The open tryout process is currently underway and training camp will begin in a matter of weeks. A new season of NBA D-League basketball is officially almost here.
With that in mind, some of the respective teams' coaching staffs have begun to fill out. While there are still two teams (the Reno Bighorns and Westchester Knicks) that are yet to have formally announced their new head coaches, the other head coaches around the league have started to build their support systems.
Here's a look at some of the more recent assistant coaching hirings around the minor league:
According to Marc Spears, the Los Angeles D-Fenders have hired former BayHawks coach Gene Cross to assist first-time head coach Phil Hubbard.
The Spurs-affiliated Austin Toros officially announced the hiring of former NBA floor general Earl Watson as their newest assistant coach.
Perhaps Watson took a cue from and followed the example set by fellow former NBA guard Royal Ivey, who recently traded in his basketball sneakers for dress shoes to accept an assistant coaching position with the Oklahoma City Blue.
Also a recent hire, longtime NBA assistant Phil Weber was named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Weber previously served as a consultant for the affiliated Miami Heat. Former NBA guard (we're beginning to see a pattern here) Chris Quinn will serve as one of his assistants.