Hornets name Mike Batiste assistant coach

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has added Mike Batiste as an assistant coach on the staff of Head Coach Steve Clifford.

Batiste joins the Hornets after spending last season with the Brooklyn Nets as a player development assistant.

Prior to his time with Brooklyn, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

The native of Long Beach, Calif. played professionally for 14 seasons, including one season with the Memphis Grizzlies (2002-03). He spent 10 seasons (2003-12, 2013-14) with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League, leading the squad to eight-consecutive league championships.