Mike Brown continues to add to his coaching staff. The Cavaliers have said that they won’t confirm any of Brown’s assistants until the crew is assembled, but a report today says that former Cavs center Vitaly Potapenko will be part of his bench for at least the 2012-13 season.
Vitaly Potapenko is leaving the Santa Cruz Warriors of D-League to take an assistant coaching job with Cleveland, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 3, 2013
Potapenko was the 12th-overall pick by the Cavs in 1996. He was the first of two centers the Cavs selected that draft as, eight picks later, Cleveland grabbed a guy named Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Potapenko played two full seasons for the Cavs, averaging just over six points and three rebounds. In his third season with Cleveland, he was traded at the deadline to the Boston Celtics for Andrew DeClercq and a draft pick that the Cavaliers turned into Andre Miller.
Potapenko finished his NBA career just five points short of 4,000. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA’s D-League and with the Indiana Pacers under Jim O’Brien.