Kings add two more assistants
By Sam Amick - Bee Staff Writer
Last Updated 12:46 am PDT Thursday, August 2, 2007
Story appeared in SPORTS section, Page C4
The slowly developing Kings coaching staff finally grew Wednesday, when Chuck Person and Randy Brown were hired as assistants to new head coach Reggie Theus.
Neither hiring came as a surprise: Brown, a Kings player from 1991 to '95, assisted the team during the Vegas Summer League in mid-July, and Person interviewed with Theus late in the session.
Brown, who won three championship rings with Chicago in the late 1990s and retired after 12 seasons in 2003, was successful in real estate before turning his focus to coaching and seeking the right mentor.
During Theus' stint as New Mexico State's head coach, Brown paid his way to Las Cruces, N.M., to observe practice and game-time tactics "six or seven times," according to Theus. The choice to learn from Theus, Brown said, was calculated.
"I wanted to coach, and I wanted to coach in the NBA," Brown said during the Vegas Summer League. "And I knew that Reggie would be here one day. I didn't know it would be this soon, but I knew he'd get there."
Person, a former Indiana assistant and 13-year playing veteran, is being reunited with small forward Ron Artest. Person was a Pacers assistant during Artest's tenure there, and the two spent part of this offseason working out at the Pacers' practice facility.
Former Cleveland assistant Kenny Natt, hired in early July, was the first of Theus' assistants.