Doug West

Sixers Officially Announce Nick Nurse’s Coaching Staff

The Sixers have officially announced the assistant coaches that will work under new head coach Nick Nurse in 2023/24, issuing a press release with the details.

Here are the Sixers assistants, several of which were previously reported:

  • Bryan Gates, a veteran assistant who appeared likely to leave the Suns for the Mavericks before deciding to join the 76ers instead.
  • Bobby Jackson, a former NBA guard who has been the head coach of the Stockton Kings in the G League for the last two years.
  • Rico Hines, who was an assistant under Nurse in Toronto last season. He also previously worked for the Kings and Warriors.
  • Matt Brase, a former assistant for the Rockets and Trail Blazers who was the head coach for Pallacanestro Varese in Italy last season.
  • Doug West, a former NBA player who previously coached at Villanova.
  • Coby Karl, the son of former NBA head coach George Karl. He previously coached the Sixers’ G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.
  • Mike Longabardi, a veteran NBA assistant who was most recently an assistant for the Hawks. He’ll also be the head coach of the Delaware Blue Coats.

In addition to those assistants, Nurse will also be flanked by assistant coach/head video coordinator John Corbacio and player development assistants Fabulous Flournoy and Jason Love.

TJ DiLeo, Reggie Redding, and former NBA players Terrel Harris and Toure’ Murry will be associate player development coaches in Philadelphia.

“Assembling a great staff with a rich collection of experience was paramount on my to-do list this summer,” Nurse said in a statement. “I’m proud to have built many relationships in our league that have led me to feel as confident as I am in every member of this group. I can’t wait to get to work as we embark on our journey toward an NBA title.”

Atlantic Notes: Harris, West, Toppin, Celtics Moves

Sixers forward Tobias Harris knows that his expiring $39MM+ contract could be included in a blockbuster trade this offseason. Harris also knows that a segment of Philadelphia fans hopes that will happen. However, Harris doesn’t want to leave, Gina Mizell of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

“Casual Sixers fans, they’ll trade me for a Crumbl Cookie,” Harris said. “But at the end of the day, they have to realize that you’re not getting a 6-9 forward back who can damn near shoot 40 percent from 3, guard the other team’s best player, shoot, post up, drive and play 70-plus games a year. … I’m excited to come back, bring this group back, add a few pieces that help us out as a whole team and be ready to win.”

The Sixers forward is also hopeful James Harden will re-sign with the club. “There’s not many guys that can go out and drop 40 in a playoff game,” Harris said.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The Sixers are adding Doug West to Nick Nurse‘s coaching staff, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets. West was an assistant to Nurse with the G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
  • Obi Toppin‘s future with the Knicks seems cloudy and the New York Post’s Peter Botte speculates on potential landing spots for the backup power forward. Botte lists the Pacers, Clippers, Kings and Hawks among the potential trade partners for Toppin, who is eligible for a rookie scale extension this offseason.
  • With the addition of Kristaps Porzingis, the Celtics can now address potential depth issues at forward and guard, Jared Weiss of The Athletic writes. They might address those needs via a sign-and-trade involving restricted free agent Grant Williams. Any new additions will have to make up for the toughness and aggressiveness that Williams, if he leaves, and Marcus Smart brought to the table.