The Charlotte Bobcats announced that Mike Sanders will join the team as an assistant coach.
Sanders joins the Bobcats after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Asheville Altitude of the NBA Development League, helping lead the team to back-to-back D-League Championships in 2004 and 2005.
In addition to one season as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons (2000-01), Sanders has four seasons of head coaching experience with the Black Hills Gold of the IBA (1999-2000), the Washington Congressionals of the USBL (2000) and the Adirondack Wildcats of the USBL (2002-04).
An 11-year NBA veteran, Sanders averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 648 career games with San Antonio, Phoenix, Cleveland and Indiana. Sanders played collegiately at UCLA, where he won the John Wooden Award as team MVP in 1981 and 1982. A three-year starter, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 109 career games for the Bruins.
“I will miss Dell Curry as part of our coaching staff, but I’m happy he will remain part of the organization,” said Bobcats Head Coach Sam Vincent. “I’m excited about the addition of Mike Sanders and I believe his NBA playing and coaching experience will be valuable to our staff.”
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