With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
One new face that will serve on the LA bench this season is former staffer Rex Kalamian. This will be Kalamian’s second stint with the franchise, as he previously served with the Clippers from 1992-2003. From 1995-2003, Kalamian served as an assistant coach.
The Clippers will welcome Kalamian back into the fold following three prosperous seasons in Toronto. Kalamian was a key member of a staff that led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18. Perhaps more importantly, the young players on the Raptors bench developed every year, with Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright emerging as two catalysts for the second unit.
The Clippers will need their assistants to promote growth, as the young roster is highlighted by the two lottery picks from 2018: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson.
Kalamian is well traveled, having also served in various capacities for Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Minnesota, and Denver.
Kalamian was considered one of the top assistants on Dwane Casey’s bench in Toronto. When the Raptors hired Nick Nurse as the new head coach and Casey bolted for Detroit, Kalamian became available to return to LA. He is known for his defensive scheming, which will be a welcome addition to Doc Rivers’ staff.
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