This offseason, a wave of well known former NBA role players joined the coaching staffs of D-League teams. The list of such players is headlined by two-time NBA champion James Posey, who has been hired by the Canton Charge as an assistant coach. The likes of Zendon Hamilton (Idaho Stampede), Anthony Carter (Austin Toros), and Sean Rooks (Sioux Falls Skyforce) have all recently been hired in similar capacities.
There's no doubt a player with Posy's accomplishments stood tall as the true headliner, but now, it appears as though a former NBA All-Star and "Sixth Man of the Year" award winner is joining the ranks as well.
Last month (prior to getting hired by Idaho), Hamilton assisted Brooklyn Nets assistant turned Springfield Armor head coach Doug Overton in evaluating the talent at one of the minor league team's recent open tryout sessions. Though the former has since joined the Stampede, another NBA veteran who helped out at the tryout appears poised to stay on with the Armor after all.
That would be none other than big man Cliff Robinson. A source confirms to RidiculousUpside.com that the NBA veteran of 18 seasons will be joining Coach Overton's staff as an assistant this season.
In addition to helping out the Armor last month, Robinson has been spending his post-playing days staying around the tri-state area and has been known to turn up and participate in a plethora of local charity events with fellow former players. Diving into the coaching game has reportedly been a goal of his for quite a while.
Robinson closed out his playing career by spending his final two seasons with the Nets, Springfield's NBA affiliate. He owns career averages of 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1 steal per contest. Needless to say, it'll be his savvy offensive skill set for a big man that Robinson will hope to begin passing down to the next generation of promising talent.