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Reggie Theus

Reggie Theus
Theus in 1979
Cal State Northridge Matadors
Position Head coach
League Big West Conference
Personal information
Born (1957-10-13) October 13, 1957
Inglewood, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Inglewood (Inglewood, California)
College UNLV (1975–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1978–1993
Position Shooting guard
Number 24
Career history
As player:
19781984 Chicago Bulls
1984–1988 Kansas City / Sacramento Kings
1988–1989 Atlanta Hawks
1989–1990 Orlando Magic
1990–1991 New Jersey Nets
1991–1992 Ranger Varese (Italy)
1993 Aris (Greece)
As coach:
2002 Las Vegas Slam (ABA)
2003–2005 Louisville (assistant)
2005–2007 New Mexico State
20072008 Sacramento Kings
20092011 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
2012–2013 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2013–present Cal State Northridge
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 19,015 (18.5 ppg)
Rebounds 3,349 (3.3 rpg)
Assists 6,453 (6.3 apg)
Stats at

Reginald Wayne Theus (born October 13, 1957) is an American retired basketball player and the current head coach of Cal State Northridge.[1] He formerly served as head coach for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and New Mexico State University's men's basketball team. He was also an assistant coach for the University of Louisville under Rick Pitino.


  • Playing career 1
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) 1.1
    • Chicago Bulls 1.2
    • Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1.3
    • Later years 1.4
  • Coaching career 2
  • Head coaching record 3
    • College 3.1
    • NBA 3.2
  • Acting and broadcasting career 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Playing career

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Theus played his college basketball at UNLV for head coach Jerry Tarkanian from 1976 to 1978. In three seasons with the Runnin' Rebels, he (Reggie) averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Theus, who became one of the best players to ever don a UNLV uniform, shot 81 percent from the free-throw line for his career while amassing 1,177 career points (21st on all-time scoring list), 401 career assists and 389 career rebounds in just 91 collegiate games.

As a sophomore, Theus helped lead UNLV into the national spotlight as the Rebels went 29–3, advancing to the school's first Final Four in University of North Carolina in the semifinals, UNLV defeated UNC-Charlotte in the third-place game and set NCAA single-season records for most points in a season (3,426), most 100-point games (23) and most consecutive 100-point games (12). He averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 81.8 percent from the charity stripe and 49.7 percent from the field as a sophomore.

As a junior, Reggie was named a second team All-American after averaging 18.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

In 1989, Theus was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1997 he became one of only six players in school history to have his jersey retired by the Rebels.

Theus has twice applied for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels coaching job to no avail. It is widely believed that he covets the head coaching job at his alma mater.

Chicago Bulls

After attending UNLV and having a successful college career, Theus was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 9th pick of the 1978 NBA Draft. A 6'7" guard, Theus averaged 16.3 points per game during his first season and was the runner-up for the 1979 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He garnered the nickname "Rush Street Reggie" while playing in Chicago for owning an apartment on that street and having an active social life around that area, being frequently spotted at the city night spots. He followed his stellar rookie campaign with a strong sophomore season, in which he averaged 20.2 points and 6.3 assists for the Bulls. In 1981, Theus appeared in his first All-Star Game; he appeared again in 1983, during a season in which he averaged a career high 23.8 points per game.

Kansas City/Sacramento Kings

Inexplicably, however, newly hired Bulls coach Kevin Loughery decided to bench Theus for the first half of the 1983–1984 season, and Theus was soon traded to the Kansas City Kings for Steve Johnson and three draft picks, a move that saddened many Chicago fans who enjoyed Theus' enthusiasm and energy. Theus continued his impressive play during his tenure with the Sacramento Kings, averaging at least 18 points per game in each full season he played for them. Theus is one of only two players in league history listed at 6 ft 6 or taller to tally more than 750 assists in an NBA season (788 in 1985–86), the other player is NBA legend Magic Johnson.

Later years

He ended his NBA career with productive one-year stints for the Atlanta Hawks (1988–89), Orlando Magic (1989–90, picked him from the Hawks in the expansion draft), and New Jersey Nets (1990–91), leaving the league in 1991 with career totals of 19,015 points and 6,453 assists. He played one season in Italy for Ranger Varese before retiring from basketball altogether in 1992. He also played along with Aris in the Greek Cup Final in 1993. His daughter Roqui appeared on the first season of the BET series Baldwin Hills.

Coaching career

In 2005, Reggie Theus was hired by the New Mexico State Aggies as the head coach of the men's basketball team after the retirement of head coach Lou Henson. In his first season, Theus turned the Aggies from a 6–24 squad in 2004–05 to a 16–14 team in the 2005–06 season – matching the fifth best turn-around for a Division-I men's basketball team. Reggie Theus is currently the head coach of California State University Northridge. In his first season with the Matadors he led them to a 17-18 record, but managed to reach the Big West Finals where they lost to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

In his second year as head coach, Theus led NMSU to their 17th NCAA tournament, their first tournament appearance since 1999, and coached NMSU to its 14th conference tournament title which earned them an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

On June 19, 2007, Theus was hired by the Maloof brothers and guaranteed three years as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. He noted his hiring as coach had brought his career to "full circle", as he once played in the NBA with the Kings. Marvin Menzies succeeded him as head coach at New Mexico State.

On December 15, 2008, Theus was fired by the Kings and the team announced that their assistant coach Kenny Natt would lead the team in the interim period.

Theus was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves under head coach Kurt Rambis from 2009 to 2011.[2]

In April 2010 Theus was interviewed by DePaul University for its head coaching position.[3]

He became the head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League in October 2012.[1]


Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
New Mexico State Aggies (Western Athletic Conference) (2005–2007)
2005–06 New Mexico State 16–14 10–6 T–4th
2006–07 New Mexico State 25–9 11–5 2nd NCAA 1st round
New Mexico State: 41–23 21–11
Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Cal State Northridge 17–18 7–9 5th
2014–15 Cal State Northridge 9–24 4–12 8th
Cal State Northridge: 26–42 11–21
Total: 67–65 (.508)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Sacramento 2007–08 82 38 44 .463 4th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Sacramento 2008–09 24 6 18 .250 (fired)
Career 106 44 62 .415

Acting and broadcasting career

Before signing as an assistant coach at Louisville, Theus pursued careers in both acting and broadcasting. He hosted various talk shows in Like Mike as a sideline reporter for the fictional NBA franchise, Los Angeles Knights. His daughter Raquel "Roqui" is one of the stars on BET's Baldwin Hills. Theus called Pac-12 basketball with Barry Tompkins on some Fox Sports Net games.

See also


  1. ^ a b Reggie Theus Named CSUN Men's Head Basketball Coach
  2. ^ Minnesota Timberwolves roster. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Reggie Theus to interview with DePaul University - ESPN Chicago". Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
  4. ^ Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) hire Reggie Theus as head coach

External links

  • Reggie Theus Foundation
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