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Sidney Rochell Lowe (born January 21, 1960) is an American basketball former player and coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Lowe played college basketball and served as the head coach at North Carolina State University (NC State).
Lowe at Washington Wizards training camp in 2017
|Born||January 21, 1960|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||DeMatha (Hyattsville, Maryland)|
|College||NC State (1979–1983)|
|NBA draft||1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Number||35, 34, 43|
|1986–1988||Tampa Bay Thrillers|
|1989||Rapid City Thrillers|
|1991–1993||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|1994–1999||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|1999–2000||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|2000–2002||Vancouver / Memphis Grizzlies|
|2004–2005||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|2005–2006||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|2011–2014||Utah Jazz (assistant)|
|2014–2016||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|2016–2018||Washington Wizards (assistant)|
|2018–present||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lowe began his career at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He played collegiate basketball at NC State. He was the point guard for the Wolfpack's 1983 NCAA National Championship team that was heralded for its Cinderella run under legendary head coach Jim Valvano. Lowe was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 1st pick of the second round in the 1983 NBA Draft. He played a total of four seasons in the NBA, for five different teams.
After retiring from basketball in 1991, Lowe took a job as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Halfway through the 1992–93 season he took over as head coach of the struggling Timberwolves and remained in that position until the end of the 1993–94 season. From 1994 to 1999, Lowe served as an assistant coach to Mike Fratello with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lowe returned to the Timberwolves organization in 1999 for one season as assistant coach.
The 2000–01 NBA season became Lowe's second stint as a head coach when he assumed the role for the Vancouver Grizzlies. He was the fifth head coach in the team's short history and led them to a franchise-best record of 23–59 in his first season and again the following season in 2001-02, when the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Sidney Lowe resigned from his coaching duties early in the 2002-03 season after starting 0–8, leaving his head coaching record at 79 wins against 228 losses (.257 winning percentage). In 2003, he returned to Minnesota once again to take an assistant position under then head coach Flip Saunders. Lowe followed Saunders to the Detroit Pistons in 2005 and remained an assistant coach there through the 2006 season.
On May 6, 2006, Lowe was named the new head basketball coach of North Carolina State University, replacing Herb Sendek. Lowe was the first African American named head coach of the Wolfpack. One of Lowe's trademarks as a coach was a red blazer he wore to significant games in honor of his former NC State coach, Jim Valvano.
In his first season at the helm of the NC State program, Lowe became just the third Wolfpack coach, after Everett Case and Press Maravich, to win 20 games and defeat the other three North Carolina institutions in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest). He is one of only four NC State coaches to have coached in the ACC Championship game in their first year.
In spite of the early success, Lowe failed to lead NC State to the NCAA tournament, and his teams only made two appearances in the NIT. He had an overall winning record (86–78) after five years but only a 25–55 conference record. Lowe resigned as head coach of NC State, accepting a buyout of the last two years of his contract, on March 15, 2011. Later that year, he joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant.
At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, Lowe rejoined the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant for the next two years, being fired at the end of the 2015–16 season. On July 5, 2016, the Washington Wizards announced that Lowe had been hired as an assistant coach. Lowe was hired by the Detroit Pistons beginning the 2018-19 season. Lowe is married to Cass (Finley) Lowe.
NBA playing careerEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Minnesota||1992–93||53||13||40||.245||5th in Midwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Minnesota||1993–94||82||20||62||.244||5th in Midwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Vancouver||2000–01||82||23||59||.280||7th in Midwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Memphis||2001–02||82||23||59||.280||7th in Midwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2006–2011)|
|2006–07||NC State||20–16||5–11||T–10th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2009–10||NC State||20–16||5–11||T–9th||NIT 2nd Round|
|NC State:||86–78 (.524)||25–55 (.313)|
- "First African American head basketball coach (2006 - 3/2011)". Historical State. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Giglio, J.P. (March 15, 2011). "Sidney Lowe resigns as N.C. State coach". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved March 15, 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "Timberwolves announce mass firings". InsideHoops.com. May 20, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2006-07 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2006–07) - College Basketball - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - March 20, 2007 - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2007-08 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2007–08) - College Basketball - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2008-09 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2008–09) - College Basketball - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2010-11 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2010–11) - College Basketball - ESPN