ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Bucks have officially added Nick Van Exel and Bob Bender to head coach Larry Drew's staff as assistant coaches, general manager John Hammond announced Monday.
Bender will join the Bucks after spending the last nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, the last three under Drew. Van Exel has been Atlanta's player development instructor since 2010.
"Bob and Nick were both important pieces of my staff in Atlanta, and I'm excited that they are joining me on the bench in Milwaukee," Drew said in a statement. "Bob's merits as a coach have been proven through his past experience, and Nick's successful career in the NBA gives him a strong platform to mentor and coach our players.
"They will be dedicated to the task of teaching and building up our young men in order for the Bucks to put a hard-working, committed team on the court."
Bender began his coaching career as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, where he concluded his c...