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Cavaliers will add Vitaly Potapenko to coaching staff, per report

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.

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.

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  • thenoclist

    THE UKRAINE TRAIN IS BACK. CHOOOOO CHOOOOO!

  • Harv 21

    … so that whenever Zeller (and/or Noels) walks onto the practice court Big Vitaly is standing there as a reminder to just turn around and get back to the weight room.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Fine… just so long as he has no input into the development of the Cavs’ bigs.

  • BenRM

    If you can’t play; coach!

  • mgbode

    he somehow survived 11 years in the NBA. the lesson, as always, teach your kids to be tall.

    anyways, alot of times the ones that cannot do well, teach well. so, let’s hope that is the case here. he has been credited with getting Jeremy Tyler’s head on straight (no small task) and mentoring him on/off the court. maybe a sign we are going after Shabazz or Mitchell and can use Pot’s to help mentor?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Yeah I was (mostly) kidding. I’m sure he’s an excellent coach. I just remember being disappointed that he never turned into even an average NBA player in spite of spending the #12 pick on him, especially considering all of the injury issues that Z had early on.

  • Harv 21

    oh sure, who did you want them to pick there instead … Kobe Bryant? Steve Nash? And remember, he was more productive than Trajan Langdon, so there’s that.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m a Tony Delk man, myself.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I’m OK with this. The guy managed to hang around in the league for a long time, so he should have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way.

  • mgbode

    we should have traded everything to go and get Kerry Kittles.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I must break you.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Mmmmmmmm, Kittles!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    POTAPENKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    First Koskosov now Potapenko I’m sensing a trend.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    What’s you favorite color?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Someone named the Alaskan Assassin on line 2 for you!

  • mgbode

    never draft another player from Duke
    never draft another player from Duke
    never draft another player from Duke
    never draft another player from Duke
    never draft another player from Duke
    never draft another player from Duke

    unless his name is Irving