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Jay Triano named top assistant for new Hornets head coach James Borrego

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James Borrego has made his first official hire as head coach.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

James Borrego made his first move as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets by naming former Suns interim head coach Jay Triano has his top assistant. As per usual, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news:

Triano was named interim head coach of the Toronto Raptors in 2008, becoming the first, and only until this offseason, head coach born outside of the United States to parents also not from the United States. He was promoted to full time head coach following the season. After three seasons as head coach, he was relieved of his coaching duties but was given a job as the Vice President of Pro Scouting for the Raptors.

He was then an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers for four years before becoming Earl Watson’s top assistant in Phoenix. After Watson’s firing just three games into his second season as head coach, Triano again stepped in as interim head coach, manning the ship for the remainder of the Suns season.

Triano is also the current head coach for the Canadian Men’s Basketball Team.

It’s not uncommon for first time head coaches like James Borrego to hire assistants with head coaching experience to their staff. Triano will bring a wealth of experience to Borrego’s staff and should be a fine addition to the team.