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Wizards name James Posey assistant coach

Dec 8, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; A general view of an NBA game ball on the court in the third quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

James Posey, who won NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2006 and the Boston Celtics in 2008, was named an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards under Wes Unseld Jr.

Posey was most recently an assistant coach with the Virginia women’s basketball team after he spent five seasons as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs won the NBA title in 2016 with Posey on the staff.

“We are excited to add James to our staff, as he brings championship experience both as a player and coach,” Unseld said in a release. “As one of the toughest defenders in the league and a clutch shooter during his NBA tenure, we will be able to lean on his playing and coaching experiences to help the development of our players.”

Posey, 45, averaged 8.6 points with 4.7 rebounds over 12 NBA seasons with the Denver Nuggets (1999-2003), Houston Rockets (2003), Memphis Grizzlies (2003-05), Heat (2005-07), Celtics (2007-08), New Orleans Hornets (2008-10) and Indiana Pacers (2010-11).

Posey averaged as many as 13.7 points in the 2003-04 season with the Grizzlies and had a career-best 5.9 rebounds with the Nuggets in 2001-02.

–Field Level Media