Thunder hire Cheeks as assistant coach

Aug. 14, 2009 at 2:52 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Maurice Cheeks, fired as Philadelphia's head coach last season, hooked on with the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday as an assistant coach.

The Thunder also hired Rex Kalamian as an assistant coach.

"We are thrilled to add Maurice and Rex to our coaching staff," said Thunder Coach Scott Brooks. "They bring a wealth of NBA experience and solid work ethic that will help our players' continued development."

Cheeks was dismissed by the 76ers last December after a 9-14 start to the season. He led the team to a 122-147 record with one playoff appearance during his tenure with the Sixers.

Previously, he coached Portland to a 162-139 mark and two playoff appearances.

Kalamian had stints as an assistant at Sacramento, Minnesota and Denver.

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