Former Heat coach joins Pacers staff

Originally Published: August 8, 2003
Associated Press

Indiana Pacers: Ron Rothstein, a former head coach in the NBA and WNBA, was hired 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.

Miami Heat: Forward John Wallace and center Loren Woods signed free agent deals with the Miami Heat on Friday. No terms were released.

A six-year NBA veteran, Wallace spent last season in the Greek A1 League for Team Panionious. He averaged 24 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 steals in 10 regular season games for the Greek club.

Wallace was a first-round pick by the New York Knicks in 1996 and has played for three different NBA clubs since 1997.

The 7-foot-1 Woods averaged 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 98 career NBA games with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Philadelphia 76ers: Willie Green and Kyle Korver, both second-round selections in the 2003 NBA draft, have signed with the club.

Green, selected by Seattle with the 41st pick and traded to Philadelphia for Paccelis Morlende, averaged 22.6 points per game his senior season at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Korver, selected by New Jersey with the 51st pick, was traded to the Sixers for $125,000 on draft night. The 6-7, 220-pound Korver averaged 14.1 points per game in his four years at Creighton.

The 76ers on Friday waived Efthimios Rentzias, a native of Greece who was originally drafted by Denver in 1996.


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