Mario Elie joined the Nets as an assistant coach in 2011, after spending the two previous seasons as an assistant with Sacramento. He is an 11-year NBA veteran who spent two campaigns (2007-08 and 2008-09) as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks before joining the Kings. During the 2006-07 season, Elie served as a pre- and post-game host for the Houston Rockets’ FOX Sports Net telecasts after serving as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons (2004-05 & 2005-06). Prior to joining the Warriors coaching staff, he spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.
Elie enjoyed a successful NBA playing career averaging 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 732 regular season games with Golden State, Philadelphia, Portland, Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix. He also played in 116 career playoff contests, winning three NBA Championships with Houston (1994 & 1995) and San Antonio (1999).
A native of New York City, Elie enjoyed some of his finest playing moments as a member of the Houston Rockets. He started all four games of the 1995 NBA Finals against Orlando, averaging 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists en route to winning his second consecutive title. Additionally, his best individual season came in 1996-97, when he averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 78 games for the Rockets. In 1998, he was named to the Rockets 30-Year Team as one of the top 10 players in club history.
After being drafted in the seventh round by the Milwaukee Bucks (160th overall pick) in 1985 out of American International College – a Division II school in Springfield, Mass. – Elie played in Portugal, Argentina, Ireland, the USBL, the WBL and the CBA before making his NBA debut with the Philadelphia 76ers in December 1990.
Elie and his wife, Gina, are the parents of triplets, Gaston, Glenn and Lauren. Gina is a television personality who has most recently worked as a national correspondent for MSNBC and as a nightly news anchor for KTRK-TV in Houston. Elie, who earned a degree in human relations, speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.