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Vincent to Coach Minor League Team

May 9, 2001

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Sam Vincent, who played on the Boston Celtics’ championship team in 1986, was hired Wednesday as coach of the Mobile team in the National Basketball Development League.

The league is run by the NBA and begins its first season in November with teams in eight Southeast cities. The minor league teams are not directly affiliated with NBA club.

Each team plays a 56-game regular season that ends in March, followed by playoffs.

Vincent spent three seasons as a coach of a club team in South Africa. He coached the men’s and women’s South African national teams in 1999 and spent a season coaching in Greece and the Netherlands.

Vincent said he was influenced by such coaches as K.C. Jones and Phil Jackson and players like Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

``This is a wonderful chance for me to use the knowledge they have passed on to me and make an impact here in Mobile,″ he said Wednesday.

Vincent, a former star guard at Michigan State, averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 assists a game during his seven-year NBA career. He played for Boston, Seattle, Chicago and Orlando.

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