By Darnell MayberryModified: April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm •
Published: August 14, 2009
Maurice Cheeks and Rex Kalamian have been hired as assistant coaches by the Thunder.
It was previously reported that Dale Osbourne, a former assistant with the Utah Flash, has taken a job with Oklahoma City. But it appears Osbourne will join the Tulsa 66ers, the D-League affiliate of the Thunder, in some capacity.
Cheeks, who has 30 years of NBA experience as a player and coach, was most recently coach of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2005-08. He holds a 284-286 record as head coach with Philadelphia and Portland. Cheeks spent seven seasons as an assistant with the 76ers prior to joining the Blazers.
Cheeks spent 15 seasons as an NBA point guard and helped the 76ers advance to the NBA Playoffs 10 times in 11 seasons and was a member of Philadelphia’s 1983 NBA championship. Cheeks was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team five times and played in four All-Star games. Thunder coach Scott Brooks teamed with Cheeks for two season with the Sixers from 1988-90. Cheeks retired in 1993 as the all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth in steals.
Kalamian, most recently an assistant in Sacramento. Kalamian, then an assistant coach/player development coach, served on the same staff as Thunder coach Scott Brooks in Denver during the 2004-05 season. Kalamian also worked for the Los Angeles Clippers for nine seasons, Minnesota for two seasons and served as a West Coast scout for Philadelphia during the 2003-04 season.
“We are thrilled to add Maurice and Rex to our coaching staff,” said Brooks. “They bring a wealth of NBA experience and solid work ethic that will help our players continued development.”
The Thunder retained assistant coach Ron Adams, assistant coach/player development Mark Bryant and assistant coach/player development Brian Keefe from last year’s staff.
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...