With just over two months remaining before the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-15 season tips off, the team announced on Tuesday the final addition to the coaching staff of head coach David Blatt with the hiring of 12-year NBA veteran James Posey.
Posey was an assistant with the team’s D-League affiliate team, the Canton Charge, last year. A first-round selection by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, Posey went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, averaging 8.6 points and 4.7 rebounds for six different teams. In two of those seasons, Posey was part of two championship squads: with the Miami Heat (2006) and Boston Celtics (2008).
The arrival of Posey, a native of nearby Twinsburg, rounds out the previously hired contingent of Tyronn Lue, Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew, Phil Handy and Vitaly Potapenko. Lue’s official title will be associate head coach, while Handy and Potapenko will also deal with Player Development roles.
Cavs finalize coaching staff: Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey join David Blatt and associate head coach Tyronn Lue.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) August 19, 2014
Boylan and Larry Drew each have head coaching experience, ironically both with the Milwaukee Bucks. Boylan served as the team’s interim head coach for 50 games two years ago, having begun his career with the Cavaliers under Lenny Wilkens in 1992. Drew was fired two months ago in a controversial move that saw former Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd hired in his place.
Brielmaier spent last season with the Cavaliers as an assistant under former head coach Mike Brown. Prior to that, Brielmaier spent four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, last serving as the team’s video coordinator.
Posey, who played collegiately at Xavier, will have a chance to renew acquaintances when the Cavaliers travel to the campus on October 15 to face the Indiana Pacers at the school’s Cintas Center. The Cavaliers will officially get the regular season underway with a home game at Quicken Loans Arena against the New York Knicks on Thursday, October 30.