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CEBL's Rattlers hire former NBA assistant Demopoulos as head coach

The Saskatchewan Rattlers have hired veteran NBA assistant Dean Demopoulos as their head coach for the upcoming Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season. 

"The Rattlers are working their way back to our 2019 championship year," Rattlers vice-president Brad Kraft said in a statement  

The Philadelphia native coached college basketball at Temple University as an assistant under Hall of Famer John Chaney. He made his NBA debut in 2001, as an assistant with the Seattle Supersonics under Nate McMillan. He was an assistant coach in Portland for five seasons, and with the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons.

Demopoulos was hired by Melbourne United of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) in 2015, leading the team to an undefeated season, then went to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2022.

The Canadian Press