|Former NBA coach Westphal joins Mavericks staff|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 28 June 2007 12:28|
Westphal, out of the league since being fired as Seattle's coach 15 games into the 2000-01 season, went 267-159 with Phoenix (1992-95) and Seattle (1998-2000).
``We are thrilled to add Paul Westphal to our basketball family. As one of the greatest offensive coaching minds in the NBA, Paul brings a wealth of experience as a coach and as a former player,'' Johnson said. ``He is a man of strong character and integrity and is excited about joining our staff in its path to win a championship.''
The Suns won at least 55 games in each of Westphal's three seasons, and he led Phoenix to the NBA finals in his first full season in 1993 - a feat not matched by another first-year coach until Johnson did it with the Mavericks last year.
Johnson still has one more vacancy to fill on his staff. Longtime assistant Del Harris has moved into a consultant's role for the Mavericks, and Sam Vincent was hired as Charlotte Bobcats head coach.
Westphal, who won an NBA title as a player with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and was a five-time All-Star, was Pepperdine's head coach from 2001-06.