Sean Marks to Join Spurs’ Bench Staff

Sean Marks, the former San Antonio center who spent the past two seasons working in the team’s front office, will move to the Spurs bench for 2013-14 to complete coach Gregg Popovich‘s assistant coaching staff, NBA.com has learned.

Marks, 38, worked under Spurs president R.C. Buford and assistant general manager Scott Layden as director of basketball operations last season and also served as GM of the D-League Austin Toros. He moves into the vacancy opened by longtime assistant Brett Brown‘s move to Philadelphia as the 76ers head coach and joins Jim Boylen and Ime Udoka on the game-night bench. Boylen was hired off Indiana’s staff in late June to replace Mike Budenholzer, who was hired as the Atlanta Hawks’ new head coach.

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, the 6-foot-10 Marks  played for six NBA teams in parts of 11 seasons spread over 13 years. After being drafted in the 1998 second round pick by New York, he appeared in just 230 games for Toronto, Miami, San Antonio, Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland, spent the 2000-01 season in Poland and was sidelined by a knee injury for all of 2003-04. Marks did earn a championship ring with the Spurs in 2004-05 after averaging 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 10.6 minutes in 23 games.

Marks spent the 2011-12 season as an intern in the Spurs’ basketball office. According to a story in May on the Stuff news Web site in New Zealand, the University of California product was paying attention as he moved through various NBA organizations. Wrote Brendon Egan:

“From an outsider’s perspective, I think I enjoyed looking at different teams and organisations and looking at their makeup and thinking, ‘How does that fit together?’,” Marks says. “I really got an eye-opening experience (while playing for the Spurs) . . .

“I stayed in contact with Pop and R.C. over the course of my career and I’m glad they found a place for me.”

Opportunity can come swiftly in the Spurs system, given how popular their assistant coaches and front-office staffers have become with rival teams looking to hire. Now Marks will be adding clipboard duties to his growing resume.

8 Comments

  1. wellingtonian says:

    had the chance to see him play as a Tall Black alongside Phil Jones and Pero Cameron. The Spurs staff can only get better with him onboard. Congrats Sean Marks =)

  2. Micheal says:

    Tall Whites? I think you mean Tall Blacks. Interesting twist, I wonder what role they are grooming Sean for. Was GM of their D league… so is this a change of direction or part of a big picture pathway… type thing???
    Great team player, I wish him well.

  3. ralph says:

    congrats, Sean. you are the best for the job.

  4. I4sun says:

    Since he played for the Tall Whites, there’s noone until now who can replace him. Steven Adams can but we’re not sure yet.

  5. TEG says:

    nice addition indeed

  6. patty mills mvp says:

    Marks has a good knowledge of Patty Mills and his extreme ability. Should finally get Patty Mills his ring! Patty for All Star!!

  7. George says:

    Absolute stewart of the game. A legend. Family man. Gives all his effort. Fundamentally sound. What a great addition to the Spurs coaching staff.