Posey joins Cavs D-League staff as ast. coach

Posey joins Cavs D-League staff as ast. coach
September 24, 2013, 10:30 am
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James Posey, a key component in the Celtics 2008 title run, could soon be a member of the coaching staff in Boston.

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He was instrumental in the Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Championship, and now James Posey is looking to share his two-time title-winning knowledge on the sidelines.

The Cleveland Cavalier's NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge, added Posey to their staff as an assistant coach on Monday. Posey, an Ohio native, played 12 seasons in the NBA. He won it all with the Miami Heat in 2006 and the Celtics in 2008.

That year he was a go-to perimeter defender and excelled in a sixth man role for the C's, providing a veteran presence off the bench that exemplified selflessness and teamwork. His pregame handshakes and embraces were staples every game right through their championship-clinching finale.

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

Posey was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 18th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. The swingman played for the Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Heat before signing with the Celtics as a free agent. Following the championship, he inked a multiyear deal with the New Orleans Hornets and was later traded to the Indiana Pacers. He played his final NBA game on April 13, 2011 and was waived by the Pacers that December. Posey finished his career with an average of 8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. In July he joined the Cavaliers Las Vegas Summer League coaching staff. This offseason the Celtics reportedly had interest in bringing Posey, now 36, on board for their revamped staff.

"James is a proven winner who will be a valuable asset for Coach Hetzel and our organization this season,” said Cavaliers Director Development League Operations Mike Gansey. “He enjoyed a long, productive NBA career and his experiences will be valuable teachings to our players.”

Posey is the third member of the Celtics 2008 title team to step into a coaching role. Sam Cassell was hired as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards in 2009 and Brian Scalabrine joined the Golden State Warriors staff this summer.