The Washington Wizards' new G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go, now has a head coach and general manager.
The Wizards announced on Tuesday that Jarell Christian will be the team's first coach and Pops Mensah-Bonsu will be the first GM.
Both of them have local ties. Christian played at Emory and Henry College in Virginia and Mensah-Bonsu starred at George Washington University in D.C.
Both also have connections to the organization. Christian comes to the Wizards from the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he worked under Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. Christian spent the past four seasons as an assistant on the Thunder's G-League affiliate.
“I am proud to represent the Wizards and the D.C. community, especially Ward 8, as we head into our inaugural season,” Christian said in a press release. “The organization has expressed their confidence in me to lead these young men at such an influential time in their careers and I am excited about doing so as a part of such a close-knit community. My family and I look forward to meeting the individuals that make D.C. such a special place.”
Mensah-Bonsu was with the Wizards as a player for the 2013 preseason. Since his days playing professionally, Mensah-Bonsu has worked as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs.
“I am humbled to be entrusted with this position and would like to thank the Wizards organization for the opportunity,” Mensah-Bonsu in a statement. “Washington is my second home and the city has embraced me ever since I stepped on the George Washington campus. I am excited to be able to give back by making sure that the Go-Go is a pillar in the community and a team that the city can get behind.”
The Go-Go will play their inaugural season this fall at a brand new facility in Ward 8.
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