BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The NBA Development League team in Bismarck has named a former NBA player as an assistant coach.
Vitaly (vee-TAH'-lee) Potapenko (poh-TAH'-pehn-koh) most recently served as an assistant for the Indiana Pacers. He will serve alongside newly hired Dakota Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren (bee-ORK'-grehn) for the upcoming D-League season. Before joining the Pacers staff, the 36-year-old Potapenko served as an assistant with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Potapenko was selected 12th overall by Cleveland in the 1996 NBA draft. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, with Cleveland, Boston, Seattle and Sacramento.