Press Release: L.A. Clippers Finalize Coaching Staff for 2018-19 Season

by Clippers Digital

The L.A. Clippers today announced several exciting developments within both the L.A. Clippers and Agua Caliente Clippers coaching staffs. The L.A. Clippers have hired renowned assistant coach Rex Kalamian as an assistant on head coach Doc Rivers’ staff. The team has also promoted Agua Caliente Clippers head coach Casey Hill to an assistant coach position on Rivers’ staff, where he will continue to contribute to the development of the organization’s young core. Natalie Nakase, a six-year contributor to a high-performance culture with both L.A. and Agua Caliente, has been promoted to the L.A. Clippers’ player development team. Brian Adams, a longtime member of Rivers’ video, player development and coaching staff, has been promoted to head coach of the Agua Caliente Clippers. These additions and promotions complete the team’s coaching staff for the 2018-19 NBA season.

Kalamian returns to the Clippers, where he served in various capacities from 1992 through 1995, and as an assistant coach from 1995 through 2003. He most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors (2015-18). Prior to Toronto, Kalamian spent six seasons in Oklahoma City (2009-15), including two as the club’s lead assistant. He has had previous assistant coaching stints with Sacramento (2007-09), Minnesota (2005-07) and Denver (2004-05). He was a West Coast scout for Philadelphia during the 2003-04 season. Prior to his time in the NBA, Kalamian served an assistant at his former school, East Los Angeles College, for two seasons.

Hill spent last season as head coach of the Agua Caliente Clippers, leading the team to a 23-27 record in its inaugural season. Under his leadership, two players (Marshall Plumlee and Tyrone Wallace) earned Gatorade Call-Ups while with Agua Caliente. Hill joined the Clippers after four seasons as head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he led the franchise to its first-ever NBA D-League title in 2014-15. Hill and his staff in Santa Cruz earned the 2013-14 NBA D-League “Development Champion” award, an annual honor that recognizes the team that best embodies the league’s goals of developing NBA basketball talent via Call-Ups and assignments. Prior to joining Santa Cruz staff, Hill worked under his father, longtime NBA coach Bob Hill, with the Tokyo Apache, a professional team in Japan.

Adams will join Agua Caliente after completing his fourth season with the Clippers and his third as coaching associate/video scouting director, after spending his first season with the club as head video coordinator and coaching associate. Adams joined the Clippers after serving as an assistant coach at Marist, helping to re-build the basketball program under Head Coach Jeff Bower. From 2011-13, Adams worked as an assistant coach with the Harvard men’s basketball team. In his first year in Cambridge, Adams and the 2011-12 Crimson team established a school record with 26 victories, and Harvard won its second straight Ivy League title, earning a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946. Adams, who spent the five years with the Celtics, was a member of the organization when Boston won the NBA title in 2008.

Nakase joins the Clippers’ Player Development staff after completing her sixth season with the organization and her first in the role of assistant coach with the Agua Caliente Clippers, after three seasons as L.A.’s assistant video coordinator. She is one of only three female coaches in the NBA. Nakase has served three stints as an assistant with the club’s Summer League team, and previously served as the head coach for the Saitama Broncos in the Japanese professional men’s basketball league during the 2011-12 season. During the 2010-11 season, she served as an assistant coach for the Tokyo Apache under former NBA head coach Bob Hill. From 2008 to 2010, Nakase was the head coach for the Wolfenbuttel Wildcats in Germany’s professional women’s league. The Southern California native was the first Asian American player in the professional National Women’s Basketball League in the United States when she played for San Jose and San Diego between 2004 and 2006. Nakase, a 2003 UCLA graduate was a three-year captain and starting point guard for the Bruins where she finished her career ranked eighth all-time in assists and 10th all-time in steals.


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