Mike Brown continues to add to his coaching staff. The Cavaliers have said that they won’t confirm any of Brown’s assistants until the crew is assembled, but a report today says Potapenko will be part of that staff-
Vitaly Potapenko is leaving the Santa Cruz Warriors of D-League to take an assistant coaching job with Cleveland, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 3, 2013
Potapenko was the 12th overall pick by the Cavs in 1996. He was the first of two centers the Cavs selected that draft. Eight picks later Cleveland grabbed a guy named Zydrunas. He played two full seasons for the Cavs, averaging just over 6 points and 3 rebounds. In his third season with Cleveland, he was traded at the deadline to the Boston Celtics for Andrew DeClercq and a draft pick that they turned into Andre Miller.
Potapenko finished his NBA career just 5 points short of 4,000. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA’s D-League and with the Indiana Pacers under Jim O’Brien.
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