Basketball Without Borders, Europe Staff: Coaches


Michael Curry - Philadelphia 76ers Associate Head Coach

Michael Curry just concluded his first season as associate head coach of the Sixers. He last served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons in 2008-09, taking them to the playoffs in his only season at the helm.

Curry played 11 seasons in the NBA and spent four years as President of the NBA Players Association.

He was also an assistant coach for the Pistons in 2007-08, the NBA Development Leagueís Vice President of Player Development in 2005-06 and the NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations in 2006-07.

Following his senior season at Georgia Southern in 1989-90, Curry went undrafted and did not make his NBA debut until a brief 10-game stint with the Sixers at the start of the 1993-94 season. It wasnít until he joined the Doug Collins coached Pistons during the 1995-96 season that Curry began to carve his niche in the league.

Curry and his wife, Katrina, have four children, Xavier, Ashley, Michael Jr. and Crysten.



Jack Sikma - NBA Head Coach

Jack Sikma was most recently an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets after previously spending four seasons on the Seattle SuperSonics coaching staff. A former Sonics center, Sikma rejoined Seattle as a special assignments coach prior to the 2003-04 season. He was promoted to assistant coach following that campaign.

In 14 seasons as a player in the NBA, Sikma averaged 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in 1,107 games with Seattle and the Milwaukee Bucks. A seven-time NBA All-Star, Sikma was also named to the 1977-78 NBA All-Rookie Team and earned 1981-82 NBA All-Defense Second Team accolades.

A 6-foot-11 product of Illinois Wesleyan University, Sikma was selected by the Sonics with the eighth overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft. Sikma became just the third Sonics player to grab 1,000 rebounds in a season when he pulled down 1,013 boards in 1978-79. He used his tenacity on the glass to help carry Seattle into the playoffs, saving his best for the 1979 NBA Finals against the Washington Bullets when he grabbed 17 rebounds in each of Games Three, Four and Five to help the Sonics capture the league title.

When Sikma was traded to Milwaukee in 1986, he left the Sonics having registered more rebounds (7,729), blocked shots (705) and free throws made (3,044) than any prior player in team history. He still holds the teamís career marks for rebounds and free throws made, while ranking second in blocked shots, third in points (12,034) and fourth in games played (715).

Sikma retired from playing after the 1990-91 season and returned to the Seattle area. His jersey #43 was retired by the franchise during a halftime ceremony of a Sonics vs. Detroit Pistons game on Nov. 21, 1992.

Born on Nov. 14, 1955, in Kankakee, Illinois, he and his wife, Shawn, have three sons, Jacob, Lucas and Nathan.



Jay Triano, Toronto Raptors Special Assistant to the President and GM

Jay Triano was named special assistant to the president and general manager June 1. In his new role he will serve as a consultant to the basketball team. The 2011-12 season will mark his 10th in the organization.

Triano concluded his ninth season as a member of the Raptorsí coaching staff and third as the teamís head coach in 2010-11. He served as an assistant to three coaches before being named interim head coach. He became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he joined Lenny Wilkensí staff for the 2002-03 season.

A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Triano possesses significant international coaching experience. He was the head coach of the Canadian Menís National Team from 1998-2004 posting a 52-42 (.553) record. He led Canada to a semifinal berth in the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and to a 5-2 record, second best to the United States, in the 2000 Olympics.

In August 2010, he was tabbed to replace Menís National Team assistant coach Mike DíAntoni on the 2010 USA coaching staff. DíAntoni was sidelined with back problems. Triano joined the team for its New York training (August 10-16) and continued on the bench through its training and exhibition games in Spain and Greece, and the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. He helped lead the US to a gold medal winning the title over host country Turkey.

Triano began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant at his alma mater Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He took over the schoolís head coaching duties in 1988 and served in that capacity until 1995. In 1992-93, he also worked as an assistant coach on the Canadian Menís National Team and in 1993-94 he was the head coach of the Canadian Menís Junior National Team.

During his collegiate playing career at Simon Fraser, Triano led the Clansmen in scoring all four seasons and set 11 school records, including the career scoring mark of 2,616 points. He was also a member of the football team during his senior season. In 1981, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the eighth round of the NBA Draft and by the Calgary Stampeders in the sixth round in the CFL Draft.



Joe Wolf, Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach

Kohler, Wisconsin, native Joe Wolf just concluded his second season with Milwaukee. Previously, he served as the Head Coach and General Manager of the NBA Development League's Colorado 14ers during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

In 2007-08, Wolf advanced the 14ers to the first round of the playoffs as a wild card after leading them to a 29-21 regular season record. The previous season he led the 14ers to a 28-22 record, second in the Western Division, and advanced to the championship game before falling in overtime. The University of North Carolina alum was head coach of the Idaho Stampede of the CBA for two seasons (2004-06) prior to his time with the 14ers. In his second season with Idaho, the Stampede finished with a 25-23 record and advanced to the playoffs. In a combined four seasons in the CBA and D-League, Wolfís teams had 17 players called up to the NBA.

Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 13th overall selection in the 1987 NBA Draft, Wolf went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Boston, Portland, Charlotte, Orlando and the 1996-97 season in Milwaukee. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 592 career games. The Wisconsin native also played overseas in Spainís top league, the ACB, for Leon.

Wolf was named the best high school basketball player in Wisconsin's history by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2005. Wolf and his wife, Jill, return to Wisconsin where they have family throughout the state.



Aaron Nelson, Phoenix Suns Trainer

Aaron Nelson just completed his ninth season as the second head athletic trainer in team history after replacing Suns Ring of Honor member Joe Proski in July 2000. When hired, he was the second-youngest head athletic trainer in the NBA.

Included in his role is the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of players and assisting in the travel operation of the team. Under his direction new equipment has been added to assist the medical operation, including new modalities for treatment of injuries, a Swim-Ex hydrotherapy pool and digital X-ray equipment.

Nelson served as the Sunsí assistant athletic trainer for seven-plus seasons since 1993, and was involved with all aspects of the teamís medical and travel needs.

Nelson is certified and licensed as an athletic trainer, performance enhancement specialist (PES), corrective exercise specialist (CES) and certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Arizona Athletic Trainers Association (AZATA), National Basketball Trainers Association (NBATA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

In 2009 Nelson was named Named Athletic Trainer of the Year by National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA)

Following graduation from Iowa State University in December 1992, Nelson spent the spring 1993 semester as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University. While an undergraduate, he was a student athletic trainer for four years under NATA Hall of Famer Frank Randall. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis on athletic training and a minor in health.

Nelson is a native of Manning, Iowa, and became the brother-in-law of former Suns guard Jeff Hornacek when he married Jessica Zentmeyer in June 2006. They have one child.
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    Selected 24th overall in the 2000 Draft after a stellar run in Croatia, the 7-foot-1 Bagaric played for the Bulls until 2003, when he returned to Europe.
  • Zarko Carbarkapa
    Drafted 17th overall by Phoenix in 2003, Carbarkapa also spent time with the Warriors during his three-year NBA career. Before coming to the NBA, he won a 2002 World Championship title with the former Yugoslavia.
  • Vlade Divac
    Part of the first wave of Europeans to flood into the NBA, the Serbian-born Divac became one of only six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots.
  • Predrag 'Peja' Drobnjak
    The two-time World Champion and European gold medalist with the former Yugoslavian team played four years in the NBA, after going in the second round to the Wizards in the 1997 Draft.
  • Bostjan 'Boki' Nachbar
    The swingman played six years in the NBA after being selected 15th overall by the Rockets in 2002. Currently in Turkey, he won the Italian Championship in 2002.
  • Radoslav 'Rasho' Nesterovic
    The Slovenian-born 7-footer came to the NBA in 1999, when he went 17th overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005, and returned to Europe for the 2010-11 season following a stint with the Raptors.
  • Zarko Paspalj
    Although his NBA career was short, the World Champ and three-time European gold-medalist became one of the first Europeans to ever play in The Association when he joined the Spurs in 1989.
  • Dino Radja
    Radja won back-to-back European titles with his club team in 1989 and 1990, two European gold medals with former Yugoslavia and played his way onto the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1993.
  • Bruno Sundov
    Born in Croatia, Sundov played for five teams during his NBA career, in addition to nine more European teams after finishing his NBA tenure with the New York Knicks in 2005.
  • Dragan Tarlac
    Selected in the 1995 Draft by the Chicago Bulls, the one-time Euroleague champion and FIBA gold-medalist played a year in the NBA after a brilliant career with Olympiacos in Greece.
  • Milos Vujanic
    Drafted by the Knicks in the 2002 NBA Draft, the sharp-shooting Vujanic led the Euroleague in scoring in 2003 and took home a gold medal for former Yugoslavia in the 2002 World Championships.
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