Monday , Jul , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics make Weiss choice

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics named Bob Weiss head
coach on Monday.

Weiss, an original member of the Sonics in 1967, replaces Nate McMillian,
who bolted the Emerald City unexpectedly in early July to accept the head
coaching vacancy in Portland.

“I’m thrilled to be named head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics and can’t wait
to get started on what I’m confident will be another successful era for this
franchise,” said Weiss. “It’s an honor to take the coaching reins at an
organization I very much respect and one where I’ve dedicated the last 11
years of my basketball career.”

Weiss, who began his coaching career as an assistant with the San Diego
Clippers in 1977, has been an assistant in Seattle since 1994 and was
endorsed by several key players on the team.

“I love Coach Weiss,” said guard Mateen Cleaves. “He’s great. He’s been around
basketball a long time. He knows this game inside and out. I think he does a
good job of relating to the players. I love him as a person and I love him
even more as a basketball coach.”

The 63-year-old Weiss has had three prior coaching stints in the NBA. From
1986-88 Weiss coached the San Antonio Spurs to a 59-105 mark before leading
the Atlanta Hawks to a 124-122 record from 1990 to 1993. Weiss also guided the
Los Angeles Clippers to a 27-55 mark during the 1993-94 campaign.

“Bob’s extensive coaching experience with the Sonics and elsewhere in the NBA
was a major plus in our decision,” said general manager Rick Sund. “He relates
well with our current group of very talented players. Bob is an excellent
choice to further build on the success he’s helped this young team already

Weiss was born on May 7, 1942, in Easton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn
State in 1965 with a degree in physical education. He and his wife, Tracy,
have two children, Stuart and Grace.