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Sonics hire ex-All-Star Schrempf as assistant

SEATTLE -- Former Seattle All-Star Detlef Schrempf was hired
by the Sonics on Friday to fill a spot on new coach Bob Hill's
staff.

Seattle was down an assistant after Hill was promoted to head
coach following Bob Weiss' firing on Jan. 3. Schrempf will join
Jack Sikma and Ralph Lewis on the bench.

Hill was considering Schrempf and Tom Newell for the position.

"He's familiar with the players, he understands my system
because he played for me and I thought it made sense to give him
half a season to see if this is what he wants to do," Hill said.
"I feel confident that he can help."

Schrempf, who turns 43 on Saturday, worked as a volunteer during
Seattle's training camp, but didn't carry that role over into the
regular season because he couldn't get a solid commitment.

Now, he'll be responsible for working with the Sonics' forwards.
Schrempf will not travel with the team, but said he would have been
willing to. He will be providing reports and analyzing game tape
while the team is away from home.

"I think it's a good window of opportunity. I've been
interested for more than a year and I let the Sonics know, but it
never really materialized," Schrempf said. "It gives me a good
idea of what it's like and gives them a good idea of what I can
do."

Schrempf played for the University of Washington before being
drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the eighth pick of the 1985
draft.

He was traded from Indiana to Seattle in '93 and went on to play
in two All-Star games as a member of the Sonics. He spent his last
two seasons with Portland and retired in 2001.