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Nets name OKC assistant as new big man coach

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The Nets announced Thursday that they’ve added Travon Bryant to Kenny Atkinson’s staff. He’ll serve as an assistant player development coach specializing in big men.

Bryant, 34, most recently spent his last two seasons as an assistant on the Oklahoma City Blue staff, the G League (we’re doing that now, right?) affiliate of the Thunder.

The California native played basketball at the University of Missouri from 2000-2004 before embarking on a 11-year playing career overseas, where the 6’9” forward spent time in Japan, Greece, Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine.

He replaces Mike Batiste, who left for Charlotte after one year.

While on staff with the OKC Blue, the team went a combined 53-47, including a 34-16 display last season in what was known as the D League. The OKC Blue were knocked out by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in last year’s Conference Finals.