The Clippers made another quality addition to their coaching staff, announcing the hiring of Marc Iavaroni as an assistant to new Head Coach Vinny Del Negro.
Iavaroni is best known for his stint as the Memphis Grizzlies, where he went 33-90 before being fired midway through his second season. Prior to his time in Memphis, Iavaroni had developed a reputation as being a solid assistant coach, most notably in Phoenix, where he helped Mike D’Antoni with the “Seven Seconds or Less” approach that was (and still is) wildly successful in his time in Phoenix.
Iavaroni’s hiring is a fantastic step for the Clippers, who have now added three high-quality coaches to Del Negro’s staff. Iavaroni is largely credited with helping Amare Stoudemire develop into an elite power forward in Phoenix.
Prior to Phoenix, Iavaroni worked in Miami under Pat Riley and in Cleveland under Mike Fratello. He also worked as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff for the 2006 FIBA World Championships and spent time as an instructor at Pete Newell’s famed Big Man Camp.
Iavaroni joins Dave Severns and Dean Demopoulos on Del Negro’s staff, which is expected to add one more name by the time training camp opens. Severns came with Del Negro from Chicago and Demopoulos was hired after his contract was not renewed in Portland, where he had previously been Nate McMillan’s lead assistant.
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