Former Clippers assistant coach Rex Kalamian has landed with the Sacramento Kings, returning to the team after previously serving as an assistant coach there from 2007 to 2009, the Kings announced Thursday.
“I’m excited to add Rex’s experience and perspective to the team,” Kings head coach Luke Walton said in a news release. “His nearly 30 years in the league will benefit our group and I look forward to working with him.”
In his past two seasons coaching the Clippers alongside Doc Rivers, they were 97-57 in the regular season. Kalamian’s role had him overseeing the Clippers’ defense, which posted a 106.9 defensive rating this past regular season – fifth best in the NBA – despite shuffling 32 starting lineups.
Under new head coach Tyronn Lue – twice a Clippers assistant himself – the team reportedly has added former Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson, former Cleveland coach Larry Drew, top Miami assistant Dan Craig and first-time coach Chauncey Billups, a former All-Star point guard and Fox Sports West and ESPN analyst.
They’ve bid adieu to Sam Cassell, the 11-year NBA assistant who spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach alongside Rivers, with whom he’ll reunite in Philadelphia. Former Agua Caliente Clippers coach Brian Adams also will join Rivers’ staff in Philadelphia, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kalamian is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona who, early in his coaching career, spent two seasons as an assistant at his former school, East Los Angeles College. Prior to joining the Clippers in 2018, he spent three seasons with the Toronto Raptors, serving as the top assistant for Dwane Casey, and from 2009-15, worked with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also previously coached in Minnesota, Denver and, once before, with the Clippers, in addition to serving as a scout for Philadelphia and the Clippers before being promoted to assistant coach.
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