James Wade (basketball)

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James Wade
James Wade after a Silver Stars Practice.jpg
Minnesota Lynx
Position Assistant coach
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1975-08-15) August 15, 1975 (age 42)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American / French
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Career information
High school Northside (Memphis, Tennessee)
College Middle Tennessee (1994–1995)
Chattanooga State CC (1995–1996)
Kennesaw State (1996–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Position Guard
Coaching career 2013–present
Career history
As player:
2001–2004 Cambrai Basket
2004–2005 CSK VVS Samara
2005 Rosalia de Castro Noyastar
2005–2006 CSK VVS-2 Samara
2006 Alicante Costablanca
2007–2008 Usti Nad Labem
2008 Basket Nivelles
2008–2009 Union Carquefou-St. Luce
2009–2010 Aurore de Vitré
2010–2011 Golbey Epinal Thaon Vosges
2011–2013 Castelnau Le Lez Montpellier
As coach:
2013–2016 San Antonio Stars (asst.)
2013–present Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomération (asst.)
2017-present Minnesota Lynx (asst.)

James Wade (born August 15, 1975), also known as Coco, is an assistant basketball coach for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA and also an assistant basketball coach for Euroleague team BLMA, which also plays in the LFB premier league in France. He is a former professional basketball player who has played his entire professional career in Europe.

Playing career[edit]

In 2001–2004 he played in Cambrai, France. In 2004, He made a brief stop at CSK VVS Samara in the Russian Basketball Super League before taking his next contract at Rosalia Noyastar in Santiago de Compostela in the Spanish Adecco Oro. Directly after his contract in Spain, He revisited Russia. He would sign a contract with CSKA VVS Samara in Superleague B. In March 2006 he finished the season with Costa Urbana Playas in Spain. In the fall of 2007, James went on to play with Usti Nad Labem in the National Basketball League (Czech Republic). In the spring of 2008, he went on to play at Nivelles in the Pro B division of Belgium. For the 2008–2009 season, James took his game back to France and signed with Union Carquefou-Sainte Luce Basket. In 2009–2010 season he played for L'Aurore Vitre in France NM2. James played for GET Vosges in Epinal, France in France's NM1 division for the 2010–2011 season. James played the 2011–2013 for Castelnau Le Lez Basket in Montpellier, France. He concluded his basketball career playing against U.S Colomiers in Toulouse, France in the French Cup scoring 33 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds in an 89-95 victory to conclude a 13-year career in Europe.

Coaching career[edit]

In the spring of 2012, James accepted a job as a basketball coaching intern with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver stars. He served mainly as a player development coach, working closely with All-Stars Sophia Young and Danielle Adams. In 2013, he was hired on the full-time staff to serve as an assistant coach. In April 2013, James served as an advance scout for UMMC Ekaterinbourg during the Euroleague Final Eight that would see them go on to be crowned Champion of Europe. After the 2013 WNBA season, he took on a role to serve as an assistant coach for BLMA (Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration). BLMA plays in Euroleague, the highest level league in Europe, and also the French LFB league. On March 2nd, 2017, James was announced as the new assistant coach for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.

James is Franco-American (French and American) and is also Trilingual. He is married to Edwige Lawson-Wade, an Olympian Silver Medalist and professional basketball player.

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