FRISCO, TX, (June 28, 2016) – The Texas Legends have announced Bob MacKinnon as the new head coach of the team.
With a history in the NBA Development League, MacKinnon brings over 30 years of experience at the collegiate and professional levels. MacKinnon most recently coached the Los Angeles D-Fenders and assisted in the development of three Lakers assignees while boasting four NBA Call-Ups in the 2013-14 season.
MacKinnon will begin this summer serving as the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks summer league team in Orlando. The Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League kicks off July 2 as MacKinnon and the Mavericks take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9am.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Bob into the family,” said Dallas Mavericks General Manager and Legends Owner Donnie Nelson. “He’s got an incredible resume and is well respected at all levels of the game of basketball. Bob is one of those coaches that truly cares about the players and puts his all into developing them and winning games. He’ll be a great fit here and we’re excited to have him working with Rick [Carlisle] and the guys this summer.”
The Legends’ fifth head coach has spent five seasons in the D-League. In his first year, MacKinnon coached the Colorado 14ers to a 34-16 regular season record and ultimately the 2008-09 D-League Championship. MacKinnon then went on to coach the Idaho Stampede and Springfield Armor before landing in Los Angeles. Altogether, MacKinnon has developed 17 players to NBA Call-Ups, a League record for any single head coach. MacKinnon also served in China as the head coach of the CBA’s TianJin. These successes have led to MacKinnon running the D-League’s Elite Mini-Camp and National Tryout for the past seven years.
“We have obviously taken note of his achievement at all levels and could not think of a better man to come run our team,” said Legends President of Basketball Operations Spud Webb. “Bob’s got a way of coaching that answers the complex demands of the D-League—developing the individual as well as the team as a whole.”
MacKinnon’s career began at the collegiate level at King’s College in Pennsylvania where he played four seasons and got his first coaching opportunity in 1982. He went on to be an assistant at Mercyhurst College (1982-85), followed by George Washington (1985-90), and Niagara (1990-97) before he was named the head coach of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1997. MacKinnon led the Mariners to two Skyline Conference Championships, securing consecutive NCAA tournament bids, and earning Skyline Conference Coach of the Year in 1999. He then joined the staff at Notre Dame (1999-2000), followed by the University of North Carolina (2000-03) before becoming the senior assistant at Marshall University (2003-07).
“I am really looking forward to joining Donnie’s (Nelson) organization and working with the incredible front office staff they’ve got in place,” said MacKinnon. “When you’ve got guys like Spud Webb and Del Harris as support, you know it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am eager to get started, meet the fans I’ve heard so much about, and put together a successful team.”
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