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Thunder assistants: Building a better bench

Darnell Mayberry Published: August 17, 2009
A look at the likely roles of the Thunder’s assistant coaches in 2009-10.

Ron Adams
Strengths: Implementing and instructing individual and team defensive concepts.

Likely role: Assembling the team’s defensive playbook and principles and shoring up those principles in practices.

Maurice Cheeks
Strengths: A player’s coach who is motivational and can translate his people skills and experiences as a player into effective communication with the roster.

Likely role: Developing guard play in practices and giving head coach Scott Brooks another veteran set of coaching eyes to fall back on in games.

Rex Kalamian
Strengths: Energetic and passionate about the game and uses his vigor as an aid in developing players on the practice court.

Likely role: Preparing scouting reports on upcoming opponents and working with the team’s guards to develop offensive skills.

Mark Bryant
Strengths: Providing one-on-one attention to players in practice and passing down basketball knowledge accumulated from a 15-year playing career.

Likely role: Working with the team’s young big men in practice to develop their offensive and defensive skills in the post.

Brian Keefe
Strengths: Animated and affable, he effectively translates practice plans and offensive and defensive principles to players on the practice court.

Likely role: Assisting the team’s guards in developing their games in practices.