Posted: Monday, August 2, 2021. 5:52 pm CST.
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By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize National Team Head Coach Milton Palacio has been hired by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazer as an assistant coach.
Palacio will be working under the head coach hired by Chauncey Billups.
The Trail Blazers on Monday announced the hiring of Scott Brooks, Roy Rogers, Steve Hetzel, Edniesha Curry, and Milt Palacio as assistant coaches and Parker Hines as video coordinator.
NBA.com said Palacio “has dual citizenship in Belize, where he played for the national team and now serves as its head coach”.
Palacio won the 1998 CARICOM Basketball Championship as captain of the Belize National Basketball Team here in Belize. Then in 2009, he led Belize to a silver medal in the FIBA COCABA Championship held in Cancun.
Before being hired by Portland, Palacio spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League (2018-20) and one season as coach of Durham United of the Canadian Basketball League (2016-17).
Before that, he was director of player development at the University of Idaho.
NBA.com also said that Palacio played for seven NBA teams from 1999-2006, namely with the Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and Utah Jazz.
After that, he played six years overseas from 2007 to 2013 playing in Serbia, Russia, Greece, Spain, Puerto Rico, Israel, and Lithuania.
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