NBA G League side, the Long Island Nets have named Australian Adam Caporn as their new head coach for next season.
The Long Island Nets are the affiliate team of NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets, where Caporn will serve as their fifth head coach in the franchise’s history.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Adam and his family to Long Island,” Long Island Nets General Manager Matt Riccardi said.
“Adam’s accomplished record of developing players and driving culture on the international, professional, and amateur levels has prepared him well to lead the Long Island Nets. We look forward to seeing how his extensive knowledge of the game and focus on individual development will shape the team’s promising talent on and off the court.”
Capron has spent the past seven years as the head coach of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, Australia’s leading player development program.
He also has served as an assistant coach for the Australian National Team since 2017 and will be part of the coaching staff for the Boomers at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games before heading to the Nets.
Capron has extensive coaching experience around the world having served as the head coach of Australia’s U19 team from 2014 to 2016 and as an assistant coach in the United States at his alma mater, Saint Mary’s College of California from 2010 to 2014.
His experience developing and identifying talent is well suited for the G League where the primary goal will be developing young players to become future NBA players.
Caporn has coached and developed players such as Josh Giddey, who has just come off winning NBL Rookie of the Year and is expected to be a first-round draft selection in the upcoming NBA Draft in late July.
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Before his coaching career, Caporn played two seasons at Saint Mary’s College before moving back to Australia and playing six professional seasons in Australia and New Zealand’s National Basketball Leagues.
He played for the Illawarra Hawks from 2003 to 2006, the Wellington Saints briefly in 2004, and Perth Wildcats for three seasons from 2006 to 2009.
Caporn joins former NBL player Matt Nielsen as the second Australian head coach in the NBA G League, who coaches the Austin Spurs, the affiliate team of the San Antonio Spurs.
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