Corliss Williamson re-joins Sacramento Kings…as assistant coach


corliss-williamsonCorliss Williamson is returning to the NBA, this time as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, NBA official website reported.

Williamson, known as “Big Nasty” during his playing days, was drafted by the Kings with the 13th overall pick in 1995, and spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Central Arkansas.

“I honestly couldn’t see myself leaving for any situation other than an opportunity to go back to Sacramento,” Williamson said in a statement released by the school.

“It’s a place where I cut my teeth as a rookie in the NBA, spent over half of my career there. It’s an area that reminds me a lot of Arkansas, with the people, the fans they have there. It’s just a great opportunity that I have now to return there and be able to coach at the highest level,” he said.

The former All-American at Arkansas spent three seasons coaching at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock before that. His return to the NBA was first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

Williamson played for 12 seasons in the NBA, retiring in 2007. He played for the Kings from 1995-2000 and 2005-07. The Russellville, Ark., native won an NBA championship while with Detroit in 2004, and he was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year while with the Pistons from 2001-02.

He averaged career high 17.7 ppg as a starting small forward for the Kings during the 1997-98 NBA season.

Williamson holds career averages of 11.1 ppg, and 3.9 rpg in 22.8 mpg. He appeared in 822 career NBA games, starting in 293 of them.

Williamson took over UCA in 2010, finishing 26-62 in three seasons. His final team finished 13-17, the school’s second-highest win total since moving to Division I in 2006, and was 7-11 in the Southland Conference.

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