Thunder Advance in NBA’s Playoffs

Assistant coach Rex Kalamian and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished off a first-round sweep of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks with a 103-97 road victory.

Kalamian joined the Thunder coaching staff under Scott Brooks in 2009 after previously working with Brooks in Denver. The Thunder finished the lockout shortened season with a 47-19 record, good for a second-place finish in the western conference. The Thunder await the winner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets series.

As a specialist in developing perimeter players, Kalamian has worked with one of the Thunder’s youngest guards, James Harden, who was named sixth-man of the year by the NBA this week, as well.

Kalamian grew up in Los Angeles and led the South Coast Conference in three-point field goal percentage during the 1988-89 season. He also worked many years for the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings.

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