The Oklahoma City Thunder are adding to their franchise. No, they didn't sign any players, but they did fill two assistant coaches positions.
In a press release, Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced the hirings of Robert Pack and Mike Terpstra as assistant coaches Wednesday.
Pack and Terpstra will join Rex Kalamian, Mark Bryant and Brian Keefe on head coach Scott Brooks' bench.
"We're excited to add Robert and Mike to our coaching staff for the upcoming season," said Head Coach Scott Brooks. "These additions bring diverse backgrounds to our group that will help the further development of our players."
Before joining the Thunder coaching staff, Pack spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. While in LA, he coached the Clippers' 2012 Las Vegas Summer League team. Pack also was hired as New Orleans Hornets' assistant coach during the 2009-10 season.
During his 13-year NBA career, Pack averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 552 with games with the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards. He also played one season overseas with BC Kauno Zalgiris in Lithuania.
Pack, who played college ball at USC from 1989-91, ranks fourth with 319 assists all-time and became just the fourth player in school history to record back-to-back 100 assist seasons. In his two seasons playing at USC, he averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 assists per game.
According to the press release, Terpstra joins the Thunder coaching staff after more than 20 years working in the high school, college, CBA and NBA development league levels.
As an assistant coach, Terpstra spent time with the Idaho Stampede during the 2005-06 CBA season and spent one season with D-League team Colorado 14ers.
As head coach, Terpstra made stops at his alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University from 2004-05, California State Stanislaus from 2000-03, and Modesto Junior College from 1997-00. As a head coach Terpstra compiled a 60-36 record.
Terpstra was named team MVP in his junior and senior seasons at Northwest Nazarene. Afterward, Terpstra played pro ball in Turkey, England and Australia.