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Russia's Coach, Sergey Bazarevich, Will Join Clippers Summer League Staff

Could this be a try-out for a bigger post in the organization?

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According to a report by David Pick, Sergey Bazarevich, the head coach of the Russian national team, will join the Clippers' coaching staff for Summer League.

A brief 10-game stint with Atlanta in 1994 made Bazarevich Russia's first-ever NBA player, and he was a two-time Olympic team member for his country.  He's currently the head coach of Pallacanestro Cantu, a high-profile Italian team, and he's the newest coach of the Russian national team.

It's interesting, to say the least, for a successful European coach to take a couple weeks away from his club and national duties to be an assistant coach in the NBA's summer league.  Without any indication that it's the case, it definitely leads me to wonder if the Clippers are considering Bazarevich for a more permanent role in the team's real staff.  Especially given Kevin Eastman's retirement and Lawrence Frank's move from the bench to the front office, there's definitely room in the Clippers' organization for a new staff member if he can impress during his time with the organization.