GB Head Coach Joe Prunty already has his work cut out this summer, but has at least one less thing to worry about after being named an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets next season.
Prunty, who is entering his 18th NBA season, will be looking to make new Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd’s transition to the sidelines as smooth as possible, but not before being at the helm of the GB squad in Eurobasket in Slovenia.
His record with GB in preparation games, so far, stands at 1-2, securing an opening victory over Puerto Rico, before two heavy losses to Finland and then Greece. The team heads to Poland today, where they will face Sweden on Friday and the host nation Saturday evening, before flying to Spain for a two game series to round off their warm-ups as Eurobasket tips off on September 4th against Israel.
The California native, most recently served as an assistant with Cleveland for three seasons but was released after the firing of head coach Byron Scott in April. Prior to his stint in Cleveland, Prunty was an assistant coach during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, after serving three seasons (2005-08) with the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant. He spent the previous nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs where he won NBA Championships in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
The Brooklyn Nets also added John Welch, and Charles Klask to Jason Kidd’s staff as assistant coaches. The three new hires round out the coaching staff which also includes Lawrence Frank, Roy Rogers and Eric Hughes.
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