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Sky hires 'Tree' Rollins as assistant coach

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By Daily Herald News Services

Former NBA star Wayne "Tree" Rollins was named a Chicago Sky assistant coach, team officials announced Tuesday.

Rollins replaces Jeff House, who will join the University of Kentucky as assistant coach of women's basketball.

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"Tree brings a wealth of experience on so many different levels," Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. "Coupled with his ability to communicate and relate to players, I think he will immediately enhance our basketball organization. Simply put, he's passionate about the game, which comes as no surprise when you look at his basketball pedigree."

Rollins had a successful 18-year NBA career, playing for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. In Rollins' 1,156 game appearances, he averaged 2.2 blocked shots per game and received NBA All-Defensive First and Second Team honors. He currently ranks ninth all-time in career blocked shots (2,542).

"I'm looking forward to joining a staff." Rollin said. "I am also excited to bring my brand of basketball to the Sky as I will have the opportunity to work in all facets of the game."

Along with his experience on the court, Rollins has had an extensive coaching career. He has served as assistant coach to the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers. In 2002, he was named head coach of the NBA D-League franchise the Greenville Groove. Rollins joined the Washington Mystics as assistant coach in 2006 before being named head coach in 2007.

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