In a press release, the Raptors officially announced on Friday they’ve hired Patrick Mutombo and Jim Sann as assistant coaches who will join Rex Kalamian and Nick Nurse on the Dwane Casey’s coaching staff for the start of the 2016-17 season. In addition, Jama Mahlalela has been promoted and will move to the front of the bench.
In a statement, Casey said: “I am pleased to add Patrick and Jim to our coaching staff,” Both possess a tremendous work ethic and a wealth of basketball experience that with help our players improve. Jama has done a great job for us in the area of player development and game preparation the last several seasons and is deserving of this recognition.”
A bit of info on Mutombo, Sann and Mahlalela per the team’s press release:
Mutombo joins the Raptors after one season as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League. Prior to joining the Spurs, Mutombo spent four seasons with the Denver Nuggets (2011-15), including the last three as an assistant coach.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mutombo played professionally in Europe for six seasons (2003-09), before signing with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. He appeared in 29 games for the Jam, averaging 5.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 22.0 minutes.
Mutombo played collegiately at Metropolitan State University (1999-2003), helping the Roadrunners win the NCAA Division II championship in 2000 and 2002.
Sann rejoins the Raptors where he served as an assistant coach on Kevin O’Neill’s staff during the 2003-04 season. He spent the last three seasons as assistant coach/advance scout with the Brooklyn Nets. Sann was also with the Nets organization for five seasons (2005-10) as an assistant coach/coaching associate.
From 2010-12, Sann was a member of the Chicago Bulls staff, serving as an assistant coach/video coordinator. He was also an assistant coach/advance scout for the Houston Rockets during the 2004-05 season. Sann began his professional basketball career with the New York Knicks, holding various positions over 11 seasons, eventually rising to director of basketball administration.
Sann graduated from the University of Colorado in 1991.
Mahlalela enters his fourth season as an assistant coach. He moved to the bench following two seasons working in the Raptors’ front office as director of player development.
Mahlalela started with the Raptors in 2006 as a member of the community development staff, leading the Raptors Basketball Academy and various clinics throughout Canada. He was named director of basketball operations for NBA Asia in 2009 and oversaw the League’s clinics, youth programs and elite-level development from his base in Hong Kong.
Mahlalela played collegiately at the University of British Columbia and served as assistant coach at the University of Toronto for four seasons.