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.
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