PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nate McMillan has chosen a familiar face
to be his lead assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Dean Demopoulos, who served as a McMillan assistant for four
years with the Seattle SuperSonics, was added to the Portland staff
"He is a very good coach and teacher and I believe he will be a
great fit here as we try to build our program," McMillan said in a
statement. "His ability to mentor younger players will be a great
asset given the youth of our team."
The Trail Blazers are trying to rebuild around what is expected
to be the youngest team in the league, with an average age of 23½. Portland has drafted high school players in the first round of the draft the past three years with Travis Outlaw, Sebastian Telfair and Martell Webster, the Blazers' first pick this year.
"Nate is a great coach to work with and I am very impressed
with the clear direction the franchise is headed," Demopoulos
said. "It is a young group of players and I am anxious to get out
on the floor and work on getting better each and every day."
Demopoulos joined the Sonics after one season as head coach of
the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he led the Kangaroos
to a 14-16 record.
Before that, Demopoulos spent 17 years at Temple and was
credited with helping recruit top players for coach John Chaney's