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James Samuel "Sam" Vincent (born May 18, 1963
Michigan) is a retired American professional basketball player and the
former head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. In 2008 Sam was
named the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA
Vincent won the State of Michigan "Mr. Basketball" award in
1981, the first year the award was given. He attended Lansing's Eastern High School,
where he scored 61 points in one game as a senior, breaking the
previous city scoring record of 54 set by Earvin Johnson at Everett High School.
A 6'2" point
guard, Vincent followed in the footsteps of his older brother
attending Michigan State University and
earning Sporting News All-America honors in 1985. After
graduating from college, he was selected by the Boston Celtics
with the twentieth pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. He played two seasons
for the Celtics, winning an NBA Championship ring as a reserve in 1986,
before joining the Seattle SuperSonics, who promptly
traded him to the Chicago Bulls for Sedale Threatt.
After one-and-a-half solid seasons with the Bulls, he was selected
by the Orlando
Magic in the 1989 NBA expansion draft, and he finished his
NBA career with the Magic in 1992. He scored
3,106 points and tallied 1,543 assists during his seven-year tenure
in the league.
Shortly after retiring, Vincent worked at Disney's
Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World. During the
late 1990s, he coached basketball in South Africa, and he has also
coached in Greece, Netherlands, Nigeria, and the NBDL. At the 2004
Summer Olympics, he led the Nigerian women's basketball team to
a 68-64 victory over South Korea, which was the first ever victory
by an African nation in an Olympic women's basketball contest.
He was coach of the Fort Worth Flyers in the 2005-2006
season. Shortly after coaching the Nigeria men's team to
the second round of the 2006 FIBA World
Championship (including a shocking upset of traditional power
Serbia and Montenegro), he was
hired as an assistant coach by the Dallas Mavericks.
On May 25, 2007 Vincent was introduced as the new head coach of
the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA.. On
April 26, 2008 Vincent was released of head coaching duties.
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