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Wizards release several staff; interim HC Keefe, assistant stay

Published April 20, 2024 at 2:57 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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The Washington Wizards made significant changes to their coaching staff, parting ways with several members while retaining interim head coach Brian Keefe and assistant coach David Vanterpool, as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Keefe, who took over as interim head coach in January, will now be considered for the permanent position. Despite the team's struggles this season, Keefe's leadership has been acknowledged, particularly in the development of players like Jordan Poole, whose performance notably improved under Keefe's guidance.


Keefe's coaching career spans back to 2007, having served as an assistant coach for various NBA teams. While this interim role marks his first head coaching position in the league, he had previously been in contention for the Detroit Pistons' head coaching vacancy last offseason. Meanwhile, Vanterpool, who joined the Wizards as an assistant coach at the start of the 2023-24 season, may also be in the running for the head coaching role once the formal search begins. His coaching abilities were endorsed by players like Damian Lillard during his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wizards' decision to retain Keefe and Vanterpool while parting ways with other staff members underscores their commitment to continuity and potential future development. As the team looks to rebuild and improve following a disappointing season, the roles of Keefe and Vanterpool could be crucial in shaping the franchise's trajectory moving forward.


Source Bleacher Report : NBA Rumors: Wizards Fire 'a Number' of Staffers; Interim HC Keefe, Assistant Remain
Source RealGM : Wizards Part Ways With Several Staff Members, Retain Brian Keefe, David Vanterpool
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