Legends Add Three Assistants to Coaching Staff
FRISCO, TX, (Oct. 18, 2016) - The Texas Legends have announced three new additions to Head Coach Bob MacKinnon's bench. MacKinnon, in his first year with the Legends, will be adding NBA veteran Zendon Hamilton, as well as George Galanopoulous and Zachary Chu to complete his staff.
Zendon Hamilton played six years in the NBA followed by four seasons overseas and a stretch with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League. Prior to turning pro, Hamilton earned AAC honors four straight years at St. John's. In 2013, Hamilton took his first step into the coaching world at the D-League National Tryouts which led to an assistant position with the Idaho Stampede the following season. Hamilton played center throughout his career and will focus on the development of the big men with the Legends.
George Galanopoulous spent last season working in player development with the Dallas Mavericks. Galanopoulos graduated from Indiana University, where he worked as a manager for the men's basketball team, and went on to join the staff of the Bakersfield Jam. After coaching three years with the Jam and being invited to coach the Development League's National Tryout in 2014, Galanopoulos headed overseas to be the assistant coach of the Hawkes Bay Hawks of the New Zealand NBL. Galanopoulos also spent time with the Chicago Bulls staff while in college and worked at Tim Grover's ATTACK Athletics.
Zachary Chu joins the Legends after spending last season as a player development intern for the Los Angeles Clippers. Chu, a Dallas-native, played four years at the University of Richmond before joining Nike Basketball working in grassroots programs overseas. Chu's experience will allow him to focus on analytics for the staff.
"We've got a group of guys that are excited to get to work and build a winning team" MacKinnon said. "This staff covers the spectrum in terms of experience and background and the different perspectives will be perfect for me and for our players. I look forward to learning from each of them as well coaching each of them along with the team."
The Legends will open their season at home hosting the Maine Red Claws on November 12.
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