Former Tokyo Apache assistant coach Casey Hill is keeping busy this summer.
This offseason, the Santa Cruz Warriors head coach has been reading books authored by legendary coaches Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, the Santa Cruz (California) Sentinel reported.
He’s also preparing to work in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for the Golden State Warriors, filling one of two assistant coaching positions. New Golden State bench boss Steve Kerr will coach the team.
James Andrisevic, a Santa Cruz assistant coach, will also be on Golden State’s Summer League staff.
Golden State announced the coaching staff earlier this week.
“There’s so much knowledge that I can pick up there,” Hill told the Register-Pajaronian, a Watsonville, California, newspaper. “I’m looking forward to being a part of a coaching staff again and getting back to basketball.”
The Las Vegas Summer League begins on July 11.
In Hill’s first season at the helm, Santa Cruz reached the 2014 NBA Development League Finals, placing runnerup to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In the previous campaign, Hill was an assistant for Santa Cruz and the club competed in the D-League Finals against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who won the title.
Hill served as Apache assistant under his father, longtime NBA coach Bob Hill, during the 2010-11 bj-league season.
Summer competition: The Osaka Evessa and Kyoto Hannaryz in the preseason will play host to a squad from Los Angeles’ Drew League, which has been a proving ground for pros, aspiring pros and other players for decades in Southern California.
Osaka is slated to face a team known as HOS & Loop on Aug. 29 at Higashiosaka Gymnasium. Kyoto’s game against the same squad is set for Sept. 5 in Nabari, Mie Prefecture.
Team rosters were unavailable at press time.
Former bj-leauge standout Billy Knight, a UCLA alum who has been a key player for the Hyogo Storks since 2011, and Ryukyu guard Narito Namizato have competed in the Drew League.