July 29, 2014

NBA News: James Posey added to Canton Charge coaching staff

Ohio native and former NBA veteran James Posey will join the Canton Charge’s staff as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. The 36-year-old last played with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season.

“James will be a relatable presence who can give our players direct examples of experiences and insight from what we will be coaching them,” Charge head coach Steve Hetzel said in the team’s press release. “I’m extremely excited he is going to be with us this season and really look forward to getting started with him.”

A first-round pick back in 1999 out of Xavier, Posey built his NBA career around tough defense and clutch playoff performances. He average 8.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in his 12-year career in the regular season. He also was well known for his play in 2008 with the NBA champion Boston Celtics. He also won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

It’s a nice return back to Northeast Ohio for the Twinsburg product. He certainly seems like a natural fit for a former player transitioning into a coaching role.

Another familiar name to Ohioans, Mike Gansey, currently serves as the Cavs’ director of Development League operations. He’s a former West Virginia star who led the Mountaineers on to the Sweet 16 — through Cleveland’s Wolstein Center.

The Charge are the Cavs’ Development League affiliate and play their home games at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Their season begins in late November.

[Related: Are we done yet?]

  • JHop

    Somewhat related, but mostly unrelated: Why are the Canton Charge located in Canton? Wouldn’t it make more sense from a NBADL team profitability and Cavaliers marketing standpoint to have the team play in a larger, but still nearby city such as Cincinnati or Pittsburgh? The Charge certainly would not be able to take over from the respective collegiate programs in these cities as the #1 basketball attraction, but one would have to think that they would be able to attract more fans to the arena and the Cavaliers franchise as a whole, right?

  • JHop

    Somewhat related, but mostly unrelated: Why are the Canton Charge located in Canton? Wouldn’t it make more sense from a NBADL team profitability and Cavaliers marketing standpoint to have the team play in a larger, but still nearby city such as Cincinnati or Pittsburgh? The Charge certainly would not be able to take over from the respective collegiate programs in these cities as the #1 basketball attraction, but one would have to think that they would be able to attract more fans to the arena and the Cavaliers franchise as a whole, right?

  • mgbode

    Cavs trying to put a clamp on NEO but they know that Akron hates Cleveland, so it couldn’t go there.

  • SSBucks

    The charge were placed in Canton so that players could easily travel to and from Cleveland for call-ups or send downs. It came down to having the team in Canton or Youngstown.