Bogues, Curry Named Ambassadors; Sanders Assistant Coach
The Charlotte Bobcats announced Tuesday that Dell Curry and Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues will assume the dual roles of team ambassadors and broadcasters. Curry will become a permanent fixture on the weekly “Bobcats Insider” television program, while Bogues will join the Bobcats radio team for 50 games. The Bobcats also announced that Mike Sanders will join the team as an assistant coach.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dell and Muggsy take on such major roles for our organization,” Bobcats President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield said. “Although we will miss having Dell working with our players on a daily basis, we will still be able to utilize his and Muggsy’s experience to help our team improve both on and off the court.”
Two of the most popular players in the history of Charlotte basketball, Curry and Bogues will represent the Bobcats in both marketing and community relations initiatives, including the Community Care Cruiser and the Bobcats Kids Club. Bogues will also serve as Commissioner of the Jr. Bobcats program and conduct clinics for kids and coaches, in addition to his role as radio color analyst.
Curry will host a segment titled “Dell Curry’s Corner” each week on “Bobcats Insider.” He will transition to his new role after initially planning to serve as an assistant coach this season, and will also assist with working out inactive players while the team is on the road.
“After having time to fully grasp the commitment of being an assistant coach, I realized I could not give up the necessary time away from my family,” Curry said. “However, I am pleased that I can still contribute to the organization and the players.”
Sanders joins the Bobcats after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Asheville Altitude of the NBA Development League, helping lead the team to back-to-back D-League Championships in 2004 and 2005.
In addition to one season as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons (2000-01), Sanders has four seasons of head coaching experience with the Black Hills Gold of the IBA (1999-2000), the Washington Congressionals of the USBL (2000) and the Adirondack Wildcats of the USBL (2002-04).
An 11-year NBA veteran, Sanders averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 648 career games with San Antonio, Phoenix, Cleveland and Indiana. Sanders played collegiately at UCLA, where he won the John Wooden Award as team MVP in 1981 and 1982. A three-year starter, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 109 career games for the Bruins.
“I will miss Dell Curry as part of our coaching staff, but I’m happy he will remain part of the organization,” said Bobcats Head Coach Sam Vincent. “I’m excited about the addition of Mike Sanders and I believe his NBA playing and coaching experience will be valuable to our staff.”