Piston Assistant Rothstein Will Be Head Coach of Miami Heat

Associated Press

Ron Rothstein, an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, Monday was picked as head coach of the new Miami Heat of the National Basketball Assn.

Rothstein, 45, will be at a news conference today, the club said.

Lewis Schaffel, Heat managing partner, said the team has an oral agreement with Rothstein. "He's a teacher, one with patience," Schaffel said. "He's just the person we need to work with our young players."

Rothstein spent two years as an assistant coach with the Pistons. His name surfaced for coaching vacancies as the Pistons reached the NBA Finals this season.

Rothstein was an assistant for three years with the Atlanta Hawks, and a scout over five seasons for the Hawks and New York Knicks.

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