The Thunder could soon announce additions to its coaching staff for the 2009-10 season. But the impending announcement is beginning to look like a mere formality.
Oklahoma City has hired Dale Osbourne, an assistant with the Utah Flash, the Developmental League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Osbourne has 19 years of coaching experience, with stints in the NCAA, the D-League, USBL, CBA, WNBA and China. He spent the past two seasons with the Flash and worked under the late Dennis Johnson with the Austin Toros before joining the Flash.
Osbourne, 45, is a graduate of South Alabama, where he served as an assistant from 1992-99. Osbourne was as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids HOOPS of the CBA from 2000-02 and with the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA in 2003. From 2004-06 Osbourne coached the Dodge City Legend of the USBL, guiding his teams to consecutive regular season and division championships in 2004 and 2005 and the USBL championship in 2004-05. He was named 2004 USBL Coach of the Year. In China, Osbourne was head coach of the Vasda Legacy All-Stars and led that team to a 7-2 record against the Chinese Pro Team in 2000. That same year he also coached the Vasda Legacy College Exhibition Team during its exhibition tour through the United States.
With the departure of assistant coach Ralph Lewis, the Thunder also is expected to hire Rex 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.
Including Kalamian and Osbourne, Brooks’ coaching staff will be rounded out with returning coaches Ron Adams, Mark Bryant and Brian Keefe.