Doc Rivers’ first major hire as new Sixers coach
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers has begun beefing up his coaching staff. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rivers will be bringing on the former head coach of the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger, as his assistant coach.
Rivers begins building out his 76ers coaching staff with Joerger, who had recently interviewed for the Pacers head coaching job. https://t.co/YeSF5AR5Ez
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2020
Doc Rivers was recently hired as the new head coach for the 76ers after the dismissal of former head coach Brett Brown. With Joerger now in the fold, Rivers will possibly continue to make additions to his coaching stamp in efforts to revamp the 76ers’ culture under his tutelage.
Joerger was most previously fired by the Kings in 2019 after a disappointing three seasons under his leadership. Joerger was considered an impressive coaching candidate going into the offseason for many teams with coach vacancies–the Indiana Pacers being a likely destination. After accepting a lesser role under Doc Rivers in Philly, it seems as though the Pacers may have found other candidates more suitable for the job.
Joerger will join Doc Rivers as he continues to make improvements to not only the coaching staff, but also the roster. With so many question marks over the current players the 76ers have, Joerger will certainly lend a helping hand to Rivers in the risky decisions that are ahead.
The 76ers have an aging big man in Al Horford who possesses a hardy contract that’ll be extremely difficult to maneuver. They also have Tobias Harris on a max deal, who hasn’t proved himself worth the money as of yet. Doc Rivers knows this. What matters most is that superstars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid make real progress in Philadelphia. They have not evolved the way the franchise would have hoped over the past two years.