With Ron Adams leaving Oklahoma City to re-join the Chicago Bulls, the Thunder had one spot open to fill on their coaching. And that position has been filled with Maz Trakh who will join Scott Brooks, Mo Cheeks, Brian Keefe and Mark Bryant.
Trakh comes to the Thunder with an international resume, as he spent the last five seasons coaching in Asia including a stint as head coach of Fastlink (now Zain) of Jordan where he led the team to the 2005 FIBA Asia Club Championship. Fastlink became the first Jordanian team to win the Asia Club Championship. Trakh’s coaching career spans three decades and includes stints in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), Korea, Lebanon and the NCAA.
There’s a connection to Scott Brooks in there as well. Trakh had an assistant coaching gig with Cal-Irvine, which is where Brooks played college basketball. Trakh played at Southern Utah University.
“I am thrilled to have this group of coaches back on the bench with me for the 2010-11 season,” said Thunder head Coach Scott Brooks in a press release. “Every coach brings a unique perspective on the game and provides a great support for the future development of our team. Maz is someone I have known for a long time and he brings a wealth of basketball experience.”