Pete Myers

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Pete Myers
Coach Pete Myers.jpg
Myers in 2013
Personal information
Born (1963-09-15) September 15, 1963 (age 56)
Mobile, Alabama
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilliamson (Mobile, Alabama)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 6 / Pick: 120th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1986–1999
PositionGuard / Small forward
Number10, 9, 8, 7, 20
Coaching career2001–present
Career history
As player:
1986–1987Chicago Bulls
1987–1988Rockford Lightning
1988San Antonio Spurs
1988Philadelphia 76ers
19881990New York Knicks
1990New Jersey Nets
1990San Antonio Spurs
1991–1992Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna
1991Albany Patroons
1992–1993Scavolini Pesaro
19931995Chicago Bulls
1995–1996Miami Heat
1996Charlotte Hornets
1997Pallacanestro Cantù
1997–1998New York Knicks
1998Rockford Lightning
1999Quad City Thunder
As coach:
20012010Chicago Bulls (assistant)
2003Chicago Bulls (interim)
2007Chicago Bulls (interim)
20112014Golden State Warriors (assistant)
20152019Chicago Bulls (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • Second-team All-CBA (1988)
  • CBA All-Star (1988)
  • 2× All-TAAC (1985, 1986)

Peter Eddie Myers (born September 15, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player, and a former assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls.

Early life and college career[edit]

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Myers graduated from Williamson High School of Mobile in 1981.[1] Myers then attended Faulkner State Community College.[2] At Faulkner State, Myers averaged nearly 14 points per game in his two-year career and was named to the 1983 All-Southern Division team.[1] Myers transferred to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1983 and played two seasons on the Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans men's basketball team after redshirting one year.[2] At Arkansas–Little Rock, Myers was named to the All-Trans American Athletic Conference (TAAC) team both his junior and senior years and was part of the 1986 TAAC Tournament championship team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.[1]

Pro playing career[edit]

In the 1986 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Myers in the sixth round as the 120th overall pick. As a rookie, Myers played in 29 games with the Bulls and averaged 5.3 minutes and 2.3 points per game.[2]

In 1987, Myers played for the Rockford Lightning of the CBA, was named a league All-Star, and won second place in the CBA slam dunk contest.[1]

Myers then signed with the San Antonio Spurs in January 1988 and averaged 14.9 minutes, 5.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 22 games.[2]

The Spurs traded Myers to the Philadelphia 76ers in August 1988. Controversially, Myers chose to play in the Spanish Liga ACB team Cai Zaragoza during the NBA preseason, and the 76ers sued to stop Myers.[3] In 4 games with Zaragoza, Myers made 48.9% of field goals and averaged 12.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.[4] Before being waived by the 76ers on December 15, Myers played 4 games with an average 10.0 minutes, 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.5 assists.[2]

On December 20, 1988, Myers signed with the New York Knicks and played 29 games with an average 7.9 minutes, 2.8 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.[2] In the 1989–90 season with the Knicks, Myers played 24 games with 8.7 minutes per game along with 1.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.[2]

Four days after the Knicks waived him, Myers signed with the New Jersey Nets on February 27, 1990 and played 28 games for the Nets. In those 28 games, Myers averaged 19.4 minutes, 7.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists and made 2 starts for the first starts in his NBA career.[2]

On December 10, 1990, Myers signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs and played 8 games with 1 start before being waived on December 24. Myers averaged 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.[2]

Myers then played for Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna (sponsorship name Aprimatic Bologna) of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A and signed with the CBA team Albany Patroons in April 1991.[5] Myers returned to Fortitudo Bologna (new sponsorship name Mangiaebevi Bologna) after the CBA season ended.[6]

After spending the 1992 NBA preseason with the Washington Bullets, Myers played for Scavolini Pesaro of Serie A in the 1992–1993 season.[7] Myers averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.[8]

Myers returned to the NBA in 1993 by signing with the Chicago Bulls and replaced the retiring Michael Jordan as starting shooting guard.[9] Myers played all 82 regular season games for the first time in his NBA career and started 81. Myers made career-high averages of 24.8 minutes, 7.9 points, 1.0 steal, and 3.0 assists per game as well as 2.2 rebounds.[2][10] The following season, Myers played 71 games with 14 starts and averaged 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.[2] On March 15, 1995, Myers scored a season-high 14 points. However, Myers faced the possibility of being replaced as Michael Jordan was considering a comeback to the NBA.[11]

Myers signed with the Charlotte Hornets on October 3, 1995 but was traded to the Miami Heat on November 3 before playing a game for the Hornets. With the Heat, Myers started 1 of 39 games played and averaged 4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.[2]

After the Heat waived him, Myers returned to the Hornets on February 16, 1996. In 32 games and 1 start, Myers averaged 2.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.[2]

In 1997, Myers played for Polti Cantù and reached the Italian Cup finals.

Myers then signed with the NBA's New York Knicks on October 1, 1997. In 9 games, Myers averaged 1.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.3 assist. The Knicks waived Myers on January 6, 1998.[2] Myers then re-joined the CBA team Rockford Lightning.[12]

In January 1999, Myers signed with CBA team Quad City Thunder. In 21 games, Myers averaged 6.4 points per game.[12]

Coaching career[edit]

Myers became a candidate for the Chicago Bulls assistant coaching staff on January 4, 2000,[13] and joined Chicago's coaching staff on December 28, 2001.[14] He became the interim head coach for two games when Bill Cartwright was fired in 2003. When the Bulls hired Scott Skiles, Myers went back to his regular duties at assistant coach. When Skiles was fired in 2007, Myers was named once again the interim head coach for one game before Jim Boylan became the head coach for the rest of the season. Myers' total head coaching record is 0–3.

Myers was dropped from the Bulls' coaching staff in the summer of 2010, after the arrival of new head coach Tom Thibodeau.[15] For the 2010–11 season, Myers returned to the Bulls front office as a scout.[16] In 2011, Myers became an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors under Mark Jackson. In 2014, Myers and the rest of Jackson's staff were released by Golden State.[17] On June 25, 2015, Myers returned to the Bulls as an assistant coach until May 23, 2019 when he departed for personal reasons.[18]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Chicago 2003–04 2 0 2 .000 (interim)
Chicago 2007–08 1 0 1 .000 (interim)
Career 3 0 3 .000


  1. ^ a b c d "ACCC Hall of Fame: Peter E. (Pete) Myers - 1990". Alabama Community College Conference. 1990. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Pete Myers". Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Jasner, Phil (October 1, 1988). "New Sixer's Deal In Spain Stirs Fight". Philadelphia Daily news. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Estadísticas Liga ACB 1988-1989: Cai Zaragoza". Liga ACB. Retrieved June 9, 2013. In 4 games, Myers totaled 49 points, 9 rebounds, and 11 assists and made 22 of 41 two-point field goals and 0 of 4 three-pointers.
  5. ^ "Myers, McDuffie give needed help to Albany". The Daily Gazette. Schenectady, New York. April 8, 1991. pp. C1, C2.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Alan (October 27, 1992). "Bullets trim roster by releasing three Garrick, Overton only free agents left". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Myslenski, Skip (May 22, 1994). "Myers' Odyssey Takes Him On Fantasy Trip". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Peter Eddie Myers (Scavolini Pallacanestro Pesaro)". FIBA. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  9. ^ Nelson, Glenn (November 16, 1993). "Bulls' Heir To Air -- Well-Traveled Myers Takes Over For Jordan". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  10. ^ "Pete Myers coach biography". NBA. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  11. ^ Nadel, Mike (March 16, 1995). "In the 1993-94 season, Pete Myers replaced Michael Jordan. In 1994-95, Myers might be the one replaced". Associated Press. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Doxsie, Don (November 29, 2003). "Myers' dreams of coaching date back to Thunder days". Quad City Times. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  13. ^ "Pete Myers" (PDF), Chicago Bulls Media Guide 2001/02: Front Office, p. 16
  14. ^ Johnson, K.C. (December 29, 2001). "Ex-Bull elbows way to the top". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  15. ^ "Report: Myers won't return to Bulls". ESPN. July 29, 2010.
  16. ^ "Front Office Directory" (PDF). Chicago Bulls Media Guide 2010–11. p. 4.
  17. ^ "Warriors Hire Five Coaches To Complete Head Coach Mark Jackson's Staff". Golden State Warriors. August 4, 2011.
  18. ^ "BULLS NAME PETE MYERS ASSISTANT COACH". June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.

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