Pistons Hire Brian Adams As Assistant Coach

JANUARY 4: The Pistons have announced the addition of Adams to their staff in a press release, the team’s PR department tweets.

DECEMBER 31: The Pistons are adding another assistant coach to their ranks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who reports that Brian Adams is joining Monty Williams‘ staff.

After working as a video coordinator for several years in Boston under Doc Rivers, Adams served as an assistant coach with multiple NCAA programs, including Harvard. He eventually joined the Clippers’ staff as a coaching associate under Rivers in 2014 and was named the head coach of Los Angeles’ G League affiliate in 2018.

Adams left the Clippers organization along with Rivers in 2020 and became an assistant on the Sixers’ staff from 2020-23 before departing Philadelphia following Rivers’ dismissal this past offseason.

Adams subsequently accepted a job as the head coach of Taipei in Taiwan’s T1 League for the 2023/24 season, but according to Wojnarowski, he’s returning stateside and joining the Pistons on their upcoming Western Conference road trip, which begins on Monday and runs through January 7.

As Woj notes, the Pistons have been missing a member of Williams’ bench for nearly the entire season, with assistant Dan Burke away from the club for personal reasons. Williams said just over a month ago that the veteran coach was still part of his staff, but the hiring of Adams is a sign that Detroit may not expect Burke back anytime soon.

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