Former Raps coach joins Nets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Former NBA head coaches Sam Mitchell and Larry Krystkowiak have been named assistants for Avery Johnson with the New Jersey Nets.

John Loyer, Popeye Jones and Tom Barrise were also named to Johnson's staff.

"Avery has assembled a staff that brings a wealth of NBA experience to the sidelines," said new Nets general manager Billy King. "Their collective knowledge of the game, gained from both playing and coaching in the league, will be an invaluable asset to the head coach as well as our players."

Mitchell will be the lead assistant. He was the 2006-07 NBA Coach of the Year with Toronto and led the Raptors to a record of 156-189 with a pair of playoff appearances in his four-plus seasons.

Krystkowiak has 12 years of coaching experience in the NBA, CBA and college. He was a head coach with Milwaukee for part of the 2006-07 season and the entire 2007-08 campaign, posting a record of 31-69.

Loyer will return for a second season as a Nets assistant after spending four years in the same capacity with Philadelphia. Jones was a member of Dallas' player development staff for four seasons after an 11-year NBA playing career. Barrise will start his 15th season with the Nets and his seventh full year as an assistant coach.


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