Sacramento Kings announce coaching staff for 2022-23 NBA season

The Sacramento Kings announced today the members of Head Coach Mike Brown’s coaching staff for the 2022-23 season.

Jordi Fernandez has been named associate head coach. Jay Triano, Doug Christie, Luke Loucks and Leandro Barbosa will serve as assistant coaches. Dutch Gaitley will serve as an assistant coach and director of player development, and Lindsey Harding will be an assistant coach and player development coach.

Additionally, Deividas Dulkys will serve as a player development coach, Robbie Lemons as senior director of coaching analytics and strategy, Charles Allen as head video coordinator/special assistant to the Head Coach and Garrius Adams as assistant video coordinator.

“We have assembled a diverse and talented group of coaches with unique experiences who will positively impact our players’ individual development,” said Head Coach Mike Brown. “Collectively, they all embrace the core values that will be critical to our overall team success. I couldn’t be more excited to work with them.”

Jordi Fernandez joins the Sacramento Kings bench having served six seasons with the Denver Nuggets as an assistant coach (2016-22). Prior to his time with the Nuggets, Fernandez was the head coach of the NBA G League’s Canton Charge for two seasons (2014-16), leading the Charge to a 62-38 regular season record in that time, including two appearances in the G League Eastern Conference Finals. He was also the lead assistant for the Charge for a season after working as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-13), being hired by Brown before the 2009-10 season. A native of Badalona, Spain, Fernandez has served as an assistant coach on the international level, as the lead assistant for both the Nigerian men’s national team at the 2020 Olympics and the Spanish National Team, most recently at EuroBasket 2017 and previously at the 2013 U-19 World Championships in Prague and for Club Basquet l’Hospitalet of the Spanish professional league. Additionally, he also worked as a player development coach with Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.

Jay Triano is a veteran coach with 20 years of NBA coaching experience. Prior to joining the Kings bench, Triano spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets (2018-22) after previously spending two seasons as the associate head coach and interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 2016-18. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Triano entered the NBA in 1996 working a variety of roles with the Vancouver Grizzlies. In 2002 he started his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach with the Raptors and served in that capacity until December 2008, when he was named interim head coach. The first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history, he went on to serve as head coach of Toronto for the remainder of that season and two more seasons after that. From 2012-16, Triano was an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers before moving to the Suns as associate head coach in 2016-17. He was Phoenix’s interim head coach for 79 games during the 2017-18 season. Triano has had two stints as the head coach of the Canadian National Team from 2012-2019 and 1999-2004, as he led Canada to a 5-2 record during the 2000 Olympics. In addition, he has experience as an assistant coach with USA Basketball, including at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where he helped guide Team USA to the gold medal over Turkey. Triano is the only Canadian ever drafted in both the NBA and the Canadian Football League. Additionally, Triano has authored two books and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary.

Doug Christie returns to the Kings bench following the 2021-22 season, his first season as an assistant coach with Sacramento. Christie played 14 seasons in the NBA for seven teams, including the Kings from 2000-2005, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2003 and All-Defensive Second Team in 2001, 2002, and 2004 as he helped Sacramento reach the postseason in each of his five seasons with the team. Christie is the Sacramento-era leader in career steals (717) and second on the all-time franchise leaders list in steals for the Kings and Toronto Raptors (664). The 14-year NBA veteran attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Wash., where he led the Vikings to their first state basketball championship in 1988. After graduating from Rainier Beach, Christie headed south to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where he played three seasons for the Waves from 1989-92. Christie ranks third in career steals (168) in program history and won back-to-back WCC Player of the Year awards (1990-92). Christie lives in Sacramento with his wife Jackie, son Douglas and new four-legged family member, Ghost.

Luke Loucks joins the Kings staff having already served as an assistant coach under Brown for the Nigerian men’s national team. Loucks worked in basketball strategy and personnel evaluation for the Phoenix Suns during the 2021-22 season. Before joining the Suns organization, he spent five seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning two NBA Championships (2016-17 and 2017-18) and three Western Conference Finals (2016-19). He worked as a player development coach (2019-21), a two-way development coach (2017-19) and video/player development intern in 2016-17 season. As a two-way player development coach, he specialized in on-court tutelage and instruction for Golden State’s two-way assignment players. Loucks played four seasons at Florida State where he ranks tied for fourth in program history in career games played (136). He was a part of four straight NCAA tournament appearances, won the ACC Championship in 2012, and was third in the ACC in assists. After his time at FSU, he went on to play professionally for four seasons in Latvia, Cyprus, Belgium, Germany and for the Maine Red Claws and Erie Bayhawks of the NBA G League, before joining the Warriors staff.

Leandro Barbosa heads into his first season as an assistant coach with Sacramento following two seasons with Golden State (2020-22), winning the 2022 NBA title with Coach Brown. Barbosa served as a player development coach for the Warriors during the 2021-22 campaign after he was a player mentor coach in 2020-21. Originally selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 28th overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft, Barbosa’s NBA career spanned 15 seasons. In 850 career games, he averaged 10.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game with the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and the Warriors. Barbosa is ninth in career games played (553) in Suns franchise history and earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors with Phoenix during the 2006-07 season. He was a member of the Warriors team that won the NBA title during the 2014-15 season and spent the final three years of his professional playing career in his home country of Brazil (2017-20).

Dutch Gaitley comes to Sacramento after four seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets (2018-22), serving as the Hornets Summer League head coach in 2021. A Haverford, Pa. native, Gaitley began his career in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, a tenure that spanned five seasons from 2013-2018. He started with San Antonio as an intern during the 2013-14 season and was part of the 2014 NBA Finals championship team. Following his internship, Gaitley was named assistant video coordinator in 2014 and promoted to head video coordinator in 2016, a role he held until joining the Hornets. In 2019, Gaitley participated in the first ever FIBA Basketball without Borders camp in Columbia as well as assisted in the fifth annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp in Charlotte during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend. Before working in the Association, he was the video coordinator at Lehigh University (2012-13) and a graduate assistant at Temple University (2011-12). Gaitley played four years collegiately, spending his senior year at Temple after three seasons at Monmouth University (2007-10).

Lindsey Harding remains in Sacramento after spending the previous three seasons with the Kings as an assistant coach/player development coach. In 2021, Harding was appointed head coaching duties for the South Sudan Women’s Senior National Team, leading the team at the FIBA AfroBasket qualifier, the country’s first time entering a women’s tournament. Prior to her time in Sacramento, Harding was promoted as a player development coach with the Philadelphia 76ers after working as a pro personnel scout for the club during the 2018-19 season following a nine-year career in the WNBA. The Houston, Texas native made 270 career appearances in the WNBA while also playing internationally in Turkey, Lithuania, Russia and at the 2016 Summer Olympics for the Belarus women’s national basketball team. Harding was selected first overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft following a standout career at Duke (2002-07) where she was named 2007 Naismith College Player of the Year and had her No. 10 retired and enshrined into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Deividas Dulkys, a Šilutė, Lithuania native, joins the Kings as a player development coach after he was an assistant coach for the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League during the 2021-22 season. He played collegiately at Florida State University from 2008-12, helping the Seminoles reach the NCAA Tournament four straight seasons. Dulkys ranks third all-time in made 3-pointers (203) in FSU program history and went on to enjoy a 10-year international playing career through 2021. He played professionally in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Turkey, Italy and Spain and earned Polish League All-Star honors in 2014 after leading the league in scoring.

Robbie Lemons begins his seventh season with the Kings and first as senior director, coaching analytics and strategy. In this role, Lemons will serve on the coaching staff providing analytical insights and strategy to Coach Brown and his staff. He will also support the front office during the offseason free agency and draft periods. Prior to this role, Lemons worked in the front office as a pro scout, college scout and supported basketball administration. Before joining the Kings, Lemons graduated with honors from Stanford University in 2015 with a BA in Economics and a MA in Public Policy. Lemons played on Stanford’s basketball team (2010-2014) and was awarded First Team PAC-12 All-Academic selection and the PAC-12 Leadership Award. Subsequently, he completed a MSC in Banking and Finance from Newcastle University with distinction, while competing for the university’s inter-collegiate and national level teams.

Charles Allen is the new head video coordinator for the Kings after working with the Utah Jazz for the last three seasons. Along with his duties as head video coordinator, Allen will serve as a special assistant to the head coach. He spent the last two seasons in Utah as the team’s head video coordinator from 2020-22 after working as the assistant video coordinator for the team during the 2019-20 season. During his three seasons with the Jazz, he focused on player development, advance scouting and video analysis. Allen was also an assistant video coordinator with the Houston Rockets (2018-19) and Phoenix Suns (2017-18). Before his time in the NBA, Allen worked as an assistant video coordinator (2017) and basketball student assistant & analytics team member (2014-17) at the University of Houston after playing two seasons at Dallas Baptist University.

Garrius Adams returns to Sacramento for his second season with the Kings as assistant video coordinator. He heads into his fifth season in the NBA after also spending two seasons as assistant video coordinator with the Charlotte Hornets (2019-21) and the 2018-19 season as a coaching associate for the Los Angeles Lakers. A former international player, Adams played three seasons in Europe throughout Belgium, France and Montenegro. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2014 after a four-year playing career for the Hurricanes.

2022-23 Cleveland Cavaliers preseason game schedule

The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced a four game 2022-23 preseason schedule, beginning on October 5 and concluding on October 14.

The slate of games tips off at Philadelphia (Oct. 5) followed by back-to-back games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 10) and Atlanta (Oct. 12).

The Cavs will conclude their preseason schedule at Orlando on October 14.

2022-23 Houston Rockets preseason game schedule

The Houston Rockets have announced their four-game schedule for the 2022 Preseason.

The Rockets will open the preseason by hosting San Antonio at Toyota Center on Sunday, Oct. 2 followed by another home game vs. Toronto on Friday, Oct. 7. Houston closes out its preseason with games at Miami on Monday, Oct. 10 and at Indiana on Friday, Oct. 14.

AT&T SportsNet will broadcast the games against the Raptors and Heat. All four games will be available on the radio broadcast home of the Houston Rockets, SportsTalk 790 KBME and NewsRadio 740 KTRH as well as in Spanish on TUDN 93.3 FM.

The Rockets full schedule for the 2022-23 regular season will be announced at a later date.

2022-23 Sacramento Kings preseason game schedule

The Sacramento Kings have announced their four-game 2022-23 preseason schedule, tipping off at Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, Oct. 3 (7:30 p.m. PDT).

The following week, the Kings face the Portland Trail Blazers at Golden 1 center on Sunday, Oct. 9 (6 p.m. PDT). Sacramento then travels to Phoenix for its final road game against the Suns on Wednesday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m. PDT) at Footprint Center.

The Kings return home to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Golden 1 Center on Friday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m. PDT).

Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey to be retired throughout the NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that they will honor the life and legacy of 11-time NBA champion and civil rights pioneer Bill Russell by permanently retiring his uniform number, 6, throughout the league. The iconic Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer will be the first player to have his number retired across the NBA.

“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”

“This is a momentous honor reserved for one of the greatest champions to ever play the game,” said NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio. “Bill’s actions on and off the court throughout the course of his life helped to shape generations of players for the better and for that, we are forever grateful. We are proud to continue the celebration of his life and legacy alongside the league.”

In addition to retiring Russell’s number, the NBA will pay tribute to the Boston Celtics’ legend throughout the 2022-23 season. All NBA players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys, and every NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table. The Celtics, for whom Russell played his entire career and coached, will have a separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms, to be announced soon.

Russell’s jersey number, which he wore for his entire 13-season career from 1956-69, will not be issued again by any NBA team to any player. Players who currently wear No. 6 will be grandfathered.

Regarded as the ultimate winner and model teammate, Russell transformed the game with his dominant defense and graceful athleticism at the center position. He won a record 11 NBA championships in 13 seasons, which followed back-to-back national championships at the University of San Francisco (1955 and 1956) and a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team (1956). Russell, who led Boston to eight consecutive NBA championships from 1959-66, was so synonymous with success that the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award was named for him in 2009.

His myriad accomplishments included five NBA Most Valuable Player awards, 12 NBA All-Star selections and 11 All-NBA Team honors. Russell was named to all four NBA anniversary teams (25th, 35th, 50th and 75th) and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. A four-time NBA rebounding champion, he ranks second in league history in total rebounds (21,620) and rebounds per game (22.5) in the regular season. The Celtics retired his No. 6 jersey in 1972.

Russell’s impact on the NBA extended far beyond his playing achievements. In 1966, he was hired by the Celtics as the first Black head coach in the history of the NBA and major U.S. professional sports. As a player-head coach, he guided Boston to back-to-back NBA championships in 1968 and 1969.

During and after his extraordinary basketball career, Russell passionately advocated for the values of equality, respect and inclusion. He marched for civil rights with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was steadfast in his belief that all people should be treated with dignity. Russell was awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his athletic feats and lifelong commitment to social justice.

San Antonio Spurs sign Jordan Hall to a two-way contract

The San Antonio Spurs have signed rookie forward Jordan Hall to a two-way contract.

Hall, 6-8/220, wrapped his sophomore campaign at Saint Joseph’s averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists in 50 career games (47 starts). In 2021-22, he led the Hawks with 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 1.23 steals and ranked fifth nationally in assists per game on his way to All-Big 5 First Team.

A native of Wildwood, New Jersey, Hall became the fifth player in program history to record a triple-double when he posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on 2/20/21 vs. La Salle. The former Hawk also registered 113 total assists during his freshman year to lead the Atlantic 10 Conference and was named 2020-21 Big 5 Co-Rookie of the Year, All-Big 5 Second Team and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

Suiting up for the Spurs Summer League team, he averaged 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists over five games in Las Vegas

Hall will wear No. 30 for the Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs sign Gorgui Dieng

The San Antonio Spurs have signed center Gorgui Dieng.

It’s reportedly a one-year deal.

Dieng, 6-10/250, spent the 2021-22 season with the Atlanta Hawks where he averaged 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes in 44 games while shooting 47.3% from the field. He is making his second stint in San Antonio after appearing in 16 games for the Spurs in 2020-21, averaging 5.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 11.3 minutes.

Per the San Antonio Express News, “the move re-kindled speculation that the Spurs could be willing to trade starting center Jakob Poeltl as it continues to rebuild after missing the playoffs the last three seasons. The Spurs also have forward/center Zach Collins on their roster.”

A 10-year NBA veteran, Dieng holds career averages of 7.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.5 minutes in 597 total games played. Selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft (21st overall) by the Utah Jazz, he was dealt to the Timberwolves on draft night and spent his first six-plus seasons with Minnesota.

A native of Senegal, Dieng won the 2013 NCAA Championship in his final season as a junior at the University of Louisville.

Dieng will wear No. 41 for the Silver and Black.

Atlanta Hawks sign Trent Forrest to a two-way contract

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Trent Forrest to a two-way contract.

Forrest saw action in 60 games (six starts) for the Utah Jazz as a two-way player during the 2021-22 campaign, averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 12.8 minutes (.490 FG%, .792 FT%). In his six starts, the 6-4 guard notched 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 28.4 minutes of action (.611 FG%, .429 3FG%, .889 FT%). Utah compiled a 4-2 record when inserting Forrest into the starting lineup. In a win against Denver on Feb. 2, 2022, Forrest poured in a career-high 18 points on 6-7 shooting from the floor, in addition to two rebounds, a career-high tying eight assists and one steal in 39 minutes as a starter.

After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, Forrest signed a two-way contract with the Jazz prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, and then again before the 2021-22 campaign. He signed a standard NBA contract on April 10, 2022. Over his two-year career, Forrest has seen action in 90 games (six starts), owning career averages of 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 11.9 minutes (.478 FG%, .851 FT%). He has also appeared in four postseason contests.

A product of Florda State, Forrest appeared in 137 games (69 starts) over his four-year collegiate career, tallying 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 25.4 minutes (.462 FG%, .748 FT%). He finished his Seminole career as the all-time winningest player in program history with 104 wins, ranked third in total steals (224) and games played (137), while ranking fifth in total assists (455) and 10th in free throws made (336). The Chipley, Florida, native was selected to the 2019-20 All-ACC Second Team and All-ACC Defensive Team, while garnering All-ACC Academic Team honors in each year at Florida State (2017-20).

Heat and Spurs will reportedly play a 2022-23 regular season game in Mexico City

Via the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

There will be a south-of-the-border element for the Miami Heat when the NBA schedule is released in coming days.

The Heat, under current NBA plans, are scheduled for a Dec. 17 game in Mexico City, one that will count against the San Antonio Spurs’ home schedule.

It will be the Heat’s first regular-season game outside of the United States or Canada since defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Dec. 9, 2017 in front of a listed 19,777 in Mexico City.

The game at Mexico City Arena is part of the Spurs’ expansion beyond their AT&T Center home.

2022-23 Philadelphia 76ers preseason game schedule

The Philadelphia 76ers 2022-23 preseason will feature four exhibition games. The slate begins when the 76ers travel to Brooklyn on Monday, Oct.3 to take on the Nets at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The team then returns back home to face Cleveland on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at The Center at 7 p.m. ET, which will be followed by a second meeting with the Cavaliers at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 10 on the road at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Philadelphia’s preseason slate wraps up at home against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ET.

All four of the 76ers preseason games will air on the radio on the team’s flagship radio station, 97.5 The Fanatic. Both home games (Oct. 5 vs. Cleveland and Oct. 12 vs. Charlotte) will be telecast on NBC Sports Philadelphia.