Tulsa 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne hired by Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA

TULSA (AP) -- The head coach of Oklahoma City Thunder affiliate, Tulsa 66ers, has been hired as an assistant coach by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Officials announced Wednesday that Dale Osbourne is the second coach from the team to accept an NBA position. Former Coach Nate Tibbetts was selected to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Osbourne helped lead the 66ers to two consecutive D-League playoff appearances before being named head coach five games into the 2011-2012 season. Before joining the 66ers, Osbourne spent time as an assistant coach with the D-League's Utah Flash and Austin Toros.

From 2004 to 2006, he was head coach and general manager of the USBL Dodge City Legend, where he led the team to consecutive regular season and division championships in 2004 and 2005.

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