Sonics Announce Additions to Basketball Staff


August 23, 2007

SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics General Manager Sam Presti today announced additions to the Sonics Basketball staff. Scott Brooks, Mark Bryant and Ralph Lewis were named assistant coaches, and Brian Keefe was named player development assistant.

Im really happy with the diverse coaching and playing experience of our staff, said Sonics head coach P.J. Carlesimo. I know it will be an extremely hard working staff, and were all really looking forward to continuing the development of our veteran players and working with the rest of our talented young roster.

Brooks joins the Sonics after serving as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings last season. He spent the previous three campaigns as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets where the team reached the playoffs all three years. Brooks played 11 years in the NBA with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, New York, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Clippers. His teams qualified for the post-season six of his 11 years in the NBA, including a NBA Championship in 1994 with the Houston Rockets.

Bryant spent 15 seasons as a player in the NBA with 10 different teams from 1988-2003. He joined the assistant coaching ranks in 2004-05 with the Dallas Mavericks and served the role of assistant coach/player development last season with the Orlando Magic. He appeared in 797 regular season games during his NBA career with Portland, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Denver and Boston, averaging 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He helped Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Bryant played for Carlesimo at Seton Hall University, and again for the NBAs Portland Trail Blazers from 1988-1995.


Lewis returns to the Sonics sideline after serving as assistant coach for the past two seasons in Seattle. Prior to joining the Sonics for the 2005-06 season, Lewis was the head coach of the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Development League. In three seasons as head coach of the Flight, Lewis led the team to two playoff appearances and an overall record of 73-71. A native of Philadelphia, Lewis played professionally for 10 years in minor-league basketball, international ball and the NBA.

Keefe comes to the Sonics from the San Antonio Spurs. Keefe joined the Spurs two years ago and worked as a video coordinator for the NBA Champions last season. Prior to joining the Spurs, Keefe was an assistant coach for four seasons at NCAA Division II Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., and one season at the University of South Florida. Keefe played two seasons of NCAA basketball at UC Irvine before transferring to UNLV his final two seasons, graduating in 1999.