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Published September 27, 2011, 11:53 AM

Dakota Wizards name former NBA player as assistant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The NBA Development League team in Bismarck has named a former NBA player as an assistant coach.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The NBA Development League team in Bismarck has named a former NBA player as an assistant coach.

Vitaly (vee-TAH'-lee) Potapenko (poh-TAH'-pehn-koh) most recently served as an assistant for the Indiana Pacers. He will serve alongside newly hired Dakota Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren (bee-ORK'-grehn) for the upcoming D-League season. Before joining the Pacers staff, the 36-year-old Potapenko served as an assistant with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Potapenko was selected 12th overall by Cleveland in the 1996 NBA draft. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, with Cleveland, Boston, Seattle and Sacramento.

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