The Cleveland Cavaliers have recently hired Sidney Lowe as an assistant coach on J.B. Bickerstaff’s staff. This starts the second tenure for Lowe after he coached on Mike Fratello’s staff from ’94-99. The team had three playoff berths during that stretch.
Lowe has been an assistant with the Detroit Pistons for the last three seasons. J.B. Bickerstaff talked about the assets that Lowe brings to his staff via NBA.com.
“Sidney brings a wealth of coaching experience and familiarity to our staff. He is a great teacher of the game and his ability to build lasting relationships across the board is integral to the growth of our overall culture here in Cleveland. Sidney also brings all of the character traits we value as a human being – loyalty, trust and integrity. I look forward to working with him and building something special together with our young and talented roster.”
Lowe’s is most well known for being the starting point guard on North Carolina State’s ’83 NCAA title team led by the late Jimmy Valvano that pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Final Four history.
Sidney then played four seasons in the League, where he averaged 2.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
He began his coaching career with the Minnesota Timberwolves in ’92 as an assistant coach under then-head coach Jimmy Rodgers. After Rodgers was fired, he was promoted to head coach midway through the ’92-93 season and stayed through the end of the 1993-94 season. After serving as an assistant coach in Cleveland and Minnesota, Lowe was the head coach for the then-Vancouver Grizzlies for three years.
Lowe also coached at his alma mater for before returning to the NBA with the the Utah Jazz.