Robert Pack

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Robert Pack
Robert Pack.jpg
Pack in 2011 as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1969-02-03) February 3, 1969 (age 48)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Alfred Lawless
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
College Tyler JC (1987–1989)
USC (1989–1991)
NBA draft 1991 / Undrafted
Playing career 1991–2005
Career history
As player:
1991–1992 Portland Trail Blazers
19921995 Denver Nuggets
1995–1996 Washington Bullets
1996–1997 New Jersey Nets
19972000 Dallas Mavericks
2000–2001 Denver Nuggets
2002 Minnesota Timberwolves
2003 New Orleans Hornets
2004 New Jersey Nets
2003–2004 Valencia BC
2004–2005 Žalgiris Kaunas
As coach:
2009–2010 New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20102013 Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
20132015 Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)
2015–present New Orleans Pelicans (assistant)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Robert John Pack, Jr. (born February 3, 1969) is an American retired professional basketball player and an assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 2 in tall point guard had a thirteen-season career in the association.

High school and college career[edit]

Pack attended Alfred Lawless High School in New Orleans.[1] He was a high school teammate of future NBA player Eldridge Recasner[1] and graduated from Lawless in 1987. He then attended Tyler Junior College for two years, transferred to the University of Southern California in 1989, and graduated with a degree in sociology in 1991.[2] He averaged 13.4 points per game and 5.3 assists in his two seasons at USC.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Pack was not drafted by an NBA team, rather he began his career by being signed as a free agent by the Portland Trail Blazers on September 16, 1991. He made the team by beating out veteran Walter Davis and played 72 games for the Blazers as a rookie, averaging 4.6 points/game in 12.4 MPG as he was entrenched behind veterans Terry Porter and Danny Ainge. The Blazers went to the NBA Finals that year, before losing the series, 4–2, to the Chicago Bulls. During the 1992 off-season, after the Blazers signed free agent point guard Rod Strickland, Pack was traded to the Nuggets for a 1993 second-round draft pick.

Mid-career[edit]

Pack spent three seasons with the Nuggets from 1992–93 until 1994–95, with his minutes and games started increasing each season. He was part of a young Nuggets team starring Dikembe Mutombo, LaPhonso Ellis and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf that became the first eighth-seeded team in NBA history to defeat the first-seeded team as the Nuggets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 Western Conference Playoffs. Pack was then traded to the Washington Bullets for Doug Overton and Don MacLean on October 30, 1995. Injuries slowed Pack during the prime years of his career, as he never played a full 82-game season. In 31 games for the Bullets, Pack averaged 18.1 ppg, 7.8 apg, 4.3 rpg and 2.00 spg in what was his best season statistically.[3] Prior to the 1996–97 season he was signed by the New Jersey Nets before being traded mid-season to the Dallas Mavericks along with Shawn Bradley, Ed O'Bannon and Khalid Reeves for Sam Cassell, Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, George McCloud and Eric Montross. Pack remained with the Mavericks through the end of the 1999–00 season, never playing more than the 54 games he played in 1996–97 as injuries slowed his career.

Late career[edit]

Pack returned to the Nuggets for the 2000–01 season after being traded by the Mavericks via the Boston Celtics. He played 74 games that season, starting 11 of them as a replacement for starting point guard Nick Van Exel. The Minnesota Timberwolves signed him in the off-season and he played 16 games for them in 2001–02. His final two seasons in the NBA were as a veteran backup point guard off the bench for the New Orleans Hornets (2002–03) and the New Jersey Nets (2003–04). On October 2, 2005, Pack signed a contract with the Toronto Raptors for a tryout with the team. His stint with the Raptors was short-lived as he was cut by the team on October 22. He finished his NBA career and from 2004 to 2005 he played in Kauno "Zalgiris" in Lithuania.

Coaching career[edit]

In August 2009, Pack joined the New Orleans Hornets as an assistant coach.[4] He became an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers the next season.[5] On July 31, 2013, he became an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.[6]

On June 22, 2015, he returned to the now New Orleans Pelicans as an assistant coach.[7]

Other[edit]

Pack was known[by whom?] as one of the game's better dunkers during the first half of the 1990s and one of the more spectacular in-game dunkers of all time among smaller players, due largely to his outstanding vertical leap and lateral quickness. He finished second in the 1994 NBA Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, behind Isaiah Rider.

He achieved two triple-doubles in his career.[8]

Philanthropy[edit]

In November 2016 Robert Pack and Percy Miller (Master P) formed Team H.O.P.E. NOLA, an acronym for “Helping Our Players Excel.” The players are 20 at-risk males ages 12–15 chosen from local schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, that selected the participants. But instead of Pack and Master P coaching this team about the game of basketball, they'll instead focus on the game of life.[9]

In December 2016 The Robert Pack Foundation and Team H.O.P.E. NOLA were invited by host Saints NFL player Roman Harper and wife Heather Harper for a Christmas brunch that included gifts and an opportunity to play in the New Orleans Saints practice facility.

In January 2017 Robert Pack Team H.O.P.E. NOLA arranged to have Pelicans star player Anthony Davis meet with Kéani Page and her family at Thursday's[when?] game. Page, a six-year-old Lafayette resident, will be a New Orleans “Princess for a Day” when the Pelicans, the city's NBA basketball team, meet the Atlanta Hawks Thursday[when?] at the Smoothie King Center. Kéani's royal day is part of a Christmas journey that received international attention. Two weeks before Christmas, Kéani and her 10-year-old sister attached her handwritten wish list to a pink and purple, helium-filled princess balloon.

"Being an undrafted free agent out of college, I know a little about believing in something even when the odds are stacked against you,” said Pack. “Keani believed in something and gave herself a chance. That’s what Team H.O.P.E. is all about.”[10][11]

On January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, TEAM H.O.P.E. NOLA took an informative trip visiting Selma and Montgomery, Alabama.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Sarah E. (December 24, 1995). "Sonic Report / Seattle 118, Washington 100 -- Family Makes Pack Feel At Home In Puget Sound". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 1, 2013. Pack was a prep teammate of former Washington Husky Eldridge Recasner, now of the Houston Rockets. He was a sophomore starter at Lawless High School in New Orleans when Recasner was a senior. 
  2. ^ "Robert Pack bio". NBA.com. NBA. 2001. 
  3. ^ Weidie, Kyle (August 4, 2008). "Remembering Robert Pack, a Bullet flash in the pan". BulletsForever.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Robert Pack named Hornets assistant coach - USATODAY.com". USAToday.com. August 6, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Clippers add 3 assistant coaches". ESPN. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Thunder Announces Additions to Coaching Staff - THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER". NBA.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Alvin Gentry officially adds Darren Erman and Robert Pack to staff". NBA.com. June 22, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Triple-Doubles (Since the 1986–87 Season) – Basketball-Reference.com Archived January 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Team Hope". TeamHopeNOLA.org. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Christmas treats continue for Kéani Page". TheAdvertiser.com. January 4, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ TEGNA. "Christmas miracle touches Louisiana family". WWLtv.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 

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