I won't repeat myself like crazy and instead just copy and paste the following paragraphs while directing you to Fanhouse for the rest.
Livingston, who served as an assistant coach under Austin Ainge with the Maine Red Claws this past season, retired as a player after helping lead the Stampede to the 2008 NBA Development League Championship following a five-year career with the team.
He currently holds the records for all-time assists (1,517), points scored (2,428) and games played (163) for Idaho over the course of his career that spanned the Stampede's time in both the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association as well as the D-League.