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Former Sharks Chris Finch has been named as an assistant coach at NBA team Houston Rockets.

Aged 41, Finch led the Sharks to the 1999 BBL Championship title and Cup double before coaching in Europe.

He had two seasons as head coach of Houston’s NBA Development League partner the Rio Grande Valley Vipers leading them to back-to-back finals.

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said: “I had an opportunity to work with Chris Finch for a few weeks leading up to the draft and I am very impressed with his success in the D-League and internationally.”

Finch will coach the Great Britain men’s team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.