NBA champion (2006, 2008)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)
First-team All-Atlantic 10 (1999)
As assistant coach:
NBA champion (2016)
Representing United States
1998 New York
James Mikely Mantell Posey, Jr. (born January 13, 1977) is an American
former professional basketball player. He played as a small forward
for several teams in the
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association (NBA). He is
currently an assistant coach for the
Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.
1 College career
2 NBA career
2.1 Denver Nuggets
2.2 Miami Heat
2.3 Boston Celtics
2.4 New Orleans Hornets
2.5 Indiana Pacers
3 Coaching career
4.2 Incidents against Chicago Bulls
6 NBA career statistics
6.1 Regular season
7 See also
9 External links
After attending High School in Twinsburg, Ohio, Posey came to Xavier
University in the 1995–96 season, but under Prop 48 rules, was
ineligible, so sat out his freshman year. Posey ranks 16th on Xavier's
all-time scoring list with 1,455 points and 10th on Xavier's all-time
rebounding list with 801. Posey led XU in rebounding in each of his
three seasons as a Musketeer. Posey earned a long list of honors while
at Xavier, including the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship "Most
Outstanding Player" Award in helping XU win its first-ever A-10
Tournament Championship. Posey earned the A-10's "Sixth Man Award"
twice and was named 1999 A-10 First Team and 1999 A-10 Defensive
Player of the Year. He did all of that while not being a consistent
starter in the Xavier lineup, almost always coming off the bench and
Posey became well sought after from several sports agents such as Bill
Duffy, Andy Miller, Craig McKenzie and Mark Bartelstein. With their
permission Posey allowed his interviews to be held in front of the
media of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Posey was selected out of Xavier University by the
Denver Nuggets with
the 18th pick of the 1999 NBA draft. He played a little over three
seasons with the team before being sent to the
Houston Rockets in a
three-team deal also involving the
Philadelphia 76ers on December 18,
After finishing the season with the Rockets, he signed with the
Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent in the 2003 off-season.
On August 2, 2005, Posey was involved in the largest trade in NBA
history, which involved 13 players and five different teams. Through
this trade, the
Miami Heat acquired point guard Jason Williams,
forward Antoine Walker, shooting guard Andre Emmett, and the draft
rights to Roberto Dueñas. The
Memphis Grizzlies received shooting
guard Eddie Jones, and point guard Raúl López. Boston, who dealt
Walker to the Heat, received a package that included Qyntel Woods, the
draft rights to Albert Miralles, two second-round draft picks, and
Boston Celtics also picked up Curtis Borchardt. Utah was
able to acquire center Greg Ostertag, and the New Orleans Hornets
acquired small forward
Rasual Butler and shooting guard Kirk Snyder.
Posey averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2005–06.
After that somewhat disappointing regular season with Miami, Posey
performed much better in the playoffs than expected. He had been a
starter during the regular season, but head coach
Pat Riley made the
change of having Posey come off the bench for the playoffs. As the
Heat's sixth man, Posey was able to average 11.8 points per game on
48.8% shooting against Miami's first-round opponent, the Chicago
Bulls. Against Miami's second-round opponent, the New Jersey Nets,
Posey was forced to play defense, particularly guarding Vince Carter
or Richard Jefferson. Although Posey's scoring dropped, his defense
was said to have been the key to the Heat's advancement into the
Posey again had to focus on defense against Miami's third-round
opponent, the Detroit Pistons, particularly guarding Richard Hamilton,
Tayshaun Prince, and even sometimes
Chauncey Billups or Rasheed
Wallace. Posey's defense was able to take the pressure off of Miami's
scorers like Dwyane Wade, Jason Williams and
Antoine Walker so that
they could focus on their strengths on the offensive end.
2006 NBA Finals
2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Posey was a key
factor on both ends of the court. Defensively, he, along with Udonis
Haslem, provided tough defense on the Mavericks All-Star, Dirk
Nowitzki. He also guarded Josh Howard, who had caused problems for
Antoine Walker was guarding him. On the offensive end,
Posey played a huge role in knocking down shots as a result of Miami's
All-Stars, Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, being double-teamed and needing
to pass the ball. In Game 4 of the Finals, Posey was very impressive
in Miami's blowout, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In
Game 6, Posey hit a huge shot to give Miami an 87–81 advantage with
four minutes remaining. Miami would win the game 95-92, giving the
franchise and Posey their first NBA title. Posey averaged 7.3 points
and 6 rebounds in the Finals.
On July 1, 2006, Posey opted to exercise his $6.4 million contract
option, opting not to become a free agent. He only played in 4
playoff games in the 2006–07 season, because the Heat were
eliminated in the first round.
Posey in Game 4 of the
2008 NBA Playoffs against the
Atlanta Hawks as
a member of the Boston Celtics
On August 25, 2007, Posey signed with the Boston Celtics, adding to
their revamped roster, including newcomers
Kevin Garnett and Ray
Allen. Terms of the deal were roughly $6.67 million over 2 years, with
the second year being Posey's option. In the 2008 NBA Finals, Posey
would win his second NBA championship, once again helping his team
with tough defense and timely baskets at crunch time. On June 30,
2008, in a widely anticipated move, Posey opted out of the second
and final year of his contract with the Celtics and officially became
an unrestricted free agent, but had stated that he wanted to return
to the Celtics on a new contract.
New Orleans Hornets
On July 16, 2008, Posey signed with the New Orleans Hornets, accepting
a four-year deal worth about $25 million.
On August 11, 2010, New Orleans sent Posey, along with Darren
Collison, to the Pacers in a four-team, five-player trade with the New
Jersey Nets and the Houston Rockets. On December 12, 2011, Posey
was amnestied by the Pacers.
In September 2013, Posey was hired by the
Canton Charge as an
assistant coach for the 2013–14 season.
On August 19, 2014, Posey was hired by the
Cleveland Cavaliers as an
assistant coach for the 2014–15 season. In his second season
with the Cavaliers, the team earned the
2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals Championship
over the 73-win Golden State Warriors.
On April 9, 2007, Posey was arrested on a DUI charge and was taken to
Dade County Jail. However, Posey continued playing with the Heat
Pat Riley stated he would support Posey.
Posey was suspended for the opener of the 2007–08 season by NBA
David Stern after his no contest plea to reckless driving
stemming from the DUI incident.
Incidents against Chicago Bulls
As a member of the Miami Heat, Posey had been involved in several
controversial incidents with the Chicago Bulls. In Game 3 of the
Chicago Bulls –
Miami Heat first round match
Kirk Hinrich was
moving down the court when Posey hit Hinrich with a hard shoulder
block knocking Hinrich down to the floor, was called for a Flagrant-2
Foul, and was ejected from the game. When asked about the shot to
Hinrich, Posey responded, "I was just trying to get back on defense
and cut the ball off." "He didn't see me and that's how collisions
happen. That's all it was." When asked if he thought Posey was looking
for trouble, Hinrich said, "I don't know. Maybe he was. I guess he
just wanted to make a hard foul. Sometimes that's part of the game."
The shot would also lead to Posey getting suspended for 1 game.
In the season opener of the 2006–07 NBA season, Posey was involved
with another incident with Bulls rookie Tyrus Thomas, who was going
for the rebound, was hit in the face by Posey which led to Thomas
having his nose broken and missing a few games, and having to wear a
protective mask for multiple games.
In this, his third incident with the Bulls at the United Center, Posey
was ejected from the game with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter on
December 27, 2006. Luol Deng, who attempted a layup, was fouled by
Posey in mid-air. Deng fell hard on his wrist, which he had had
surgery on just a year earlier, but it was not broken. Posey was
called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected. Posey was suspended for 1
game as a result of his infraction.
In March 2008, Posey's girlfriend gave birth to daughter, Sai Aleke,
in the Washington, D.C. area.
NBA career statistics
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Denotes season in which Posey won an NBA championship
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association portal
^ Agents court Xavier star
^ Posey Will Stay With Heat
^ HoopsHype – NBA Salaries – Boston Celtics
^ a b Chris Forsberg, Posey to opt out today, The Boston Globe, June
^ Marc J. Spears, Posey out; offer to Allen?, The Boston Globe, June
^ ESPN – Posey agrees to four-year deal with Hornets – NBA
^ "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August
11, 2010. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved
August 11, 2010.
Indiana Pacers Waive
James Posey Under Amnesty Clause". SI.com.
December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
James Posey Added as Charge Assistant Coach
^ Cavs Complete Coaching Staff
^ Topic Galleries – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com[permanent dead
^ ESPN – Posey plays in Heat loss a day after DUI arrest – NBA
^ Marc J. Spears, Physical play pushed limits, The Boston Globe
^ "Suspended for Game 4, Posey won't back down". findarticles.com.
Retrieved April 30, 2006. [dead link]
^ Hanley, Brian (November 1, 2006). "Thomas learns breaks of game".
chicagosuntimes.com. Retrieved November 1, 2006.
^ "Posey suspended one game for flagrant foul". espn.com. Retrieved
December 29, 2006.
^ Gary Dzen, Posey a dad, The Boston Globe, March 26, 2008.
Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
Cleveland Cavaliers current roster
10 Holland (TW)
15 Perrantes (TW)
Head coach: Lue
Drew (Assoc. HC)
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