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Grizzlies hire Bender assistant coach, Thate shooting coach

Portland Trail Blazers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game One

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 19: General view from center court of the interior of the FedExForum prior fromto game one between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 19, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Bob Bender as an assistant coach and Bob Thate as a shooting coach on David Fizdale’s staff.

The team announced their additions Wednesday.

Bender is a former college head coach at lllinois State (1989-93) and Washington (1993-2002). He worked for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2002-04, first as an assistant coach/player development and later as an assistant coach.

Bender also was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks (2004-13) and Milwaukee Bucks (2013-14). He worked last season as a Brooklyn Nets scout. Bender and Fizdale worked together for four seasons in Atlanta.

Thate worked as a shooting coach for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2012-16 after filling the same role for three seasons with the New Jersey Nets.