This comes after a report on Friday stated that former Sixers assistant John Kuester is the leading candidate to become Brown’s top assistant (see story). Kuester previously served as an assistant with the Sixers under Larry Brown. Lange, 41, is born and bred in this area. The New Jersey native played high school basketball at Bishop Eustace in Pennsauken Township, NJ and then went on to play at Rowan University.
Two NBA sources have confirmed that Steve Hetzel, former Cavaliers video coordinator, will be hired to coach the Cavs’ owned-and-operated NBA Development League team, the Canton Charge. The hire was first reported by the News-Herald. Hetzel, a 2005 graduate of Michigan State where he served as a student manager for the men’s basketball team, was named the Cavs’ video coordinator in July, 2006. He stayed until 2009, when he left to join former Cavs assistant John Kuester’s staff with the Detroit Pistons. After Kuester was fired, Hetzel remained with Lawrence Frank for two seasons.
Kuester, 58, returned to the NBA the following season as Brown’s lead assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was relieved of his duties after one season and became an advance scout. So, does he want to get back in the league? Sources are torn whether he’ll join Brown’s staff. He was an assistant under Brown with the Cavs in 2007-09.
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is piecing together his coaching staff in Cleveland. One of his first calls likely went to former offensive coordinator John Kuester. Brown would like to add him to his staff. However, sources say he might be reluctant to return to the NBA.