The Nets have added three player development/video assistants with extensive overseas basketball experience, including two who only stopped playing in March.
In addition, the physiotherapist who worked with Kevin Durant during his rehab is now on staff.
According to a NetsDaily survey of social media sites, the three assistants are:
—Dante Milligan, a UMass product, played professionally in France, Israel, China, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. He played two seasons in the NBA D-League with the Springfield Armor, Oklahoma City Blue and the Canton Charge. He retired from playing in 2015. Most recently, the native New Yorker had been an assistant coach at NYU for two and a half years.
—Lance Harris, a Kansas State product, played his last pro game in March for Mornar Bar in Montenegro. He’d previously played in Slovenia, Greece, Bosnia, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and France. He won the French national championship in 2017 with Chalon. Harris is a native of St. Louis.
—Travis Bader, an Oakland University product, also played his last game this March for Palencia in Spain. He previously played in France, Lithuania, Italy, and Greece, He also had G League stints with the Austin Spurs and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He played summer league ball for the Spurs, Warriors and Thunder as well. Bader, known as “Darth Bader,” broke J.J. Redick’s NCAA Division 1 record for 3-pointers in 2014, finishing with 504. The record stood for five years. He’s a native of Okemos, Michigan.
Development assistants work with NBA and G League players on specific skills using video analysis as well as hands-on teaching. The job is often a stepping stone to an assistant coaching jobs.
The Nets have also hired Zeke Chapman, a former Ball State guard, as a video assistant. Chapman is the son of Rex Chapman, the former NBA player and TikTok curator.
The team also announced that it’s hired the physiotherapist who worked with Kevin Durant during his 18-month rehab from Achilles surgery. Andrew Barr, a former Knicks director of performance and rehabilitation is now the Nets team physiotherapist. Barr worked with the Knicks for six years, ending in 2015. He served in a similar capacity with the New York City Football Club.
Prior to that, the native of Birmingham, England, worked as a physiotherapist for a number of British soccer teams. In addition to KD, Barr has worked with individual athletes, including former Nets D’Angelo Russell and Yi Jianlian, at Quantum Performance in southern California. Barr founded Quantum after leaving the Knicks.