Cavs name Sidney Lowe assistant coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Sidney Lowe as an assistant coach, the team announced on Thursday.

Lowe, 61, has been on the coaching sidelines for nearly three decades and returns to Cleveland, where he was an assistant coach for five seasons under Mike Fratello from 1994-1999.

Over that stretch, he was part of a staff that helped the Cavaliers garner three playoff appearances (1995, 1996, 1998). The Washington, DC, native was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons for the past three seasons (2018-2021).

“Sidney brings a wealth of coaching experience and familiarity to our staff,” said Bickerstaff. “He is a great teacher of the game, and his ability to build lasting relationships across the board is integral to the growth of our overall culture here in Cleveland. Sidney also brings all of the character traits we value as a human being – loyalty, trust, and integrity. I look forward to working with him and building something special together with our young and talented roster.”

Lowe began his coaching career with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1992. Ultimately, he was promoted to head coach midway through the 1992-93 season and retained the position through the 1993-94 season. Lowe was named head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000 and remained at the helm until 2002-03.

From 2006-2011, Lowe also served as head coach at his alma mater, North Carolina State (2006-11).

The former point guard was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick of the second round (25th overall) in the 1983 NBA Draft and spent four seasons with Indiana, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Minnesota. 

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