Friday , Jul , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nets add experienced assistant

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets have named John
Kuester as an assistant coach. As per club policy, terms of the agreement
were not released.

“We are very pleased to add a coach with John’s experience to coach (Lawrence)
Frank’s staff,” Rod Thorn, CEO said. “He will be a welcome addition for both
the players and coaches.”

Kuester comes to the Nets with 15 years experience on the NBA sidelines,
having spent this past season as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons.
He has also worked as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior
to joining Philadelphia in 1997, Kuester had spent seven seasons with the
Boston Celtics.

Kuester played at North Carolina under legendary coach Dean Smith from
1973-77. He joined the NBA ranks as a third-round draft choice of the Kansas
City Kings (53rd overall) in 1977. He played three seasons in the NBA, one
each with Kansas City, Denver and Indiana.

In 1983, Kuester became the youngest Division I head coach, succeeding Rick
Pitino at Boston University. Two seasons later, Kuester began a five-year
stint as head coach at George Washington University before joining the
Celtics.

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