The Sixers continue to make amendments up to and down the organisation as they prepare for the 2020-21 season. After bringing back Doc Rivers to be the new head coach and Daryl Morey to be the new President of Basketball Operations, they made big changes to their front office as well as the coaching staff.
They have added big assistants like Dave Joerger and Sam Cassell. On Saturday, they added another big name to the staff in Popeye Jones.
A former NBA player and an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers since 2013, Popeye Jones has agreed to join the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff, as confirmed by an NBA source. The news was first reported by Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files.
Jones will be the second coach joining Doc Rivers’staff from the Indiana Pacers. Previously, Dan Burke, who was a Pacers assistant since 1997, was hired by the Sixers.
The 50-year-old spent 11 years playing in the NBA with six teams, including two stints with the Dallas Mavericks. Standing at 6-foot-8, Jones averaged 7.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in his career.
Before being a coach at Indiana, Jones was an assistant for three years with the Brooklyn Nets and before that began his coaching career at Dallas, where he served four seasons as head coach.
Rivers has put together a star-studded coaching staff as he gets set for his first season coaching stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. He will not be alone with this challenge and the team is set up for success following a tough season.
In the 2019-20 season, the Sixers finished sixth in the Eastern Conference recording 43 wins and 30 losses. They got knocked out of the playoffs in the first round itself, losing to the Boston Celtics 4-0.