(Bakersfield, Calif., Jan. 11, 2008) – The Bakersfield Jam, members of the NBA Development League, today announced the hiring of Scott Roth as the organization’s second permanent head coach in team history. Roth joins the Jam after resigning from the Milwaukee Bucks, where he spent the last four and a half seasons as a Milwaukee Bucks scout and advisor to general manager Larry Harris.
“This is a great day for the future success of Jam basketball here in Bakersfield,” said Jam majority owner Stan Ellis. “Scott’s NBA contacts, experience and knowledge of players throughout the world provide this franchise with the direction we need to get to the next level. He will bring a culture of discipline and success to this organization.”
Roth’s coaching career includes stops as an assistant coach at the NBA level with the Dallas Mavericks from 1998-2000 and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies from 2000-2002. He has international coaching experience as the assistant for the Turkish National Team in 2001 and 2002, and was the Dominican Republic Head Coach in 2007. The 44-year old also served as the Dallas Mavericks Director of Scouting in 1997-98 and has served as a head coach in the NBA Summer League.
“I can’t wait to roll my sleeves up and get started taking this team in the right direction,” Roth said. “This league is about knowledge of players and developing them to get to the next level, and I’m confident my experience in both areas will be a tremendous asset to the Jam organization.”
Roth was drafted in the fourth round of the 1985 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs before beginning his professional playing career in Europe with Efes Pilsen of Turkey. He returned to the United States to play in the CBA with the Albany Patroons in 1987, parlaying his experience into a contract with the Utah Jazz that same season. He played for both the Spurs and Jazz during the 1988-89 season and the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989-90. He appeared in a total of 160 NBA games, averaging 4.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg. Roth continued playing professionally in Europe from 1991-1995 before beginning his coaching and scouting career.
The Wisconsin native stayed home for college, attending the University of Wisconsin where he was a three-year starter. With the Badgers, he was a two-time All Big-10 selection and team most valuable player. He finished as the school’s 14th all-time leading scorer, averaging over 18 ppg as a senior.
Sean Rooks, who was named the team’s interim head coach immediately following Jim Harrick’s departure, remains with the team as Roth’s assistant. “I am excited to work with Scott and look forward to pooling our collective experience together for the success of the team,” Rooks said.
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams, provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.