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The Sacramento Kings Introduce The Crew Of Head Coach Mike Brown’s Team For 2022-23 NBA Season

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Today, the Sacramento Kings disclosed the lineup of Head Coach Mike Brown’s coaching squad for the season of 2022-23.

Jordi Fernandez has been appointed as associate head coach. Jay Triano, Doug Christie, Luke Loucks, and Leandro Barbosa will operate as assistant coaches. Dutch Gaitley will function as an assistant coach and director of player development, while Lindsey Harding will act as an assistant coach and player development coach.

Moreover, Deividas Dulkys will be in the position of a player development coach, Robbie Lemons as the senior director of coaching analytics and strategy, Charles Allen as the leader in video coordination/special assistant to the Head Coach, and Garrius Adams as an assistant video coordinator.

“We have gathered a varied and adept team of coaches with distinct backgrounds who will positively influence the individual growth of our players,” stated Head Coach Mike Brown. “Together, they all embody the fundamental principles that will be crucial to our team’s overall triumph. I am incredibly thrilled to collaborate with them.”

Jordi Fernandez joins the Sacramento Kings staff having completed six seasons with the Denver Nuggets as an assistant coach (2016-22). Before his tenure with the Nuggets, Fernandez was the chief coach of the NBA G League’s Canton Charge for two seasons (2014-16), steering the Charge to a 62-38 regular-season score in that period, along with two appearances in the G League Eastern Conference Finals. He also acted as the principal assistant for the Charge for a season after engaging as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-13), recruited by Brown before the 2009-10 season. Originating from Badalona, Spain, Fernandez has served as an assistant coach on the global level, as the main assistant for both the Nigerian men’s national team at the 2020 Olympics and the Spanish National Team, most recently at EuroBasket 2017 and formerly at the 2013 U-19 World Championships in Prague and for Club Basquet l’Hospitalet of the Spanish professional league. In addition, he also labored as a player development coach with Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.

Jay Triano is an experienced coach with 20 years of NBA coaching practice. Before embarking on the Kings bench, Triano spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets (2018-22) after previously dedicating two seasons as the associate head coach and interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 2016-18. Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Triano entered the NBA in 1996 undertaking an array of roles with the Vancouver Grizzlies. In 2002, he started his NBA coaching journey as an assistant coach with the Raptors and served in that position until December 2008, when he was designated interim head coach. Asserted as the first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history, he went on to serve as head coach of Toronto for the rest of that season and two additional seasons beyond that. From 2012-16, Triano operated as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers before shifting to the Suns as associate head coach in 2016-17. He was Phoenix’s interim head coach for 79 games during the 2017-18 season. Triano has had two spells as the head coach of the Canadian National Team from 2012-2019 and 1999-2004, as he steered Canada to a 5-2 record during the 2000 Olympics. Furthermore, he has background as an assistant coach with USA Basketball, including at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where he assisted in guiding Team USA to the gold medal against Turkey. Triano is the only Canadian ever selected in both the NBA and the Canadian Football League. Besides, Triano has written two books and in 2016 acquired an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary.

Doug Christie reemerges on the Kings bench post the 2021-22 season, his inaugural campaign as an assistant coach with Sacramento. Christie competed for 14 seasons in the NBA for seven teams, including the Kings from 2000-2005, and was titled to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2003 and All-Defensive Second Team in 2001, 2002, and 2004 as he supported Sacramento in making the playoffs in each of his five seasons with the side. Christie is the leader in Sacramento-era for career steals (717) and secures the second spot on the all-time franchise leaders register in steals for the Kings and Toronto Raptors (664). The 14-year NBA veteran went to Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Wash., leading the Vikings to their initial state basketball championship in 1988. Post graduating from Rainier Beach, Christie advanced to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where he performed for three seasons for the Waves from 1989-92. Christie stands third in career steals (168) in program history and seized consecutive WCC Player of the Year honors (1990-92). Christie resides in Sacramento with his wife Jackie, son Douglas, and new four-legged family companion, Ghost.

Luke Loucks incorporates to the Kings personnel having previously been an assistant coach under Brown for the Nigerian men’s national team. Loucks worked in basketball strategy and personnel evaluation for the Phoenix Suns during the 2021-22 season. Before joining the Suns organization, he spent five seasons with the Golden State Warriors, clinching two NBA Championships (2016-17 and 2017-18) and three Western Conference Finals (2016-19). He functioned as a player development coach (2019-21), a two-way development coach (2017-19), and video/player development intern in the 2016-17 season. As a two-way player development coach, he excelled in on-court instruction and guidance for Golden State’s two-way assignment players. Loucks participated in four seasons at Florida State where he stands tied for fourth in program history in career games played (136). He was a part of four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, secured the ACC Championship in 2012, and was placed third in the ACC in assists. Following his time at FSU, he advanced to play professionally for four seasons in Latvia, Cyprus, Belgium, Germany and for the Maine Red Claws and Erie Bayhawks of the NBA GLeague, before becoming part of the Warriors squad.

Leandro Barbosa embarks on his first season as an assistant coach with Sacramento succeeding two seasons with Golden State (2020-22), achieving the 2022 NBA championship with Coach Brown. Barbosa aided as a player development coach for the Warriors during the 2021-22 campaign after he functioned as a player mentor coach in the 2020-21 season. Initially chosen by the San Antonio Spurs with the 28th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Barbosa’s NBA vocation extended 15 seasons. In 850 career games, he maintained an average of 10.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game with the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, and the Warriors. Barbosa ranks ninth in career games played (553) in Suns franchise history and scored NBA Sixth Man of the Year accolades with Phoenix during the 2006-07 season. He contributed to the Warriors team that snatched the NBA title during the 2014-15 season and spent the final three years of his professional playing career in his home country of Brazil (2017-20).

Dutch Gaitley arrives in Sacramento after dedicating four seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets (2018-22), executing as the Hornets Summer League head coach in 2021. A native of Haverford, Pa., Gaitley commenced his NBA journey with the San Antonio Spurs, a term that spanned five seasons from 2013-2018. He inaugurated with San Antonio as an intern during the 2013-14 season and was a component of the 2014 NBA Finals championship squad. Subsequent to his internship, Gaitley was titled assistant video coordinator in 2014 and promoted to head video coordinator in 2016, a role he preserved until joining the Hornets. In 2019, Gaitley partook in the first-ever FIBA Basketball without Borders camp in Columbia and supported in the fifth annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp in Charlotte during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend. Before serving in the Association, he was the video coordinator at Lehigh University (2012-13) and a graduate assistant at TempleIn the year 2011-12, Gaitley completed his four-year collegiate career, spending his final year at Temple University following three seasons at Monmouth University from 2007-10.

Remaining in Sacramento, Lindsey Harding has been with the Kings for the past three seasons, serving as an assistant coach and player development coach. Recently in 2021, Harding took on the responsibilities of head coaching for the South Sudan Women’s Senior National Team. She led the team in the FIBA AfroBasket qualifier, marking the country’s inaugural participation in a women’s tournament. Before her tenure in Sacramento, Harding earned a promotion as a player development coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to this, she worked as a pro personnel scout for the club during the 2018-19 season following a nine-year career in the WNBA. The Houston native made 270 appearances in the WNBA and also played internationally in Turkey, Lithuania, Russia, and represented the Belarus women’s national basketball team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. First overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, Harding had an outstanding career at Duke University (2002-07) where she was honored as the 2007 Naismith College Player of the Year. Her contributions to Duke led to her jersey number 10 being retired and enshrined into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Deividas Dulkys, a native of Šilutė, Lithuania, has joined the Kings as a player development coach after serving as an assistant coach for the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League during the 2021-22 season. Dulkys played college basketball at Florida State University from 2008-12, aiding the Seminoles in reaching the NCAA Tournament consecutively for four seasons. Within FSU’s program, Dulkys stands third in all-time made 3-pointers with 203. His professional playing career expanded over a decade, competing in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Turkey, Italy, and Spain. He was honored with the Polish League All-Star accolade in 2014 after leading the league in scoring.

Embarking on his seventh season with the Kings and first as senior director of coaching analytics and strategy, Robbie Lemons will be contributing analytical insights and strategy to Coach Brown and his staff. Lemons, a Stanford University graduate with a BA in Economics and a MA in Public Policy, played for Stanford’s basketball team from 2010-2014, receiving recognitions such as First Team PAC-12 All-Academic selection and the PAC-12 Leadership Award. His educational pursuits also led him to complete a MSC in Banking and Finance from Newcastle University with distinction. Prior to his current role, Lemons undertook various roles within the Kings’ front office, including pro scout, college scout, and support for basketball administration.

Assuming the role of head video coordinator for the Kings, Charles Allen brings three seasons of experience from his time with the Utah Jazz. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Allen will also serve as a special assistant to the head coach. During his tenure with the Jazz, Allen focused on player development, advance scouting, and video analysis. Before his stint with the Jazz, Allen also served as an assistant video coordinator for the Houston Rockets (2018-19) and Phoenix Suns (2017-18). His career began at the University of Houston where he worked as an assistant video coordinator in 2017 and served as a basketball student assistant & analytics team member from 2014-17 after playing basketball for two seasons at Dallas Baptist University.

Returning for his second season with the Kings as assistant video coordinator, Garrius Adams looks forward to his fifth NBA season. Prior to this, he spent two seasons as an assistant video coordinator with the Charlotte Hornets (2019-21) and the 2018-19 season as a coaching associate for the Los Angeles Lakers. Adams also has a background as an international player, having played professionally in Europe across Belgium, France, and Montenegro. He completed his collegiate career at the University of Miami in 2014 after competing for four years with the Hurricanes.

Image Source: Marco Iacobucci Epp / Shutterstock

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