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A couple of former NBA players from overseas have been hired to help with the Brooklyn Nets’ youth movement, the team announced Tuesday.
Ex-NBA point guard Pablo Prigioni has been added as an assistant to Kenny Atkinson’s coaching staff, and former NBA big man Tiago Splitter is joining the Nets as pro scout. Splitter will also have some on-court player development duties, the Nets said.
Per the New York Post:
“The Knicks tried to hire Prigioni, who spent 2012-15 in the Garden and helped them to their most recent playoff berth in 2012-13. But that was last spring, under the since-fired Jeff Hornacek. Instead Brooklyn brought him on board to work under head coach Kenny Atkinson, whom he has known for years through European basketball and Basketball Without Borders.”
Prigioni retired from playing at the end of last season and immediately became of the head coach of Spanich club Baskonia. However, he stepped down after the team started 0-3 in Euroleague play.
“Meanwhile, Splitter had a pre-existing relationship with Atkinson and Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks,” per the Post.
The Nets finished in 12th place in the Eastern Conference at 28-54. Cleveland owns their first-round draft pick — though the Nets do have a first-rounder of their own, No. 29 overall (from Toronto).