The Texas Legends have announced the addition of Charlie Bell to the coaches’ bench through the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program (ACP).
Bell is a seven-year NBA veteran out of Flint, Michigan that will be joining the team for the first half of the season. Bell spent four years at Michigan State where he played in three NCAA Final Fours, earned All-American Second and Third Team honors, and was named the Spartans’ Defensive Player of the Year all four years. After going undrafted, Bell spent three seasons overseas before signing with the Milwaukee Bucks. Bell played five seasons with the Bucks and made two post-season appearances before being traded to the Golden State Warriors. Bell was a member of the Michigan State University athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and will be inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 on December 3rd. Bell’s reputation and resume give him credibility on and off the court in a coaching role.
The ACP began in 1988 and has had over 150 former NBA players participate. The program provides former players the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in coaching and explore other areas of the basketball offices based on the participant’s interests. Former participants currently sitting on D-League benches include:
- Anthony Carter (2015 Participant, Assistant Coach, Sioux Falls Skyforce)
- Jerry Stackhouse (2014 Participant, Head Coach, Raptors 905)
- Rex Walters (2016 Participant, Head Coach, Grand Rapids Drive)
“We are very excited to add Charlie to the team” MacKinnon said. “His resume alone speaks volumes about his work ethic and basketball mind. He brings a level of experience to the table that will benefit our players, and he fits in well with this staff. We are all ready to get to work!”