Corey Gaines

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Corey Gaines
New York Knicks
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1965-06-01) June 1, 1965 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Bernard
(Playa del Ray, California)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1988–2004
Position Shooting guard
Number 12, 8, 1, 7, 5
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As player:
1988–1989 Quad City Thunder
1989 New Jersey Nets
1989 Calgary 88's
1989–1990 Omaha Racers
1990 Philadelphia 76ers
1990 Omaha Racers
1990 Denver Nuggets
1990–1991 Yakima Sun Kings
1991–1992 Sioux Falls Skyforce
1992 Montreal Dragons
1992–1993 Yakima Sun Kings
1993 La Crosse Catbirds
1993–1994 New York Knicks
1994–1995 Scavolini Pesaro
1995 Philadelphia 76ers
1995–1996 Galatasaray
1996 Mash J. Verona
1996–1997 Hapoel Eilat
1997–1998 Japan Energy Griffins
1999–2000 Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2000–2003 Maccabi Haifa
2003–2004 Long Beach Jam
As coach:
2003–2004 Long Beach Jam (asst.)
2005 Long Beach Jam
2006–2007 Phoenix Mercury (asst.)
2007–2013 Phoenix Mercury
2013 Phoenix Suns (asst.)
2015–2016 Phoenix Suns (asst.)
2016–present New York Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Corey Yasuto Gaines (born June 1, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a former head coach of the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Professional career[edit]

Gaines was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft. A 6'3" (1.90 m) guard from UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, Gaines played in 5 NBA seasons for 4 different teams. He played for the New Jersey Nets (1988–89), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–90, 1994–95), Denver Nuggets (1990–91) and New York Knicks (1993–94). In his NBA career, he played in 80 games and scored a total of 248 points. Throughout his NBA career, he also spent time playing in Continental Basketball Association for multiple teams. Gaines also played in multiple international basketball leagues (including the Japanese professional men's basketball league) throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's. His last team he played for would be of the Long Beach Jam under the revived American Basketball Association. The Jam would win the ABA Championship under their first season of existence, thanks in part to having players like Dennis Rodman on their squad.

Coaching career[edit]

After winning the ABA Championship, Gaines would retire from playing basketball and start out as an assistant coach for the Long Beach Jam in their second year of existence. During the season, he would take over the head coach role there after their previous coach would accept a coaching role in the NBA. After the Jam's second season ended, it was announced that the Long Beach Jam would not play the next season due to their eventual move to Bakersfield in order to complete their transition to the NBA Development League. As a result, he would soon be an assistant coach for the Phoenix Mercury for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. On November 7, 2007, Gaines became the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, replacing outgoing head coach Paul Westhead.[1] Gaines had prior experience with Westhead's offense, having played for him at Loyola Marymount University and with the Nuggets. Gaines kept the same offense that Westhead employed, and in 2009, he directed the Mercury to their second WNBA title. Under Gaines' guidance, Diana Taurasi became the second player in WNBA history to win the regular season scoring title, the WNBA MVP Award, the WNBA Championship, and the WNBA Finals MVP Award in the same season.[2]

In November 2011, Gaines was promoted to general manager of the Mercury, taking over a position vacated by Ann Meyers-Drysdale. On August 8, 2013, the Phoenix Mercury announced that they had relieved Gaines of his duties as head coach and general manager, and named former University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University men's basketball head coach Russ Pennell as the team's interim head coach.[3]

During January 2013, Gaines was temporarily promoted to being an assistant head coach for the Phoenix Suns alongside Dan Panaggio after both Dan Majerle and Elston Turner would resign from their roles after the announcement of Lindsey Hunter being the team's interim head coach. He would then continue working under the organization throughout the rest of the 2012-13 NBA season until the Suns hired permanent replacement assistant head coaches to replace their old coaching staff, although Gaines would still find work for the organization as a new player developmental coach alongside Irving Roland during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. However, on July 30, 2015, Gaines would end up being promoted back as a full-time assistant coach for the Suns starting in the 2015-16 NBA season due to some changes with the coaching and player development staffs respectively.[4][5] Gaines would also be considered a prime candidate for the interim coach tag for the Suns after head coach Jeff Hornacek was fired on February 1, 2016. However, after a generally awful season that was even worst then their 2012-13 season, Gaines would not have his contract renewed with the team.[6]

Before the start of the 2016-17 season, Gaines would reunite with head coach Jeff Hornacek and assistant coach Jerry Sichting as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks.

Personal life[edit]

Gaines' father is African-American and his mother is of Japanese descent.[7][8][9]


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