Houston Rockets G League: Vipers Name Kevin Burleson Head Coach


HOUSTON — The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA G League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, announced the hiring of Kevin Burleson as head coach on Wednesday. Burleson will become the ninth coach in franchise history at the start of the 2022-23 season.

“I am extremely excited and honored to begin my first-ever NBA head coaching career at the G League level with the RGV Vipers,” Burleson said. “I believe the sky is the limit, I’m not putting a cap on this tremendous opportunity that’s in front of me.”

After a 10-year playing career that featured 39 brief games with the Charlotte Bobcats, Burleson began coaching in 2014 as a player development coach with the Rockets.

Burleson held the position for four seasons before joining the Minnesota Timberwolves organization. In 2017, Burleson served as the associate head coach of NBA G League team the Iowa Wolves.

In 2019, the Timberwolves hired Burleson to take the helm as the team’s player development coach. During the 2022 NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Burleson coached the Timberwolves.

Burleson had a short coaching stint with the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2018-19 season.

“We are incredibly thrilled to have Coach Burleson on board,” Vipers general manager Travis Stockbridge said. “He’s a terrific basketball spirit with an impressive resume as a player and coach. Having known Kevin since the start of his coaching career, I’m proud of how far he’s come and excited that he’s taking the next step with him. vipers.”

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Burleson ended his playing career in 2013 after spending one season with Egyptian side Al-Ittihad Alexandria. From 2009 to 2010, he played in Romania with Liga Nationala team CSU Ploiesti, also known as CSU Asesoft. He appeared in 40 games, where he averaged 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals.

Burleson takes over coaching duties from Mahmoud Abdelfattah, who left the Vipers in June to join coaching staff Stephen Silas in Houston.

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