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Sean Marks to become assistant coach for Spurs

Sep 17, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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The Spurs have been the model of consistency in the NBA when it comes to the personnel in place running things in both the front office and on the sidelines.

R.C Buford has been the team’s GM since 2002, and Gregg Popovich has been the head coach since 1996. His assistant coaches were in place almost as long up until this summer — Brett Brown, who left to take on the rebuilding project in Philadelphia as head coach of the Sixers was an assistant under Popovich since 2007, and Mike Budenholzer, who secured the head coaching gig in Atlanta similarly served as an assistant for 16 years.

The rare turnover on Popovich’s staff resulted in opportunity for others. Jim Boylen was hired away from the Pacers as one replacement, and a former player will fill the final vacancy by moving from the front office to the game night bench.

From Steve Aschburner of NBA.com:

Sean Marks, the former San Antonio center who spent the past two seasons working in the team’s front office, will move to the Spurs bench for 2013-14 to complete coach Gregg Popovich‘s assistant coaching staff, NBA.com has learned. …

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, the 6-foot-10 Marks  played for six NBA teams in parts of 11 seasons spread over 13 years. After being drafted in the 1998 second round pick by New York, he appeared in just 230 games for Toronto, Miami, San Antonio, Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland, spent the 2000-01 season in Poland and was sidelined by a knee injury for all of 2003-04. Marks did earn a championship ring with the Spurs in 2004-05 after averaging 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 10.6 minutes in 23 games.

Marks held the title of Director Of Basketball Operations for the Spurs last season, and acted as General Manager of the D-League Austin Toros.

  1. nycalldayz - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I get it’s the dog days of the NBA off-season, but are some of the stories necessary. This is such a non-story. You can tweet this kind of info instead.

    • absentstars - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      It’s a blog not a twitter feed. This, unlike most other posts lately, is actual nba news. They get paid to repost or link to other’s articles not tweet 140 characters or less. It’s the off season and baby’s gotta eat!

      • nycalldayz - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Can’t argue with that.

  2. asimonetti88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Really? There’s an article about the entertainment at LeBron’s wedding, but the team that finished second hiring an assistant coach is non-news?

    Also, nice for Marks. He, along with Kirk Penney, are probably the two best players New Zealand has produced so far. Although who knows with Steven Adams.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      Hey, there was a story about both. That’s what PBT does, a little bit of everything. If you don’t like something, don’t read it.

      I’ll let you guess which one of those posts will end up with better traffic.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        I have no problem with it. It just struck me as odd that the other guy would say this is non-NBA news when it has more of an impact on the season than LeBron getting married.

        I read the LeBron article too.

  3. edwardemanuelson - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Good move for my Spurs. Let’s keep the Tree of Pop expanding :)

  4. rjlink1 - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Give me stories about Kiwis in the NBA all day!

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