They’re the unsung heroes of the NBA — focused and driven by the next victory, assistant coaches, and sometimes even head coaches, garner relatively little fanfare when discussing the success of a team. The National Basketball Coaches Association wants to change that.
The NBCA recently sat down with Rex Kalamian to get a little back-story on the Raptors’ lead assistant — part of a new spotlight series which aims to get to know the men and women calling plays in the NBA.
Beginning his NBA career as a scout with the Los Angeles Clippers, Kalamian has seen a lot in his 24-year journey across the league. He’s best known for his relationship with and management of All-NBA duos Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, as well as DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in Toronto.
Thanks to his success with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors over the last decade, he is now being viewed as one of the best assistants in the league — which means a lot of teams that may be looking for a new head coach this off-season will have Kalamian on their radar.