23 Sep 2013

First NZ NBA player becomes first NZ NBA coach

10:59 am on 23 September 2013

Sean Marks, the first New Zealander to play in basketball's NBA competition, has been appointed assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

The 38-year-old from Auckland, who made his NBA debut in 1998, played for the Spurs from 2003 to 2006, winning the championship with them in 2005.

Marks, who played in the competition for eleven years, will work alongside head coach Gregg Popovich in a coaching lineup that's considered one of the best in the league.

For the past couple of years Marks has been working in an administrative role with the Spurs, who lost last season's NBA finals to the Miami Heat.

Marks played for New Zealand in two Olympic Games, in 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens and was a member of the New Zealand team that finished fourth at the 2002 World Champs.