Sonics hire ex-All-Star Schrempf as assistant

Updated: January 21, 2006, 4:54 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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