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Our Man Sam Cassell Hired as Washington Wizards Assistant Coach

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Sam Cassell #28 of the Boston Celtics reacts as he stands in front of teammate Ray Allen #20 while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 15, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Jarrett CarterAnalyst IJuly 29, 2009

As many of you know, I was a little hesitant about the Washington Wizards bringing in Flip Saunders as head coach. But Flip has said and done all of the right things since arriving in D.C. And no move has been more appropriate than bringing in Sam Cassell as an assistant coach.

Bringing in a guy who could, right now, probably give 90 percent of the Wizards roster fits on defense is bound to capture the attention of a young roster than needs to develop championship hunger.

He can make guards better with his advice and insight, and can make post players more knowledgeable about reacting to perimeter movement and passing lanes on the interior. From all accounts, he’s a wise dude all around.

So in honor of Sam I Am, here’s Coach Cassell giving us a nice little tutorial on the mid-range game, courtesy of Bullets Forever.

And as a bonus for Terp fans, the victim of Coach Cassell’s mid-range demo? Duke alumnus and current Polish all-star, Daniel Ewing.

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