Sixers To Hire Popeye Jones As Assistant Coach

Former Pacers assistant Popeye Jones will join Doc Rivers‘ coaching staff in Philadelphia, tweets Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. A Sixers source confirmed the news to Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Jones, who had been with Indiana since 2013, becomes the second former Pacers coach to work under Rivers, joining defensive specialist Dan Burke, who was hired last month. Sam Cassell, Dave Joerger and Brian Adams have also been added to Rivers’ staff.

Jones turned to coaching after playing 11 years in the NBA. He started as a player development coach with the Mavericks in 2007, then got his first job as an assistant with the Nets in 2010. He spent three years there before joining the Pacers.

Levick cited a 2019 interview in which Jones talked about his coaching influences.

“You try to take something away from each guy you played for, and that you worked for as a coach,” he said. “There’s Dick Motta, my first coach — I take a lot from him. I played for Doug Collins, who I love, who’s a perfectionist. I take a lot from him. I worked for Rick Carlisle for a year. I worked for Avery Johnson, who came out of the San Antonio system under (Gregg Popovich). Frank Vogel, who was great in Indiana, I learned from him. And then there’s Nate (McMillan) … all those guys have been instrumental in developing me as a coach.”

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9 thoughts on “Sixers To Hire Popeye Jones As Assistant Coach

  1. Sillivan

    The only concerned is that how many Future Firsts 76ers are going to trade away by comparing to Rockets

    Trade future for current season

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      How many future first round picks have the Rockets traded away, two? You act like the don’t have any picks over the next 5-10 years. The other two you keep referring to are swaps, and OKC is going to have a worse record than Houston when those come up so they’re not going to swap their higher pick for the Rockets’ lower pick.

    • Sillivan

      Doc Rivers wanted to trade 5 Future Firsts and 2 First swaps plus 2 good players for Paul George last year, Balmer was hesitated

      Rivers wanted to do it again?

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        The future is so bleak for the team with two MVP’s that has made the playoffs for an league-best 8 straight seasons since they stole Harden from OKC in one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. How can they possibly continue being one of the top contenders as the have been for the past 5 years?

  2. nentwigs

    With POPEYE now on board,
    Sixers further announce that,
    All team meals will be prepared,
    OLIVE OYL !!

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

      I was thinking Sweat P aka Sweat Pea
      Sweat P sounds like a good nickname for a 3 Point Specialist from the And One basketball camp….. As a side note Popeye sounds like a good hire

      • jhiphop

        I mean, Ollie wouldn’t be bad. As in Kevin Ollie. Whatever grievance he has with UConn and the NCAA shouldn’t affect an NBA move.

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