The Shanghai Sharks’ backroom staff just got a little bit bigger after the club announced the appointment of Rory White as the team’s new assistant coach.
White, who played five season in the NBA in the 1980’s, was a fourth round draft pick in 1982 by the Phoenix Suns before playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Clippers. The power forward ended his playing days with stints in the American Continental Basketball Association (CBA), Belgium, Italy, Argentina and Spain.
Having moved into coaching, White then had spells in various lower level American basketball leagues before being getting a gig back with the Clippers as an assistant coach in 2003 and staying there for a further six years.
In 2009, he was appointed head coach of the Dakota Wizards, then the NBA D-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. Two years and a 48-52 record later, his contract was terminated by the Wizard’s new affiliate owners, the Golden State Warriors a day after the latter had bought the club.
This will mark the first time that the head coach Daniel Panaggio and White will be sitting on the same technical bench although they coached against the other in the CBA (Panaggio with the Quad City Thunder, White with the Idaho Stampede) as well as the D-League (Panaggio was with the LA D-Fenders until 2010).