Pacers name Rothstein assistant coach

Updated: August 8, 2003, 9:28 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Rothstein, a former head coach in the NBA and WNBA, was hired by the Indiana Pacers on Friday as an assistant coach.

Rothstein joins coach Isiah Thomas' staff as a replacement for Brendan Malone, who joined the New York Knicks as an assistant coach in May.

Rothstein most recently was head coach and general manager of the Miami Sol in the WNBA before that franchise ceased operations before this season.

He came into the NBA in 1979 as a scout with the Atlanta Hawks and held a similar position with the Knicks before joining the Hawks as an assistant in 1983.

Rothstein then became an assistant with the Detroit Pistons in 1986 before becoming the Miami Heat's first coach in 1988.

"I know when he was an assistant with the Pistons and I was a player, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the game, particularly at the professional level," Thomas said in a statement.

After improving the Heat's victory total each of the first three seasons, Rothstein coached the Pistons in 1992-93. He then became an assistant coach with Cleveland for six seasons.

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