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Vitaly Potapenko
C - 6'10, 285lbs - 49 years old - 11 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired in 2008
  • Birthdate: 03/21/1975
  • Drafted (NBA): 12th pick, 1996
  • Pre-draft team: Wright State
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
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Articles about Vitaly Potapenko

March 19, 2013

Vitaly Potapenko - After leaving the Pacers, Potapenko moved to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League to be an assistant coach there; when the team moved to Santa Cruz for the 2012-13 season, Potapenko went with them.

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April 19, 2011

Vitaly Potapenko, Walter McCarty and Wesley Person - Last time we checked in Vitaly Potapenko, he was an assistant coach at the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Last time we checked in on Walter McCarty, he was an assistant coach for Rick Pitino at Louisville. Both are now assistants at the Indiana Pacers. And both survived when Jim O'Brien got fired.

Not so lucky was Wesley Person. After only one season as head coach at Enterprise-Ozark community college, Person was fired after going 8-21. He now owns a bowling alley and skate rink in Alabama called "Sharpshooter."

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April 13, 2010

- Vitaly Potapenko

Potapenko's NBA career ended in the 2006/07 season, when he started the season with the Sonics and was traded to the Kings partway through the year. His lone basketball stint after that came the following December, when he played a few games for Estudiantes Madrid in the ACB, averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. He is now an assistant coach for the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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