Joe Prunty

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Joe Prunty
Milwaukee Bucks
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born Sunnyvale, California
Nationality American
Career information
High school Fremont (Sunnyvale, California)
College Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Coaching career 2002–present
Career history
As coach:
2002–2005 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
2005–2008 Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
2008–2010 Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
2010–2013 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2013–2014 Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
2013–present Great Britain
2014–present Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Joe Prunty is an assistant basketball coach for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and the head coach of the Great Britain men's national basketball team.

Early career[edit]

Born in Sunnyvale, California, Prunty attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and went on to graduate in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He began his coaching career in San Diego, California at University of San Diego High School and St. Augustine High School.[1]

NBA coaching career[edit]

In 1996, Prunty joined the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant video coordinator, eventually being promoted to assistant coach in 2002.[1] During his time with the Spurs, Prunty coached MVP and Rookie of the year [Tim Duncan]. He was worked with the staff of Greg popovich and Avery Johnson who both won Coach of the Year Awards. In only 10 seasons with the Spurs, Prunty helped his team win three NBA Finals (1999, 2003, and 2005). In 2006, he joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks and worked with MVP Dirk Nowitzki. With Dallas, Joe made it to the NBA finals. In 2008, he joined the coaching staff of the Portland Trail Blazers as an assistant coach.[2][3]

Prunty served as the Blazers' head coach during the NBA Summer League in 2008 and 2009 [2] He joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach in 2010. On August 20, 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach by the Brooklyn Nets. Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge stemming from an incident in July 2012. Therefore, Kidd named Joe Prunty to serve as acting head coach for the team's season opener against Cleveland Cavaliers and their home opener against Miami Heat. In being the acting head coach, Prunty in the two games went 1-1 with a loss against Cleveland and a win against Miami.[4] In the 2014-2015 season, Prunty helped Jason Kidd and the rest of the Bucks coaching staff reach the Eastern Conference Playoffs. On December 20, 2015 Prunty was named interim head coach for 17 games as Jason Kidd underwent hip surgery[5]

As a coach for National Basketball Association he reached the playoffs 13 times and won four Western Conference Championship with the Spurs and Mavs.


  1. ^ a b "Joe Prunty". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b "McMillan gets a new assistant". Portland Tribune. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
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  4. ^ Brooklyn Nets announce their assistant coaches
  5. ^ "Bucks' kidd taking leave of absence to rehab back". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 20, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015.