Tim Grgurich was an assistant coach/consultant for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2010-2011 season, when the team won the NBA Championship.
A player at the University of Pittsburgh, Grgurich served 12 seasons as an assistant for the Panthers after graduation. In 1975 he was named head coach and stayed at Pitt for five years.
Grgurich then moved to Las Vegas where, for the next 12 years, he was Jerry Tarkanian's top assistant at UNLV and part of the Rebels' National Championship team in 1990.
The NBA came calling in 1991 and he left to become an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. He remained with Portland for seven seasons with one minor exception. In 1994 he was named head coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels but abruptly resigned after only seven games and a 2-5 record.
Notoriously media-shy, all of Grgurich's stops on the NBA trail aren't fully known. What we do know is that after his stint with the Blazers, he spent one season with the Milwaukee Bucks, two with the Phoenix Suns and then returned to Portland for the 2004-2005 campaign.
He was with the Mavs during their championship season with local favorites such as Jason Terry and J.J. Jose Barea being quoted regarding how important Grgurich was to them. Coach Rick Carlisle went as far as to call him "The Godfather of Modern Player Development."
His old buddy Coach George Karl said, quite simply, that Grgurich was "The Best Assistant Coach in the History of the NBA."
In addition to running one of the most successful (yet under-the-radar) basketball camps in existence, Grgurich spent the 2013-2014 season as a consultant with the Cleveland Cavaliers.