Bucks Picks Two Assistants: Bender and Van Exel

Feb 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew reacts to a call during the game against the Miami Heat during the first half at Philips Arena. The Heat defeated the Hawks 103-90. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks added their first two assistants to head coach Larry Drew’s staff:  Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, both of whom worked with Drew in Atlanta.

While Bender (above, mustard-colored suit) sat a little closer to the head coaching seat in Atlanta and has more experience than Van Exel (including an assistant coaching gig under Mike Krzyzewski in the mid-to-late 1980s), Van Exel has the advantage of an NBA player’s background, a fact not lost on Drew in the Bucks’ press release:

“Bob and Nick were both important pieces of my staff in Atlanta, and I’m excited that they are joining me on the bench in Milwaukee,” said Drew. “Bob’s merits as a coach have been proven through his past experience, and Nick’s successful career in the NBA gives him a strong platform to mentor and coach our players. They will be dedicated to the task of teaching and building up our young men in order for the Bucks to put a hard-working, committed team on the court.”

Look for more coaches to be added to the staff in the coming weeks.

Topics: Bob Bender, Larry Drew, Milwaukee Bucks, Nick Van Exel

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