Former NBA player Palacio joins Idaho as new director of player development


milt-palacioFormer NBA guard Milt Palacio has recently been appointed as Idaho men’s basketball team’s new director of player development, IdahoStatesman reported.

Palacio began his professional career with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1999, also playing for Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz.

He retired from the NBA after 2005-2006 season, after appering in 470 NBA games (88 started), and averaging 4.8 ppg, 2.5 apg in 17.9 mpg. He also played professionally in Europe for six seasons.

The former point guard is reunited with Idaho head coach Don Verlin, who was an assistant at Colorado State during part of Palacio’s collegiate career with the Rams.

Palacio’s duties will include helping with academics and mentoring Idaho’s players off the court, while also assisting with breaking down film and game preparation.

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