Rex Kalamian Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit is finalizing deals to hire three new assistants to Dwane Casey’s staff: Boston’s Jerome Allen, ex-Indiana assistant Bill Bayno and Sacramento’s Rex Kalamian, sources tell ESPN. Kalamian, Bayno worked for Casey in Toronto. Allen interviewed for Celtics HC job last week.
A few months back, longtime NBA assistant coach Rex Kalamian rummaged through a box of sentimental relics he stumbled across while cleaning. In the middle of a pandemic, especially after having spent months in the NBA bubble in Orlando, those family trinkets strummed a little bit harder on the heart strings. In the box, Kalamian found one of his old writings — an essay from a ninth grade school assignment. Maybe eighth. He carefully unfolded the papers, now permanently creased and tinted beige after three-plus decades of being tucked away, and to life came the story of his grandmother Yevkine Yermanian.
She is the reason he was born in the United States, the grandson of a woman who witnessed atrocities in Armenia no citizen should have to endure. As he sat in his Los Angeles home, reading words he’d written after interviewing her back in the early ’80s, Kalamian was reminded yet again of her terrifying upbringing. How she was from Amasya, an ancient city in modern-day Turkey located in a fertile river valley and surrounded by mountain ranges just south of the Black Sea coast.
How she knew she was born in 1903, just didn’t know what month, and was all of 12 when she witnessed her father get kidnapped. The Turkish army was rounding up thousands of men, the professionals and intellectuals first, for execution. They later came back for her mother and Yevkine’s older siblings. “She witnessed her father being taken, her siblings being killed,” Kalamian said. “Her mother was raped.”
Reading his grandmother’s story revived his appreciation for what he has: a 19-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. Twenty-six years under his belt as an assistant coach in the NBA, a nice life in Los Angeles, a personal relationship with some of the best players and brightest minds in the NBA, and a new job as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings. But it also broke his heart, especially knowing his homeland was suffering great loss again.