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Trail Blazers officially announce coaching staff additions

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Just hours ahead of free agency tipping off, the Portland Trail Blazers have announced their entire coaching staff.

With Summer league just around the corner tipping off on Aug. 8, the Blazers are gearing up for an offseason of coaching changes.

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Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey made the official announcement that the Blazers have hired Scott Brooks, Roy Rogers, Steve Hetzel, Edniesha Curry and Milt Palacio as assistant coaches and Parker Hines as video coordinator, as the newest additions to head coach Chauncey Billups’ staff.

Brooks will serve as lead assistant for Billups.

The 56-year-old has 12 seasons of head coaching experience.

Before his time as the head coach of the Washington Wizards for the last five seasons, Brooks spent seven seasons as a head coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-15).

 

Over his 12 seasons as a head coach both in Oklahoma City and Washington, Brooks compiled a 532-414 record. That’s an impressive .557 winning percentage.

He was the 2010 NBA Coach of the Year and has led his teams to eight playoff berths, which included a trip to the NBA Finals in 2012. He also guided OKC to Western Conference Finals appearances in 2011 and 2014.

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While Rogers has 13 years of experience as an NBA assistant coach, Hetzel has spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach under Steve Clifford, both in Charlotte (2014-18) and in Orlando (2018-21).

Former Oregon Duck, Edniesha Curry,  has most recently been an assistant coach for the University of Maine men's basketball team from 2018-21.

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Coach Palacio comes to Rip City after most recently spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League from 2018-20.

As for the Blazers video coordinator,  Hines spent the 2020-21 season with the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League as an assistant coach. Prior to his time in the G League, he spent four seasons with San Antonio as an assistant and a video coordinator for the Spurs. 

You can find out more about Portland’s entire coaching staff right here.